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    Desperately Seeking Deck Help

    Definitely need it. We get 90-100 degrees (and humid) in the Summer. Yes, I think either sand blasting or shot blasting is what will ultimately be used to strip off the kool deck and paint.
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    Desperately Seeking Deck Help

    Thanks for the great info. I am getting some traction with a few non-PB hardscape companies to come out and discuss options. I will also try Edge and see if they work across the river. With grass I worry that there will be enough sun. My pool is sort of in a 'bowl' of trees (which makes it a...
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    Desperately Seeking Deck Help

    I think the "stone marking" looks great. I wonder if I can have that applied as a top coat over the existing concrete? $1/sq foot looks great too but I realize that's as part of a larger project. But as of now the price to beat is $18,000 for new sprayed topcoat of kool deck, so I've got a...
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    Desperately Seeking Deck Help

    Thanks for the responses. Here are some photos of what the delamination is like. It's probably only 20% of the kool deck surface area that is delaminating from the underlying concrete. But another 20% of the deck has been patched poorly (both from prior delamination and from repairs to pipes...
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    Desperately Seeking Deck Help

    Yes, on the cantilever idea I had not thought about the distance to the water. I don’t think I want that - seems like it would be weird. The $4,000 is just to remove the old deck in its entirety, and I guess I sort of agree that is reasonable given the other quote was $6,000 just to remove the...
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    Desperately Seeking Deck Help

    Hi – I have been working to make a plan for a Spring pool (and deck) renovation. The pool is old, dated, and needs resurfacing. The deck is concrete with an old kool deck type surface that has been painted over multiple times with some sort of deck paint. The kool deck is delaminating in...
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    Any thoughts on this Request For Proposal

    If I grind off the existing Kool Deck, and replace with some sort of tile / pavers, am I right in thinking I can choose from a wider variety of coping? All the PBS mentioned I am currently limited to “renovation coping” due to the need to be flush with the existing deck. I think they said I...
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    Any thoughts on this Request For Proposal

    Yes - all the PB’s included upgrades to the drain. That part of the plan seems to be in good shape. Thanks!
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    Any thoughts on this Request For Proposal

    Hi all - I have now met with several PBs, and am receiving quotes for the work described before. The quotes for the actual pool work are (more or less) all coming in near each other. I will try to post a comparison but its tough because they all slice and dice the job into different...
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    Any thoughts on this Request For Proposal

    Thanks for the tips. I would not have thought about the light direction. I only have one drain, in the deep end. I assume if I delete the drain then I am relying on the skimmers exclusively? My fear with that is there are a LOT of trees around the pool, and twice a year they shed leaves and...
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    Any thoughts on this Request For Proposal

    Hi all - getting ready for a fairly thorough renovation of an old pool. Below are my main points that i intend to send out to a few local PBs. Please let me know if I am missing anything or need to be more specific. My initial post about what i am trying to do is here Heading down...
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    Remove old plaster before renovation

    Thanks - very helpful comments. I will certainly be vigilant about the warranty. And my initial reaction is to keep it simple - white plaster! Seems like that is less likely to cause problems. Thanks all!
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    Remove old plaster before renovation

    Last year I obtained three quotes for pool renovation, specifically to fix failing plaster, replace and/or reset coping, and replace tile around waterline. I ultimately did not proceed, and put it off until this year. I am back at it, and am going to expand the project to include renovating...
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    Heading down renovation road...

    Wow - just spent a day going thru your project and BOY did I learn a lot! Congratulations on a beautiful outcome. I also learned how to post better pictures, so I will repost a few of my too-small ones. A couple of questions based on looking at your project - it looks like they chiseled out...
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    Heading down renovation road...

    Sorry - I bungled the photos! Here they are (for real). Thanks
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    Heading down renovation road...

    We bought a house with a pool 4 years ago, knowing the pool seemed old and would probably need work. That turned out to be true, and thus far I have been piecemealing it. Frankly that has turned out to be a big waste. I am coming to the conclusion the pool needs a major overhaul for both...
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    Dead Max E Therm Heater

    Came home and checked all the wiring. No signs of any breaks, chew marks, or any other problems. Unplugged all the connecters and re-plugged them. Nothing really looks that dirty. I was able to spin the motor rotor - seemed like there were no problems there. It did not jump start the unit...
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    Dead Max E Therm Heater

    This evening I will go over the wires very closely. Is it safe to use contact cleaner on any of the plug connections? The first time I took the cover and control panel off, when I was reassembling it the control panel accidentally nudged something and the fan kicked on. Frankly it surprised...
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    Dead Max E Therm Heater

    OK - here's what the LED's are saying: AFS LED is solid red. The Ignition Control Module is pulsing one blink (Air Flow Fault). Reading the manual, this all seems to point to blower problems. In the troubleshooting flow-chart, most outcomes seem to be "replace blower", although one outcome...
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    Dead Max E Therm Heater

    Pump has pressure; all filters & skimmers cleaned. No blower. When I turn the heater on there is a faint one-time click from the control board area. That's all. I'm not home now so don't know about any other LEDs. For what its worth, when it stopped working was a day when we were running...