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  1. M

    Concrete Block Plan - Please Critique!

    I know this is a perennial topic on the website. I'm considering building a small CMU-based semi-inground pool, for several reasons: Gunite/shotcrete (along with virtually all other poolbuilding-related trades or subcontractors), in my area, seems to be extremely locked down by professional...
  2. L

    When do they Acid wash after fresh plaster in new pool

    I’m curious how long they wait before acid washing after they plaster a brand new pool. Finish is NPT Quartzscape. Is it same day after so many hours? Next day? thanks.
  3. M

    Question on Quartz pool finish

    Hi All, Our pool says we will be plastering the pool this Friday. We are doing KrystalKrete Quartz - Verde Color. The pool builder gave us a option to either leave it smooth with some of the quartz aggregate and color stones we are adding somewhat coming through but he says it would be...
  4. Teddyadams

    Cleaning the surface of a neglected pool

    Hello, I bought my house with its neglected pool last year and had fix a lot of plumbing and mechanical issues, and now I need to clean or refinish the surface and I need some advice. Judging by the looks of it I assumed that I was going to have to refinish the pool, it is pebble tec (I think)...
  5. K

    Abalone Shells with QuartzScapes?

    Hello everyone, I am super new to all this. I am scheduled to get QuartzScapes Barbados Blue tomorrow. I you originally asked for the Reflections but the builder is saying they are out. He is offering to put abalone shells or Puerto Rico blend instead. I have seen those two options in the...
  6. D

    New pool questions

    I just bought a house that has a pool that’s about a year old. 1. The Calcium Hardness is about 650 and the water used to fill the pool has a CH of 150. I drained a large amount of water due to rain and it didn’t drop the CH levels. Could the CH levels be related to leaching from the pool...
  7. A

    Pool Finish-Please help with pictures, if any

    Hi all, We are having a hard time deciding on our pool finish, and finding pictures of our options online has not been easy. Our pool builder uses Florida Stucco. Silver Pearl comes standard, but we are also considering Aqua Pearl, Bay Pearl, or Blue Breeze. If you have any pictures of these...
  8. Duskrider

    Re-Plaster happening, pool drained, algae in pipes... help!

    Hello TFP, What an adventure. We had our pool re-plastered last year because the original plaster was starting to scrape our knees. The company we used plasters one day, leaves the pool dry overnight, and then acid washes the next day before filling it. Not sure I'm a fan of that, but it's...
  9. L

    Hole in pool plaster

    Hi, All. I just recently purchased a home with a pool. We noticed a hole in the plaster today (pictures attached), but not sure what it could be from. The pool was empty when we noticed it. When looking at it, it looked like there was a line of water seeping through the plaster. Could someone...
  10. B

    Leak detector company experience, FYI

    My relative has a pool like mine - inground with white plaster - and it had a leak we could not locate so a leak detector company was hired. After checking the entire pool inside and out and performing pressure tests on all plumbing, they determined the leak is from hairline cracks in the...
  11. a–guy-with-a-pool

    Exposed rebar above skimmer basket

    Hi Folks, Moved into our current house in November; noticed a few weeks ago that there is a tile missing from above one of the skimmer inlets. With the tile gone, the rebar is rusted and exposed. As far as I can tell, it's been this way since we've moved in (I haven't found any loose tiles)...
  12. K

    Stains and Mottling On Plaster - Remove and Prevent

    Hello all, We're getting quotes for tile/coping work to fix some issues on an older (late 80's maybe) Anthony and Sylvan plaster pool. While doing that, we're trying to make the rest of it as perfect as possible. We have some staining and then some off-color mottling all over. Three questions...
  13. S

    Newbie owner HELP

    People I need your help! I got my pool built in 2018 so this will be our 3rd year in operation. My pool is open about three weeks ago and I am noticing now the following issues with my plaster. I’m not sure if they Are actual issues or if this is what naturally happens with gray plaster please...
  14. R

    Pool Cracks

    I've inherited a pool with a concrete base and fiberglass sides that. There are some relatively thin cracks in the shallow end. Are these just plaster cracks that can be filled in, or do I need to do any more intensive structural repairs? If they can just be filled in, how much would I expect to...
  15. B

    Build up “blotches” in plaster

    I’m on the tail of my new build and wanted to see if anyone else has experienced this same issue. My pebble sheen plaster looks great for the most part except that it has a few areas that have what look like build up spots. PB is telling me it will get better w brushing and chemicals. I’m not...
  16. M

    Acid washing pebble tec

    I am doing research on the effects of acid washing pebble tec. A couple of years ago, my pool guy - who I trusted implicitly - suggested acid washing my pebble tec plaster. He said it would brighten it up. Ok. Sounded good. Well, it appears not. My plaster is now ruined. There is a clear pattern...
  17. P

    Staining and Cracking in Plaster Pool

    Hello All, My first post! Recently, we drained our plaster pool after it had been unopened for 3 seasons. We wanted to do an acid wash and start using the pool again. It rained yesterday and I noticed some red spots forming in areas of the floor where the water would not dry. Is this some sort...
  18. K

    Choosing our pool finish - plaster vs. Pebble Fina vs. Wet Edge Primera Stone

    New to TFP, and I’ve read several posts about pool finishes here so we’ve at least narrowed it down some. My quandary is picking our finish between white plaster, Pebble Fina, or Wet Edge Primera Stone. As you can tell we want a smooth pool finish. I know the other two upgraded choices will...
  19. N

    Reno thoughts and input on plaster vs epoxy

    We recently ended up purchasing a home that had a pool we thought might need some work and being in early Feb of this year didn’t do too much in the way of inspection... you know where this is going.. :) The pool is ~40x25 free form (10 ft deep) with attached spa. Built in about 1990, not much...
  20. J

    Plaster Cracking

    Hi all, I opened my pool for the season and noticed that there are many long, hairline cracks developing in the area of my spa where the bench meets the wall. I've attached a pic so you can see what I mean. I follow the TFP methods and (at least think that I) really take care of the pool and...
  21. S

    Old rough plaster in good shape....

    I had originally posted below in 2012. Not much has changed other than the pool may have only been open 1 year or so since I posted. The photos attached are from 2013. As you can see the pool stained a bit between when I acid washed in 2010 and the photos in 2013. Apparently I didn't care...
  22. D

    Plaster resurface on in ground pool. Poor quality work by the pool builder or "part of the process?"

    Hi all, This is my first post, so bear with me if I don't get all the necessary information out on the first shot. I found this forum after looking everywhere for good information on good plastering techniques, what to watch for, etc. and being overwhelmed with how much information was out...
  23. S

    Filter "exploited"

    Don't even know where to start here. Well, see the pictures. Some background story: - Both the filter encasing and the cartridge not more than 3 months of usage. - Pool recently resurfaced (November 2018) - Big areas of decoloration after the 30-day curing process (proper chemistry kept and...
  24. O

    Not All Color Pigments are Good for Pools

    There are two important issues involved when trying to achieve quality colored pool plaster that will remain durable, attractive, and the proper shade for many years. The first issue is to utilize superior workmanship practices to achieve good color, with minimal mottling, and no blotchiness...