Found this forum as I have been trying to educate myself on pools. Just purchased and moved into a house with a pool in Southern California (South OC). Home was built in 1969, unknown age of pool. By the size of the spa, the pool is really old, back when they didn't put in much of a spa.
The plaster is in bad shape, the pool equipment is minimal. The heater was removed at some point and they installed some 1.7HP pump and a filter that looks too small for the pool size. I will try and get more details on the equipment later.
I know the skimmer is cracked and looks like its pulling away from the pool. I bought some epoxy putty and sealed up the cracks as best as I could to just buy me time to figure out what i want to do with the pool. Haven't measured the size of the pool, but its probably like 12' x 30', from about 3' shallow depth to 8-9' deep end.
Asked a pool guy to give a quote on resurfacing, and he said that besides plaster/tile, that I should redo the plumbing to increase it from 1.5" to 2", and install a new pump/filter/heater. Gave me a $30k rough ball park. There is no way I can swing that now, with just buying a house, and having a baby on the way in July. So just trying to consider whether to get it in minimal operating condition just for the summer and maybe then drain it and save some money up to do a complete remodel. And yes, I know that if I do drain it, I need to bore some holed in the bottom of the pool to prevent it from popping out of the ground.
I don't have any pictures to upload on this computer, but I will add more later