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    So...Where are the clouds? (New Plaster)

    Hi, folks-

    I've just gotten my pool replastered (finally, since the gunite was showing in spots). The crew finished the application Tuesday at 1:30 PM and started filling it up. It finished filling last night (Wednesday) around midnight. This morning, I turned on the pump, checked the pH (8.2) and added enough acid to target 7.2. I set it so that the drain was pulling instead of the skimmer. I then began sweeping. As I swept, I expected to see clouds of plaster dust. Instead, I saw barely anything. In fact, after I had swept the entire pool as thoroughly as possible, the water was still quite clear.

    Is that normal? Am I not applying enough pressure or using the wrong type of brush?

    Also, I noticed a small stain (roughly 1.25" diameter) on the steps and another on the bottom. I've circled them in the picture below. Brushing them had no effect, but I'm wondering if it's something to ask my PB about or if it will go away over time on its own. The black and white flecks in the picture are floating on the surface. I apologize for the poor quality of the photo. It's from my iPhone.

    Thanks!

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    Re: So...Where are the clouds? (New Plaster)

    Its possible they put something in when they filled the water to reduce the amount of plaster dust. I would ask the PB about that when he comes to inspect the spots (which look a little like a rust/iron spot to me...)

    Is there away to adjust for a little skimmer action? Thats an awful lot of stuff floating on the surface
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    Re: So...Where are the clouds? (New Plaster)

    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedpoolmom
    Its possible they put something in when they filled the water to reduce the amount of plaster dust. I would ask the PB about that when he comes to inspect the spots (which look a little like a rust/iron spot to me...)

    Is there away to adjust for a little skimmer action? Thats an awful lot of stuff floating on the surface
    They didn't add anything the to water, but I'll call him about the spots. I'm concerned the plaster set up too quickly. Is that possible? The weather is mild (around 50 degrees) and there was cloud cover while it was filling. The water is about 55 degrees.

    The skimmer is still drawing a little water. The floating stuff is at the far end from the skimmer and the pump had only been running about 15 minutes when I snapped the pic, so (hopefully) it will eventually get caught up with the floating stuff.
    blubluenoiseise

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    1/2 HP WhisperFlo filter pump, Kreepy Krauly cleaner, Cartridge Filter
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    Re: So...Where are the clouds? (New Plaster)

    When I swept last night, I had to do it with the light on as it was pretty late when I got home. With the aid of the light, I did see some sand-like particles swirling around the brush. Is that the dust I should be seeing? I was expecting it to look like the clouds I used to get when the plaster was old (very fine particles).
    blubluenoiseise

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    Re: So...Where are the clouds? (New Plaster)

    When I was sweeping my new plaster is was more like dust particles.
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    Re: So...Where are the clouds? (New Plaster)

    Quote Originally Posted by cobra46
    When I was sweeping my new plaster is was more like dust particles.
    Could you see the particles as grains of plaster, or was it a diffuse cloud, similar to smoke? Mine seems to be the former, but I expected the latter.
    blubluenoiseise

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    Re: So...Where are the clouds? (New Plaster)

    Sorry for the delay. I went out of town for the weekend.

    Mine was more like a diffuse cloud or smokey. I suppose there were some small particles as well but the bulk of it was more dust like.
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    Re: So...Where are the clouds? (New Plaster)

    I'm getting the 'smoky' clouds now. I guess it took longer than I expected for the dust to appear. Man, all this sweeping is quite an arm workout!
    blubluenoiseise

    My pool: 14,750 gallons in-ground plaster
    FAFCO Solar panels (seven 4' x 12') with a Goldline automatic controller
    1/2 HP WhisperFlo filter pump, Kreepy Krauly cleaner, Cartridge Filter
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