First - I'm still giddy over finding this forum. So many questions, so little time!
We just finished a whole house redo and are ready to move on to the 20 year old gunite pool. 18K gallons with spa. Old Cardinal install.
We need to have the pool replastered and since we are doing this we need to address the coping and tile at the same time. So, many bids later and a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach over the $12K in costs, we've decided to do this ourselves.
We will be demoing the existing old limestone coping and tile. For the coping, I think we are set on using Lueders Limestone. Not as porous and scaly as other limestone and flagstone. Very hard. We know what mastic and grout to use. We know about our sealers, etc. We are ready!
Let me just say I'm amazed at the labor costs. We've priced tile at $500, stone at $1K, add about $500 in materials and a few diamond blades. Some sour backs, aching thighs and broken fingernails are to be expected. Is labor that expensive??????????????
What are we missing?
We love the look of the cantilever concrete coping and know you use forms to do it. Where can you buy forms?