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    Jul 2012
    Austin, TX

    Changing the steps

    Hi all,

    My pool is about to be re-plastered. The current steps are very steep and not kid-friendly. I am thinking to modify them so that they are more gentle or we may even make a gentle downslope as kid play area. My question is that in order to poor extra concrete to build the steps or slope, do we need to chip off all the existing plaster in that area? If the plaster is not chipped off, does concrete bond to the peeling plaster? Do we need to use rebars in this modification? Thanks

    Lazy-L shaped pool and a spa. 22.5k gallons. Pentair VS pump. Pentair cartridge filter CCP520. STA-Rite SR400NA heater (400K BTU). Leuder limestone coping. Pebble sheen (blue granite) Wooden deck.

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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Changing the steps

    If a mason does not INSIST on pinning the new steps to the floor with rebar, I would not approve the work. You need a joint that cannot move where the new steps meet the pool floor and walls.

    I can think of no reason to remove the plaster. Can you leave the existing steps? Seems doubtful to me.
    Dave S.
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    Apr 2013
    Sacramento, CA

    Re: Changing the steps

    As Dave said the contractor should use rebar to tie the new steps into the old.

    If I were doing the work I would chip off plaster and most likely score the underlying gunite as well as use rebar.
    This is one where I'd get at least 3 estimates and talk to the contractors to get a clear understanding of what they are doing and how they are doing it. Then I'd be specific as to methods the contract.
    22k gallon IG pebblefina, Jandy 1.5 HP VS, Jandy CV Cartridge filter, Fafco solar panels, Polaris 360 supply side cleaner, waterfall

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