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    Crack in steps..

    How concerned should I be? Any idea how to repair?







    Thanks!
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    Re: Crack in steps..

    What type of steps are these? Fiberglass, plastic, gunite ? Any chance of getting them fixed or replaced under warranty?
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    Re: Crack in steps..

    Howdy,

    I had a similar crack in my walk ins, was losing quite a bit of water. Here's what I did: (my steps are plastic, not fiberglass)

    Drain pool below level of crack, mine was the second step, so no liner issues with the level down.
    Drill out the ends of the cracks with a small drill bit. This will stop the crack from spreading.
    I used a dremel tool to widen the crack enough to inject Great Stuff to fill the void between the steps and dirt.
    I pumped a couple tubes of the epoxy plastic filler material into the crack once the great stuff had dried.
    (These two steps could be improved upon I'm sure. There may be a better way to shore up the step)
    Fill the crack in with flexible epoxy, or caulk. If it doesn't flex, it will crack again under foot traffic.
    I then cleaned everything up (lightly sanded) and painted with white appliance paint.
    Let everything dry completely before re-filling the pool.

    If you were very enterprising, you could build a dam out of stout particle board and pump the steps dry without draining the pool. Not sure how well that would work.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do!!
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    Re: Crack in steps..

    Please check this other thread: crack-in-steps-t8105.html
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    Re: Crack in steps..

    Hey all... finally getting around to this as I am losing too much water.. PB said he can fix and prevent future cracks for $200.. I think I may give AquaMend a try first... thoughts?
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    Re: Crack in steps..

    we use A&B Epoxy, dries fast and is a creamy color.

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    Re: Crack in steps..

    Ok.. I am losing up to 2" a day.. do you think the leak is elsewhere? I can't imagine a crack this size causing so much water loss
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    Re: Crack in steps..

    Oh it can ! You'd be amazed how much water can go through a small crack in 24 hours.
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