Is this something I can do myself or should I leave it to a professional?
I do have experience laying bathroom and kitchen tile.
I have located the tile I want to utilize at a local pool tile store and it matches the exsisting tile.
What kind of mastic (thinset) and grout is required to compelete this project? is it the standard stuff sold at Homedepot and Lowes?
Sanded grout or regular grout?
I'm assuming I need to grind or sand down the area where the old tile was located before I spread the new mastic (thinset) with a proper sized trowel?
I dont need to replace ALL the tile, just approx. a 4-6 ft linear section.
Should I consider replacing all the tile including the exsisting tile around the skimmer throat?
Also, I have been told I need to place a thin piece of bendable wood in some fashion to hold the new tile in position till it adheres. How exactly do I do that and more importantly, how do I secure that in place so it remains in place till the new tile has adhered?
One more question. What is the average life expectancy of pool plaster. I've heard everything from 6 - 20 years depending on pool water chemistry and local weather conditions. I'm wondering if I should pay a professional do do both jobs at the same time. If I go that route, how much can I expect to pay for a 10,000 gallon pool with no spa involved?