- My wife mentioned to him that we wanted to go with a saltwater pool. His initial reaction wasn't great. He asked why we wanted to go with saltwater and then gave a little speech about how everything is going to rust more. My understanding of a saltwater pool is that the salt content isn't really any more than a traditional pool, which isn't very much, which means I wouldn't expect the air to all of sudden be saturated with salt enough to cause a problem. I'm also in Louisiana where the humidity is very high and everything rusts like crazy. Not so sure I would notice a difference.
Certain stone coping, such as limestone, don'y play well with salt pools - but you can seal them.
I was also led to believe that plastering was a very delicate process that required a lot of skill because the coat needed to be even, etc....but on this pool, the plaster is as thin as 1/4" in some places, and 1-1/4" in others.....
- I showed him the crack and mentioned that we had been looking into repairing it and mentioned the torque-lock stuff. He nodded when I said it but then later made a comment like "we normally just use staples". I have been watching a lot of videos about this stuff and obviously the guy who sells Torque-Lock clearly thinks his product is superior to everything else, and as someone who doesn't really know any better, I feel like I would trust that system more than gluing in the staples. What's the general consensus around here? Is Torque-Lock overkill for these types of cracks? I'd rather spend a little extra if its worth it to know we are getting a superior product, but is that pressure mechanism does nothing and the carbon fiber staples hold just as well, then maybe we'd just go with that. If spending an extra $1,000 to make sure that crack is repaired properly is what needs to be done, then so be it.
- For the bond beam, he said he thinks they would just replace it. Cut off the rest of it all the way around the pool and re-pour the entire thing. Make some sense or completely unnecessary if the portions that are left intact are in good condition?
Our patio and pool decking is exposed aggregate and VERY uncomfortable to sit on and definitely snags the bathing suits. I bought a couple of outdoor rug runners and put them along the edges. They stay out there all season.Wife seems to be set on Travertine because she wants to be able to sit on side of the pool and not mess up her swimsuit....... I told her we're a long way from that being the biggest problem with our pool and we'll have to wait and see how the costs stack up. They previously had regular concrete coping.
I remodeled my pool not long ago, and seriously considered trying to plaster it myself. I work with concrete products a lot as part of my job, am pretty handy, and DIY pretty much everything. I had several ideas for ways to do this, but in the end I found a local pool plastering company that was able to give me a mini-pebble finish applied to my demanding spec's at a great price, so that's what I did.
If you're planning on doing most of the work yourself, don't contact a pool builder for plaster quotes, contact the plaster companies directly. Most pool builders sub out the plaster work. And a lot of plaster companies also do pool repairs, including large involved repairs.
I would definitely prefer not to touch the plaster if I can get it at a reasonable price, but getting in touch directly with sub-contractors around here is extremely difficult. A guy I work with got a quote to re-plaster his pool and it was upwards of $16k. At that price, I'd be willing to take a lot of DIY risks
He never followed up to see how it held up, but this guy also DIY plastered his pool with Diamond Brite
DIY Pool Restoration Project
We would definitely prefer to get in touch with the subs, but haven't found them yet. The ultimate hope is that one of these pool companies give me a reasonable quote and I can hand off the whole project.....
Thanks for the input on the bond beam/staples also. I'm still a ways away from that so I'll do some more research and maybe have some more questions about that once I have everything uncovered.
Maybe going forward, send pics first to anybody you call. It will give them a better idea before they come to look. Not for nothing, but when you deal with the general public you tend to rarely believe them. I had a hard time getting PBs to believe me that I had the space for a pool and it was level enough. They still all wanted to come and see for themselves. Nowadays I could just snap and send a few pics and tell them to email me a quote.Nothing much to report. This guy didn't know anything or really ask much. He was sent to take pictures
Weather/location increases demand period. Whether its more liquid or more runtime of the SWG. You will need more of it and for more months than I do in NY.Can weather/location matter in how well it holds up?
Can you keep the hot tub as a unheated lounge ? The adults would love a VIP area at my house with a slight buffer from splashing kids. Its too hot to want to use the hot tub right now anyway.