Lap Pool Renovation with Aquabright

LDVPool

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Dec 3, 2016
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Happy to help if I can! I feel like I've gotten a degree in glass tile over the past few months.

Hey - where's your "Under Construction" thread?? You need to do one!

I am quite shy and not good at keeping things up to date.

So far we've had a rather uneventful build. (/Fingers crossed)

Initially, we chose another glass tile, but at the last minute NPT did not have the quantity we required. As you well know, the Oceanside glass was a costly alternative.

Nevertheless, it is a beautiful hand-made product, such that the individual colors are as impressive as the blends. What color or blend did you choose?
 

AmyJo

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I am quite shy and not good at keeping things up to date.

So far we've had a rather uneventful build. (/Fingers crossed)

Initially, we chose another glass tile, but at the last minute NPT did not have the quantity we required. As you well know, the Oceanside glass was a costly alternative.

Nevertheless, it is a beautiful hand-made product, such that the individual colors are as impressive as the blends. What color or blend did you choose?

You should at least post a photo of your build so far! What type of pool? What is your tile?

Our Oceanside tile is Teserra "Crochet" blend of Aqua iridescent, Pearl iridescent and Clear. Agonizing now over what color grout to use!
 

LDVPool

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Dec 3, 2016
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Los Angeles
You should at least post a photo of your build so far! What type of pool? What is your tile?

Our Oceanside tile is Teserra "Crochet" blend of Aqua iridescent, Pearl iridescent and Clear. Agonizing now over what color grout to use!

Here's a description of the pool: In-ground, rectangular, L-shape, 30 by 14, with a 7 by 7 spa (270 degree perimeter overflow, raised 18 inches), slightly inset (about 2 feet) into the pool to form the L-shape.

The pool has two bond beam walls --- on the right side, 18 inch by 14 feet, and in the back, a 4.5 by 30 foot wall as it is built right up to a slope. The back bond beam has 3 sheer descents. (It is a big pool in a very small yard.)

All the bond beam walls and an equipment wall (5 by 11) on the left side are covered in a grey/blue ledger stone. The decking is silver travertine. The coping is poured-in-place natural grey concrete (sand blast finish). The water line and spa tile is Muse Bondi (Non-Irid) 7/8 straight set. Our plaster choice is Stonescapes Mini-pebble, midnight blue.

We looked at the blends (e.g., Kalani), but with the ledger stone and travertine it made things too busy.
 

AmyJo

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Here's a description of the pool: In-ground, rectangular, L-shape, 30 by 14, with a 7 by 7 spa (270 degree perimeter overflow, raised 18 inches), slightly inset (about 2 feet) into the pool to form the L-shape.

The pool has two bond beam walls --- on the right side, 18 inch by 14 feet, and in the back, a 4.5 by 30 foot wall as it is built right up to a slope. The back bond beam has 3 sheer descents. (It is a big pool in a very small yard.)

All the bond beam walls and an equipment wall (5 by 11) on the left side are covered in a grey/blue ledger stone. The decking is silver travertine. The coping is poured-in-place natural grey concrete (sand blast finish). The water line and spa tile is Muse Bondi (Non-Irid) 7/8 straight set. Our plaster choice is Stonescapes Mini-pebble, midnight blue.

We looked at the blends (e.g., Kalani), but with the ledger stone and travertine it made things too busy.

It sounds wonderful! Do you have any photos you can share??

I love the color of Bondi!
 

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AmyJo

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AmyJo, I am planning on a replaster and I am interested in AB. I also live in Georgia. Could you tell me the name of the plaster company you are using? Please forgive me if you have already mentioned it.

Hi neighbor! We are working with Tony Adams of Paradyme Coatings He's a great guy and knows everything about pools! He officially closed his pool building business to focus on EcoFinish/Aquabright, but can still handle complete restorations and builds. I highly recommend him! I will DM his info.
 

AmyJo

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[emoji119] MORTAR BOND COAT + MORTAR BED SATURDAY [emoji119] Almost seeing some real progress! ?
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AmyJo

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Well, it looks a *little* different at least. But I'm very worried. Oceanside Glasstile calls for a Mortar Bond Coat + Mortar Bed. Norberto (doing the work) said we already had a mortar bed on the waterline tile area and adding another would make it too thick, so he only did the mortar bond coat there. The bench and steps have a mortar bond coat plus a mortar bed. He doesn't feel that anything else is necessary mortar bond coat-wise. Is this correct? I've researched and researched this weekend plus watched every video I could find online, but cannot find the info. Oceanside specifically instructs to do this - plus their head of Tech says "all good tile installers know how to do this." It doesn't seem logical to do another mortar bed on the waterline tile, does it?? Any thoughts/advice greatly appreciated! I've fought so hard for this tile ... I don't want there to be a problem. [emoji15]
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bdavis466

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Hi Amy, I feel that your tile prep will be just fine as is. The mortar that was there withstood chipping the old tile off its face so that should count for something in regards to its integrity. Adding more mortar just to add it seems like a bad idea and is unecessary.

I've yet to see an installer use an expansion joint for the waterline tile but if you feel you must have one, it could be as simple as using a polyurethane caulk in the corners instead of grout. It doesn't need to be much more complex than that.
 

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