New Build - Rockwall, TX

rmontgomery

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Rockwall, TX
Trying to decide if I should be concerned with these areas in the gunite before plaster. I was there when they were shooting the gunite, so I know why they look the way they do. The one on the left is where they shoved a board in for scaffolding while they were doing the upper wall. They came back later and sprayed it to fill it in, but it's like the mixture was different or something.
The one on the right is where when they were smoothing it out the area collapsed and they had to come back and re-shoot it later.
I am more concerned with the area on the left as the white (I guess calcium) is building up and is easy to scrape off.

Can they do anything to prep that area better before plaster or is it even needed?
Update: Also sent a picture to my PB about the concern to see what he says.
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Ryan
 
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rmontgomery

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Just posting follow-up. PB isn't concerned with it and pool is now plastered anyway. They are fast. At least I have picture and text documentation if there is a problem in the future.

Ryan
 

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Sorry there wasn't a reply at the moment, but your PB is correct to not be concerned. Water/dampness leaching though a non-plastered gunite shell is perfectly normal.

Speaking of pictures, how about throwing up a few of your new plaster!!
 

rmontgomery

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Rockwall, TX
Filled with water. Have an issue with a return that leaked during the fill unfortunately and I wasn't home in time to catch it. We are working on brushing it out and it seems to be getting better.
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rmontgomery

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Couple of more pictures. You are right, it is almost gone with just the first couple of days of brushing. Now just have sprinklers and landscaping to do.

Pool school will be in a week or so and they said water would be balanced when they turn it over to me. I asked about the levels and they were off a little from what is recommended here, so I just politely said okay knowing I will have to adjust some more :)

Really appreciate all the advice during our build. Looking forward to getting in the spa in a month.

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NYY

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Jumped on this thread after you replied to my post. Oh the agony and angst of a new build. Been there myself. Love how it turned out. you'll be the magnet on the block for pool parties. May I suggest North Texas Palms on Highway 380 in McKinney if you want to add some cold hardy palms to your landscape. I have 1 texas sable (very slow grower & pricey), 3 florida sables, 1 pindo palm and 1 Mediterranean fan palm from them. All have survived our crazy texas winters...down to 10 degrees. I did wrap them the first 5 years though. I bought 2 windmill fan palms (skinny hairy trunk) at the local garden center to save money...about 2-3 foot high. It takes several years for them to get to 10 foot, but they're also cold hardy. Avoid the orange trunk Mexican fan palms in the garden store...they'll survive for a while but will die when we have the extreme low temps here. My neighbor lost 2 big ones several years ago.
 
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Rich D

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Just coming out of the cave from winter hibernation.... That looks awesome.... I can not believe you have all these pics with out the waterfall going..., what's up with that???? Are you able to dive or jump off the falls? The falls and cave are the highlight of our pool.
 
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rmontgomery

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Rockwall, TX
Just coming out of the cave from winter hibernation.... That looks awesome.... I can not believe you have all these pics with out the waterfall going..., what's up with that???? Are you able to dive or jump off the falls? The falls and cave are the highlight of our pool.
We can jump. Diving not recommended. I always forget to start it up for picts. Will get a video of it and the spillway running and post an update.
 

rmontgomery

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Rockwall, TX
How deep is your deep end? We went with 8'
We have a strict no diving rule for any guests. Diving in off the falls is the only way I will enter the pool. :)
Very pretty.
6' on the deep end. We will have a no diving rule also. Of course I did a shallow "dive" after running yesterday to get refreshed :)
It is interesting, pool builder said deep end would be "no man's land" for the most part, and so far people do gravitate toward seating and shallow end.

Ryan
 

Rich D

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Did you do any lighting in the cave? I have been doing some experimenting but have not come up with anything I really like.IMG_20180915_201956.jpgIMG_20180915_202343.jpg
 

rmontgomery

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Rockwall, TX
Did you do any lighting in the cave? I have been doing some experimenting but have not come up with anything I really like.
My wife has been asking me to do something. Lighting is one of my specialties, but getting it under the waterfall is a different story. Thought about just using the little LED waterproof pucks inside there, but I'm lazy and wouldn't want to go in there to turn them on every night.

This looks interesting...
 
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