Plaster has Many Small Cracks. What to do?

Coach_1

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May 10, 2016
159
Duncan, Ok
So my pool has many small cracks in the steps and the edges of the steps are chipping off. As you can see the algae loves the cracks and I can’t keep it out. We bought the house 3 years ago and best I can tell from research is the pool is around 20 years old. I use the TFP method and water numbers are in the recommended range and have been since I opened it. What is the cause of the cracks and what do you recommend I do?
 

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ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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You have to ask around among local pool builders who they use to plaster. Lots of plaster crews are subcontractors.

 

Coach_1

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May 10, 2016
159
Duncan, Ok
It’s always full. I use the TFP method I learned on this site so I never drain it. The only drawbacks to the TFP method is that your water is so clear that you see all the imperfections.
 
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Coach_1

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May 10, 2016
159
Duncan, Ok
Thanks I’ll get some references for the plaster. I just didn’t know if it was possible to repair it and get a couple more years out of it. Haven’t researched a replaster job yet but it just sounds expensive.
 

Coach_1

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May 10, 2016
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Duncan, Ok
So a friend of mine had his pool replastered last year by a local company and highly recommended them. He said they did great work and had great customer service and my buddy is extremely picky and not afraid to tell people if he’s not happy. So if he recommends them then they’re probably good. Said it took 7 days start to finish and with a full chip out. I went over and check out his pool today and it seemed really nice. It’s crazy how smooth new plaster is compared to my 20 year old plaster. He said he was able to save a lot of money by not replacing the tile so I’ll probably do the same as my tile looks good. I’ll just give it a thorough cleaning while it’s empty when they redo it. They’re coming out tomorrow to give me an estimate. So we’ll see.

What are some questions I need to ask him tomorrow?
 

Coach_1

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May 10, 2016
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Duncan, Ok
So got a quote for $7,500 and no chip out. If I understood correctly they drain, sand, apply a bond coat then plaster. Also fix any hollow spots. And no tile replacement. Does this seem about right?
 

Geebot

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Aug 19, 2013
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A sandblast will likely cost less than a chipout and gives you a pristine surface for plaster. If you're doing it, you don't want to risk a re-do in less time than a replaster would otherwise buy.
 

ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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Northern NJ
They sandblasting the plaster of or sanding it down?

Someone had their plaster sand blasted and discovered after the work was done and the pool willed that their main drain was plugged with sand. Keep an eye on what they do.