Should I Be Concerned? Pebble

NickCYC

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Nov 10, 2019
26
Orlando, FL
I am having my pool built along with my home so I don’t feel like I have much control over the process and don’t know what is going on most of the time. I went over today and saw that the pebble tec had been applied but I am not sure what I am looking at here with all the white streaks.

Is it poor application or acid wash? I am a little concerned.
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ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
Have you spoken with the pool builder about his process and what is planned next for the pool?

What date was the plaster installed? The plaster sitting without water is not as much of an issue this time of year. However the plaster needs to be covered with water soon for proper curing.

@onBalance how long can new plaster stay exposed?
 

NickCYC

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Nov 10, 2019
26
Orlando, FL
Have you spoken with the pool builder about his process and what is planned next for the pool?

What date was the plaster installed? The plaster sitting without water is not as much of an issue this time of year. However the plaster needs to be covered with water soon for proper curing.

@onBalance how long can new plaster stay exposed?
Thanks for your response. The pool builder is unresponsive to us and takes days up to a week to get back to us.

We went over today and it looked better although still very blotchy. They started filling it up this morning.
 

ajw22

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NickCYC

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Nov 10, 2019
26
Orlando, FL
Make sure it gets filled without stopping the water.

Where is the fill water coming from?

Do you have a test kit? Do you know the pH, TA & CH of the fill water?

here are PebbleTec Startup guides...


They are using some sort of contraption that is hooked up to the hose. It looks like it will cut off automatically once it gets to a certain point.
Simce we don’t close on the home until the 17th so I don’t think we can do anything yet but I will get a test kit. The builder is supposed to take care of everything so hopefully they will do so. I put a call in to find out how it will be maintained until we close.
 

Mike Hawk

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Oct 28, 2014
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Tulsa OK
Interesting pool design.

I'd rather have gone with a notch into the decking instead of that gynormus mound on the left for the pool seat.
That tanning ledge on the right with no steps out to the main area is weird but what do I know.
Hopefully the really offset pool light will be able to evenly light up the pool and not be a detractor being offset so much.

Regardless, congrats on the home and pool!

If I've learned anything with dealing with contractors, BE A CAULK!!! Ask the questions, make them uncomfortable. Go over their head if you need to. You're spending tens of thousands of dollars on this and you should rightfully be educated and feel good about the whole process.
 

ajw22

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Since we don’t close on the home until the 17th so I don’t think we can do anything yet but I will get a test kit. The builder is supposed to take care of everything so hopefully they will do so. I put a call in to find out how it will be maintained until we close.
I hope you will be getting the TF-100 Test Kits or the Taylor K-2006C.


Demand to know who will be handling the daily pool tasks PebbleTec describes...

Frequent additions of muriatic/hydrochloric acid (HCl) are normal during this time to maintain pH within the recommended acceptable range. It is not uncommon to add acid (HCl) to the water daily for the first 2 weeks, and 2 to 3 times per week during the remainder of the 28 days.

5. Brushing
●Brush the surface (walls & floor):
oThree (3) times per day for the first 3 days, and
oTwo (2) times per day for the next 10 days
oBrush after the addition of each chemical
●Extensive brushing during this time is imperative to ensure that the cement dust or other sand/dirt/construction residue does not adhere to the interior surface.
 

NickCYC

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Nov 10, 2019
26
Orlando, FL
Interesting pool design.

I'd rather have gone with a notch into the decking instead of that gynormus mound on the left for the pool seat.
That tanning ledge on the right with no steps out to the main area is weird but what do I know.
Hopefully the really offset pool light will be able to evenly light up the pool and not be a detractor being offset so much.

Regardless, congrats on the home and pool!

If I've learned anything with dealing with contractors, BE A CAULK!!! Ask the questions, make them uncomfortable. Go over their head if you need to. You're spending tens of thousands of dollars on this and you should rightfully be educated and feel good about the whole process.
The pool seat is required by my state from what I understand from the pb and I did not want the steps by the sun shelf at all.
If we build again I definitely would do this separate from the home builder as the pool company just basically ignores us since we don’t own the home yet. We also did not have a choice of pb.
 

NickCYC

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Nov 10, 2019
26
Orlando, FL
I hope you will be getting the TF-100 Test Kits or the Taylor K-2006C.


Demand to know who will be handling the daily pool tasks PebbleTec describes...

Frequent additions of muriatic/hydrochloric acid (HCl) are normal during this time to maintain pH within the recommended acceptable range. It is not uncommon to add acid (HCl) to the water daily for the first 2 weeks, and 2 to 3 times per week during the remainder of the 28 days.

5. Brushing
●Brush the surface (walls & floor):
oThree (3) times per day for the first 3 days, and
oTwo (2) times per day for the next 10 days
oBrush after the addition of each chemical
●Extensive brushing during this time is imperative to ensure that the cement dust or other sand/dirt/construction residue does not adhere to the interior surface.
Thank you for this list. I will go by their office if I don’t hear from them to make sure they are taking care of all the items.
 

Auburn02

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Oct 8, 2019
149
Mobile, AL
I like the pool design, guessing maybe there is a second light not shown in the picture. Curious about two things on the floor though, first I thought floor drains had to be paired up instead of a single point of suction, and second does anyone know what the little red discs are all over the place?

I don’t know anything about pebbletec but if you had no choice in the PB and the PB is non responsive to you since you aren’t the homeowner, I would suggest getting feisty with the home builder. Sounds like the pool is being built as part of the home and in this case the PB is a sub just like the drywall crew and flooring crew etc for the house. Just as you wouldn’t sign off on closing if your kitchen counters were cracked, let them know you won’t sign off if the pool is not installed correctly either.
 

onBalance

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Regarding how long can plaster be exposed without water: Given that this new pool is in Florida and during cooler weather, it can remain without water for two to three days before filling without harm. They probably plastered this pool on Thursday or Friday and then performed an acid treatment on Saturday and then began filling the pool.

The builder is responsible for the outcome. Watch them, test the water yourself as was suggested, brush the pool often, and take pictures. After a month, make a decision as to the condition and appearance of the plaster job. I hope it turns out okay.
 

NickCYC

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Nov 10, 2019
26
Orlando, FL
I like the pool design, guessing maybe there is a second light not shown in the picture. Curious about two things on the floor though, first I thought floor drains had to be paired up instead of a single point of suction, and second does anyone know what the little red discs are all over the place?

I don’t know anything about pebbletec but if you had no choice in the PB and the PB is non responsive to you since you aren’t the homeowner, I would suggest getting feisty with the home builder. Sounds like the pool is being built as part of the home and in this case the PB is a sub just like the drywall crew and flooring crew etc for the house. Just as you wouldn’t sign off on closing if your kitchen counters were cracked, let them know you won’t sign off if the pool is not installed correctly either.
Thanks. There is an additional light on the other side, 1 in the hot tub and 1 in the sun shelf. We got the in floor circulation cleaning system before I joined the board and didn’t know any better.

The pool looks a lot better now, but I will inspect further during the final walk through and raise any issues while we still have some leverage.
 

NickCYC

Active member
Nov 10, 2019
26
Orlando, FL
Regarding how long can plaster be exposed without water: Given that this new pool is in Florida and during cooler weather, it can remain without water for two to three days before filling without harm. They probably plastered this pool on Thursday or Friday and then performed an acid treatment on Saturday and then began filling the pool.

The builder is responsible for the outcome. Watch them, test the water yourself as was suggested, brush the pool often, and take pictures. After a month, make a decision as to the condition and appearance of the plaster job. I hope it turns out okay.
Will do and thanks for the advice. It looks 100% better now.
 

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