Small pool reno with cabo shelf

ManiacalMama

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Jul 18, 2017
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Antelope, CA
Our original plain white replaster project has turned into a medium gray quartz, tile cleaning and adding a small cabo shelf

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I know y'all like pictures so here's some to start, I'll update as the project progresses!
 

RuralTexas

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You are going to add a cabo shelf before you re-plaster? So interesting, thanks for the pictures and the video! Looking forward to the updates.
 

ManiacalMama

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Antelope, CA
You are going to add a cabo shelf before you re-plaster? So interesting, thanks for the pictures and the video! Looking forward to the updates.
Yes, the cabo shelf will be going in where the steps are at, at the second step level. Not much else has happened yet as we had the long weekend. They were running a 4% discount if we got booked in August so the work started in those last couple of days just to get that discount LOL

We had the leak detection guy come out and we have a leak in the skimmer line between the pool and equipment pad, so now we will also be needing that work done too.

I'm really excited to see everything transform!
 
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WhiteWine

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I have almost the identical steps layout in my pool and plan on doing a similar cabo shelf on my pool this winter. What depth will the shelf be under the water? Can you take pictures of the way the shelf is formed. I plan on DIY my shelf and would like to see how it is done.
 

ManiacalMama

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I have almost the identical steps layout in my pool and plan on doing a similar cabo shelf on my pool this winter. What depth will the shelf be under the water? Can you take pictures of the way the shelf is formed. I plan on DIY my shelf and would like to see how it is done.
It will be about 12" from that second step level to the waterline (the middle of the tiles). It's 15" right now before plaster.

I will take pictures once they've built the shelf, and will take pictures while they build it if I can. Here is my very amateur mock up of how it should look:
 

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ManiacalMama

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Some rebar progress of the cabo shelf. They will finish it up and pour the concrete tomorrow.
 

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RuralTexas

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I think you are doing a great addition to your pool. What will be the surface dimensions of the cabo shelf? We gave a shelf a lot of thought and ended up doing a bit of a "cabo step". It has turned out to be our 3 yr old grandson's favorite play spot in the pool. 16.5" of water, he finds all kinds of ways to play on it.

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ManiacalMama

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I think you are doing a great addition to your pool. What will be the surface dimensions of the cabo shelf? We gave a shelf a lot of thought and ended up doing a bit of a "cabo step". It has turned out to be our 3 yr old grandson's favorite play spot in the pool. 16.5" of water, he finds all kinds of ways to play on it.

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Yes, they are out there right now!
The cabo shelf will end up being pretty small, I believe about 7 x 3. I was wanting it to follow the lines of the pool without eating into what little swimming space we have. It'll probably be big enough to put a chair, or some type of lounge seat on it. I have a 13 month old grandson that is going to enjoy it immensely!
 
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ManiacalMama

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Concrete poured...
Also, skimmer line leak was found and fixed. We figure this pool is as old as the house, so about 30 years. Apparently the plumbing was put in and then covered with dirt, and then the concrete decking was poured. They found a wood stake from the concrete form was pounded down into the pipe. In the process of digging and jack hammering to find the leak, they also damaged the pipes for the cleaner and return line, so those are now fixed too :giggle:
 

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ManiacalMama

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I have almost the identical steps layout in my pool and plan on doing a similar cabo shelf on my pool this winter. What depth will the shelf be under the water? Can you take pictures of the way the shelf is formed. I plan on DIY my shelf and would like to see how it is done.
I didn't get a chance to take pictures of the actual forms they used, but they were very basic, from the far right corner to that angled turn on the left they used a large sheet of plywood. I sure wish we could have spared more room for a larger shelf, but it'll serve it's purpose.
 

RuralTexas

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I didn't get a chance to take pictures of the actual forms they used, but they were very basic, from the far right corner to that angled turn on the left they used a large sheet of plywood. I sure wish we could have spared more room for a larger shelf, but it'll serve it's purpose.
Your grandson is going to love it! Glad they found the skimmer leak - and repaired the new damage - its hard to restore anything without getting some dings along the way.
 

ManiacalMama

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Plaster tomorrow!
Today all they did was come and clean up the pile of plaster debris from inside the pool.
I broke down the filter and gave the cartridge a good cleaning and lubed up all the o-rings. I have a new cartridge waiting in the garage that I will install after the bulk of the plaster dust has been filtered out by the old one.
 

ManiacalMama

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All done! I was wrong about the color, but I like this better than what I was imagining, and hubby wasn't thrilled with the idea of gray. Now gotta figure out all the chems and balancing everything.
 

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kimkats

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Looks like you know what you are doing but just in case....................do NOT stop the water flow. If you do it may cause a ring on the plaster.

That looks so pretty!!

Kim:kim:
 

ManiacalMama

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Looks like you know what you are doing but just in case....................do NOT stop the water flow. If you do it may cause a ring on the plaster.

That looks so pretty!!

Kim:kim:
Yeah, I was aware of not stopping the water, and the plasterers reiterated it STRONGLY before they left.

I just realized that I'm a little unprepared and need to go get some MA. Any advice on how much I should initially stock up on?
 

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