Vermiculite/Poolkrete Bottom Trouble

Wiri0302

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Sep 5, 2022
5
Prescott WI
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1
Looking for some opinions on what is acceptable for a pool krete(vermiculite) bottom for vinyl liner pool in Minneapolis/St Paul area. Talked to 3 builders who said this bottom should be torn out and redone. Pool builder claims it is just fine. We have 4”-5” depressions between high spots. No defined pan in the deep end and no defined lines where walls and floor come together. Deep end is not 8’6” and shallow is not 3’6” as our contract states. I’m told this cannot be “corrected” and needs to be redone completely. The company has been using a wire brush on an angle grinder to level the high spots. I’m also told the liner will not fit properly and we’ll see and feel all the imperfections. Please help!! 7B09FFF9-B030-48DF-AB49-DEA0AA3D42B5.jpeg2256654A-8292-40E5-9031-D80CC2CA45A9.jpeg47559E95-708A-4628-BC09-B3648BC8CD6C.jpeg01FB451A-8CF0-4FE9-AD4B-C25A91954AFC.jpeg4B0DE99B-F89E-4652-878C-7FBBC811AF32.jpegE0D81A2A-989B-481C-BB56-4365FA4C8759.jpeg2256654A-8292-40E5-9031-D80CC2CA45A9.jpeg
 

Wiri0302

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Sep 5, 2022
5
Prescott WI
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You cannot possibly put a liner over that. Reject that work.....period. Do not let the same people back in to fix it since they thought it was ok the first time.
Thanks very much for the reply, this was my feeling as well. I’m just looking for validation so I can push back on the builder who is saying this is just fine. Had I not stepped in they would have put the liner in.
 

Wiri0302

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Sep 5, 2022
5
Prescott WI
Pool Size
1
Today the builder said he would take out some sections but would leave other sections in. Said they need to use vermiculite to fill voids in the walls. I told them the min and max is 1” min and 2” max. Am I correct to say this needs to be completely removed?
 

kimkats

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needs to be completely removed
YES! As in NONE of the old is still there!!! AND a different crew needs to install the new stuff!!

Now lets talk about something you need to be doing on top of everything else...............get EVERYTHING in writing! Do you best to have no face to face or phone calls with him. Try to all text or email. If that is not possible then send him an email or text as a follow up.................On ??day at ??time xyz was talked about. It was decided that ?? was going to be done (or undone).
 

offtheclock

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Dec 30, 2020
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Greenville, SC
Pool Size
13500
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Couple more things: are you going to have two main drains? Why is there so many seems in the wall foam? You would want that continuous as possible. Also what is your backfill? Looks very sandy and has settled a lot.
 
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