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  1. Sorry for the long post. But maybe it is at least interesting? The short version here is: we had our old pool (built 1969) renovated, and recoated and the coating failed. Does the pool guy have any responsibility for the fact that it failed? A Swimming Pool professional renovated our in-ground pool 2 years ago, giving a 5-year labor warranty. He acted as the sole contractor and we went on his inspection and recommendation alone. He personally did all of the work except the new concrete deck, so he was intimately involved and familiar with every aspect of our pool. We have a hybrid pool: Fiberglass wall panels and a plaster (marcite) bottom over a concrete floor. He coated the entire pool with an epoxy-type pool paint (I believe it is ultra-poly one coat). It looked amazing initially, but soon (same season) the paint began to peel away from the bottom in a couple of spots. We drained the pool for him ($) and he repaired the problem spots at the end of the first season for free. Then it got worse. The next year great sections of paint began to come off the floor, exposing the original marcite. He did not come out to look at the problem but put us off until this spring. Then he finally came out. His diagnosis? The "substrate" (original marcite) was disintegrating, and insisted that this was not his responsibility, nor could he have foreseen this. He would re-coat the pool for free, but only if we sandblasted all marcite off down to the concrete (and paid for it). Gave us a business card for a sandblaster. Said it would cost about $2000. He made us contact the guy and did not act as the contractor in this case. Smart.) After $2000 of sandblasting from the person whose card he gave us, the marcite was not even close to being all gone. A thick layer remained. We contacted the pool guy and he said that it absolutely needed to be down to the bare concrete. No marcite. $2000 gone already and we were not even close. We contacted another sandblaster whom we'd talked to earlier, and he came by and said it would take perhaps two more days of sandblasting, maybe more, and even then we would be left with a rough concrete surface. He suggested we recoat with marcite (replastering) and gave us a price. $5000. We decided to do it, and now we want to have the original pool guy just re-coat the walls and the steps. We have to wait a month for that though, because after plastering the pool needs to be filled for a month. We love the new pool surface! It is smooth and beautiful!!! We don’t love the fact that we are out $7000 from this whole matter. We feel that the original pool guy should be professionally liable for his terrible initial mistake at understandig the effectiveness of the solution he initially recommended and performed. What do you guys think? Thanks fo all your time.
  2. Looking for advice/suggestions for a DIY in-ground pool install using fiberglass panels and a poured concrete bottom. Have an opportunity to purchase (CHEAP) a 20x24 fiberglass panel pool. All info online I can find about these suggest they where used years ago? Can find no new manufactures of these panels (any suggestions?). Some questions I have are: What are the steps of installation? How does the fiberglass panel meet the concrete bottom? What supports panels during back filling outside panel & water filling interior of pool? Pour bottom first and set panels on top or set panels and pour concrete inside up to fiberglass? Need expansion joint material? What caulk or sealer for all joints? I consider myself very capable to tackle DIY projects and have access to excavators and concrete professionals to complete/assist with work. Just really need instruction on how to proceed from start to finish. Anyone ever do one of these or have experience with type? Or would you not even recommend it? I sure would appreciate all your advice, support and suggestions. Thanks,
  3. I apologize if I'm posting in the wrong place or this type of post that's not supposed to be here (I'm a new pool owner). We just completed our fiberglass pool and we decided to put in a ledge. Well, I didn't research enough and I found after the fact that some furniture ruins fiberglass. I really want a chaise for my ledge but I'm super nervous. My friend with a fiberglass pool uses ledge lounger(s?) chaises and says they're really good and they're safe for fiberglass. I'd like a second-opinion from experts. Anyone use them, how are they?
  4. I am located in NE Florida and I am interested in building an inground pool some time this year. The prices I have been quoted are 15' X 30' = $17,899 for a vinyl and or $25,000 for fiberglass similar size. I think I will be going with the vinyl. I don't think I will live in this house for more than 10 years so it doesn't have to last a life time. The price quoted includes everything. I was thinking about solar heating, but that was an extra $5,000. That would be a 1/3 of the price of the pool. I think I will settle for natural solar heating. What is everyones opinion on vinyl? Is it worth the extra savings?
  5. I would like to add coping around my pool with bull nose pavers, but the fiberglass stair insert has a 2 to 3 inch lip. My contractor said he is planning to go around it, but I am not convinced that it will look nice. Is it possible to cut the top lip of the stairs and to install the coping ontop ot the stair's edge? and advice? thank you
  6. I had a new Lonestar Fiberglass Pool installed in August 2013. It has leaked somewhere since. The installer has pressurized lines, replaced skimmer, we've tried everything. The pool drops at least 1 inch a day, regardless of humidity. It seems to slow or stop after it gets lower than the skimmer, and lower than the lights and discharge and suction line. It has one skimmer, three lights, four jet spas (over the two seats), one suction/vacumn line and 3 discharge lines. I've done the bucket test many many times and it fails every time. Any ideas out there? Cal
  7. We've got an unlevel fiberglass pool that has raised up about 3 inches in the shallow end from the normal waterline. I'm talking to pool companies now about what our options are for trying to visually cheat the eye with new cantilevered coping or other options. One person said that he has actually cut the top off of coping in order to bring down the level of unlevelness by a few inches and then put the cantilevered concrete coping over it. I have never heard anyone else mention this technique for dealing with an unlevel pool and was wondering if anyone else has either done this or knows of people who have. I'm wondering if this will make the pool or the decking more vulnerable to structural problems down the road. Thanks for your input.
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