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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. Just had my pool replastered and the guys did a bad job locating the spotters on the steps and bench. Pool is filling up now. Contractor says I’m Out of Luck - Can anyone offer an opinion if there’s anything other than stripping it all off and replastering all over again? Can the steps and bench be re-done to properly place the spotters? I’m thinking downside is now I have a seam, plaster color matching, like any patch job. looks like a kindergartener placed them
  3. My inground gunite pool has white plaster bottom/sides and they have become slightly stained over the years. The texture and condition of the plaster looks and feels fine. I do all my own pool care/chemicals. How can I get it back to white? Does it have to be re-plastered or can it be cleaned somehow?
  4. We just went into contract on a house with a pool in the Bay Area of California. Although I grew up with a house with a pool, neither of us have had a house with a pool as adults. The previous homeowners received a quote to repair the pool for $9,000, but I am waiting to hear what exactly is included in that quote. We are on water restrictions right now and are unable to empty and fill our pool until after October 31st. Will it hurt to wait until them to repair the plaster? Should we start doing anything before that to clean/prepare? Is it worth looking into an underwater patch repair and if so, how long do those typically last? Any advice/insight would be greatly appreciated as we just don't have any idea where to start and the information that we've found online hasn't been terribly consistent... Full View Shallow End Deep End
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