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How can you convert a vinyl-lined swimming pool with steel walls and a sand bottom to fiberglass?
A fiberglass pool is far superior to a vinyl liner pool. It is also about twice as expensive.
The most likely cause is hydrostatic pressure from underground water. This can be a very dangerous problem for the pool and I would contact the installer immediately for… an onsite consultation. If it is hydrostatic pressure and is not relieved, the pool can be permanently damaged. thepoolandspawarehouse.com
Fiberglass swimming pools, in the group, can last a very long time! They can last well past 30 years! But, they can quickly become damaged if they are not cared for properly. …Contact your pool specialist if there is ever damage so that it can be fixed before one small crack ruins your entire pool.
No!!! Under no circumstances should you drain a fiberglass in-ground pool. Unlike the standard in-ground pool, the fiberglass pool base is unreinforced concrete or other hard …surface material that was applied directly to the soil in a thin layer. It is only there to allow the fiberglass to be sprayed on and form a hard shell. The weight of the water is what holds the fiberglass in place. If you drain the pool without refilling it immediately, you will allow external ground pressures and/or ground water to buckle the sides or bottom and you will have the fiberglass completely redone.
If sand from the filter is ending up in the pool then the laterals are getting worn. These are at the bottom of the sand filter and should only allow water to pass. A: Yo…u have a bad lateral(s). You need to remove all of the sand from the filter in order to get to the laterals. Some laterals either unscrew or click or press into place. Once the lateral is repaired replace the sand with new sand using a #20 grade filter sand. k
Answer There are no disadvantages if the pool is properly prepared and, most importantly, the right materials are used to create the fiberglass shell. It is up to the c…onsumer to demand the specific resin, fiberglass mat weight, and gelcoat that will be used in the application. When the materials are delivered, no matter who delivers it, the consumer must demand the Material Data Safety Sheets MSDS, and verify that they represent the exact materials ordered. Then the MSDS must be compared to the Chemical Manufacturers labels before the shipment is accepted. Once you accept it, you're stuck. Assuming the right (which happen to be the most expensive) chemicals and fiberglass are used, and the gelcoat is applied in a timely fashion, (to achieve a chemical bond), the pool will not leak for at least 30 years. The maintenance and chemical usage will be reduced by more than 50%, and the pool will look new and beautiful once again. Between 12 and 18 years later, depending upon pool use and care, the pool will need to be re-gelcoated. Salt water chlorination increases the longevity of the original gelcoat toward the upper end of the term.
A hole in the liner of the above ground swimming pool is causing sand to wash out from the bottom of the pool wall. How can this be repaired?
Answer . Just get a can of PVC cement. Use the brush from the can and put a glob of glue on it. With a swim mask, go down underwater with the brush only and apply the glue… as fast as you can. the gle will harden quickly under water. Try taking deep breaths then let most of your air out before you go under. this will help you stay down to work on the hole without fighting yourself to stay down. Hold the glued place together for a few seconds so it will bond. You may want to use a vinyl patch. Just generously glue the Back of the patch before you go down and just take the patch, not the gle brush. Ask the pool supply store for a free old liner sample. That's what I did and it is a good size peice for multiple or large areas.
there is a company that has a dealer base across the country called Fiber Tech. You will have to have a concrete floor but other than that they line your pool with fiberglass …and special resins giving you a product with a 25 year warranty. They are located in Largo FL.
It depends where you are building in the world. Steel is ready available every where but has the diadvantage of rusting over time if water gets to it. This can be slowed by pa…inting with an industrial coating. I have seen steel walls in the ground after 25 years and all is good. It is relatively easy to repair. Steel is cheaper than polymer but polymer is a whole lot lighter and easier to work with and does not corride at all. In the USA the polymer wall is a formed product and is very good. In Australia there is not much available in polymer but Albatross Pools in Melbourne do a great steel walled pool and have been for over 30 years. I would go with what ever is available and work within your budget. Both systems are extremely easy pools to construct and easy and much cheaper to renovate when required in the future.
Answer Ah the old Fiberglass wall concrete bottom redo. Here you have two surfaces to deal with plus an expansion joint! That�s what I love about these pools there is… 3 times the work and if you don't get the expansion joint right it will leak and you will have to drain the pool and pull out all the joint and start over again. So I recommend you hire a professional to do the job that way you get a warranty and someone else has to fix the goof. But if you are a gluten for punishment here are some basic steps: 1. Drain the pool. IF YOU ARE IN A HIGH WATER TABLE AREA MAKE SURE THE HYDROSTATIC RELIEF VALVE IS WORKING PROPERLY OR THE POOL MAY FLOAT OUT OF THE GROUND. The pool will have to remain dry during this process so you will have to have a pump going on the main drain sump to keep water out of the pool. 2.The walls can either be painted or re gel coated. Re gel coating is expensive and you will want to hire a professional to do this job. If you paint find a swimming pool paint that can be used on fiberglass. I would recommend an epoxy type paint because this will last the longest of all paints. Kelly Technical Coatings makes a paint called Zeron, this is a one-coat paint, but you will need to prep the surface and apply a primer. Follow the manufactures recommendations to apply this product. If your steps are made of fiberglass and you are painting I recommend the addition of a product called Shark Bite to make the surface non-slip. You should be able to find Shark Bite at a paint store. 3. The concrete floor can be plastered (very expensive, and get a professional to do this as well) or painted with the same paint you paint the walls with Zeron. Follow the manufactures recommendations to apply this product. 4. The last item is the expansion joint between the floor and the wall. Dig out all the old stuff and then put filler in as needed then re-caulk. I recommend Kelly Technical Coatings Permaseal (this product is designed to be used in the pool.) You may want to prep the joint before you paint the floor and wall then finish the joint when you are done with the floor and wall. If you do everything for the joint last you may chip the newly painted surface. Now that you have seen everything rethink the idea of hiring someone to do the job, mainly because the job is very involved and if not done properly can become a huge nightmare.
One reason that causes sand to accumulate at the bottom of your pool is a sand filter with a broken lateral or laterals. Notice where the sand is accumulating? Is their return… outlets from the filter directly above the small piles of sand in your pool? That is a broken lateral. You can fix this problem by scooping out the sand in the filter and replacing the laterals at the bottom of the tank. I have been cleaning and repairing pools for a long time and it is my suggestion that you hire a professional for this job.
Steel walls are currently the lowest quality wall for a swimming pool, with the exception of Cyprus wood (if still available). Concrete (not gunite) is superior to any… other wall, but a pool with concrete walls generally also has a concrete bottom. In other words, it is a concrete swimming pool. The most popular wall today for vinyl liner pools is fiberglass and, with the possible exception of concrete, is the best possible choice.
put you head under the water and swim in the direction of the bottom.
If you have an in-ground swimming pool with a concrete bottom and stainless steel sidewalls can you install a Salt Chlorinator System without damaging the stainless steel walls?
Chlorine and Stainless Steel McNelly.com says, " The basic resistance of stainless steel occurs because of its ability to form a protective coating on the me…tal surface. This coating is a "passive" film which resists further "oxidation" or rusting. The formation of this film is instantaneous in an oxidizing atmosphere such as air, water, or other fluids that contain oxygen. Once the layer has formed, we say that the metal has become "passivated" and the oxidation or "rusting" rate will slow down to less than 0.002" per year (0,05 mm. per year). Unlike aluminum or silver this passive film is invisible in stainless steel. It's created when oxygen combines with the chrome in the stainless to form chrome oxide which is more commonly called "ceramic". This protective oxide or ceramic coating is common to most corrosion resistant materials. Halogen salts, especially chlorides easily penetrate this passive film and will allow corrosive attack to occur. The halogens are easy to recognize because they end in the letters "ine". Listed in order of their activity they are: fluorine chlorine bromine iodine astatine.
Most likely you have a sand filter unless you live near the beach. The sand filter has baffles inside the filter and buried down in the existing sand. One or more of the baffl…es or the stack pipe is cracked. causing sand to return to the pool with the filtered water. Drain the sand from the sand filter and replace the baffles and/or stack pipe. Replace with new sand. Be sure to use approved sand for sand filters.
Yes but its not recommended. You would have to replace the liner very soon. I have a customer who spent almost 60 grand on a pool were the liner was placed over concrete and n…ow 4 years later she is spending almost 6 grand to replace the liner and redo the pool with vermiculite. Best bet is to refinish the pool with either gunite or vermiculite pool crete and then put in the liner. A liner can last ten to fifteen years before having to be replaced and then when it is replaced, it looks like a brand new pool.
It can be any color you may desire. The final coating on a fiberglass laminate is called "gel coat", and it is available in 40 different colors. Several unusual colors have be…en chosen by our customers over the past 11 years, such as pink, black, and bubble gum. But more than 95% of the finish coats, on vinyl liner to fiberglass conversions, are white or light blue.