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Posted:  9/19/2016 12:45 PM #26545
Larrya
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Subject: Chipped, cracked, hole in corner of gunite pool step
The leading edge of the top (round) step of my gunite pool has, roughly, a 2 inch hole, or large chip, where a piece of the top layer (plaster?) has broken off. I actually have the piece that broke off. Looking into the hole (about 1/2 inch deep near the center) I can see what looks like brown "sand" or cement (this "interior" material is rather hard). I'm curious to know the best way to repair the damaged part of the step and what are the best products to use? Wish I could include a picture as they do, sometimes, speak a thousand words!



Posted:  9/19/2016 1:19 PM #26546
Rob Cox
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Hi Larry

The darker material is the gunite, underneath the plaster. What you need is some plaster mix to patch it and make the repair. Just mix with water and place it, and smooth it out, and fill the pool back up over it within a few hours. To prep, clean with a degreaser and a scrub brush very well, dampen the surface before placing the plaster mix. Use EZ Patch #1, the 3 lb kit will do it. http://www.poolcenter.com/p/white-pool-pl aster-repair-kit

Rob
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Posted:  9/19/2016 1:57 PM #26547
Larrya
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Thank you Rob! very helpful. One follow up. I was going to do the repair when I lower the water for winter prep (2 weekends out). How long after I refill the pool, after the repair, can I lower it again?


Posted:  9/19/2016 2:05 PM #26548
Rob Cox
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Hi Larry

Generally speaking, 30 days of cure time... so perhaps you should wait until spring to do it. It'll be OK until then...

Rob
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Posted:  4/28/2017 1:45 PM #26600
Larrya
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OK, it's spring! time for the repair. Curious, do you recommend the EZ Patch #1 fast set? or the EZ Patch #1 "regular" for a repair like mine (see, of course, the original post for what I'm trying to do). I think you recommended the "regular" but I wanted to be sure. Also, after I repair the hole, and refill the pool, can I then go right into my usual start-up/cleaning procedures? Thanks!


Posted:  4/28/2017 1:51 PM #26601
Larrya
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Sorry if you're seeing this twice - the system crashed on my first try..... OK, it's spring! time for the repair. Curious, do you recommend the EZ Patch #1 fast set? or the EZ Patch #1 regular for a repair like mine (see, of course, the original post for what I'm trying to do). I think you recommended the "regular" but I wanted to be sure. Also, after I repair the hole, and refill the pool, can I then go right into my usual start-up/cleaning procedures? Thanks!


Posted:  5/1/2017 2:42 PM #26602
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Hi Larry







EZ Patch #1 Fast Set is really for applying underwater. If you are applying dry (well, moist), then use the regular, so it won't dry too fast. After refilling yes, balance the water, add cyanuric acid stabilizer, and go about regular. Try to brush the patch every day for a week, or 4 or 5 times. The patch will likely be brighter and whiter than surrounding areas, FY, but will fade and blend more over time
[Edited on 5/1/2017]
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Posted:  5/19/2017 10:13 AM #26603
Larrya
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OK, today is the day ... or tomorrow ..... sorry for what probably seem like nit-picky questions ..... I bought both the EZ-Patch 1 and EZ Patch 1 FS. Curious if one approach/product is better than the other? (considering also that the hole is now in relatively dirty). I want to make the best repair/patch I can. And I will pump down, without hesitation, if that is the better way. But if it isn't better, and I don't have to pump down, it would save a lot of water and pumping time from my well. Thanks agin for the help.


Posted:  5/19/2017 10:21 AM #26604
Rob Cox
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Hi larry, since you have both, I would use the Fast Set. Mix it slightly dry, and roll into a large ball of the size you need to patch. Dive down, or otherwise apply the patch the area, smoothing with a trowel. It will stiffen up (underwater) within a few hours. I don't know if the dry patch method is any better, or worse, but I'd try wet patch first. (Fast Set)
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