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Can just tile and decking be replaced on plaster pool?

Posted by fori (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 21, 12 at 15:33


We had our "new" pool replastered last year because it was in pretty bad shape, along with some plumbing modernizations. We opted to save the tile because it was in good shape but we're thinking maybe we need to replace it after all. The coping also needs to be replaced as well as the deck.

Can this be done without replastering? Can plaster be touched up? (It's just plain white plaster.) Removing the tile will probably ding up the plaster, just as removing the plaster sort of messed up the tile--if the pool remodeler hadn't claimed it would be fine, we wouldn't have done it that way. >:(

Any suggestions on the proper procedure? (We do not freeze here, if that's relevant.) Thanks!

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RE: Can just tile and decking be replaced on plaster pool?

Yes, it can be done. The tile contractor will cut under the tile and remove it. The biggest problem is dirt and debris staining the existing plaster. They just need to spend a little extra effort to keep the mess to a minimum.
After the tile is installed, they will caulk the bttom and top of the tile or it the case of coping they may mortar the top joint.

RE: Can just tile and decking be replaced on plaster pool?

Thanks for the reply, GG.

Can I go with a poured concrete deck/coping on an old pool? Ummm I don't know what it's called--where the coping is integrated into the deck instead of being prefabbed chunks. Seems messy...

Am I going to have to drain the pool for tile and all that? Maybe next time I'll think through this a little better before I start!

RE: Can just tile and decking be replaced on plaster pool?

Cantilever deck. Yes you can do that. In that case there is no mortar between the tile and the deck. I guess it could be caulked. My builder used forms from Mortex that includes trim called a cove strip that covers the joint between tile and the deck to allow for movement there without exposing a gap.

RE: Can just tile and decking be replaced on plaster pool?

Thanks, BP!

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