1. Pool Layout Meeting
Before the excavator is moved on site, we will have a site meeting to finalize the size and location of the pool and filter equipment.
2. Excavation of Your Swimming Pool
The excavation crew will arrive on site to dig the pool. We will need power and water available. In the event that we hit ledge or soil unable to accommodate the pool, buried stumps etc. we will need a phone number where we can reach you to authorize any changes or extra expense.
3. Plumbing Rough In
Our plumbing crew will arrive and install whatever piping is necessary per your contract specifications, depending on the site conditions. The pipes may be extended to the filter location or they may be stubbed off at the pool’s edge to be extended at a later date. The piping will be pressurized with either water or air and will remain so throughout the gunite process. We will install a hydrostatic relief valve in the bottom of the pool main drain. This will alleviate any ground water by allowing water to enter the pool after the gunite shell has been shot. We will need power and water available for this step.
Steel will be installed within the excavated hole. The gunite bond beam (top of pool wall) will have a ring of bar bent back and tied with horizontal bars for additional bond beam strength. The steel reinforcement cage will eventually be blocked up with bricks prior to the gunite application that morning. Electricity must be available for this phase of construction.
Gunite is the pneumatic application of concrete over the blocked up steel reinforced cage. This highly pressurized concrete is hydrated at the nozzle during application, which results in lower moisture levels and less chance of slump. For this reason, it is up to ten times stronger than poured concrete. Water and electricity must be available at pool side for this phase.
After the gunite process is complete we will come in and rough grade the site with existing fill. If additional fill is needed we would like to have it delivered at this time while our machine is on site. After rough grade is complete we will extend the plumbing to its final location and filtration system will now be set in place.
After the site has been graded it is time for the electrician to begin his work. Whatever lines are necessary to accommodate the filter and grounding of the pool should be done at this time.
8. Pool Tile
The 6″ tile border of frost proof tile will be installed around the perimeter of the pool. If you are a commercial project, tile depth markers will be installed at the appropriate places around the pool perimeter. Tile trim will also be installed at this time if you choose.
9. Pool Decking
The decking that surrounds your pool can be concrete, brick, stone or many other materials. This is the final stage before the pool shell finish is applied and it’s ready to be filled.
10. Pool Plaster
A crew will be sent in to do final clean up of the gunite shell and pump out any remaining water that may be left in the deep end, a day or two before the plaster crew. If water is to be trucked in, it needs to be arranged in advance. Plastering consists of the pneumatic application of a mixture of white limestone sand with white waterproof medusa cement. The mix is applied as a scratch coat and then hand trowel as a finish coat. The pool must begin to fill immediately and constantly up to the tile when the plasterers have finished.