This is what the pool looked like last year.
It doesn't look so bad in this picture, but you can't see the brushstrokes that we could. The pool had been painted instead of plastered before we moved in several years ago. I'm guessing the previous owners were trying to save a penny. The current owners were not impressed.
So, three weeks ago the pool was drained and sandblasted. We were thinking that within the week we'd have a shiny new pool, but our pool guy's cement/plaster mixing machine was broke. We weren't in a hurry to have the pool done, but it was a bit nerve wracking whenever anyone was in the back yard having a 30,000 gallon death pit back there.
The sandblasted look was a definite improvement from the brush strokes but we were getting a little anxious to fill the pool.
A few days ago the crew showed up to "frost" the pool. We had researched doing this ourselves a few years ago but decided that our marriage probably wasn't strong enough to survive such a project. ;.)
Watching the video was very zen-like (with the sound muted anyway)
|Our guy used a grey pigment in the plaster that will create a beautiful blue hue|
After the plastering was complete, we started the long process of filling the pool. Our poor little spigot was taking so long that we decided to ask the boys next door to borrow their spigot.
With their help, it still took about 53 hours to fill up our pool.
|Two Hoses Are Better Than One|
The water bills are going to hurt!
As the pool was filling up, we were busy emptying muck from the pond. But that's another blog post...
|On the Third Day|
After the pool was filled, we added a calcium remover to the water and then brushed the extracted calcium down to the drain hole. We have to do that so that the calcium doesn't stick to the walls (or something like that).
Now that we have the pool finished, we don't have any excuses for the rest of the yard, do we?