Over the past couple of months I have learned a LOT about pool construction. As my pool is being built many things I thought to be true about pool construction are proving false, in a good way. For instance, I thought that they could not dig our pool in the rain, but they did. I also thought that our pool filling with rain water was going to cause a huge delay, but they got it drained in a matter of days.
Gunite has been another one of those things I thought I knew about, but was proved wrong. The day that they planned to install the Gunite it was very dreary, grey, damp and misty and I thought for sure that they would have to delay the install, but it didn’t delay them at all!
It took the crew 2 days to spray in all of the Gunite and it was pretty amazing to watch. Our pool went from being a hole filled with shaped re-bar to actually looking like a real pool! The crew formed the seats, stairs and cascade waterfalls as the gunite was being sprayed in and in a matter of 2 days, wha la!
Here it is after Day 1 of Gunite
The weather was a bit dryer on day two and in less than a second full day the Gunite on our pool was complete!
Day 2 of Gunite COMPLETE!
An interesting thing about Gunite is that is has to dry from the inside out, so it actually has to be kept damp so that it dries properly. The benefit of having a pool constructed in the winter is that the weather did that job for us for several days! Normally you have to spray down the pool surface for about 20 minutes a few times a day to keep it damp so it dries correctly, but since the weather was damp and misty, we didn’t have to wet it down at all the first few days. After that we only had to spray it down once a day for a few days.
Another benefit of constructing a pool in winter is that you’re not tempted to want to swim in it! LOL!
So it’s coming right along! Next step, cement decking around the pool, then plaster and tile, then swim!
Here are some shots to show you the pool progress along the way
You can follow the whole story by checking out my first post on the Pool:
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