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Old 05-02-2006, 12:08 PM   #1
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Pool tile and coping question

Hello all,

Been lurking around for a while, after reading Mr. Bridge's book, and now I find myself on the brink of one hell of a job. The Homeowners Association of my condo has a pool that is in dire need of a facelift. Much one the tile border around the waterline is cracked/chipped/beat up. Also, much of the brick coping has become loose. I took out a 3 foot section simply by grabbing it a picking it up. I am a rookie tilesetter/weekend warrior so I have some experience, but I've never done this type of job before. The overall pool dimensions are approximately 50'x30'. I dug around with the forum search but didn't find anything.

So question 1: Do I have to use a "pool" tile or can I use porcelin for the border?

question 2: How big a job is the coping replacement?(The brick border on top is the coping correct?)

Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-02-2006, 01:38 PM   #2
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First the disclaimer... I am no professional! End disclaimer..

I recently did what you are looking to do but on a smaller pool of my own. I have a thread on here somewhere. In Houston, there is not much freezing issues so I didn't have that to contend with.

I used porcelain tile I found at Home Depo. Marruzi Presedential series. Did not "see" any difference from what I took off. Definately would stay with procelain instead of regular ceramic though. If you are in a freezing climate, I would have to defer to the professionals.

On the coping, if it came off as easy as you say, I would say it would probably not be a huge job, depending on what you go back with. I ended up with a rotohammer to remove mine as it was stuck good. Most of my time was spend making cuts on the new coping stones to make the grout lines match up better on a round pool. Setting them straight and even was also a challange.

There are a couple good threads on here for setting the stuff so you should be able to find that. Let me know if I can attempt to answer anything else.

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