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Unread 04-30-2016, 07:14 PM   #1
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Help installing travertine pool coping

We are going to install travertine coping and a concrete pool deck. I am finding very little installation information. We are doing it all ourselves. It is a vinyl liner pool, so it will be installed on the metal beam of the pool and the concrete base we made for it to sit on. It will also be on the top edge of our steps and swim out so we need to secure it to them as well which are plastic. What would be the best thing to lay them with? We had read Flexbond or a flexible mortar due to freeze/thaw, but will that adhere to the metal beam and plastic stairs? Also how deep does the mortar need to be? I read 1", does that sound right? Do you want to lay them level or slightly sloping away from pool for runoff?
How wide should the expansion joint between the coping and the concrete be, and what do you fill it in with? Lastly, what do you grout it with? Just regular sanded grout? Sorry for all the question! Thank you!
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Unread 05-01-2016, 02:08 PM   #2
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Welcome Michelle.

I think we're gonna need a few photos here. You want to install over metal & plastic?

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Unread 05-01-2016, 06:32 PM   #3
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To be honest you should hire a pro. You have expensive material and you lack the knowledge that comes from years of experience with installing similar jobs.

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Karl, this is a DIY forum and we try to help the visitors do the projects they are asking about, rather than telling them they should hire a professional. There are occasions when we'll come to the conclusion with the particular visitor that the project is beyond their individual capabilities, but thus far we don't know enough about this product nor this visitor to make such a conclusion, eh?

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Unread 05-01-2016, 07:05 PM   #5
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Installing over metal and plastic,egads lol. Only product I would use in that case,would be an epoxy,for bonding. Expansion and contraction issues to be considered too,esp if you live in a freeze/thaw area.

All that being said,I wouldn't bond over either,with what you're describing.
I would go over a footer,cinder block footing etc,or I wouldn't do it.
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