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Showing posts with label swimming pools. Show all posts
Showing posts with label swimming pools. Show all posts

Friday, May 31, 2013

$100 pool tile repair

So many pool owners have shared with me how hard and expensive it is to have pool tile repaired.The pool maintanance and repair companies want to redo the whole pool gunite and all.This repaster and tile install Is very costly  thousands to be more precise.Finding a professional to just do a quality tile replacement can be challenging and downright frustrating.First off tile installation on a swimming pool  cost about 3 times the cost per sq ft of  a normal tile installation.second of all the pool tile removel and replacement s very specialized not just any tile man can remove and replace tile on a pool so as you cant tell its been replaced.I love doing swimming pool tile, because i love the sun and being outside.In the not to far off future We will be going back home to Florida and I will probably in semi retirement do only swimming pools.So to get back to the useful info  pools can be challenging. first thing to do in a pool repair is cut all around the outside of any tile to be removed ,on the botom line of tile (where it meets gunite/concrete)the score line has to be really straight because your new  tile line will sit on this ledge,and in order for it to be staight and level thos LIP  has to be perfect.I always use a hand grinder with a 4 inch diamond blade to cut out the line and the grout before removing the old tiles.Installation of the new tiles should always be done with thinset mortar mixed kind of thick to hold the tiles in place where you stick them.when Mixing the grout ALWAYS ad portland cement to your grout for added strength and durability. About 3 parts grout and 1 part portland cement(comes in gray  and white colors) Its probably better for the do it yourselfer to do this repair in the morning or late evening when the direct sun is not right on your area to be repaired. below are some pictures of the pool I repaired this past week and charged $100 for the repair. This just proves (IF I DID IT FOR THIS PRICE)  There are people out there who will treat you right on your pool repair  you just have to find them
the pictures below are of the pool repair and the thinset/medium bed mortar that I used to do it. The job is in wenham ma. for some folkes Ive done 3 other jobs for  great people ! this repair took me 1 hour to complete

loose tile removed ready to replace

closer look

tile replaced ready to grout 

finished product

another closer look of finished

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pictures of recent jobs In the last month

 custom boxes, hexagon marble with a dot,swimming pools,backsplashes,mosaic designs, diagonal strips ,shower floors, design benches, Design kitchen floors. All these jobs were done by me in the last month  And theses are just a small portion of the jobs I didnt add any pics of just straight tile which is what I do the most of. Enjoy the photos  and If you have questions let me know  regards   Chris

reader comments and responses and a recent swimming pool job

First I have to apologize for not getting to write On the blog as much as I would like.The  overwhelmingness  of everyday life and pricing and then doing all of the tile jobs I have to do to make a living and get ahead is heavy. But I really want to thanks you folks out there so much for reading and commenting In such numbers. I am so amazed by the worldwide visits to the blog.I especially want to thank My web designer and web master Diana Smith Who created the web site and got me to write on it!If It wasn't for her vast knowledge SEO and HTML in the background of my site and years of hard work and devotion to my site You wouldn't be reading me now!I'm hardly a tech guy as a matter of fact I am very tech handicapped and can barely write this blog. Everything about this web site and blog was built and are maintained every day by Diana.I'm just a simple tile guy ,a Mason working with concrete and rocks man made and natural. My grammer sucks and my spelling is worse, But 35 years of tile work has given me Insites that can be easily shared.So I want to say a very special thanks To diana for putting up with My barbaric old southern boy way.
I encourage you If you need a web site or  have a site you need to get out there then go to  " websitedesignsbydiana,com" or let me know and I'll hook you up.


4 different comments have been posted in the last 24 hours I'm starting to get alot . So ive decided to post the new ones every couple days. here are the comments with my responses

1------ I usually do not write a comment, but after browsing through
a few of the comments here "copper shower pan vs rubber membrane to dry in shower pans???".- I actually do have 2 questions for you if you don't mind. Could it be simply me or does it appear like some of the remarks appear like they are coming from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting on additional online sites, I would like to keep up with you. Would you list of every one of all your social networking sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

RESPONSE  There are alot of international Folks  who have a hard time writing In English . And I really appreciate their efforts. Also there are alot of people who have never been on a construction job or have never even hit a nail with a hammer. Those are the people that I write this blog for the ones who really need it!Those of us who work with our hands and were born on the construction job
may think some of the questions posted here are out there. But Remember those of us in the world Have many talents and there is no way one person can know it all > There are many questions those people know the answer too  That I wouldn't have a clue about. So to me there are no stupid questions
simple is easy and all questions regarding tile work will be answered here.
As far as Social network feeds I have those accounts but I am not really active on Twitter and facebook , Linked in ect. But If you want to follow this blog  simply look to the left of the Blog homepage and subscribe to our free mailing list. regards   Chris

2------Woah! I'm really digging the template/theme of this website. It's simple, yet effective.
A lot of times it's very difficult to get that "perfect balance" between superb usability and visual appearance. I must say that you've done
a awesome job with this. Additionally, the blog loads very fast
for me on Chrome. Outstanding Blog!

RESPONSE; Thanks alot!!!Again all the credit for the visual and tech stuff regarding web site and operation  Goes back to Diana  I just write when I can  regards   chris

3-------Awesome blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
I'm planning to start my own site soon but I'm a little lost on
everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform
like Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I'm totally confused .. Any ideas? Thanks!

My web designer Diana  Again knows all this stuff and all tech questions go to her   websitedesignsbydiana,com                        .    But as far as writing Goes simple and clear seems to be the best way to reach  diversified  readers.Pick a toppic that you REALLY know about and just share the wealth!!

4--- What do you know about the Schluter shower pan systems? It seems superior to all other options.

RESPONSE; I know that the system requires the use of UNMODIFIED thin set which is the lowest cost least grade available concrete adhesive and is low grade $5. Per bag product that turns to dust several years after use. Your tile is stuck only as good as the thinset u use to install it.And for this reason i would not use this system in my house and expect a long term quality installation . RegardsCHRIS

 Below is a swimming pool  I tiled about a month ago along with photos of unfinished and finished pool


Pools are a very specialized type of tile job and require precise materials and alot of experience to get right. I recommend Using pure portland cement in both your thin set and grout to give you extra strength and durability


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