LESLIE: Ernie in Kansas needs some help with a swimming pool. What’s going on?
ERNIE: I have an in-ground swimming pool and the finish coat on the steps where you enter into the pool is – there’s a hollow sound underneath there which tells me that the topcoat, water has gotten in underneath it. Seems like the coat is about 3/8 – between 3/8 of an inch and ¾ of an inch thick and when I break that out and replace that topcoat I was wondering whether I need to use some type of a bonding product which would adhere the new cement-type topcoating.
TOM: OK, Ernie, there is a product that will work for that that is called AboCrete. And it’s one of the products that’s made by the Abatron company and the best thing for you to do is to go to their website and buy it right off the website. It’s A-b-a-t-r-o-n.
TOM: When you get on their website you can search the word “pool” and you’ll find they have, actually, a swimming pool selection guide that outlines the products. But AboCrete is the product that you use when you have to do like a resurfacing because of a deterioration. And it’s basically an epoxy patching and resurfacing compound. And the reason you want to use epoxy is because it’s going to stick. If you use anything that’s just masonry-based and not epoxy, it will …
LESLIE: They won’t stick to one another.
TOM: It’ll chip right off.
ERNIE: OK, well fine. One other item was I had sandblasted the epoxy coating off of the pool.
ERNIE: I was wondering whether there’s any other product rather than epoxy paint.
LESLIE: Yeah, when you visit the website there’s another product that they have called Abocoat and it comes in custom colors and a variety of standard colors that are available and that’s sort of the refinishing of all the painted surfaces of the pool as well. And really, their products are outstanding. When I had to put a new floor down in my basement I pulled up what was there and found just a mishmosh of unlevel disaster area and I recoated the whole floor with the AboCrete and it came out fantastic. It’s level. It was easy to do. I mean it really is a good product.
ERNIE: OK, real fine. Well, I sure appreciate the information.
TOM: Well, you’re very welcome and good luck with that project and make sure you invite us over to swim, OK? (Leslie chuckles)
ERNIE: There you go. OK, real fine.
TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. 888-666-3974.