pavers a pool killer?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by jmkr02, May 31, 2014.

  1. jmkr02

    jmkr02 LawnSite Senior Member
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    A customer stated the pool guy says pavers are a pool killer and pool coping. I suggested to clean the dirt out of the joints and use 2ns sand instead of slag. Any comments?
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  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yea what is he talking about
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  3. jmkr02

    jmkr02 LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't think pavers are a "pool killer", but winter freezing surely is.

    If the pavers are butted up against a mortared coping and they heave - they can pop the coping out of place, which in turn could cause the tile right under the coping to break. It's my opinion that the pavers should be about 1/2 inch away from the coping. (This is presuming you're talking about a gunite or a concrete pool)

    And speaking of pools - make sure you're grounding the pavers. I have friends that were at a pool party and something happened where everyone on the pool patio and in the water got a jolt of electricity.
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  5. Murphy's Law

    Murphy's Law LawnSite Member
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    How do you ground the pavers. Doing a new pool deck install in a couple weeks and would like to know.
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  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    A layer of tinfoil underneath works well for me
     
  7. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Here's a link for equipotential bonding

    http://m.ecmweb.com/nec/top-2008-nec-changes

    Love to hear how all of these individuals were shocked, please continue.
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  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't know how they were shocked. So last week we went to the local carnival with friends of ours, and my buddy's wife brought it up. With 3 boys all running around we didn't really get into a full blown conversation about it :)

    All I know is that everyone in or around the pool got shocked during a party (I think), and I don't think anyone got hurt from it.

    One of the electricians we use to disconnect the power to the pumps, heaters, and lights says "I'll never wire a new pool, too much liability, water and electricity don't mix"
     
  9. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's an incredible story. Simply incredible.
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  10. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Since these are friends of yours I wonder if you swim in that pool often?
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