Plastering When It’s Hot?
In several of the articles I've prepared for WaterShapes, the point has been made that it's not a great idea to apply plaster as the interior finish of a swimming pool (or any other watershape, for that matter) in spells of hot, dry weather - and I thought it was time to dig in a bit deeper and explain the reasoning behind that assertion. Basically, when a layer
Preventing Plaster Dust
For more than 50 years, lots of swimming pool builders, plasterers and service technicians have operated under the assumption that the plaster dust they commonly see during the first two weeks after plaster application is normal, unavoidable and acceptable.  None of that is
A Light on White
It's probably something that few owners of swimming pools built in the 40-year period after World War II ever paused to consider, but from the days of ancient Rome until modern times, pools and watershapes were often finished with white or light gray materials of some type.   From the late 1940s straight through to the mid-'70s, in fact, it was unusual - even over the top - for a backyard swimming pool to be finished with anything other than white plaster:  That was what the companies that defined the industry in the early-postwar period used, and for the most part, that was the only choice consumers had.   There were, of course, some beautiful (and costly) all-tile pools, and pools belonging to folks on all economic strata were occasionally painted in different colors, but brilliant white seemed to be exactly what everyone craved to the point where