unfortunately those old-school plasterers are not around anymore, huh? wonder why? So thesedemo pools were plastered, filled and monitored for about a year. After all the hoopla, all the fingerpointing and all the data was in, guess what, the NSPI and the industry determined the commondenominator was human error, labor defects, defects in the actual mixing of the plaster on the job-site, defects in the actual application of the plaster, defects in the hand troweling of the plaster aswell as the condition of the trowels themselves. Last but not least and most prevalent was thestart-up procedure done by most companies. Houston we have a problem! How can this be? Was echoed throughout the industry. We are the experts, we've been doing thisfor years and years without these problems, how could all of a sudden our time and testedtechniques be the blame for all of our woes? Well like all trades that have have well skilledcraftsmen they all had their industry specific niche. Pool plasterers were not born from the industrybut transferred from the masonry, concrete and stucco finishing trades. After all swimming poolsreally did not have their own industry classification until the late 50's, 60's and 70's. Pools werebeing built by home builders who employed skilled craftsmen, skilled in block laying, carpentry,form work, concrete finishing and plastering. As the pool industry grew and the industry was able to support the full time employment of poolplasters. Those plasterers came from skilled backgrounds and as the industry continued to grow itattracted all sorts of people trying to get their slice of pool pie. Well unfortunately with all bigbusiness comes competition and competition can be a good thing if we all play fair like good littleboys and girls. New pool companies were popping up everywhere and everywhere a new poolcompany started they needed laborers. Notice I said laborers not craftsmen, yes the competitionwas not playing fair by hiring unskilled labor to reduce the overall cost of the pool. Forcing thecraftsmen still left in the industry in keep taking pay cuts until they were finally forced out of theindustry by the newbie's. Ok maybe not forced so much as they were ready for retirement anyway. They sure don't build them like they used too Remember that old saying? "they don't build them like they used too" well the transfer from oldschool craftsmen to then new pool laborers must have missed quite a few important trade secretsand techniques. Pool plaster "101" is apparently where all the freshmen left, dropped out went towork thinking they knew all there was to know. Here is what unfortunately not passed down tothem from the very wise old guys: 1) Thou shall not apply plaster unless the plaster was mixed for "x" amounts of minutes.2) Thou shall not use well water or unfiltered water for mixing of the plaster.3) Thou shall not use dirty trowels, worn trowels or poor quality steel trowels.4) Thou shall not over-trowel the pool plaster.5) Thou shall not add calcium to the plaster mix.6) Thou shall not walk bare-foot on finished pool plaster.7) Thou shall fill pool starting the water in the deep end only.8) Thou shall not interrupt the filling process until the water reaches the tile line.9) Thou shall not try to chemically balance the pool all in one day.10) Thou shall brush, brush and brush the pool for at least 10 days.