Hello all and sorry for the very long post. Don't want to read..the bottom line would be.. is there adequate coverage on these [removed] pool copings. I say no..pics at bottom..looking for pro input.
If I am I wrong..I need to know. work is commencing soon.pool needs to be ready for Summer.
I had in-ground pool coping [ precast-cement] installed on a cement footing that was done very slowly by hand in the winter  when it got down below 20 degrees for more than a few nights. It was done by hand and there are no expansion joints at all and longest side is in 30 ft. When done for the [short] day they packed up and came back whenever to continue on..it is by no means monolithic.
I have no idea if during the curing process when the temps dropped to 18 degrees F some type of film could have risen to the top and froze or something. Then the coping was installed on top of this 4 months later with no prep..
The footings are very hard. My real problem is with the coping installation. The coping was not back buttered or moistened before installation. The moisture content of the coping was not taken.The mortar was not loose as the coping is heavy and had to stay put.
All the coping was installed then we had to remove a 40 ft section of the footing to fix both skimmers and leaky plumbing...the coping was taken off by mason chisel. Not one piece was broken in the process. A few had very little mortar stuck on the back, most had none.Some had to have just popped off..The mortar used was NOT latex modified adhesive mortar just plain water was used to mix plain mortar
I have had my Consumer protection agency out to look and they see no problem. I have NEVER seen worse coverage in my life. I am nothing short of bewildered. at their conclusion. They are not about to do a lot of testing either..
The one guy, maybe an installation crew chief,who they brought out to test the coping tapped on a few pieces that were still down and declared them OK. He also looked at the coping with no mortar on the back and agreed it was fine based mostly on his tapping test I imagine
. I do not dispute they are on-maybe even stuck-however slight that may be..I say they are not really bonded as they should be--not if all that is on the back of the coping upon removal is a white film that is absorbed into the coping.
I live in the Northeast where under normal conditions there is plenty of freeze thaw going on. Last winter was the exception. I barely needed a coat 90% of the time.
On most of the coping there is no mortar stuck to the sides of the coping where the joint was filled with same mortar. some do have it. if some why not all
1] It should not have been so easy to get the coping off and that there should be 100% or thereabouts coverage remaining on the back of the coping. If I had put it down we would be looking at ALL broken coping as opposed to none. The one's that have no mortar on the back have just a white film that if you closed your eyes and ran you hand over it would not know anything was there.It is almost liker the coping is stained
2] within reason-- every piece should have the same coverage and when so many have none it is best to redo them all.
It should be noted that EVERYTHING this contractor did was wrong.That is the only thing not in dispute.
Once all the repairs are made the contractor wants a signed release. If the coping issue is not fixed I will have a problem doing that. The protection agency could toss the case and I am back to square one--court--where I will win but at what cost..I will not need a lawyer for this one as the contractor has already agreed all the work is crapola
Hope this image helps-It is not doctored in any way except I had to wet it too make it clear-one has 25% coverage in red square and one has none like most of them.
dry showing nothing but color where mortar should be