We are in the process of renovating a commercial pool with a gutter system. The plaster surface has been removed along with some of the concrete. The wall of the gutter on the water side is tiled and is crumbling away. Our plan is to shotcrete the walls and gutter. When we shoot the walls back we will be adding 1 to 2 in. (25 to 51 mm) of shotcrete at a maximum. Is this too thin for shotcrete? Also, the gutter edge will be 2 in. (51 mm) thick and 4 in. (102 mm) in height without any reinforcing bar—will this have much strength?
Shotcrete can be placed as thin as 1 to 2 in. (25 to 51 mm), but will do little more than to provide a new surface to apply the plaster. To do a proper job you need to remove all loose and deteriorated existing shotcrete and should likely add in a layer of reinforcement or use structural fibers (either steel or synthetic) in the shotcrete mixture. The surface preparation should be done to the standards outlined by the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).
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