Coping/Waterline Products: Installation Procedures

9 inch Coping/Waterline

The 9 inch coping/waterline has 8 pieces of different lengths that cover 8 feet of bond beam. Normally they extend below the waterline. They look like cut stone pieces if the mortar is raked back for a dry set look. Used mostly for fiberglass pools and concrete pools in Florida with a 6-8 inch bond beam. See separate tips for installation on a fiberglass pool.

13 inch Coping/Waterline

The 13 inch coping/waterline is designed for concrete pools with a 12 inch bond beam. A 6 piece set covers 7 linear feet of beam for that old world cut stone look. Available in all color patterns.

8 inch RicoRock® Tile

The 8 inch RicoRock® Tile can be used in place of regular tile. You will need support on the bottom edge while the mortar dries; felt board nailed to the pool wall is typically used. These pieces can also be used as a coping in situations where there is conventional tile but the waterfall is set back 3-4 inches.

Stone Veneer

Stone veneer is available in 4 inch and 12 inch sets to be used with 8 inch Tile to veneer walls or raised spas.

Installation Procedures

RicoRock® castings can be cut with a grinder type cutting tool. Be sure to spray a stream of water to minimize dust and use eye protection. Cut edges can be tooled with a grinder, not patched.

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Coping/Waterline pieces should be applied after the waterline area has been waterproofed. A rich mortar should be used and the coping pieces and the contact area should each have ½ inch of mortar. You may need to shim up the top edge to create a 2 or 3 inch coping to match the deck height.

Mortar should be allowed to set before cleaning the joints to avoid smearing the cast pieces. It is not recommended to try and blend the pieces together because the joints are hard to texture and likely to have hairline cracks.

Staining to individualize the cast pieces should be done before setting the coping to avoid coloring the mortar joints. A sealer like Deck O Shield will protect coping from concrete pours and from damage in freeze thaw cycles and from pool chemicals.

Waterproofing should be applied with a brush to the pool waterline area, two even coats, before mortaring any cast rock below waterline.

Mixing can be done by hand but a mixing paddle on a small drill is better. The consistency should be like mayonnaise.

Applying the first coat to porous gunite will result in air bubbles that should be brushed away as it dries. Brush at least 1 inch past the finish rock line so the pool finish treatment overlaps; there will not be a bonding problem.

RicoRock® Waterproofing is a hydraulic cement designed for fast installations:

  • It has a dry polymer for better bond, no additional polymer is needed
  • It mixes with clean water, no false set is required
  • It can be applied immediately and dries in one hour in warm weather
  • A second coat or finish can be applied while it is still damp
  • It comes in a weatherproof 5 gallon bucket
  • One bucket is 50 lbs and covers 200-300 sq ft
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Waterproofing can also be used to patch a damaged casting. It will bond well and is easy to blend in and texture with a damp paint brush. It will dry the same color as our castings and can be colored with Acrylic Stain.

Notched Boulders

Notched Boulders are used in both concrete and fiberglass pools so it appears the pool was built around the boulders. It is a good idea to dry set boulders to get a look at how various boulders fit together before committing to mortar.

Boulders should be mortared to a concrete pad with one to two inches of mortar. Waterline area must be waterproofed before installing boulder.

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Coping Waterline 3

When installing on a bond beam radius there will be a gap between the boulder and the pool wall. This void should be filled with mortar, which is difficult, or with expanding foam after the mortar is set. For very large notched boulders a half inch hole can be drilled in the rock lip to inject the foam into gap between the rock and the pool wall.

Notched boulders look great and work well submerged in the pool on a reef step but they must be special ordered. They must either be filled with a closed cell foam or ordered as hollow boulders to be filled with concrete.There should never be a void between a rock surface and the pool because the trapped water will not be circulated and treated.



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Coping/Waterline PDF

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Installation on a Fiberglass Pool

View tips for installation on a fiberglass pool.

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