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Digging your own swimming pool - Anyone ever do it?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by excane, Apr 20, 2009.


  1. excane

    excane Banned

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    My brother and I were kicking around the idea to dig a pool for my parents in their backyard.

    We have access to heavy machinery (my brother is a fireman and knows people with equipment)

    Anyone ever do it?
     
  2. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    You should post a bunch of pictures and a how to on TB if you do.
     
  3. Fontaine

    Fontaine

    Apr 27, 2006
    i once dug my own grave....oh wait...
     
  4. Stigs

    Stigs

    Sep 29, 2007
    Richmond, Virginia
    The only digging equipment I have access to is a shovel, so I've never even considered it as a possibility :p
     
  5. excane

    excane Banned

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    We have access to a medium size excavator.
     
  6. nortonrider

    nortonrider

    Nov 20, 2007
    You gotta have someplace to put the dirt that you take out of the hole.
     
  7. depending on where you live some people will take the fill away for free, assuming they can use it.
     
  8. nortonrider

    nortonrider

    Nov 20, 2007
    Transporting dirt away takes a dump truck, which costs money - just something to keep in mind.
    Check on permits and have all of the utilitys (also leach fields / septic systems) located before you start digging.
    ...And expect there to be some issue to deal with. Tree roots, construction backfill, big rocks, ect... There's always something when it comes to excavation.
     
  9. mkrtu9

    mkrtu9

    Mar 2, 2006
    Tuscola
    It's not the hole that I would worry about, but what you do with the hole after you have it. You can't just pour concrete, you'll have to mold it somehow but i suck at anything related to concrete. Then I would assume that you'll either have to spray the concrete with something or line it with a liner. Since concrete is porous.

    nortonrider is correct... dirt is expensive to haul away. I'll take it if you can get it to central IL :)

    I would suggest an above ground pool then build a deck around it.
     
  10. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Screw concrete.
    Use duct tape.
    Just line the hole, and fill it.
     
  11. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    ^
    That's what she said.
     
  12. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    +1 On using duct tape!

    -1 For responding to your own message :eyebrow:
     
  13. Joey3313

    Joey3313

    Nov 28, 2003
    A self-reply?

    I wasn't aware such fail existed...
     
  14. nortonrider

    nortonrider

    Nov 20, 2007
    It has just been taken to a whole new level.
     
  15. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    it's just the beginning.
     
  16. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    This doesn't bode well...... I can see a new Mark Wilson only forum. It will start out ok, light banter, but a reply will be taken out of context, tempers will flair, and in the end Mark will have to ban himself :scowl:
     
  17. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    i no longer know what this thread is about, but am happy to be here to witness Marky Mark and his Funky Bunch create another superb fail.
     
  18. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    oh and:

    .
     
  19. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    I say go for it.
    Try to make it a suprise. Wait until they go away for a weekend and have at it.
    Make sure to get a picture of the look on their faces when they return.
     
  20. Cerb

    Cerb

    Sep 27, 2004
    Indiana
    Off Topic: Threads derailed by post #3.
     

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