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Old 06-03-2011, 03:41 PM   #16
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You'll also likely need door alarms and/or a water alarm as the pool will be easily accessed from doors from your home.

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Old 06-03-2011, 07:56 PM   #17
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I would not want my pool on grade unless you can guarantee that groundwater from heavy rains etc couldn't run into the pool. That is a mess you don't want to deal with, trust me.
Before you start pouring concrete or placing pavers or other decking, think about your electrical wiring (low and house voltage) and wiring for speakers (you'll want music at some point out there). Much easier to install all of that or just empty conduit runs for future use. Also, same for gas line for pool heater and/or gas grill.
Maybe on grade wasn't what I was thinking. I don't have much experience with inground pools. I just had a vision of a fiberglass pool sticking further up out of the ground than it should.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:13 AM   #18
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I would just make sure that there isn't a natural grading of groundwater to enter the pool. Maybe a topographic survey of the property would help; my township required me to have a impervious ground water survey done and the surveyors did a topographic map along with calculating the water impervious value; I think it was like $300-400.
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I've done this, but with subcontracted labor/digging assistance.

One thing I would do better next time is after the pool shell is placed into the hole, make sure that it is backfilled with dirt properly. That means packing the dirt into the negative space and using high pressure water hoses to get the fill into all crevices.

I didn't do that correctly, and later had to have someone repair some cracks in the fiberglass. After the repairs it was fine, but doing it right the first time would have saved me the expense and hassle.

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I am enjoying this thread. Nineteen and 1/2 years ago my sons and I replaced a 24' round above-ground pool (that we had installed about half in-ground 10 years before) with an 18 x 36 ft in-ground steel-walled vinyl-lined pool. We dug it out by hand, but it has a maximum depth of about 5.5 feet and some of the digging had been done when we installed the previous pool. The reason for the lesser depth is that it was designed for pool volleyball.

I am going to fill it in this fall, after 20 great years (and one replacement liner). It has served us well, but the grandkids are about grown and it does not get much use any more. It will be replaced by a patio, with upkeep more suited to this aging body.

Good luck with your pool.

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don't forget the electrical ground grid required under your pool. in some way your cement rebar can be used to form the grid if done properly.

your yard will need to be fenced and lockable. minimum height and build technique required for fence.

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Hi everyone. Wow, I never updated this thread once after the project kicked off! Sorry!

Anyways, we got alot done for this year. Definitely alot of work and very stressful.

The pool and patio are done. The deck will be getting done next year along with finishing the shed/change-room.

I will be happy to offer more pictures and details later, but for now, here are a couple pictures of during and after the patio installation.
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don't forget the electrical ground grid required under your pool. in some way your cement rebar can be used to form the grid if done properly.

your yard will need to be fenced and lockable. minimum height and build technique required for fence.

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Wow, some localities go overboard--the joys of Big Brother. We have a fence, which makes sense, but "electrical ground grid"???
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"electrical ground grid"

A sensible requirement; prevents fatal shocks.
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ya doesn't seem that strange to ask. usually the pool is shotcrete with cement onto a rebar structure (i don't know how you did yours). the rebar acts also as your ground grid of course this means that the rebar size and connection has to be considered from two points of view .. 1) useful for concrete forming and 2) useful for ground grid. i guess my point is that with a tiny bit more effort you can make use of the install you already have to ensure proper safety.

the idea is that the water in the pool and any metal structure within .. 5ft ? .. like pool ladder, is bonded and then attached to the ground grid (pool rebar structure). this is so nobody dies due to an electrical hazard that may happen (read will happen eventually).

anyway, your pictures look awesome. i love the enhanced BLUE colour, nice design and great finishing work.
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I thought I'd just update this thread, we sort of finally finished all the landscaping last year, and I realized I never updated this thread with a final picture, so here she is!
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Nice!

I take it this pic wasn't taken this week.

We're in Missouri and we still have spots of snow on the ground.
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OP is in Grimsby, ON and is probably playing hockey on the pool. It is still snowing here and we are just south of the border.
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Correct, the picture wasn't taken this week, taken sometime last season after we finished most of the landscaping.

It's practically still winter here.
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Looks great, Adam.

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