DIY In-Ground Swimming Pool Made Easy

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Whether your goal is to host weekly parties for all the neighborhood kids or have margaritas in your own backyard, a swimming pool is an essential element. About 55,000 new in-ground pools were installed in homes across the country in 2011, according to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. Many homeowners will simply hire professionals to build and install their new natatorium. Modern kits with detailed instructions, along with the help of online forums, has made it easier (and cheaper) for homeowners to do most of the work themselves.

The task will likely take about two weeks from start to finish, if you work eight hours a day. It could potentially take less time than that depending on how many friends and family members help. Once a determination is made as to the amount of money you’ll spend on the project, the rest should go quite smoothly.

Zoning, Codes, and Space

Just like any other home improvement, an in-ground pool must be in compliance with all building and zoning statutes. The easiest way to find out what your local codes consist of is to contact your city clerk. Most municipalities require a fence around the pool. A permit to build may also be necessary. A pool will take up a significant amount of space, so plan accordingly before reaching the point of no return.

Buy Your Kit

This is where you will want to do some shopping around for the best price and design. The most popular types of pools are fiberglass, concrete and vinyl-lined. Concrete will take the longest because it has to dry, but it is also considered the strongest option (besides steel). They can also be modified later, unlike the others. You can expect to spend a minimum of $5,000 for a kit. It’s not out of the question to exceed $20,000, depending on how fancy you get.

Start Digging The Hole

By this time you already know where your septic tanks and power lines are buried. Of course, you can do this the old-fashion way— invite over several friends, buy a bunch of shovels and make a party out of it (with a guarantee they can use the pool whenever they want). The more practical solution is a backhoe rental and a construction worker who knows how to operate it. The key is to get the shallow and deep ends dug, then the fine-tuning can be done by hand.

Install The Interior And Coping

Though concrete, again, is the most versatile option, vinyl is preferred in colder climates because it can be drained, covered and cleaned quickly for the winter. It also does not use all the chemicals concrete does, and doesn’t require a liner like vinyl. All your drains and other plumbing work should be done at this time as well.

The coping is the outline around the perimeter of the pool. Some simply use plain concrete, while others will use colored bricks or stones. It gives it a professional touch that makes it stand out from your neighbors‘ pools.

Clean And Fill ‘Er Up

A vacuum can be used to remove all debris that has accumulated at the bottom of the pool while constructing. The pool will take all day to fill with a standard garden hose. Some municipalities will allow you to use a nearby fire hydrant, which will cut fill times in half or more. Chlorine comes in tablets or liquid, and is purely a personal choice. Check the pH level of the water before diving in.

Make sure you follow all instructions carefully and don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed.

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