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    Hole size vs finished pool size

    They just finished digging the hole for my pool, and it's way larger than the drawing. How much will the hole close up when they do the rebar, shotcrete, etc? I have emailed the builder, but being it is the weekend, I don't expect a quick response. I'm especially concerned because the opening is very close to my house. Per the drawing, it should be 5'6" from the house, but when I measure the actual hole, it's more like 4'.

    edit: just read through my contact again, and they call out "minimum 6 inch" wall thickness with 8" in stress areas. How thick can they make the shotcrete? Can it be made thick enough to close the distance from 4' to 5'6"?

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    Re: Hole size vs finished pool size

    No they wouldn't make the shotcrete that thick. However they could put up a wall like they do for a raised beam or wall above grade. Then shoot up against that. Just make sure to get an onsite meeting with your PB before rebar. The rebar is usually immediately after the dig. Sometimes the next day.
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    Re: Hole size vs finished pool size

    Mine is 12 inches thick and it seems very thick. I wouldn't think it would go much larger than that.
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    Re: Hole size vs finished pool size

    You should count on your builder to help you understand. The pool wall needs to be accessible from both sides. Then, they will put in backfill to fill in behind the outside wall.
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    Re: Hole size vs finished pool size

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    You should count on your builder to help you understand. The pool wall needs to be accessible from both sides. Then, they will put in backfill to fill in behind the outside wall.
    this isn't a preformed pool, it's going to be rebar, shotcrete, built into the ground. I don't think there is any backfill, is there?

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    Re: Hole size vs finished pool size

    No, I think he just had a different pool type in mind.

    In your case there may be backfill though because they will need to build a temporary wall to shoot against since they over excavated.
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