First, let me say that I hope this thread does at least one of the following:
1 - Teaches you something
2 - Makes you laugh
3 - gives you some ideas
4 - makes you want to send me lots of money for a real contractor
The real goal here is to log my backyard rehab project as much as I can. I'm doing this on my own, so I'll most likely make some mistakes that you can laugh at, but the real goal is to let you all know what I learned in the process.
The ultimate goal is to rehab "big pinky" into something fresh. A couple things to know before you keep reading.
1 - I'm NOT a contractor by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I'm a mix of electrical, physics, computer science, and marketing.
2 - I'm NOT cheap, but the ultimate goal was to keep costs down, as I plan on having everything PROFESSIONALLY done in 2 or 3 years when I can come up with about $15K for a complete rehab.
3 - My pool and pool area is OLD. Guessing somewhere around 20 years, at a minimum.
4 - I have ALMOST every tool known to man, some in triplicates (thanks Dad!) and I'll document anything I bought, borrowed or rent that's out of the ordinary.
5 - Did I mention I'm NOT a contractor? I'm doing this on my free time from work, so updates may be a week or so in between.
Now, to set the tone. I bought this house last June. This is my first time owning a backyard lagoon, but I grew up on water. Not the kind you throw cholorine in or worry about a pump with, so it's been a learning experience so far. Oh, and I live in Arizona - so it's HOT most of the time.
What I don't have documented is that I have all new pool pump and filter equipment, with a special shout out to Hayward. I don't work for them, but someone I know does, so I have a Superpump, a big cartridge filter, and a robot. Oh, and an LED light, but that hasn't been installed yet.
Anyway, I digress - this project is more "everything around the pool" in the rest of the backyard. Including:
1 - New Concrete Pad between the pool dek and the covered patio
2 - New lighting on the pool deck
3 - resurfacing the pool deck to some extent
4 - Who knows what else I'll come up with in the interim.
Oh - and Dante is my cat, FYI.
I'll try and document everything that I can - some stuff has been started and finished, and I'll document that, but all in all the goal is to keep as many pictures on file as possible. And costs. And laughs, since that's what it's really all about.
Off we go!