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    Radiant Metric 24' Round IG DIY Install - Am I Crazy?

    My wife and I have been discussing installing a pool for years now. I have been going back and forth on whether I should do it myself or hire it done. I am pretty handy with basic construction, plumbing, and electrical. The one thing I'm a little worried about is the excavation. We are planning to install Radiant Metric 24' round pool with concrete deck, so the the hole should be pretty straight forward (28ft diameter, 4ft deep, flat bottom). After install, I will have someone come in and poor the concrete deck. A local PB quoted me at $6400 for just the pool kit (not sure if that includes pump, filter, etc.). Am I crazy for wanting to attempt this myself? By the way, I'm a teacher, so I'm off for 2 months in the summer.

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    Excavation: I ran a SEE (Small Emplacement Excavator) Truck in the Army a few times many years back, but I was digging trash pits that didn't have to be very accurate.

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    Re: Radiant Metric 24' Round IG DIY Install - Am I Crazy?

    Welcome to the forum. I see no reason why you can't DIY your pool. Hundreds of us on the forum have already done so and we are all happy to help each step of the way
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    Re: Radiant Metric 24' Round IG DIY Install - Am I Crazy?

    I say go for it and share LOTS of pictures and ask LOTS of questions. Someone will jump in to help I am sure!

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    Re: Radiant Metric 24' Round IG DIY Install - Am I Crazy?

    In your experience, am I really going to save enough money to make it worth the time and effort?

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    You'd have to see what the install charge is. I don't think so personally. You can certainly do it but enjoy your vacation. You'll be working harder at home than at work. Treat yourself!

    You need to consider that you'll need to rent a laser level, mechanical tamper, and possibly a sod cutter at the least. Is the ground flat? Seeing my first pool go in (27' ag) I was glad I spent the money to have it done. They will have it done a day (unless you have a steep slope which I did but then it was only 1.5 days).
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    Re: Radiant Metric 24' Round IG DIY Install - Am I Crazy?

    PM sent. Post lots of pics, and reach out to me with any specific questions!!
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    pay for the excavation, and pay for the concrete. Do the rest yourself. Check out their website, they have a .pdf of the instructions, read though them and you will see how easy it will be.
    ~Matt~ Radiant Metric 24'x52" 14k- built into a slope. CircuPool Si-30 SWCG. Jandy 200 SqFt cartridge filter. Pentair Optiflow 2-speed 1HP pump. Wanda the Whale. TF-100 Test Kit. Hard Plumbed.
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    Re: Radiant Metric 24' Round IG DIY Install - Am I Crazy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nectarologist View Post
    You'd have to see what the install charge is. I don't think so personally. You can certainly do it but enjoy your vacation. You'll be working harder at home than at work. Treat yourself!

    You need to consider that you'll need to rent a laser level, mechanical tamper, and possibly a sod cutter at the least. Is the ground flat? Seeing my first pool go in (27' ag) I was glad I spent the money to have it done. They will have it done a day (unless you have a steep slope which I did but then it was only 1.5 days).

    This will likely be an inground or semi-inground install.

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