So we just bought a house from an estate and the IG pool was a wild card. We have yet to move in and the house needs some updating. Since our pool season in Buffalo NY is about three months long I figured the pool was going to be our first major project.
No one knew anything about the pool. This is what I have pieced together with some effort. Built in the early 1970's,keyhole design, hybrid pool(which means concrete bottom and fiberglass panel sides. Filter and pieces of the original pump were found in the basement. Pool did hold water.
Feel free to see my previous post regarding lining the pool with a vinyl liner or paint it with epoxy.
Once we got started one thing turned into another.
I am a big time DIY guy,however time is of the essence so I broke down and contracted a company to do the mechanical items. I did a lot of research and requested a sand filter and a Pentair variable speed 1.5 HP pump. Interesting enough a quieter energy efficient pump was not offered to me by either one of the two different pool repair companies.
So here we go 06/2016 The pool company I choose, wanted to do a pressure test of the lines first. We only had two lines coming to the pump/filter area. One of the lines tested bad. While the company was replacing the line they called and recommended since they were in there they should add a third line ( I believe for a vacuum) at a reduced labor cost. Makes sense, I have seen a lot of pictures of pump setups and they all seem to have three lines not two like mine had.
The deck around the pool was generally solid; however, it was original and had four major cracks. So I called a concrete company that did excellent work for us in the past. I requested that the four cracks be fixed. I could tell that it bothered the concrete guy as he seems to be a bit of an artist. He didn't think it would look good having old concrete with new. He walked around the deck for no less than 20 minutes analyzing the deck. He finally said it would cost $1000 to repair the deck or he would replace the entire deck for $1700 plus the cost of the coping. Seemed like a no brainer and he really gave us a great price.
So I called the mechanical pool contractor and coordinated his line replacement with the concrete work. He recommended replacing the skimmer line while the deck was removed. Which I agree with.
Three days ago when the concrete guy removed the deck from the pool it almost collapsed the walls of the pool. Turns out the deck is actually the structural support for the top of the pool. Looks like the first section he broke out potentially ruined the walls. See picture with bowed wavy walls.By the way he forgot to mention to me ( or return my call) that removing the deck damaged the walls of the pool. So I spent my weekend excavating stone around the walls of the pool. Then reinforcing/repairing the broken fiberglass sleeves (which hold steel rebar) , coming up with makeshift ways to pull the walls back out. Then filling the pool, backfilling a couple thousand pounds of stone which seems to have worked and repaired the damaged walls. Time will tell.
Then I will have coping installed that will accept a liner. Then the concrete deck poured. Then drain the new water out of the pool and have the liner installed. If I would have know this all up front I may have consider a new pool. However this pool is original to the house, it is unique and it has character.
Stay tuned for after photos.
Pool before .jpg