Brand new to pools, but not construction. I personally have many skill sets and am quite handy. (Not bragging, that's what my wife says). Have worked around concrete and concrete blocks for several years when I was younger. Worked as Residential and Commercial Electrician for several years under a GC. Did Excavation work from digging utilities to shooting elevations and pouring footings and running underground utilities including installing septic systems. Estimated Cost for GC in retail strip centers and schools.
Have been a Certified Residnetial Real Estate Appriaser and Real Estate Agent for 13 years so I know a little about everything.
Anyway, this is not a job posting! so.............
We bought a farm last year with 7 acres. One of my wife's immediate "needs" was a pool so we bought an Intex to get us through our interior renovation. We recently finished the interior renovation and started talking about getting our in ground pool installed later this year or early next year (2017). I had several pool builder's come out and give me estimates on Vinyl lined pools. I about fell over. On an appraisal you don't get NEAR what you put into the pool and being a serious DIY'er (like never hiring out anything except HVAC work) I started looking at what it "really" took to build a pool.
After getting up off the ground looking at estimates of $28-34K for a 16X32/18X36 pool with what we wanted, I decided to look at pool "kits" since they have all of the parts and plans to get the project done over time. They ARE pretty inexpensive.......But when I started thinking about what I could do and how the pool actually is constructed and how it works, I started to look around and found this site. I have reviewed every thread on concrete block pools and thought that may be the way to go. I read and re-read Duraleigh's pool build (forgive the spelling if it's incorrect) and thought it was GREAT! After looking around at other site's too I wondered about the overall cost savings of doing the stacked block, rebar, filled and bond-beam versus just having the shot-crete/gunite subbed out as well as the plaster work and doing the remainder myself. Basically everything except the interior of the pool.
I'm positive I can excavate, install/bend/wire the #3 rebar, ground/bond the metal, plumb the system and install the required electrical (I think 50 amp circuit will suffice, but will check pump requirements). I will need to shot-crete guys to do the interior and plaster and I will place the flatwork for the deck.
Is there a REALLY good link on here for such a project? It's not as easy to find this type of DIY thread as it was for the "Concrete Block" threads.
Any ideas, creative criticism and information is much appreciated. I'd like to hear if I'm crazy, right at the get-go!
Thanks and I look forward to continuing to learn about this process.