I'm excited to be able to share the project that has essentially consumed my life for the last 6 months. I hope others might get some entertainment from it and better yet, get an idea or 2.
Last year I was lucky enough to purchase a home with the man cave of all man caves. The home sits on just over 2 acres and has a massive nearly 6,000 sq ft metal building. I learned that the previous owners intended to use the building as a gymnastics school. The building was equipped for that purpose and included a pretty large foam pit. Were talking a 5 foot deep hole poured into the foundation.
We went round and round for a while trying to figure out what to do with the hole. Some suggested an automotive service pit. Nope, don't need one because I have a car lift. Others suggested storage or even the start of some sort of post-apocalyptic bunker. No thanks. Others said just fill it in. Now that would be a tragedy. I spoke to the contractor that poured the foundation and he said that the pit was an additional $15,000 when the building was built. Next idea???? Well, I guess we know why I'm here now.
I have never owned a pool before. I was starting from scratch not only in construction but in knowledge as well. That's where TFP came in. I found it pretty early on and became a lurker in the forums for months. I was looking for answers to the big questions like "Do I need a main drain?" and "How do I do plumbing with the foundation already done?" And there were the simpler questions like pool chemistry that were quickly resolved in Pool School.
Even after I had answers to some of my questions, I still wondered if it was going to work. I made up my mind that if it didn't work, I'd crash and burn trying.