My pool arrived on September 11th. I will attempt to post the photos here. Due to this rain that just won't stop for very long, I am still sitting with a pool in a hole and no concrete yet......
The rain started the day after the pool was placed, and continued for two solid weeks. Absolutely nothing could be done during this time frame, and we had a sump pump running 24/7. Last week, it was clear enough to get pump/filter placed, lights and skimmer and pool, and pipes from pool to pump.
Plumber had to be called to tie into cleanout for backwash and we had to rent a trench digger for him as the cleanout was across the yard from the pump/filter. (Long story, but original plumber told us we could use a cleanout at the side of our house which is a 3" cast iron pipe, but upon further inspection, turned out to have a 2" pipe inside of it).... So, pump/filter had been placed at that location, and then it was determined that we could not use the cleanout by the pump/filter, so we had to have a pipe trenched (at a slope) about 60 ft. across the yard to another cleanout.
Since our electrical expense was not included in the original contract, we opted not to use the pool installer's usual electrician when he came in with a quote that was $1300 over my budget for electric. We got another quote (by someone referred to us by a commercial electrican that we know), and this guy came in at slightly less than half of the first quote. But, this guy has taken a whole lot longer than I would have thought. The rain has been the biggest problem without a doubt.
After a clear week last week, it rained again last Sunday and we have been muddy and rainy ever since. The electricians were able to get it to a point where the inspection was done this morning for the "rough install" of the electric, so that now we can get the concrete poured..... if we can ever get the ground to dry out. The electricians still need to finish.... but our main concern at this point has been getting the concrete poured. My backyard looks like a large ant farm with the electrician's trenches still open, and we are dealing with loads of mud.
The concrete guys are ready to go, but now we will need to get these trenches filled back in an make sure that the yard is packed and graded enough for the concrete.
Thank goodness this pool was laid in and backfilled with gravel, as I am not sure a fiberglass pool installed with sand could have withstood all of this rain without an issue. The first two weeks, the pool sat without being completely backfilled, and she is still level.....
I just want to say that I have been back and forth between this forum and another pool forum and have learned so very much. I can't wait until I can submit a photo of my finished pool and have it placed in the slide show. I love that slide show......
The great thing about this particular forum is that no matter what type of pool you own, whether it be above ground, vinyl, fiberglass or gunite, everyone here is equal in that we are pool owners and we appreciate the help we get in making our own little oasis as perfect as we can.
Although I do not post much, I browse alot, and I know I will need your help going forward.... Thanks for giving me a place to go, to learn, to view, to see everybody else's little piece of heaven, and to show off my own.