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    Cinder Block Walls?

    I was looking into building my own inground pool, I really doubt that I will unless I buy land and build a new house, but you never know. Anyway, I seen several places showing people building the walls out of regular cinder blocks. I was just wondering if there was anyone on here that had any experience with this type of pool. At minimum I would like to have a 20' x 40' with 3.5-4' end for kids, with the other end sloping down to 8' or whatever is necessary to allow for diving from a diving board. Although, I would really like an L shaped pool to add an extra 20' x 10-20' to the shallow area. Thanks in advance for your knowledge!!!
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    Re: Cinder Block Walls?

    Duraleigh has such a pool, though it's a bit more complicated then just cinder blocks. His build thread is here.
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    Re: Cinder Block Walls?

    That is a good choice Silver!
    Without knowing for sure do I think cinderblock is the most cost effective way to build a pool.
    If I should go that route myself would I choose 10" wide blocks and reinforcements in each shift.
    A figure I have heard for a cinderblock wall is that you need reinforcements every 20 feet. Nothing complicated or expensive to achive, so no worries there.
    Cinderblocks is a DIY project for sure. Buy yourself a cementmixer which you sell once you done. Besides for the mixer isn't there much tools you need. A couple of trowels and buckets and a good wheel barrow of course, masonry strings and a laser. Yeah a grinder so you can cut the rebars It's fun goes fast and turns out great
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    Re: Cinder Block Walls?

    I would consider buying a vinyl pool kit and installing it myself. If you have a high water table, building your own pool gets much more difficult, since the hole will constantly be filling with water.

    BTW, where in So. Illinois are you located? I went to high school in Carbondale.
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    Re: Cinder Block Walls?

    Thanks for the opinions! Feel free to keep them coming.

    Melt, I grew up in Ava and now live in Steeleville. That's kinda funny you went to high school in Carbondale, small world as they say!!!
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    Re: Cinder Block Walls?

    Silver, if you haven't seen Henry Porter's DIY build thread, it's here: http://www.troublefreepool.com/concr...th-t10055.html

    Lots of work, but really cool to watch the progress.
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    Re: Cinder Block Walls?

    Silver, just to warn you, Mats(Henry Porter) is the king of rebar. So be prepared if and when you look at his build
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