Hey everyone, first time poster with many questions. This will probably be a bit long-winded, but I want to provide as many details as possible
So my wife and I purchased the lot next door(house was demoed due to hurr. Katrina), and there is an inground pool that was filled in, on the property. The original owners filled it in prior to Katrina. I have no idea why it was filled in, or any way to contact the previous owners to find out why. I have, much to my wife's dismay, dug out almost half of the pool with a shovel and wheelbarrow(good exercise!!!), but this weekend will rent an excavator to finish up the job. The pool is kidney-shaped, is 3 1/2 feet deep in the shallow end, 6 1/2 feet in the deep end, measures 12 by 22, so it is a relatively small pool. According to the measurement calculator, is around 10,000 gallons. It has one small hairline crack on one side, but I feel that is pretty repairable. The water level in the pool appears to follow the water table in our area, so I'm thinking it has to be leaking somewhere (relief valve popped???). I've located the plumbing for the pool, 3 lines, one is 1 1/2 copper going to the 2 return ports, one is 1 1/2 PVC going to the skimmer, and the other is 1 1/2 copper going to the bottom drain I'm guessing but I haven't gotten the deep end completely dug out, as there is 2 feet of water there.
I've stuck a hose in the skimmer line and return lines and the water flows freely, so the lines aren't restricted, thank goodness. My biggest concern is whether or not the deep end of the pool has been 'punched through' before it was filled in. Even though, a few local pool companies I talked with said it wouldn't be a big deal for them to fix that, including the drain(if it's damaged).
So am I out of my league here. I'm an avid DIYer and do electric, plumbing, carpentry etc, so I feel confident I can do this, just want to make sure I'm going about it the right way. With a 6 year old and 2 year old (and one due in June!!), this would be perfect for the summer months, but I hope to get this done over my 2 week break for the holidays. Thanks in advance for any advice or help!!!!