We (my wife and I) are just starting an install of a small fiberglass pool that will have a swim current machine installed. I've been on the site for a while asking various pool related questions, and it has been a great help with my pool equipment selections.
I'm adding a few pictures of the progress so far. I'm also adding a drawing of the fiberglass pool shell with a swim current machine installed so you can see what the end results "should" look like.
It will be a partially in ground install with a knee wall built around the shell that is above ground. The knee wall will be tiled with dark tiles and will be capped with 12"x24" coping stones. The deck you see in the picture will be rebuilt to extend right up to and be flush with the edge of the pool. So from the deck it will be like getting in and out of a fully in ground pool.
Digging started last week but we had a set back on Saturday. The pool shell arrived at the house and the factory had pre-cut the skimmer hole (which they were not supposed to). They had cut the skimmer hole in the exact location where the mounting bracket for the swim machine needs to go. So the shell was useless to us, which is unfortunate because other than the skimmer hole it was beautiful. Initially the fiberglass pool dealer tried to convince us they could patch the hole, but I was having none of that. Luckily the fiberglass pool dealer is not giving us a hard time and is ordering us a new shell. It will take 1 to 2 weeks for a new shell to arrive. Not too bummed, as I would rather things go slower and get done right than go fast and shoddy.
In the meantime the pool builder will continue with setting most of the equipment on the pads so I might get a few more progress pictures added before the shell arrives.
On a side note, I read a few posts that mention how much dirt comes out of these holes. Even so, I never thought a hole this small (in comparison to a full size pool) would produce so much dirt. I never expected 3 and a half dump trunk loads.
What we are getting:
Green monster for digging.
Digging in Progress