Stumbled onto this site just recently and have been amazed at the wealth of knowledge on here. Thought I'd post a couple questions to the experts. I'd love to have an in ground pool, but financially it's just not possible for me to hire a professional. We had several builders give us quotes, but even the most basic install was well out of our budget.
Lately I've been looking at going the DIY route. I've always had the attitude of, "I won't pay someone to do what I can do myself". Two years ago I complelely finished my basement by myself and I have had no trouble constructing a large barn and playset in my backyard. While I realize a swimming pool is a bigger undertaking, the basic principles are still the same.
While I want to keep my costs at a minimum and not overpay, I also don't want to be so cheap on the front end that I wind up paying more in the long run. So my questions are:
1. Is there any part of the construction I should avoid attempting myself?
2. Are pre-made walls (polar pools/nationalpoolwholesalers) the best way to go, or would it be better (financially speaking) to attempt a cinder block or wood pool build and then buy the other components (liner, pump, filter) separately?
3. What is a "reasonable" budget for a DIY in ground pool assuming and average size (16X32), no frills diving pool?
4. Is there any equipment you feel that you absolutely "cannot live without"?