I have been reading this site for months and just now donated and decided to make it official. I am sure the site has already saved me more then a membership fee.
To make a long story shorter we got a great deal on a reo house two years ago that the previous owners had pool plans. They had the hole dug for a 20 x 40 vinyl liner pool. After moving in and fixing things up we were not ready to take the plunge financially.
Fast forward two years we are more then ready. We have been saving up and took out a small loan for the rest. I am a teacher and will really get a lot out of this in the summer but because we are on a small budget I will be doing most of the work. I wanted to build it in the fall because spring gets really busy for me and we want to be able to use it come may..weather permitting.
The hardest part so far is dealing with a hole that has been subject to 2 years of erosion and sledding by myself and my kids.
We got the following equipment for $1300 bucks on craigslist.
Pentair 2hr 2 speed wisperflo pump(I know it is overkill but I plan on running it on the lower speed)
Pentair Triton II 30” sand Filter
Pentair Minimax 400k btu Heater
Interfab Xtream Slide
I thought this was a pretty good deal. The rest 20 x 40 of the steel wall kit is on its way. 2 skimmers, 8’ Steps, diving board, 6 returns, 1 dedicated suction line, Ic 40 with easytouch 4. The permits have been pulled. Our county is pretty good about letting home owners do their own work. This past weekend I ran the 100’ natural gas line for the heater. It was a lot of work and research but our quotes from contracts were $1500 to $4000 to do what I did for $350! The local gas company was happy to help some when the saw the 400,000 BTU heater! I have several electrician friends that will give me a hand, and I have some experience in electrical work. I installed a 9 kw PV solar system on my roof. The only thing I will be contracting out will be the concrete deck.
The weather is changing rapidly in southern Colorado I am trying to weigh my options.
1. Can I build the walls, do the plumbing, pressure test, backfill and then wait until spring to put in the deck floor and liner?
2. Can I even have the concrete deck poured before the liner and water?
3. Or do the walls need the water to balance the pressure from the back fill?
It seams like a waste to have to fill the pool, winterize, risk freezing, and let it sit until spring.
Any feedback is appreciated.