Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 21

Thread: Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    My 10K build.... Let me first say how grateful I am for this site and how much great info I got from here.... Secondly, I did get a lot of grief from people for wanting to diy this whole thing... I got many "just hire that part out" answers to my questions... But many understood what I was trying to do.... A good, cheap, pool... I budgeted everything down to the cent... And actually went over budget by $500 because i had to get a pumper truck for the cement... It rained... A lot!! Bottom line, I couldn't afford to hire anything but the dig... So every aspect to this build was done by me... Mostly alone.... Except on 2 days when I poured cement (the bond beam and the decking)... I had friends over for 2 hrs each time... (so grateful for them)....

    I could have waited to do the pool when I saved up more money... But if I waited I would have had to wait until next year.... So it was kinda now or never...

    Timeline.... I started Jan 5th finished everything but the cement decking (because of rain!) by Jan 28th... Jan 8th we got more rain in 1 day then we got in the last 10 months... Filled up the hole... (see pics)... I am a paramedic and worked 10, 24 hour shifts in this time period... It rained 5 days that I was off... 2 of those 5 I just worked in the mud and rain.. I had to get it done by the 28th... We had an engagement party at my house for my little brother in that day... So that was my goal.. So you figure out how many days I actually worked on it if you want to know.. Lol... I had many late nights in that hole!!!

    I did 2 "controversial" things that I know of.... Here's what and why

    1.... Poured cement for the shallow end when I poured the bond beam....
    Main reason... To save time
    Second reason... I called the liner manufacturer and they said it was acceptable to use regular cement as long as it was smooth... So I got it super smooth and never looked back...

    2... Backfilled with dirt....
    Main reason... $$$$$$$
    I packed it in foot by foot... I know it will still settle... But I poured such a small decking i think it will be ok... I only wanted a 30 inch deck all the way around to keep the heat down and allow for more landscaping...

    So here it is!!! If you see anything "not right" other than the 2 things already mentioned... I'd love to hear it... I'm cool with criticism....

    The dream...


    The beginning....


    The hole!
    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  2. Back To Top    #2

    Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Preparing for rain


    One night of rain


    2 days later.. Pumped water out and started!
    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!



    Walls done... Braces done...

    Shallow end and bond beam... Done
    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Starting the deep end... Took me 2 days... Staying up till midnight and waking up at 5 am both days...


    Done..


    Hanging the liner.. Took less than an hour to get it in and adjusted...
    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!



    The reason I'm doing this in the first place... my little beauty...


    Sucked in place with vacs
    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Filling!! I ended up with only 2 wrinkles after it's full!!! One in each corner of the deep end... Not bad for my first liner huh?


    Plumbing, electrical and #8 copper for bonding... To be tied in to everything!


    Light with bond wire. And ground wire....
    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  7. Back To Top    #7

    Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    More plumbing.... Pump and filter pad


    It's full!! And the light works!!


    Bonding wire, rebar and wire mesh..
    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  8. Back To Top    #8

    Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Cement done!




    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  9. Back To Top    #9

    Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Don't know if we keeping the slide yet.... Probably not... (bought it on craigslist...)


    So?? Whatcha think??
    Did I miss the nec code for safety on anything?? That's my main concern...

    Pump is on 220v GFCI breaker
    Light has a GFCI breaker in line
    Bond wire is run all the way around pool about 18 inches from side walls connected with the bolt type connectors to the rebar in 4 places... Connected to metal walls in 4 places and tied into the ladder mount as well as the light niche.. Light has an extra #8 insulated ground wire run from the inside of the niche to the ground from the power supply for the light... Run to a deck box 8" above max water height... Bond wire run back to pump and connected on the outside....

    Thanks for looking!!!!
    Comments? Questions??
    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  10. Back To Top    #10

    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Orange County, CA
    Posts
    696

    Re: Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Wow, impressive build. I'm amazed you completed it so quickly!

    So, is the pool light 12 or 120V? If the former, it should be powered by a 12V transformer specifically approved for use in pools (e.g. an Intermatic PX100 or PX300). These have separated compartments for the low vs. high voltage sides of the transformer to minimize the chance that a hot 120V wire energizes the low voltage side. These are required by code. Also, a pool fence of 60" is to be installed to prevent access of small children to the pool. Since you do have a small child, it's imperative that you install some barrier so she can't accidentally fall in when nobody is looking. Pools are definitely of major interest to small children, and it only takes a few moments for them to get into trouble.
    38K in ground pool with attached spa. Current equipment: Easytouch 8 (521150) with IC-60 SWCG with web control by Autelis, 1x Pentair IntelliFlo 011018 pump (for filter), 1x Pentair 2HP WhisperFlo pump (for waterfall), 2X Pentair IntelliBrite 5G 12V lights, Pentair MiniMax400 NG Heater, Pentair SMBW2060 DE filter. Zodiac Barracuda MX8 cleaner on dedicated cleaner line. Lighting/home automation controlled by Insteon/ISY-99i.

  11. Back To Top    #11

    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Orange County, CA
    Posts
    36

    Re: Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Wow! I do not know enough to comment on technical details, but it looks great and I am super impressed by how much you saved by DYI!!! Just wow!!

  12. Back To Top    #12

    Re: Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by CraigMW
    Wow, impressive build. I'm amazed you completed it so quickly!

    So, is the pool light 12 or 120V? If the former, it should be powered by a 12V transformer specifically approved for use in pools (e.g. an Intermatic PX100 or PX300). These have separated compartments for the low vs. high voltage sides of the transformer to minimize the chance that a hot 120V wire energizes the low voltage side. These are required by code. Also, a pool fence of 60" is to be installed to prevent access of small children to the pool. Since you do have a small child, it's imperative that you install some barrier so she can't accidentally fall in when nobody is looking. Pools are definitely of major interest to small children, and it only takes a few moments for them to get into trouble.
    Its a 120v, 500w light... Not 12V....
    As far as fence.... We thought about it but really don't know how we would add that given the close proximity to the house and deck.... We do have a fence around our whole property... 2 acres...
    We def will be putting in a pool alarm though...
    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  13. Back To Top    #13

    Re: Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by aniceone
    Wow! I do not know enough to comment on technical details, but it looks great and I am super impressed by how much you saved by DYI!!! Just wow!!
    Thanks!!!!
    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  14. Back To Top    #14

    Re: Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for the pics and great job. Your build is very similar to mine, I am also doing most work myself(except concrete deck) . But I started in October and won't be done until May! Of course freezing temps and snow kinda hurt me. I have two questions/comments. You had to run a #8 green ground in the conduit with the light? I haven't started on that part and didn't realize the light wouldn't come with a ground in it. Also my electrical inspector made me use crimp style connectors for the bonding wire, I had the bolt on kind that it would take a wrench to get off but he said it would be possible for it to come loose! I think he was just making stuff up and he felt he needed to find something since I am a DIYer.
    Under construction DIY 20x40 vinyl liner steel wall pool, Pentair 2hp wisperflo, Pentair tr100 sand filter, Pentair Minimax 400k heater, diving board, 8 foot sit n step, xtream waterslide, 1700 concrete deck, one amazing wife, 4 children and two German shepherds.

  15. Back To Top    #15

    Re: Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    If your doing all the electrical you should print out the nec article code for pools.... I'll try to find where I printed mine from and post it... Unless someone else does.... So you can know what to do...
    The code doesn't specify which type of connectors to use... It just says to use one made from brass or copper that's designed for the specific purpose of connecting the wire to rods... But I have heard of cases such as yours... Some inspectors just want the crimp style....

    As for the light... It does have it's own ground wire connected to the light and sealed off... However, the nec requires another #8 insulated ground wire also be run from the light to your line of power... If you look on the inside of your light niche... There should be a copper lug/plate that this wire will mounted to... Not to be confused with the lug in the outside of the niche that the bare bonding wire connects to...
    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  16. Back To Top    #16

    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Petaluma, Ca
    Posts
    665

    Re: Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Nice, That's alot to get done in a short amount of time, especially doing it yourself!, looks great. Now you'll get to enjoy the warmer weather instead of building in it.
    DONE, 20 x 40, inground gunite, 30" raised bond beam with 3 12" sheer descents, 8' diving board, pentair 420 cartridge filter, vs-3050 pump, intellechlor ic-40, auto cvr, Tahoe blue pebble tech, 6ea 4' x 12.5' & 2ea 1' x 12.5' helicol solar panels, legend robotic cleaner.

  17. Back To Top    #17

    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Orange County, CA
    Posts
    696

    Re: Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    With regard to the fence, it's a requirement here in California that any pool has a fence around it, even if the backyard is fenced in. When we purchased our current house, the first thing we did before we moved in was to have a fence installed. It's the kind that has aluminum rods that go into holes drilled into the deck with mesh fencing and an automatic closing gate with a lock on it. We didn't have a huge amount of space on the deck for it, so in some places, it's only about 24 inches or so from the water. We really need to get a pool alarm, and I think that's a really good idea. But, the fence has been quite helpful when we've had a party with lots of kids there. It provides a little extra security, but we always make sure that when there are kids around, the pool is being watched by at least one adult. In your case, you could have a fence installed at the perimeter of the decking and this would offer reasonable control over entry into the pool area. If installed properly, they actually don't detract much from the look of the pool.

    BTW, did you do all the plumbing and equipment hook up yourself? Looks like you did a great job!
    38K in ground pool with attached spa. Current equipment: Easytouch 8 (521150) with IC-60 SWCG with web control by Autelis, 1x Pentair IntelliFlo 011018 pump (for filter), 1x Pentair 2HP WhisperFlo pump (for waterfall), 2X Pentair IntelliBrite 5G 12V lights, Pentair MiniMax400 NG Heater, Pentair SMBW2060 DE filter. Zodiac Barracuda MX8 cleaner on dedicated cleaner line. Lighting/home automation controlled by Insteon/ISY-99i.

  18. Back To Top    #18

    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    1,129

    Re: Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Nice job! And amazing turn around start to finish.

    Did you look at the temporary type fences? Those you would put just around the pool only. I understand they are expensive. But safety is not a place to cut corners. Perhaps you could design your own?

    A pool alarm will warn you when our kid falls in - will you be close enough to get there in time? Or to hear it? Say if you're in the shower? My point is that an alarm is reactive and you need at least one layer of proactive protection like a fence or at least those special locks on all exits with access to the pool area. Also, think about door alarms in addition to or instead of the pool alarm. People say the pool alarms have a lot of false alarms too.

    Again - great job!
    15,600 Gallon, 16' x 32' In-Ground Vinyl Pool
    Pentair VS 3050 pump, Quad DE 60 filter and SunTouch controller
    8 gallon Liquidator, Aquatherm EcoSun Solar Panels, 2 wheel ThePoolCleaner

  19. Back To Top    #19

    Re: Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Yes all plumbing was done by me! And thanks for the compliments!!! I appreciate it!!
    I do have door alarms... My home security system dings everytime a door is opened... But I will look into fencing.... Thanks!
    20x40 vinyl liner IG pool, 20x16 shallow end, deep end is 8ft....Metal walls... 1hp single speed Pentair Pump..... 24" sand filter... build in progress....

  20. Back To Top    #20

    In the Industry


    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts
    728

    Re: Finally!! My pictures!!!!!!!!!

    Great Job! And excellent timing for pool season!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •