Hi guys, new to the forum.
I have a question. I currently have a 35+ year old 20x40 liner pool. The wall are made of wood. It's an old Buster Crabbe pool. It's time to either replace the pool or fill it in. I don't have the money to pay someone to replace the pool, so the choice really is either for ME to replace or... to fill in. I've done a lot of research of pool kits from various sites (polarpools.com, Royalswimmingpools.com, sunsetpools.com and others). I watched a videos of installing kits online or had DVDs sent to me. I'm pretty handy, so I'm not really intimidated by it... however, I'm smart enough to know I don't remotely know everything about building a pool.
At first I was going to just try and buy a pool kit and replace the 20x40 pool. Now I'm thinking about trying to reduce the size of the pool. I know the walls of the pool need to rest on undisturbed ground. But, if I move all the wall of the pool in by 2 feet, once I get to the deep end, I would obviously have to build that part back up since that's where it starts to slope down into the hopper.
I talked to one local pool guy a while ago, and mentioned that I would like to reduce the size. He said it what they would do is measure down and then notch the ground out to create a little ledge. Then use cinder block to build the wall back up to the shallow end depth thus creating a new ledge for the kit walls to rest on, and the backfill that area behind the cinder block with concrete. Then I would just install the kit within that. I figure 1. I want a slightly smaller pool and 2. this way I'll already have my "overdig", and won't have to worry about trying to dig out behind the existing walls.. if that makes sense?
I guess my question is does this approach make sense?? Does it sound like a good strategy? Of all the pool projects I've seen on this site and online.. I have yet to see someone do a pool "reduction". I plan to take lots of pictures and share my "experience" on the forum for others to hopefully learn from.
Also.. if anyone has a strong opinion on a pool kit that would be great. Specifically where to buy it from. I'm pretty sure I want polymer walls, not steel.