We have been planning our semi DIY pool install in North Alabama but can't seem to even get it started as we can't find a excavator that has either done a pool or knows what they are talking about. I have called over 10 local excavators. 7 do not do pool digs, one wants $3500 which is way to much IMO, one is reasonable at $1000 for 5 hours and $150 an hour after that and one wants to dig a 8 foot hole and build it back up with crush and run to form the slopes. I am about to go crazy as I thought this would be the easiest part of the process. If anyone has any references i would loves to hear them. We are about an hour north east of Birmingham. I have tried a few PBs and none will even talk to you unless you hire them for all the work and buy their pool.