Well....... just when it looked like we got a break on this project Mother Nature put in her two cents worth! It came a huge storm on Saturday and dumped loads of water into our newly dug and rebarbed pool. In fact they had just finished all the rebar/rough plumbing on Friday and it was completely read to have the shell shot when this happened.
It rained so hard that portions of the sides caved in sending even more dirt to the bottom of the pool. The slope from the shallow to the deep end has ruts in it. Ohhhh... you just cannot imagine the mess. The guy that did the work says he is too busy this week to help with the clean up so that leaves yours truly.
We used a sunk pump yesterday and got most of the water out of the deep end, but today we were trying to get all the extra MUD out. The deep end has so much extra dirt in it that there is no space between the rebar and the ground, so we are digging out thick, heavy MUD, then carrying it up the slope and dumping it out.
I am 47 and my husband is 52 so we are no spring chickens! We worked all day on this, our backs are aching and still there is a mess of thick sticky mud in the deep end. We finally just gave up for the day and hope the pool fairy comes during the night and cleans it all out for us.
Does anyone here have any tips on how to do this any easier? We used a wet/vac until the mud got too thick. Now we are shoveling it out bucket by bucket. It is a slow and back backing process, not to mention dangerous with all this exposed steel. We tried putting it into a bucket and lifting it up out of the deep end as well, but that is about as hard.
Anyone got any advice? How about prayers! I think I need a drink and a back rub now.