I started this thread under "Introductions"
But since I'm moving into starting the renovations I'll start a new thread for my progress here
We've been living here for close to 9 years now with the current pool 16x32 IG
It was here when we moved in, one corner already pulling loose...other patches in the shallow end
It held water just fine, I resealed the patches after a few years just to be sure
Last year it started losing a lot of water, I'm a scuba diver so went all over the pool & patched everything I could
But by the end of the summer it was too much...over the winter it drained down & the shallow end was almost dry
This Spring we looked at having a new liner installed...only to find out the install cost would be close to $4k
I then researched DIY installation, after reviewing a lot of info it seemed doable
A friend was going to help me...then the wife got involved....telling me I couldn't do it....too hard, did not know how
Then to boot she tells me her "friend" says the pool has to be filled right away (by truck)...I ask what friend...she clams up
So ticked off I tell her to come up with the $4k if she wants to pay someone....so far no liner
So rather then leave the pool the way it is I'm once again back to DIY installing a new liner
I pumped the remaining water out of the deep end & removed the old liner & muck that was left....not fun
I have some patching to do on the sand packed (shallow end) & concrete bottom (deep end)
We have a high water table so its not going to be a walk in the park to get the new liner in
Based on shutting the pump off 4 hours ago I can tell ground water is seeping in, I'll know tomorrow how much
I'm also considering filling the deep end about 12" - originally had a diving board
I heat with solar so the less water the better
That's where I stand as of tonite
After 4 days I have just over 30" of water in the deep end - not too bad, but not great
I plan on picking up 2" rigid this weekend for the deep end
Lay down the 2" rigid, then some 8x16 pavers on top to keep the rigid in place
Then some sand to fill in cracks etc
Then pour maybe 4" of concrete over top of the sand
That will raise the bottom about 8"....from 7" 6" Max depth (water to top of the skimmer) to about 6' 10"
I had planned on raising the bottom 18", but thought my depth was closer to 8' 6"
I could possibly raise it 12" total by adding about 6" of sand/fill, but that would be a lot of work
I guess I'll see how ambitious I am this weekend, I need to get the patching done on the side before the water causes more problems
I told the wife we can't leave the pool empty thru the winter & told her I am doing the liner
She once again stated that we had to fill the pool immediately with water by truck - according to the "pool guys" she has talked to:
"The water will flatten/straighten out the wrinkles out"
It must be miracle water....if so sign me up for a delivery
I'll also post some pics of the work I have done over the past 8 years to bring the pool area to its current status
Work is ongoing....