I think by now I have read every single post on TFP and I owe you all a story and pix. Last fall I acquired a 20yo Doughboy Breckenridge that had been packed away and sitting in a barn for many yrs. It was advertised as complete except for the sand filter which melted in a fire and they were asking $80 for it. I negotiated and ended up paying for the pool with a smile and 2 dozen eggs from my very fine backyard hens.
I grew up with a succession of round AGP's so felt somewhat confident I could handle the installation by myself, I am very handy and have just about finished a total house remodel on my own as well as building barns, etc. My husband doesn't know one end of a screwdriver from the other so it really is all me. When I do have a crew it would be my two little girls. Honestly, that's it.
This pool came with every bit of original documentation, as well as a truckload of random ancient chemicals and rather a lot of bees. It was packed very carefully. The only thing I needed were the installation instructions but a quick email to Doughboy and they were in the mail.
So this spring, I began with my crew (4yo and 2yo girls) and my $5 shovel. I decided to set the pool into a hillside which meant digging down about three feet on one side. I could have used machinery here but it is a tight spot and so very near the previous owners pet cemetery, so I shoveled it.
Then the nasty cantilevers. Horrible. By this time I had hit rock so had to dig through that to set the blocks into. Eight of these things. It took me so long to get the cantilevers in my husband started giving me grief about the pool -that it would never be done. I felt that way too so took a break and got this cute sign on Ebay:
(please bear with me, photos are coming)