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    1963 pool resurection

    hey everybody, ive been checking out this site for awhile and im curious to know, what will it take for me to bring an old buried gunite pool back to life. it was buried in 1993 due to lack of usage according to neighbors.
    i want to dig it out and repipe it with all new plumbing and equipment. i think i can do almost everything between some friends and myself. what do you think? am i nuts or is this doable?
    also looking for suggestions on equipment and such. i'd like to keep it as green as possible. (the equipment not the pool)
    thinking i might go swg. any thoughts, opinions?
    anybody care to share their dream pool if they were starting over knowing what they know now?
    everything helps, thanks
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    Re: 1963 pool resurection

    Welcome to the forum

    Here's some info to help get you started: post230690.html#p230690

    Please post lots of pics during the process! What does it look like now?
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    Re: 1963 pool resurection

    hey butterfly, thanks. looks pretty similar although mine may not be full of garbage. but then again, who knows?
    i cant get any pictures to upload...
    -Jimbo- My pool was full of dirt and trees. Now it's full of water and children!
    20k gallon inground pool, 18" raised spa 7' round, 8 jets, 3" spa plumbing. Pentair intelliflo 3hp vsp, Easy touch 4 w/ ic 40, CCP 420 cartridge filter, Raypak 407a w/ cupro nickel, Screen logic 2, Pentair intelliph, spa side remote, Pentair 5g color lights pool and spa, TF-100 test kit with speed stir and Dolphin Oasis Z5

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    oh, its a blue haven pool if that triggers anything...
    -Jimbo- My pool was full of dirt and trees. Now it's full of water and children!
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    Try using a photo sharing site like Flickr to host your photos.
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    The problem with these projects is you never know what you are going to get into until you dig it out. It is common practice to punch a hole in the bottom of the pool to allow water to drain when filling in. If your lucky this did not happen or if it did it is small enough to patch, if your not lucky someone went happy with a jack hammer and removed the entire bottom of the pool and your looking at a complete rebuild. Before starting on this project I would try to learn as much as possible about the decommissioning, if it was just due to lack of use and not some major problem (cracked pool, etc.) as well as how it was done.

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    Re: 1963 pool resurection

    i think the holes will be fairly minimal. it was buried in 1993.
    i dont currently have a phto "host" i guess ill have to sign up for one. does instagram work?
    -Jimbo- My pool was full of dirt and trees. Now it's full of water and children!
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    Re: 1963 pool resurection

    Lots of us use PhotoBucket & it is free and easy.

    Just upload your pic there and copy/paste the IMG code inside the post, then hit preview or submit.
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    Re: 1963 pool resurection

    I would love to see photos of your progress. Sounds very interesting to me.

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    Cool. I will look into it. This is gonna be a wild project. Definitely worthy of some photos.
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    Re: 1963 pool resurection

    One of the perks of becoming a lifetime surporter here is 10MB of file storage for photos (which is about 50-75 web sized photos), etc.

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    Re: 1963 pool resurection

    Quote Originally Posted by dumbcluck
    Cool. I will look into it. This is gonna be a wild project. Definitely worthy of some photos.

    Yes it will be. I hope you find out something soon and let us know. Should be interesting at the least.
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    Love it! Can't wait to see it come together. Good luck!
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    Re: 1963 pool resurection

    lets see if this works


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    That's my daughter standing in the middle of the pool.
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    Re: 1963 pool resurection

    I can't wait to see this dug up. Any chance of finding out some history on it?
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    Yes. It's not original to the house. House was built in 1951 and the pool was installed by permit in 1963 by blue haven pools. It was buried by permit In 1993. I do not know the depth of the pool yet. I dug down somewhere around the center about 4 1/2' haven't quite hit bottom. My guess is its probably 8-10' in the deep end. I actually called blue haven to see if they had any record of the build and was told that they have a warehouse full of old files and it would cost a few hundred dollars to send someone in to look. No thanks.
    My neighbors next door told me that the previous owners buried it due to upkeep and lack of usage. So as far as I know there were no problems with it. It was an easy dig. Mostly dirt and some sand. So far. I have not located any existing pipes yet but suspect they may have come up back there where the shed is.
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    Re: 1963 pool resurection

    Well hey, at least that is something more than you knew. Appreciate you sharing this with us. It promises to be very interesting and I can't wait to see what you dig up. Any Idea when you will start?
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    Re: 1963 pool resurection

    Quote Originally Posted by dumbcluck
    That's my daughter standing in the middle of the pool.
    ...water looks a little green
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    Re: 1963 pool resurection

    It will be interesting... we found a buried pool when we began excavation of the pool we built. Ours was a shotcrete shell, but to bury it they had knocked the walls down into the floor. The floor had no holes punched and had collected an amazing amount of water.



    It took 3 guys, a bobcat, a backhoe, diamond blade saws, a dump truck, a week and $4000 to get it gone and regraded so we could do the build we planned.
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