Hi folks! Just joined your forum today, although I have be busy reading here for some time, as I have LOTS to learn. I'm kinda here for a different reason than most probably are, but this looked to be the place where I can find answers and "how tos" to my up coming project. Allow me to explain - I'll try to keep it short!
We have a couple rottweilers, and our girl (avatar is puppy pic) loves to swim. We usually take her down to one of the dog beaches here in in Saint Pete, but our vet has recommended we quit doing this. She has lymphoma and her immune system is now weakened, so any bacteria in the water could impact her very badly.
So, a swimming pool seemed like the perfect solution. I found a nice 17'x9' dog proof pool for around $2,000 and was going to get that until I started to work on the permits necessary aspect. To keep this brief(ish), we can't put a pool in our backyard for various reasons. BUT, we can put in a pond/pool 24" in depth or less. Go figure...
Legally, it can only be 24" deep before a permit is required. I may end up fudging on that a bit, but she won't really need much deeper than that for swimming. Planning on 16' by 7' wide (inside). Roughly 1800 gallons plus or minus. Going to be about a third in the ground and 2/3rds above.
Now, this has evolved from an above ground pool to a koi pond type construction to a cement block build. Basically, what I am doing is making a home made 2 foot+ deep dog pool, yet I want pool quality water.
Sorry if this drags on, but I want to include information to help with answers to my questions.
Another pertinent piece of information is that I would like to go with a saltwater (SWG) pool.
I tend to dive right in on my projects and MacGyver problems out along the way, but I admit that I am in a bit over my head here and appreciate any and all guidance and suggestions that may be offered.
Day One: puppy was not impressed!
Day Two: digging by hand in Florida heat = not so much fun
Day Three: cement in center turned out to be from an old clothes line poll
Day Four: footings in and ready for the concrete guys
I have been reading all I can find on homemade concrete block pools and what I took away was to pour the footings and bottom of the pool in one pour and then build the block walls on this. This is what I have done, so if there are any mistakes here, it's kinda too late to turn back.
If you have made it this far, I have a few more pictures and then several questions.
Took off a day yesterday (Sunday) but I'll still call the next one
Day Five: 1/2" rebar - probably shoulda used more. But, it will only be 2 feet of water so I hope it will be okay.
same day - the pour begins
I am still searching for the right pump/filter setup, which isn't as easy as I had figured it would be. Problem being most systems are either built for much higher flow (GPM) than I need, or with motors big enough to run a 20,000 gal pool. I'll find just the right setup given time, and look forward to any input offered. Is it okay to post links here to what I am looking at?
Questions follow. PLEASE feel free to comment and make suggestions!
I found a Hayward sand filter / pump that has a 1/2 HP pump which I am considering. My thought here is that I don't really need a pump with much higher horse power due to the small (1800 gal) pool size. Smaller HP equals lower power bills - right? Being that this is for the dogs, I am also thinking that a sand filter is preferable to a cartridge type filter because of the hair.
The Salt Water Chlorine Generators that I have been researching can be a bit pricy, but from what I read that (SWG) seems the best way to go. I did find a unit for around the $250 mark, but I've always been a believer in "You get what you pay for". Is there a "best" buy for such a small pool set-up? Am I incorrect in wanting to go SWG for this application for some reason (cost aside) that I haven't figured out?
Please remember this is a concrete block construction for the next few questions.
I'm reading up all I can on the finishing product and am still up in the air on Marcite vs Diamond Brite. Is there a major difference in a "salt water" pool? I believe Marcite is less expensive, so will that be good enough and last many years?
Are there any special considerations I need to be aware of for the first layer of block on the finished slab in regard to building the strongest foundation possible? Don't say more vertical rebar... it is what it is.
***Slab is 6" deep, footings a few inches more. ALL block will be filled.
Anyone have any hints, suggestions or YouTube videos on installing the skimmer in a concrete block wall? While on the skimmer subject, is the skimmer enough to return water to the pump/filter by itself or would it be prudent to add an additional return line lower in the pool?
While on plumbing issues, I'm planning on a line from the pump into the pool on each side, thinking that two incoming water inlets will be enough. Any reason to add more?
Sorry this is sooo long, and I can't thank you enough for any ideas and suggestions from those of you that have the pool knowledge that I lack. I am learning, and while I'm bound to make some mistakes, I do appreciate your help lessening my errors.
No doubt, I will be back with more questions along the way.