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    Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    Not sure if this is best section to ask this, but here we go. Started my opening SLAM late last week and have the water looking really good considering the pool sat unmaintained for 3+ years (post on the whole process coming soon). At some point while the house was vacant some kids decided throwing 30lb landscaping bricks into the pool would be fun. Now I'm wondering the best way to get these out. I know the easy answer is to go in and get them by hand. Fortunately it is the shallow end (3.5' deep), but my water temp is still really cold and to be honest I don't want to get in unless it's the last resort.

    Anyone have a clever suggestion on getting these out without getting in the water? Figured maybe someone has had a similar issue or has a crafty idea that might work. There's about 5-6 in the shallow end for sure and it's holding me up from getting the last of the debris FULLY out of the pool the way they are situated. I can't get leverage with the leaf net and even if I got them in I'm almost sure it would rip the net potentially dropping onto the liner again. I really don't want to push with something either as if they catch an edge they could damage the liner. Either way I assume there's some patching in my future from them being thrown in, but over the last 2-3 weeks I have observed zero abnormal water loss. So I may have gotten lucky and the leaves already in there may have been enough to cushion the liner from the bricks (1' thick).

    I know I'll probably end up getting in, but figured I'd give the forum a shot first. Forecast in the low 50's during the day and down close to freezing at night for almost the next week. Polar plunge here I come!
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    Re: Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    Hmmm....

    Got any fireplace tongs or a posthole digger you could use as an extended grabber?
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    Re: Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    Add on Craigslist for a SCUBA guy to put on his wetsuit and hand them up to you. I'll bet you get a taker.
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    Re: Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    I can't think of any helpful solution but wanted to let you know I am thinking about your problem.
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    Re: Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    Do you have a teenager? If so, pay them $5-10 a brick. It may be cheaper than the scuba diver with a wet suit from Craig's List that Dave suggested.
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    Re: Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    30 lbs??? that is going to be hard! The weight is what is getting in the way. Fishing net? But how do you get them INTO the net? Husband and I talked over any ideas we came up with and none would work without possible damage to the liner

    The only one that MIGHT work is-----------fishing net for one person. Other person uses a PLASTIC rake and "rolls" the brick into the net. MUCH worry about the liner...........

    I like the idea of an ad asking a diver to get them out.

    Good luck and let us know what you figure out!

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    Re: Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    Good ideas everyone, thanks! I think I'm just going to have to bite the bullet on this one and get in. It's honestly a miracle there's not more wrong with this pool and last thing I need is a tear in the liner because I didn't want to get cold. I didn't check the weather forecast before this post for 2 days and it looks like Friday jumps up to the low 70's now that I just checked it. So I think that's going to be my best day as far as air temperature to not completely freeze my a** off. I love how in two days the forecast for air temperature can change 15-20 degrees...

    I still have no idea how this pool was not winterized and sat three years and there wasn't any broken underground plumbing. Getting in the water for a couple bricks is much easier then some of the other problems I could be dealing with now. Again, thanks for the ideas and I'll try to let you all know how it goes.
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    Re: Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    I would drain it down a bit and strap up the chest waders. My neo's have seen equal amounts of fishing/hunting/work time.

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    Re: Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    I was in the same boat as you Tbone, I had 6 concrete blocks and a few landscaping blocks in the 9' deep end. It was a pain to clean the bottom and since the pool hadn't been maintained the pool was murky, but I could feel my leaf rake bumping into them. So I said Kowa Bunga and jumped in.



    I to was surprised to find no damage done by them being tossed in so that was a relief.
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    Re: Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    That's insane! What is wrong with people anyway?
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    Re: Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    A friend of mine had some kids do the same thing with a bunch of stones. I don't think they were 30 lbs, but they were heavy. He used a Sting Ray net, which scooped right under them. Later when I had my coping reset, they dumped a whole lot of concrete debris into my pool. I purchased the same net, and it worked like a charm where nothing else would.

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    Re: Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    I've never seen that stingray net RobbieH! Thanks for posting... I want one!!!
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    Re: Getting some heavy landscape bricks out

    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    I've never seen that stingray net RobbieH! Thanks for posting... I want one!!!
    Me either! Time to order one of those up!
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