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    How to decommission an indoor below ground pool?

    Hello folks,
    we have an 8m x 4m indoor pool which is fully functioning. It has an inconvenient semi-circular area in the pool from one long side which reduces the volume in an really inconvenient way.
    A good 18 months ago we emptied the pool in order to replace the leaking roof.
    We haven't filled the pool since or really missed using it. Which, in combination with the fact that a tiny crack has appeared around the entire semi circle, and our need to reduce our fuel bills, means we want to decommission the pool and turn the lovely, large room into a games room for the kids for the few years remaining before they go to university.
    We might want to use the pool in that room at some point in the future, so if there is an option to decommission the pool temporarily rather than permanently, without spending a ton more money, then that's our preferred option.
    So we want to put a new floor in the room.
    What could we do to achieve this? Avoiding spending a whole bunch of money.
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    Re: How to decommission an indoor below ground pool?

    Welcome to TFP,

    Not flush with any ideas at the moment, but others will be along to offer suggestions I'm sure. I would try to choose something that would allow resurrection in future should you decide to have it back.
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    Re: How to decommission an indoor below ground pool?

    You could build a temporary floor flush with the top of the pool out of wood, removable later when you decide you want the pool back.

    That crack you see might be through the plaster only, and as such would be just a patch job to repair.
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    Re: How to decommission an indoor below ground pool?

    Welcome to TFP

    This is the first time I remember seeing this question!

    Someone will be along with ideas.

    It does appear that you have kinda' solved the problem, since you are already using the pool as a band room
    except for that first step
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    Re: How to decommission an indoor below ground pool?

    A very well built wooden deck or platform would work, and you could put carpet over the whole thing.
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    Re: How to decommission an indoor below ground pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by zea3 View Post
    A very well built wooden deck or platform would work, and you could put carpet over the whole thing.
    this is the correct answer
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    Re: How to decommission an indoor below ground pool?

    I agree. Build a deck/platform out of wood flush with the surroundings and then floor right over that. Otherwise, fill it with concrete and it's done forever?
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    Re: How to decommission an indoor below ground pool?

    ditto on the wood platform. any other method would be permanent.

    from the pic though, it appears you found a side use for your pool as an orchestra pit....
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    Re: How to decommission an indoor below ground pool?

    Thanks for the welcomes. Playing music in there is just one function we could use the room for, but I must confess that I enjoy plying drums in there more than I enjoyed swimming.
    Anyhow, could the wooden decking be self supporting or would we have to support it via vertical/diagonal beams which rest on the pool floor?

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    Re: How to decommission an indoor below ground pool?

    Wood framed floor would give you the option of re-using later. One thing to remember using wood framing this space would need to be vented. Not venting could lead to mold, and wood rotting.
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