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    Any recommendations on contractors in North Dallas area making a pool shallower ? Our pool is 8feet deep on the deeper side so I want to make it 4feet high. Has anyone done this ? What a're your experiences ? What should I be looking at cost, just a ballpark ?
    Thanks.

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    Re: make a pool shallower

    I can't help you, I'm sorry. But I am curious as to why you want to do this?
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    Re: make a pool shallower

    This can be done to plaster and vinyl lined pools, though it is a fair amount of work. Changing the depth of a fiberglass pool is more or less the same as building a new pool from scratch. Actual costs will vary dramatically depending on pool size etc, but very rough ballpark numbers are $6K for vinyl, and $20K for plaster. We have seen a couple of forum members who have done this, though it isn't exactly common.
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    Re: make a pool shallower

    Thank you. Mine is plaster.

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    Re: make a pool shallower

    We rarely use the deep side. 4' or 5' would be ideal to use the entire pool. Pool is not for swimming laps but just to chill out and play in the water. Can't do that in 8' of water.

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    Re: make a pool shallower

    How old are your kids, if any? We have a friend who made a "scuba diving depth" pool shallower.
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    Re: make a pool shallower

    I would go with a minimum of 5 ft. You really don't want to go any shallower than that.
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    Re: make a pool shallower

    Quote Originally Posted by srmagavi View Post
    We rarely use the deep side. 4' or 5' would be ideal to use the entire pool. Pool is not for swimming laps but just to chill out and play in the water. Can't do that in 8' of water.
    Sure you can on floats or in the big round tube... I love a deep end
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    Re: make a pool shallower

    Quote Originally Posted by YippeeSkippy View Post
    Sure you can on floats or in the big round tube... I love a deep end
    Or drain 4' of water out! 😜
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    Re: make a pool shallower

    This is why I'm building one only four feet from the start. I must have talked to a hundred pool owners and most thought their deep end a waste. Seems you could just fill it up with concrete and replaster.

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    Re: make a pool shallower

    I'm guessing your pool is gunite/concrete, since most in this area seem to be. The process roughly would be to fill the deep end with concrete, but that's easier said than done. You would need to jack hammer into the existing pool shell to get down to the rebar, and tie in new rebar for the new concrete. Simply adding concrete inside the existing pool shell would certainly crack eventually, the whole shell needs to be one solid reinforced structure. You would also have to jack hammer out the current drain, and plumb in a new drain at the top of the new floor. It would probably require two drains in the new floor, in order to meet updated building codes, but that could simply be a tee fitting off the existing drain line. You would then need to replaster the entire pool for a seamless finish. Cost-wise I'm not sure how much, but you would be looking at many thousands of dollars, maybe even $10k or more.
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    Re: make a pool shallower

    Quote Originally Posted by srmagavi View Post
    Any recommendations on contractors in North Dallas area making a pool shallower ? Our pool is 8feet deep on the deeper side so I want to make it 4feet high. Has anyone done this ? What a're your experiences ? What should I be looking at cost, just a ballpark ?
    Thanks.
    I'm here in Fort Worth and thinking the same thing. Curious if you explored this any more? Thx.
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    Re: make a pool shallower

    That's what noodles are for. The deep end is used the most in my pool, by myself, kids, grandkids (who like to show off their swimming skills)
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