Hello All, first of all let me say that any question I asked google regarding my pool purchase TFP was one of the top forums to answer it. Thanks to everyone who posted such great information.
I recently purchase a 16x27 Radiant Free Form. It has not been picked up yet, still waiting for the filter. Since I purchase the pool from a dealer about 60 miles away I figured I can wait a few extra days to avoid 2 trips. 60 miles isn't much for many people but around these parts you are asking for traffic trouble! LOL
My plan is to put the pool mostly in-ground with about 8" out so that in the (hopefully near) future I can deck out most of the pool.
The dig started on Sunday but was brought to a grinding halt because of the rain we have been getting.
Dig will resume tomorrow (fingers crossed) and I should be picking up the pool either tomorrow night or Friday.
I plan on installing the pool myself (with help from friends of course). Aside from the dig and the trenching needed for the concrete collar I plan to do most if not all.
Fortunately I have friends and family in both electrical and plumbing trades.
I hired a bobcat guy who also does landscaping and hardscaping for the trenching. His most important job is to make me level within an inch.
Since moving into this house a couple years ago I hoped to have a pool someday. There was one minor thing in the way. What was that you ask? Oh just a 150+ year old oak tree with a 60" diameter (and a stump closer to 80").
In April I had the tree taken down and stump cut down 12" below grade - sadly it had to go pool or no pool. The main body of the tree had been destroyed by termites and carpenter ants. Liability to say the least. Without the tree every 80+ day we have had since April has felt like its 100!
Since there was still some stump left I had them come back, this time with a mini skid steer and a bigger grinder. No more stump, just roots. So far the Bobcat has done a great job of clearing the first 30" but since rain was in the forecast and we had little space left to put the dirt we are on hold.
2 15 yard dumpsters have been filled and carted away as of this afternoon. Now we just wait out the weather.
I would love to hear from anyone on the forum regarding their experience with the Radiant pools. Especially if you have done the install on your own. A few years ago I helped a friend do a dough boy 3/4 buried (nightmare because it was on long island and the soil there is basically sand) and have helped family with 2 different above ground pools. The radiant looks like its a simple build - obviously prep work is key in any job.
Great forum and great information. Thanks everyone!