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    The joy of buying a cesspool

    I bought a house last year and this was what was in the back yard.


    Started draining and pulled the dry-rotted vinyl out.


    After getting the 100s of frogs and half dozen turtles out there was a foot of sludge


    Power washed the deck, the surface washer was the best $150 spent.


    Finally drained and cleaned.


    Sanded all the rust off the steel walls and painted with zinc oxide paint.


    New Liner going in


    Fill 'er Up!!


    Finally Done!



    Not nearly as nice as some of the pools I've seen on here, but a man has to start somewhere.
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    It works.
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    That is simply an amazing transformation! Great job...
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    Thanks for the step by step pics! Great job! Just think of all the fun you'll have this summer....
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    Amazing transformation!

    You have an absolutely beautiful back yard oasis there!

    The entire property is wonderful. Love the layout. I am jealous , but happy for you and your family
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    Thank you everyone!!

    Now I gotta start updating all the landscaping. As you can see everything was left unattended for about 5 years.

    At least I'll have somewhere to cool off in during work breaks
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    amazing process...looks great!!!!!
    you should be very proud!!


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    Wow!!! That's incredible! Way to go!
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    Very good job! What is that surface washer in the picture? It looks like it really got rid of the black mold. Is that something you rented or purchased?
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    Wow, what a transformation and it sure looks like a lot of work. Great job!

    Never saw a surface washer before. Looks like it would work much faster than a pressure washer.

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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    I love how it turned out! You have so much to be proud of!
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    Quote Originally Posted by stev32k
    Very good job! What is that surface washer in the picture? It looks like it really got rid of the black mold. Is that something you rented or purchased?
    It hooks to a pressure washer and cleans as you pull it along.

    It cleaned the 16" wide strip in the picture in about 30 seconds. I'll never clean a deck without it again.

    I got it here http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...1224_200041224

    I caught it on sale for $150.
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    Thanks for the link. I bookmarked it and will get one myself. I have a driveway that is in bad need of cleaning.
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    Congratulations!

    Wow!

    Those are some before and after photos. You are a very hard-working and brave person. I envy and admire your ambition and strength.
    Have a wonderful summer in your beautiful new pool!

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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    Quote Originally Posted by kcjonz

    It hooks to a pressure washer and cleans as you pull it along.

    It cleaned the 16" wide strip in the picture in about 30 seconds. I'll never clean a deck without it again.

    I got it here http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...1224_200041224

    I caught it on sale for $150.
    I perked up when I saw that pressure washer deal too. Man, that's the ticket!

    I just recently purchased a pressure washer from Northern Tool back in December. It's just a gas powered one with a wand but it really works well. I'll tell you though, having that full 16" swath would really speed things up when it comes to things like driveways. I've got tool envy.
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    Best of all, that's with no chemicals. It tears through the toughest stains instantly and no more of those annoying spray lines.
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    Nice job.

    How long did all of this take? Were the frogs alive?
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    Quote Originally Posted by baudilus
    Nice job.

    How long did all of this take? Were the frogs alive?
    It took 2-3 months working on nice weekends and in between work on the rest of the house.

    The frogs were alive and thriving, it was basically a full blown pond.

    For a moment I felt bad destroying an ecosystem, that passed quickly.
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    WOW!

    What an amazing transformation. I could only imagine the work you had to put in to that.

    Great job. The pool looks absolutely fantastic now. ENJOY! You deserve it after all that

    1 Question. With that pressure washer, do you need to have a power washer first that it hooks into? Or can you just get a cheap $30 gun?
    Will it do pavers?
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    Re: The joy of buying a cesspool

    Quote Originally Posted by mitch08
    1 Question. With that pressure washer, do you need to have a power washer first that it hooks into? Or can you just get a cheap $30 gun?
    Will it do pavers?
    It hooks to a power washer.
    The different sizes are rated for different PSI and GPM.
    The 16" can handle up to 4200 psi and 5 GPM.
    I use a 3000 psi / 3 GPM washer.

    I'd be concerned about it blowing the sand out from between the pavers.

    It is basically two 0° nozzles spinning at 300+ RPM.

    Here's a pic of the underside.
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