Requirements for Install


New member
Jul 20, 2020
Sacramento Valley
Hi all. I'm a newbie here and I'm sure this question has been asked and answered before, but I can't find a thread on it. In any case, we are considering a new pool (would prefer fiberglass) and our local installer has a "prebuild FAQ" that says they require no less than 8 feet of clearance from the house in order to get machines in to dig a pool hole. Our home only has 5-7 feet of clearance between the house and the fenceline. As far as I can tell, this is pretty typical for our area and California in general (especially for newer subdivisions). Does anyone know if this is a general rule of thumb or just this installer? I'm not sure if it matters, but the pool we would want would be on the smaller size.


Well-known member
Jul 27, 2016
Middletown, NY
Can be done with smaller machines but it will cost more as the dig will take longer. Also will cost more if they will have to use a crane to hoist the fiberglass pool shell over your house and into your backyard.


TFP Expert
Bronze Supporter
In The Industry
Aug 10, 2017
Morris Cnty NJ
My little machine has retractable tracks amd gets thru 4ft gates...but the bucket is tiny. They cam dig a pool anywhere a good size mini amd a skidsteer need 6ft can downsize for 5ft if needed just more trips as said above. Just coats a little more, it helps if you have great neighbors on one side at least. I worked in the city on a rowhouses with no access. The addition was dug by hand with a bucket line thru the house and took several days, was amazing to watch.