How do I get my soil-filled pool back into operation?


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roger.malmberg

Hi,
I have bought a house with a pool full of soil. The previous owners did
not want it anymore and filled it with dirt. It is now a big flower
bed.

We have had thoughts about fixing it up. I would like to get some tips
what to think about? What can we do ourself and what needs to be done
by professionals?

It is a 9 meter long inground concrete pool and they drilled a few
holes in the bottom before they filled it. All equipment is taken away.
Pipes are probably still there.

Looking at the tiles it looks like we would like to replace them with
another surface/tile. What is recommended?

Ciao Roger
 
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ameijers

Hi,
I have bought a house with a pool full of soil. The previous owners did
not want it anymore and filled it with dirt. It is now a big flower
bed.

We have had thoughts about fixing it up. I would like to get some tips
what to think about? What can we do ourself and what needs to be done
by professionals?

It is a 9 meter long inground concrete pool and they drilled a few
holes in the bottom before they filled it. All equipment is taken away.
Pipes are probably still there.

Looking at the tiles it looks like we would like to replace them with
another surface/tile. What is recommended?
Chuckle. I've seen that on a few houses around here. A big concrete patio
with a pool house, and a concrete-edged flower bed. Odds are they did more
than drill a few holes, or the thing would be a swamp whenever it rained.
You're basically starting from scratch here- frost heave has likely cracked
the old gunnite walls, and the pipes are probably full of rust and crud. But
having said that, step one is to dig out all the dirt (by hand, so you don't
break whatever is left down there), and pile it somewhere, to see exactly
what you do have. Once the dirt is out, a pool contractor can tell you if
anything is salvagable, and the cost to get it going. My hunch is they will
tell you to rip it all out and start over. You then get to decide if you
want a pool that much, or if you should just bust up the visible concrete
edging, drop it in the hole, and put the dirt you saved back in there.

aem sends...
 
C

C & E

Hi,
I have bought a house with a pool full of soil. The previous owners did
not want it anymore and filled it with dirt. It is now a big flower
bed.

We have had thoughts about fixing it up. I would like to get some tips
what to think about? What can we do ourself and what needs to be done
by professionals?

It is a 9 meter long inground concrete pool and they drilled a few
holes in the bottom before they filled it. All equipment is taken away.
Pipes are probably still there.

Looking at the tiles it looks like we would like to replace them with
another surface/tile. What is recommended?

Ciao Roger
Knock off the concrete protruding from the ground and put this foolishness
out of your head. Pools are like boats. Two of the happiest days are the
day that you buy them and the day that you get rid of them.
 
H

Harry K

C said:
Knock off the concrete protruding from the ground and put this foolishness
out of your head. Pools are like boats. Two of the happiest days are the
day that you buy them and the day that you get rid of them.
Right on! I see more houses with filled in pools than I do with
operating pools. My BIL bought a house in a project. Every house on
his street (both sides) were built with pools. Only one still has one
working. Most have been buried so there is no clue they ever existed.

Harry K
 
F

Froggen

Hi,
I live in Melbourne Australia where we don't really have a proper
winter. I have not had any snow during my seven years down here and the
temperature is "never" under 0 degrees.

What is the main reason for getting rid of pools?

Do you know anyone who has resurrected one that I can email?

Ciao Roger
 
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ameijers

Froggen said:
Hi,
I live in Melbourne Australia where we don't really have a proper
winter. I have not had any snow during my seven years down here and the
temperature is "never" under 0 degrees.

What is the main reason for getting rid of pools?
Pools are a hole in the ground you keep filled with money, a sailboat for
landlocked people. They are fun, but unless you have teenage kids you want
to keep a close eye on, they are awful hard to justify for the 3-4 months a
year the swimming seasons lasts in a large part of North America. People
without the cash flow to just have 'the pool guy' do all the upkeep tend to
get disillusioned with them. I personally know several households where,
once the kids flew the nest, the parents within a few years said the hell
with it and had the pool ripped out. A lot depends on the climate and how
far away public swimming holes are. Where I am, you literally cannot drive
20 minutes in any direction without passing a lake with a public launching
ramp and/or swimming beach, and the 'unheated' swimming season is only 100
days or so, so pools aren't that popular.

aem sends...
 
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Steve B

Froggen said:
What is the main reason for getting rid of pools?

Some ideas:

The time required to keep one functioning.
The effort required to keep one functioning.
The cost required to keep one functioning.
A person does not swim enough to justify the cost or labor.
The space is more desirable as, say a garden, or a barbecue or horseshoe
area.

I liked my pool. But, I would never have another. The one next door at my
vacation rental property is a draw, and houses with pools rent at a higher
rate than those without pools. I did have one in my own back yard, and had
it filled in for a 1,000 sf expansion of the house. It had to be
backfilled, compacted, and tested many times for it to be acceptable to the
inspectors. Major PITA, major cost.

Just some ideas.

Steve
 
P

Phisherman

Froggen said:
What is the main reason for getting rid of pools?
I when I was looking for a house to buy, I was almost ready to buy
until I saw a swimming pool in the backyard. I would have bought the
house if the owner agreed to remove the pool. A pool may increase
insurance costs and property taxes, but I'm not sure by how much.
 
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Oren

Hi,
I live in Melbourne Australia where we don't really have a proper
winter. I have not had any snow during my seven years down here and the
temperature is "never" under 0 degrees.

What is the main reason for getting rid of pools?
For some folks it's older age. They love the house and the area, but
cannot/will not move, nor are they able to care for the pool. At the
same time "dollars" (a favorite word) are limited by folks on fixed
income. They may have enjoyed the pool for many years and as the
nest emptied, they plant flowers in the previous pool.

I've seen this in Las Vegas... but pools are great for us at 112F this
summer.


Oren
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
 

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