The Four Stages Of In-Ground Pool Installation

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If you have decided to have an in-ground pool installed, you are probably excited and anxious to get it and go swimming. However, after you have talked to the pool installation contractor about pricing, picked out the pool design you want, and had the yard assessed for the best placement, you are still going to have a wait before you can jump into the water. Here are the four main stages of in-ground pool installation so you can have some idea of what to expect and how long the wait may be.

Preparing the Yard

The contractor will come out to your home to look over the yard and where you want the pool. He or she will mark the area and check for any trees or other large landscaping that will need to be removed to get the big equipment into the yard. The contractor will take the plans to the appropriate governmental agency to obtain the permits needed for the installation and also contact the utility company to make sure there are no buried lines where the digging will take place.

Excavating the Yard

Once everything has been approved and the yard is ready, an excavating machine will be brought in and your yard dug up for the pool. There will also be a large truck in the yard for the dirt that is pulled out. You might think that you want the extra dirt for the garden or something but there is going to be a lot of dirt. Take what you need, and let the truck take away the rest.

Framing the Pool

After the hole is dug, the contractor will frame the pool. A wall will be built for the sides and the bottom will be smoothed to meet the wall frame. This is also the time when the plumbing and electricity will be initiated. Any trenches for wires and pipes will be dug and situated for easy access to the pool. If you will have any type of decking around the pool the contractor will frame that as well.

Finishing the Pool

If you decided on a fiberglass pool, the contractor will now bring in the preformed shell to put into the frame. It will be secured in place with decking or a concrete lip around the top. If you are having a concrete pool, the contractor will apply the material to the frame and bottom. A special pool paint will then be painted onto the concrete and tiles installed above where the water line will be.  A gunite pool requires a layer of concrete first and then the gunite applied on top of that. The pool will need time to dry and settle a bit before you fill it with water.

While this may seem like a lot of work, a good contractor will get the job done as quickly as possible. It can be fun and exciting to watch the progress. Of course, it will not be as much fun as taking that first plunge into the crystal clear water of your own in-ground pool. Check out websites like to learn more.


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Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.