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    Question about In-ground Pools

    LOML and I are arguing around about whether or not to put in a pool, and I came across this on the internet. It appears to be a pool "kit". Do people actually install their own pools? I've never heard of this. Anyone ever heard of something installing their own vinyl pool? Not a gunite one, of course...
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    When I was in high school we had next-door neighbors who did their own in-ground pool with a vinyl liner. Dunno how long the liner lasted but Google Earth still shows a pool in that back yard.
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    Yep. It's just like making a pond. Not all that hard, depending on the soil, of course...

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    I hired mine out but after watching I think it is very doable but don't kid yourself, it would be a BIG JOB! I think a lot would depend on how good the instructions were and if you had someone to call when you ran into something you were not sure of.

    AND, you need a blower or actually it is vacuum pump to pull the air out of the liner and get a good fit to the pool while you put in the water. Otherwise you end up with wrinkles and I assume these are potential failure points. I know the guys were very picky about getting the liner in right before we started to fill it up.
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    I've got the vinyl liner on mine, Will be interested to see what you decide. I've been told the liner will last about 5 -6 years, then have to replace it. Have the receipt from the last time, it was around $2400, which the previous owner did 2 years ago.
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    So the vinyl liner is all that's keeping the water from the dirt?

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    I believe there is sand under mine, but it may have been converted from a gunite pool. There's also a sump pump that keeps any ground water out from under the liner.
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    I have a 16 x 32 vinyl lined in-ground. The liner lasts about 10 years and cost me $3,000 to replace a few years ago. It is a huge job and I would not tackle it on my own, and (usually) I'll try anything once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    I have a 16 x 32 vinyl lined in-ground. The liner lasts about 10 years and cost me $3,000 to replace a few years ago. It is a huge job and I would not tackle it on my own, and (usually) I'll try anything once.

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    Just curious: What's the purpose of the pump(?) fan(?) in photo #9 that seems to be either blowing or drawing down the side of the liner?
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    We installed our own in 1990, with the help and advice of a friend who had worked in that trade. It's a big job, but do-able, if you're handy.
    Our original liner is still holding up. We had an expert excavator operator dig the hole, which saved a lot of fine-tuning with shovels. We put a "hard" bottom in, basically 3-4 inches of mortar trowelled in. Probably used an excessive amount of concrete around the outside of the steel sidewalls, but they've never moved. Saved some money on the diy install, but splurged on a wrc deck, which turned out very nice.
    Outdoor swimming season here is May-Sept without supplementary heating, but could easily add a month on each end with some solar heat.
    It has been our "cottage", since we're somewhat tied to home by a barnful of animals. Never regretted the investment. People who say "pools are a lot of work" usually haven't owned one. There are lots of work-saving accessories.
    With our friend's help, the liner went in nicely, but when the time comes to replace it, I'll be calling the pool guys! (The original crew are still around, but we're not as spry now
    Good luck.
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