Friday, January 22, 2010

Why DIY Swimming Pool Removal

For a DIY guide to remove you swimming pool easily, see this article:
How To Remove A Swimming Pool Without Extra Fill Dirt

You have decided to get rid of your swimming pool. You have also decided that it is a good idea to utilize the giant hole in your backyard by converting it to a pond. In most cases your pond is not going to be nearly as big as your pool is. So you might think that it would be an easy task just fill the hole up partially, leaving a large enough area for your pond. Unfortunately most contractors don't do it that way. They fill the pool entirely and then dig a pond. There is a couple of reasons for this, one of which is structure stability. When you fill it, you can pack the ground better, thus giving the ground more stability for a pond. This seems like a waste of time and money to me. You can get just as much stability by using a wood frame and/or concrete supports. You can also use the wood from your pool frame for a pond frame. Anyway, what I am getting at, is you can do it yourself and it is not very difficult, saving yourself a boatload of cash and the headache of dealing with contractors.

Take a quick look at what I did in just six weeks without any help:

What I did here is probably more than you will have to do. Keep in mind that this is actually two ponds with a waterfall in between. I also constructed the planters to over hang the large pond which is not necessary for most people. I did not remove any dirt from that area in order to keep the grow beds up high and on an already stable concrete slab. You can expect to have it complete in much less than six weeks, and if you have some help, all the better. You might get it done in only a couple of weeks or maybe even just five weekends.

DIY, you will get it done exactly the way you want with a lot more satisfaction.


  1. Dude! that pond is huge. You should share your pics at th forum over at Pond Forum

  2. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

    Swimming Pool Removal