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    August 1, 2016
    mattspencer

    5-reasons-to-build-your-inground-pool-NOW Today is August 1st, and the temperatures outside are hot enough to make a man start digging a hole in his backyard. Get started today, and you could be swimming by Labor Day! At SPP we specialize in helping homeowners build their own inground pools, and our Free and Unlimited support for our pool kit customers means you'll never have unanswered questions. Today's Post is a Curated List of our most popular blog posts on how to build your own inground pool.

    How to Build a Pool: What to Do with a Sloped Backyard

    what-to-do-with-a-sloped-backyardWhen it comes to inground pool installation, some backyards pose a challenge with their topography. Not everyone has a nice smooth and flat 1000 sq. ft. area to place a pool. In most cases, some simple grading with a Bobcat is all that’s needed, but for those who have a genuine hill or a steep and sloped backyard, more engineering is needed, so that the design of the wall is strong enough to hold back the earth. As mentioned several times, the drainage of the hill is another carefully planned piece.

    Landscaping Around Your Inground Pool

    landscaping-around-the-pool-todayAfter you finish building your own inground pool, and fill it with water, there is still some work left to do in the backyard. As Larry said when he built his inground pool kit this summer – “it looked like a bomb went off in the backyard!” In this blog post, I’ll start with a discussion of some of the worst types of landscaping around a pool – those plants and trees to avoid. Then I’ll make some suggestions for trees, plants and ground covers for those pool owners in hardiness zones 6, 7 and 8.

    Pool Filter Selection: Sand vs. DE vs. Cartridge

    pool-filter-selection-sand-vs-de-vs-cartridgeThere are advantages and disadvantages to each type of inground pool filter and everyone has a different opinion of which is better within the pool industry. They’re all good, as long as it is not too small. A larger filter will give you longer filter runs, with less overall maintenance required. It also makes fast work of cleaning up poor water conditions or helps prevent them in the first place. So, the question is not really “what type of filter should you buy”, but “what’s the largest filter your budget can buy?“.

    DIY Natural Pools: Build Your Own Swimming Pond

    natural-pool-kitsOne thing to understand is that the main water cleaning activity is due to the micro organisms and microbes, not the water plants. The plants use nutrients from the water as food for themselves which helps prevent algae growth. Although full equilibrium may take several months or years to fully develop for natural pools, micro organisms and microbes break down pollutants into basic elements. A ‘balanced’ natural pool will stay clean and clear with very little work.

    Pool Heater Cost & Installation Info

    If you are replacing a pool heater and the heater performance over the years has been satisfactory then your search will be rather easy, just find the direct replacement! It can be easier to install a direct replacement heater, because the water and gas pipes will usually line up, making things much easier for you. New pool heater installations are most easily installed at the same time of the pool construction. This option is the most versatile and easiest since you work it into your design plan.pool-heater-cost-and-installation-infoIf you are replacing a pool heater and the heater performance over the years has been satisfactory then your search will  be easier to install a direct replacement heater, because the water and gas pipes will usually line up, making things much easier for you. New pool heater installations are most easily installed at the same time of the pool construction. This option is the most versatile and easiest since you work it into your design plan.

    Pool Equipment Sheds: Should You Enclose Your Pool Equipment?

    pool-equipment-sheds-should-you-enclose-your-equipment First of all, you do not have to enclose your pool equipment (pump, filter, heater)...a shed structure with some louvered ventilation to conceal your pool equipment. Sheds can be purchased almost anywhere, for a few hundred dollars. Corrugated aluminum, non-wood laminate or wood fiber Another type of enclosure is a pool house. This has a ventilated room for your pool equipment, which is usually in a divided room, with a separate room for storage of chemicals and supplies.

    How Much Does it Cost to Build Your Own Pool?

    how-much-does-it-cost-to-build-an-inground-pool-yourself A commonly asked question is how much does it cost to build my own pool – my usual answer is another question, what size and shape are you interested in? After some discussion on pool size and shape, I can always say that, as a rule of thumb you will typically save half of what it would cost to have the pool installed by a local pool contractor. DIY pool installation is hard work but not difficult; and after the job is complete you can be proud to say you built your own inground pool.

    Inground Vinyl Pool Floor Options

    inground-vinyl-pool-floor-optionsAn important question or discussion point really, that we have with homeowners building their own swimming pool is about the pool floor material, between the vinyl liner and the earth. A good pool floor base will resist divots or shifting and cracking. They also make liner replacements easier by reducing floor prep. There are three types of pool bottom materials that can be used for inground vinyl pool construction. Pre-Mix, Vermiculite and a Sand Mix.

    Swimming Pool Decks: Inground Pool Options

    inground-pool-deck-options With so many swimming pool deck options these days, the pool deck and patio areas surrounding your swimming pool involve some careful planning. I myself, still do not have the pool deck installed around my new pool we built this summer. Maybe this blog post will help my wife and I decide which type of swimming pool deck to install around our new pool. If you ask my wife, she’ll tell you that it is not just a pool deck – you have to re-think the entire backyard.

    Plumbing your Inground Pool Kit

    pool-plumbing-layout-for-pool-equipment Our inground pool kits come with a starter plumbing kit. We give you valves, unions, assorted schedule 40 PVC fittings and 100 ft of schedule 40 flex pipe. You may need additional pipe, depending on the size of the pool, how many returns and skimmers, and any other water features. Extra pipe can be ordered at the time of the pool kit purchase and delivered along with the kit, or you can get extra pipe locally, either flex or rigid PVC, along with more fittings.

    Small Inground Pool Kits

    small-inground-pool-kits What qualifies as a small pool? In my mind, it is anything that’s under 10000 gallons, or less than 200 sq. ft. in area. For our inground vinyl pool kits, we have done small pool sizes of 10’x10′, 8’x24′, 12’x18′, but can do nearly any size and shape. Benefits of a small pool? A much lower installation price. it is also easier and cheaper to cover the pool and taking care of a small pool is much easier with lower costs for electricity, heating and chemicals.

    Pool Shock: Liquid or Granular

    pool-shocks-liquid-vs-granular I normally use granular shock, but when opening the pool, I like to use 5 gallons of Clorox bleach just before shocking the pool with dissolved Cal Hypo granular. When shocking clean and clear water however, I prefer to use either non-chlorine shock or Lithium shock, on my own backyard pool. Please remember that all types of chlorine react strongly when mixed with other chlorine types or any contaminants. Never mix chlorine types, and keep cool and dry at all times.

    Build an Inground Pool: DIY Pool Kits

    build-your-own-inground-pool-diy Are you thinking of buying an inground swimming pool? Then you have a choice to make. Do you hire a local contractor and just write a check, or build the pool yourself and save thousands? The answer is simple, build it yourself – you’ll be happier with the results and proud as a peacock. The homeowner pool builder pays more attention than the contractor. Measurements are more accurate and the builder [you] really puts his or her heart into it.   We have over 400 posts on the SPP blog; we've answered just about every question there is about inground pool kit construction, and we do it all for you! So our customers and potential customers can learn how to build their own inground pool. Build your own inground pool! You can do it, and we can show you how!  

    Matt Spencer SPP Pool Expert

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