How to build DIY inground pool: installation guide

Ned Kampmann

Planning to build an inground swimming pool in your backyard? You’ve probably found loads of online books such as ‘Inground Swimming Pools for Dummies’. But this article is not like them! Here you can read the basics of installing an inground pool, a detailed guide and tips on how to build the perfect pool.

Do it yourself inground pool guide

1. Choose the design of your pool
You should consider such details as shape, color and dimensions before you start building. Just remember that the more advanced the design the more expensive the overall cost will be.
Build your own inground pool diy

2. Authorize your pool
Get all the paperwork done in the very beginning. This could save you a lot of money in the future, as, for example, in certain areas pool are taxed and by not authorizing your construction, you will get in trouble.
How to build an inground pool: step 1

3. Dig out the area
If you can afford to rent an excavator, this will save you a vast amount of time. You can do it manually too, with a shovel or a backhoe. Consider the cabling that may lay under the soil, so you don’t leave your neighborhood without electricity.
Do it yourself inground pool: step 2

4. Level the ground
The bottom of the pit and sidewalls should be carefully graded. This will make future steps easier for you.
DIY inground pool: level the ground

5. Framing
It’s time to start constructing the walls with a metal armature and wood rebar. Just remember to always check the level of any part you’re building. You won’t have time for this after all the work is done.
Inground pool installation: framing

6. The plumbing
Begin plumbing the pool. This time you will have to call a professional, because if you don’t have a license, it is illegal to do any plumbing by yourself.

7. Electricity
You will undoubtedly have to install a filtration system, and you may also want to install heaters or pool illumination. In any case, this is the time when you should run the power to your pool. Consider calling a professional.
DIY inground pool: electricity

8. The floor
The floor is one of the easiest parts as you can simply pour in concrete, but for the sidewalls you may need to use guncrete technology. Grade the flood once it’s done.
How to build an inground pool: floor

9. The walls
Start building the walls. It’s possible to rely on guncrete technology at this stage, or else you can construct the walls by pouring in concrete. Or you can make them out of cinder blocks. Decide what suits you best.

10. Walls – the last part of the pool
Any inground pool needs a moisture barrier, so that water won’t leak anywhere. There are several types, but the most popular are tile cover, plaster cover, plastic liner and sprayed plastic.
Inground pool installation DIY

11. Fill the outside
Fill the area behind the pool walls. Various materials are available for this task. Consider the air humidity and average temperature of your swimming season. Or simply contact a professional to know for sure.
Do it yourself inground pool: fill the outside

12. The final step – fill your pool with water
Depending on the plumbing you installed, you can fill it from city water supplies or you can contact a pool company to solve this issue.
Inground swimming pool diy

With these 12 simple but labor-intensive steps, you can build your own inground pool.

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Fiberglass inground pool installation

Fiberglass pools are very beneficial for any pool owner. Durable, easy to maintain and energy efficient, they are among the most popular kinds of pools these days. Fiberglass pools offer advantages that other types of pool can’t. They are resistant to stains, never need repainting, are not prone to algae growth and are much stronger that concrete.

Fiberglass pool installation has been covered in this article, but let’s remember the most important part here. The most important thing is to always check, recheck and even triple check the level of the pool. Give yourself plenty of time for this task! Reset the pool over and over again until you are certain that the level is even.

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