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  • Removing an inground pool?

    This really is farm-related! We're looking for a new house, and looked at one yesterday that we quite liked. Nice house, 2 acres w/ a 2 stall barn, all fenced - perfect for the goats (and chickens!) I want to eventually get. However, there's an inground pool on the property. It's not in the best shape, and I really don't want a pool anyway - and, while it has it's own fence, I can totally imagine goats climbing the fence and trying to swim - eeep!

    Anyone know how hard - and expensive - it would be to remove an inground pool? My husband thinks it wouldn't be that bad, especially as this one is on a sorta raised area - he thinks basically bulldozing the rise it's on would work, and then the whole lots would be flat. I think he's maybe a bit over optimistic!

    So does anyone have any experience w/ getting rid of an inground?

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    A friend of mine just went through this. The city had a very specific set of instructions to follow. I'm not sure what was involved in capping off the plumbing, but the pool itself had to be filled with concrete.
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    • #3
      I don't think removing the pool is even necessary. The one experience I've had seeing that done was at a country club that wanted to get rid of two tennis courts and a pool. They simply bulldozed the courts into the pool then hauled in topsoil, laid sod and in two days it was a putting green. Is there a place you want to level that could become fill for the pool?

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      • #4
        First, find out from your County what any requirements are.

        If you can't remove the concrete, then get holes drilled in the bottom, and fill it with dirt if you can. At least that way you have a usable spot. If you HAVE to fill it with concrete, then maybe you have an instant patio LOL
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        • #5
          http://thereifixedit.failblog.org/20...can-be-a-pain/

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          • #6
            Not to differcult.

            We had an older inground swimming pool at our last house. I hated it. Hated taking care of it in summer and winter...yuck!. Got used very little so when the pool pump died, my hubby and I decided just to get rid of the whole mess.


            We checked with township and then took care of filling in pool. Had to get electrician to disconnect power source to pool pump etc.

            We drained water then drilled holes into bottom of the pool floor. The concrete path that surrounded the edge, we cut and broke up and dumped into pool. Then got clean fill dirt delivered. That took several dump trucks full. Seeded area with grass and within 6 weeks it didn't even look like a pool had existed anywhere on the property.

            Took a weekend to do. Hard work but wasn't that expensive if I remember right, the fill dirt was the most expensive part of the whole project. Maybe max $500 total and gone was the aggravation of maintaining an older pool.

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              Thanks, everyone! So it sounds like it's a pain, but maybe not quite as bad as I feared. Most important is to check w/ the town to see what their rules are, and then make sure to get the electric/plumbing squared away before anything else.

              Hmmm.

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              • #8
                fill it with concrete? That's almost as expensive as building a new one!

                Here's an idea- throw a couple of sticks of dynamite in it...
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                • #9
                  Check with your town or township, but we did like lostkiwi did, just punched holes in bottom, collapsed sides in and filled.

                  It now acts like a big french drain in front of my barn addition.

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                  • #10
                    I need to save this thread, as my DH keeps threatening to get rid of the large inground pool here on the farm. I told him to wait until our daughter is off to college, since she and her high school friends do use it a lot. And because we are one of the few with a pool, all the kids come here instead, and I can keep an eye on them, and know they are not out and about getting into trouble.

                    But when the time comes, and least now I know what to do.

                    Oh, what about all the water that is in the pool? Do you drain it first?
                    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MunchkinsMom View Post
                      I need to save this thread, as my DH keeps threatening to get rid of the large inground pool here on the farm. I told him to wait until our daughter is off to college, since she and her high school friends do use it a lot. And because we are one of the few with a pool, all the kids come here instead, and I can keep an eye on them, and know they are not out and about getting into trouble.

                      But when the time comes, and least now I know what to do.

                      Oh, what about all the water that is in the pool? Do you drain it first?
                      do you drain it first? Before what, drilling holes?? Depends if you want to dive down and drill holes underwater. Before collapsing the sides in? Depends if you want to use the front loader at the edge of 12 feet of water. Before filling it with dirt? Depends if you want to be able to walk on it afterwards, or if you're fine with a mud hole. Before filling it with concrete? Depends on if you ever want the concrete to set. I mean, really can you imagine the cement mixer coming to the site, the sluce extended over the pool, and the concrete pouring down the long sluce into a pool of water!! What would you think, drain or not drain?

                      It seems to me that the answer to your question "Do you drain it first" is one you could proabably answer yourself with a little thought. !!
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                      • #12
                        Yes, you have to drain it (though you can get people in scuba gear to repair cracks underwater with special fillers these days). Or you could stock it with trout and go fishing instead of filling it in. I know of several commercial pools that have been taken out of service (I think they had major cracks and mechanical problems with the filters and water systems) that were drained, diving boards/ladders etc removed and resold, and the dirt dumped in after the pool deck was ripped up and dumped in. You do have to overfill the pool to allow for settling, and then sod or whatever you want to replace the pool with. I'm sure you could leave a little water in the bottom before filling, but you still have to allow for the dirt settling. If I was putting a patio or other hardscape on top I would fill in, wait for settling, then fill to make it flat, tamp down and then put in the patio or whatever goes there next.
                        You can't fix stupid-Ron White

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                        • #13
                          MIL filled in her pool. It had a nice fence around it she left. Her pool had a vinyl liner, but the usual thing is to break up the concrete at the bottom, then fill in with dirt. After she had hers filled in, she planted her garden there. The fence kept the animals out.
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                          • #14
                            I wonder if you could convert it to some sort of animal use ? Goat or chicken apartments?
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                              catfish?

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by RolyPolyPony View Post
                                This really is farm-related! We're looking for a new house, and looked at one yesterday that we quite liked. Nice house, 2 acres w/ a 2 stall barn, all fenced - perfect for the goats (and chickens!) I want to eventually get. However, there's an inground pool on the property. It's not in the best shape, and I really don't want a pool anyway - and, while it has it's own fence, I can totally imagine goats climbing the fence and trying to swim - eeep!

                                Anyone know how hard - and expensive - it would be to remove an inground pool? My husband thinks it wouldn't be that bad, especially as this one is on a sorta raised area - he thinks basically bulldozing the rise it's on would work, and then the whole lots would be flat. I think he's maybe a bit over optimistic!

                                So does anyone have any experience w/ getting rid of an inground?
                                First check with any pool suppliers in the area & then call the township. You will probably need a permit to destroy the pool. I have a pool on our farm & I'd love to destroy it. Good luck.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by AnotherRound View Post
                                  do you drain it first? Before what, drilling holes?? Depends if you want to dive down and drill holes underwater. Before collapsing the sides in? Depends if you want to use the front loader at the edge of 12 feet of water. Before filling it with dirt? Depends if you want to be able to walk on it afterwards, or if you're fine with a mud hole. Before filling it with concrete? Depends on if you ever want the concrete to set. I mean, really can you imagine the cement mixer coming to the site, the sluce extended over the pool, and the concrete pouring down the long sluce into a pool of water!! What would you think, drain or not drain?

                                  It seems to me that the answer to your question "Do you drain it first" is one you could proabably answer yourself with a little thought. !!
                                  Really, AR, was that really necessary?
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                                  • #18
                                    Well, in another thread someone had said to call a pool company to come pump out the pool and take the water away, vs just draining it out into the lawn/pasture (in my case that is where it would end up, in the pasture). So I guess I was not clear enough on the reason for my question.

                                    So, let me rephrase it, drain or have it pumped out?
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                                    • #19
                                      Before you get rid of it, you may want to check the location of the nearest fire hydrant. Having a pool provides an available water source in case of fire and may be a factor in your home insurance rates. Also, if yo do decide to remove it - it's a lot easier to remove a vinyl liner pool than concrete or gunite...

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by CatOnLap View Post
                                        fill it with concrete? That's almost as expensive as building a new one!

                                        Here's an idea- throw a couple of sticks of dynamite in it...
                                        It might depend on where you live. Around here, I've heard it costs more to have the pool filled in that the original installation.

                                        My house had a pool - a previous owner allegedly had it filled in because the horse kept getting/falling into it. I'm not sure if it is a true story as I can't fathom how the horse escapes paddock, opens pool gate and then falls in - multiple times.
                                        Last edited by sketcher; Apr. 20, 2011, 09:15 AM.

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