Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by PermaChanged, 10 Jun 2021.
Tbf, if it's lasted 30 years it can't be that bad
You think we'll need a lorry mixer? It's only 48 tonnes of concrete required
Man up and use a shovel to mix it
Restore it, clean it, get some grass. Happy days.
Just mix it in a wheelbarrow, that's probably only 5000 fills.
We're dug out! We need to arrange to have the pool pumped out again, and have the pipes pressure tested once more due to the digger unearthing a few - no obvious signs of breakage but definitely worth doing before burying under hardcore and concrete.
Just to be on the safe side for any future mods put yourself a duct in from any building with water or power. You can't put it in after.
We can't wait to see the finished pool and surround. That is a lot of hard work.
We are retrofitting lights in the side of the pool facing away from the house, as well as ensuring we have power being fed to all 4 walls so we can have lighting and exterior sockets. Cables will be far better buried than the old ones shown here https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/posts/35192267!
Long term plan is to have a big-ish pool house / bar, and use the existing pump house as our toilet/shower block for outside.
Ideas and opinions needed people!
We'd like to do the prep work ourselves, in the hardcoring and laying the steel rebar given that the quote we've received is eyewatering!
We'll arrange to lay some 40 down hardcore fully compacted, and shutter off 6 inches from the boundary walls to install French drains
The quote details drilling and pinning steel dowels in to the back of the pool, so when concrete is laid it will stay true to the pool edge - how exactly is the drilling and pinning of these dowels achieved? I assume the dowels are then just tied in to the steel reinforcement mesh rebar?
We'll have someone else lay the concrete though once we've prepared the area.
There are a few ways of attaching reinforcing
You can drill a hole for a piece of rebar and resin it into place then either tie the rebar to this spigot or weld it to the mat (if laying a rebar mat)
or drill a hole for a long thunderbolt or rawlbolt and do the same
Out of interest, what colour is the pool pipework? If it's white ABS pipe I'd seriously consider replacing it, regardless if it passes a pressure test or not, with PVC-U pipe. A lot of old pools were piped up in ABS pipe, however it's gets brittle over time resulting in it failing. Running in new PVC-U pipes whilst everything is exposed would be my recommendation.
Thanks for the recommendation, pipes are indeed white! Any idea of potential cost involved in making the changes?
Awesome, will look into epoxying rebar in to the wall to tie too, sounds relatively simple!
Replacing the pipework is easy enough and something you could do yourself. Costs will all be down to materials.
For pipe and fittings see here: https://www.plasticpipeshop.co.uk/PVC-Pipe-and-Fittings_c_492.html
Then you'll need some pipe cement (I use either Weld On 725 wet r dry, or Griffon WDF 05), a tin of pipe cleaner, and a fine tooth saw
There's no need to fully expose all of the old pipework. It's usually easier to just dig a new trench that gives you the easiest/shortest run back to your plantroom. Just dig out to the back of the pool fitting and cut the existing pipe as close too it as you can, allowing enough to glue into the new fitting and away you go. Obviously you'll not be able to replace all of the sump pipework as it'll run under the shell, but I'd replace as much you can easily access.
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