(Used but good quality) 18′ pool–$250.
Small backhoe (4 hour rental)– $160
Chemicals and test kit–$40
Concrete and deck posts–$120
Tarp underlayment– $50
Sand for underlayment– $20
New skimmer for pool –$40
$860 so far (this will probably total $1200 by the time we buy the rest of the deck wood)
- Time (multiple people working simultaneously in most cases)
Level site– 8+ hours (5 by hand, 3 with backhoe– one side was 19″ higher than the other!)
Setting and leveling pavers for posts–3 hours
Spreading sand– 2 hours
Digging post holes for deck posts– 2 hours
Sorting filter and pump parts and scratching our heads – 1 hour
Web-searching for photos and instructions– 3 hours
Driving to pool supply store 3 times this week– 3 hours
Phoning pool supply store (they know me now) — 15 minutes
Setting up pool and liner– 4 hours
Smoothing liner and cutting holes in liner for pump/filter– 1 hour
Filling pool (finally, a passive task!)– 4 hours so far and it is only 1/4 full
30+ hours spent (still have 90% of deck to build).
Here’s the crazy thing. Despite the time and energy already spent, and the time and expense still ahead of us, we are just thrilled about this project! I can’t wait to see the kids swimming!! I’ll share pictures later!!