Inground Pool DIY?

I was just chillin in my plain back yard today thinking how sweet it would be to have a pool, first thought that came to my mind was a good sized above ground. Only problem with that is that where I live you have to have an inground or no pool. So I started thinking, barrow my dads backhoe for a few weeks, then have my nieghbor help with the concrete work. Seems pretty simple, my neighbor owns his own buisness and he specializes in pouring concrete.

Has anyone ever done there own inground pool and how much did it cost them. I don’t see how it could cost more than 3-4k if you do the digging and the concrete yourself.

Watch out for code, and besides Concrete and a hole, you need lots of underground electric and plumbing. Also stair work and shaping, the form, etc.

$3-4k won’t even touch your plumbing and fitting costs. Hell a decent heater will set you back half that.

It’s not concrete, it’s shotcrete and plaster btw.
you can buy fiberglass in-ground pools in 1 piece or 2 piece which could possibly make the job do-able.

It’s not concrete, it’s shotcrete and plaster btw.

unless your doing a vinyl liner with concrete wall pool. but either way your not going to do it for 3-4k and with a backhoe you could dig it in a few hours not weeks.
sorry Im not going to do your work, but there was a huge pool thread in this forum already. Try page 2,3, or 4 of this forum.

not with my schedule

it takes us two hours tops to do a big pool, what are you planning on doing diging for 15 minutes a day?

how big are you talking? the company we hired took nearly a week.

there was a retaining wall issue, but still.

2-2.5 hours for this one, and this is a larger one.

no, but when you use one for a living it doesn’t take very long to get the job done, when you don’t hardly ever use one it can take a while

2-2.5 hours for this one, and this is a larger one.

I wish I was rich
Buy a can of spray paint and some wooden stakes and start digging, do the rebar frame and have a pool company come out and do the gunite or shotcrete as well as marking out the inlets and outlets. I say you can do it all for 10grand.

yeah good luck finding a company willing to pour a job they didnt set-up. The price is usually more when we have to finish some homeowner’s half assed attempt at doing something.
you’re fucking crazy. you’re about $15,000 underestimated on your cost, and its FAR FAR FAR more technical than you could possibly imagine.

i wouldnt touch that shit with a 10 foot pole.
I don’t know dude – that’s a lot of weight and a lot of money.
That much water is heavy, plus if it leaks, you’re out all the chemicals it took to treat that water.
I’d put some serious thought into it.
I don’t know anybody who’s homebrewed a pool
I used to know a guy that did it but I met him after the fact so I don’t know much about the specifics.
I know he basically dug a big-ass hole (remembering to add some steps, etc), concreted it and then covered it with a liner. I’ve been in it a few times and it seemed just fine to me.
The tricky part is probably going to be running the plumbing, no idea how that stuff works.

This article looks like it might go over a lot of what you’d need to know – it doesn’t do full concrete, but goes over how to install one with plastic walls and a concrete floor:

I used to know a guy that did it but I met him after the fact so I don’t know much about the specifics.
I know he basically dug a big-ass hole (remembering to add some steps, etc),and then covered it with a liner. I’ve been in it a few times and it seemed just fine to me.
The tricky part is probably going to be running the plumbing, no idea how that stuff works.

yeah see everone just seems to gloss over that part like it just happens after the mix leaves the chute.
I’m a DIY’er kinda guy.. but would never touch my own pool.

Don’t forget your permit.

Well, I personally wouldn’t have the first clue what I’m doing when it comes to pretty much any of this stuff, but I don’t want to just assume the OP doesn’t either. The guy I was referring to wasn’t a construction worker or anything like that.. he was a factory manager who worked on cars as a hobby. Yet he did just fine.