I thought fixing my own swimming pool was going to save me lots of money. Going into the project I knew it would not be easy. What could go wrong?
Everything about buying my first house was a disaster from the beginning. There were problems with the plumbing, the heating system not firing up, the dining room roof was leaking and looked rotted.
The Pool is Cool
It seemed exciting moving into my first house with an in ground swimming pool. The pool needed a lot of coaxing to get it working, but it did a good job for the entire summer.
The pool was the type where they dig the right size hole, pour cement around a plastic edging that the liner attached to . At first you could pull it back into place on warmer days when the liner was more flexible.
The Pool is Not Cool
Shutting down for the winter months went well except the pool cover was ripped in a few places. It seemed to work alright anyway.
It was finally spring and the pool cover was removed. The first thing I saw was over half of one side of the pool liner had come loose and was hanging down in the water. The water level was surprisingly low, guess I should have put some water in it over the winter.
Omens and Good Ideas
I did not know it but the loosened liner was an omen for things yet to come. My plan was to find out what it needed so I had someone come look at it from a local pool company. He said it needed the liner replaced.
So my plan is refined and I order a new one telling them I will install it myself. Eagerly anticipating the arrival of the package I drained the water out of the pool.
Carolina Red Mud
The erosion of the Smoky Mounts covered the Piedmont with red clay. Mixed with water this clay makes pretty good mud. A heavy rainstorm one night ended with the sun coming up bright the next morning.
Drinking a cup of coffee I walked out to the pool and found that the earth on one side had completely caved in. What needed to be done could not have been more apparent.
Swimming Pool Blues
Even a self proclaimed home improvement expert such as myself realized at this point that the swimming pool was doomed. The decision was made ot remove it from existence.
I went to a hardware store and bought a sledge hammer. Took about a week but the cement was busted up, the fencing, pump equipment, and pool ladders were sold.
At this point I had a big hole in the ground partially filled with busted-up cement mixed with mud. With no fence around it. So the search was on for fill dirt.
Some how I must have got my mojo back when one day I was standing in the front yard. A county road crew drove up putting up sighs and told me they were going to scrap out all the ditches.
One of the crew looked at the hole and asked if they could dump the dirt there instead of them having to haul it off. He said they could run the backhoe over it, packing and smoothing it over.
It Must Be Relative
Calling this the worst mistake I ever made in a home repair or improvement project is easy to do. Looking back, I remember feeling great joy standing that evening on the ground where that evil monster once resided.
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