Having your own backyard haven is a dream for many families. Getting the right swim pool, barbeque, patio and privacy is a perfect resort for those on a budget. The problem arises when the on ground pool needs to be removed.
Creative Ways to get Rid of the Backyard Pool
Taking down an above ground pool is a big job and you soon find out who your friends are.
My swimming pool
adventures in owning a pool
Swimming pools are fun and great way to cool off on those steamy summer days. They are wonderful for exercise and playing games so they appeal to kids and adults alike. In some locales, it's a status symbol to have the luxury of owning one. Well those are the pluses but there are some minuses as well, as I will discuss.
My story is about getting rid of of my backyard on ground pool which was up for 15 years. I had wondered if her days were numbered, when I began to notice that her shiny blue and white metal sides were now dull and rusted. That beautiful sea blue liner was faded and stained. Hot days will make the water evaporate but now that’s it was autumn, and the water level was dropping quickly. I thought the old girl had sprung a leak. There's no “depends” for a pool liner. She was ancient by most standards so I had to make a decision quickly.
Anyone that takes the trouble and expense to install a pool knows when the day they dreaded has arrived. The day to retire the pool had arrived. It was going to take some elbow grease and manpower.
Here's what I decided to do first. Since I couldn't wait for the water to completely disappear, a sump pump was lowered into the middle of the pool with an attached hose. The hose end was extended away from the area about 25 – 50 feet to drain that chlorinated water and I had hoped it didn't drift into the neighbor's yard. I waited for them to leave first. So it drained enough to start cutting away the top of the liner around the top rim.
Next, I planned to email everyone and invite them for a swimming party, since the weather was still very warm. Yeah, they thought I had lost my mind, but what would you do? I couldn't very well tell them that I needed help taking down the ole rusty eyesore.
So a party with a barbeque with plenty of beer, soda and burgers was planned to entice them. I asked them to bring some tools for a party game. Yeah, that's it; they had never suspected a thing. I backed out of that plan since people expected fun and not work.
Plans B and C
more ideas to get help removing the pool
No, then I tried plan B instead. My idea was to run a raffle and sell $5.00 tickets for a fundraiser. My thinking that the school PTA would want to be in on this, when I made the call. The kids would have been so excited to get a backyard pool and the parents would love the idea of a freebie. The only thing is, I couldn't decide whether to tell them before or after they won, that it has to be disassembled? No, I guessed that it was not gonna work either. On to another idea.
Plan C was a bit silly but I thought about having a pool demolition party and let people use it for target practice. Yeah, some guys may want to take out their aggression on some heavy metal! Can you just hear the bullets ricocheting? Oh, I didn't think that work either, since I'll still have to clean up that mess, and answer the police officer's questions.
I decided to go back to square one; by taking it apart, with some friends. I would treat them to a good meal and feed them. Honesty is the best policy and if they show up I'll know they are true friends.
Tools needed for the job
taking apart the pool wall
This was a big job so we needed to have some portable screwdrivers or drills, heavy duty metal cutters, scissors to cut the liner, wrenches to unscrew the bolts, and the food and BBQ grill.
Also three cases of beer, soda, hot dogs and buns, hamburgers, and buns. They could bring their own pickles and chips.
Maybe more tools were needed or more food? The more food, the more work gets done?
my pool on the ground
my pool taken apart
Steps planned to take apart the backyard pool
1. get out the BBQ and start it up.
2. Fill the ice cooler with drinks and save the beers for later.
3. cook up some burgers and eat first.
4. start unbolting the top rim covering the pool wall.
5.unscrew the reinforces around the pool wall from the bottom rim
6.cut around the top edge of the liner and let it drop
7.unbolt the part where the wall connects
8.start cutting the metal wall into 3-4 foot sections
9.roll up the sections and put into pile
10.roll up liner and put onto truck bed
11.collect all pieces and load up the truck to drive to dump.
13.relax and start drinking beers
not a good way to take down a pool
How to take down a pool and save friendships
summary of how it all went down
There are pluses and minus to owning your own on the ground pool.
Well the plan was well organized but the human factor was not taken into account. The fellas started with the beer and drank too much so the job was in shambles. Joey fell over the pump, and jabbed the screwdriver into Mac's hand so we had to stop and take him to the ER. A definite minus!
Next, the kids jumped into the empty pool and pretended to be swimming on the bottom. Really! Did they get into the beer as well? And some of the women were upset because they thought it was going to be a fun day out of the kitchen They ended up cleaning up the food and disciplining the kids. Another minus.Oh well.
All in all, it was a hectic day and didn't get anything accomplished. I learned a valuable lesson; don't ask friends to help with a big job and don't have beer in sight. Hire someone to take it away and save some friendships in the process.
My next pool is going to be those blow-up kind; the ones that don’t have metal anywhere! A plus and a minus for sure!