How to Build a Swimming Pool How to Build a Swimming Pool

What You'll Need
DIY Swimming Pool Kit
Wooden Steaks
Cement and Cement Mixer
Accessories such as ladders and light fixtures
Water Chemicals

If you think you can't build a swimming pool yourself, you're wrong. Building a swimming pool is a multi-step process but it does not have to be complicated provided you plan everything in advance. 

Step 1 - Design

Think about what is most important to you before you build a swimming pool. Do you want a big pool you can swim laps in or just a small space in which to cool off? Do you want it to have the same depth all the way around or do you want a shallow end and a deep end? Do you want to add a jacuzzi or another kind of water feature?

Next you'll need a DIY pool kit that matches your needs and there are many companies that specialize in different kinds. The kit will contain the panels and liner for the sides and bottom of the swimming pool but not the cement that will cover the panels to seal it. Make sure you purchase all of your pumps, plumbing, filters, lighting and other accessories along with your pool kit. 

Step 2 - Pick Your Spot

Next you need to decide where to build the swimming pool. Try to pick somewhere that is relatively flat, because if the land is on a slope the excavator will have extra work to do and that will cost more time and money. Remember that you'll want to clear a space larger than the actual pool for the decking. A slightly shaded area might appeal but if your pool is under a tree, you'll spend a lot of time cleaning leaves and debris out of it. 

Step 3 - Digging

First use wooden steaks to mark where the pool will be and then start digging! The easiest way to do this is to hire a land excavator but you could always do it the old fashioned way with a shovel. 

Step 4 - Installing the Pool Kit

Read all of the instructions that come with the pool kit before installing, but generally start with the wall panels and then move on to the floor. Don't forget at this stage to install the filters, plumbing and any other accents like light fixtures and ladders. 

Step 5- Pouring the Concrete

The concrete will go over the panels to smooth it all out. Decide early on if you want to tackle this step yourself or if you want to call in a professional. 

Step 6 - Water

First make sure the filtration system and pump are hooked up properly and then fill the swimming pool with water. You can use a normal garden hose for this step or hire a company that will come with a truck full of water to fill your new pool. Then pour in the necessary chemicals, wait for a bit, jump in and enjoy! 

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