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Pool Tip

You may have a pool cleaning service or you may be your own pool guy, but when the wind starts blowing you need to check the skimmer basket at least once a day. It only takes a couple of hours for the skimmer basket to completely fill up. If left for a week, waiting for the pool guy, this can break the basket and put a strain on the pump. It also reduces your pool’s circulation, which can cause algae and other issues.IMG_2278

How to Build Your Own Pool

The title says it all. Right?

Not really. I would not recommend that you grab a shovel and start digging your pool, but there are sites where some home-owner will advertise instructions on “how to build your own pool”. He will show how he built his pool out of block and vinyl, and how it only cost $1500. Property value probably was not a concern. Most home-owners today want to be more involved in the construction of their project and are looking for a great way to save money at the same time.

We use the same term “build your own pool”, but we really should say “be the contractor of your own pool” or something like that. Most people I think identify with “build your own pool”. For those of you who are new to the idea of building your own pool; I am here to explain

The average customer may call a couple of different pool builders to come out and give an estimate on building a swimming pool. Several sales-people will come out to the house, listen to the backyard dreams and then create a simple hand or computer drawing of the pool. Then the negotiations to sell you that pool will start. The sales guy is just that; he is not usually a contractor and really knows very little about the details of pool building. A sales person will typically earn 5% to 7% of the sales price of the job.

The average homeowner will try to get “like for like” bids from the three companies, but each will have their own sketch, price and ideas of how your pool should be built.

If the homeowner purchased a pool from one of the salespersons, it would start several things in motion. First, the sales person would need to be paid their commission and submit their drawings. A drafter would need to make working drawings and permit ready plans. The plans would need to be engineered (in most states) and permits pulled. When ready to build, the contractor would make a phone call to the excavation company to schedule the digging of the pool. The excavation company would then notify the pool builder when they were finished with digging the pool, and pool builder would call the next sub-contractor out to the house. Many times the pool builder may not even go out to the house or check on the job as it progresses.

When you hire a “pool builder” that company is the “prime contractor” and the company’s job is to over-see the entire job process. The prime contractor is responsible for making sure the sub-contractors are called out to the job and do the work. This is where “building your own pool” comes into play.

You, as a home owner, are well qualified to call out the sub-contractors for your swimming pool, and because you are dealing with them directly you have more control over the schedule and the work being done. This is simple because each sub-contractor specializes in a specific trade. They know the trade well and are familiar with the expectations of the next sub-contractor to follow. Remember these are the same sub-contractors working for the pool companies, but today they are working for you!

With the proven program used by DIY Pool Plans you will be able to scroll down a check list of items with each sub-contractor to make sure the work is completed. In fact, we encourage you to walk the job while using the check list with the sub-contractor. This way the sub-contractor can point out the work they completed; while you check it off of your list. A sub-contractor checklist is included in several Design Packages.

So, “building your own swimming pool”, doesn’t really mean that you are actually and physically going to build your own swimming pool. It means that you are going to manage the sub-contractors who will build your pool. The same professional sub-contractors the pool builders rely on to build their pools.

The first step in building your pool is a great design, followed by permit ready plans and then support and guidance for managing your sub-contractors. When your neighbors are admiring your new backyard and pool, you can tell them how you “built your own pool” with DIY Pool Plans!

Should I Build a Swimming Pool in the Winter?

I have been asked many times about building a swimming pool in the winter. The first question is always “How much can I save?” Let’s take a quick look at building your pool in the winter.

As an “owner-builder”, a homeowner who is going to sub-contract the construction, you are already saving a lot of money by cutting out the middle man. This being said, you are paying the sub-contractors directly and therefore you can negotiate with them directly. A great advantage to building your own pool no matter what season!…
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How to Choose Swimming Pool Plaster. Plaster, Quartz or Pebble?

In this article I would like to help you make an informed decision on the bottom finish of your new or remodeled pool.

The “bottom finish” is considered the finish on the bottom of the pool, and for in-ground gunite swimming pools and spas this may be a plaster or tile finish. Mosaic glass tile has become very popular for swimming pool bottom finishes but is usually reserved for the rich and famous! Being that this is DIY Pool Plans and you are looking to save some green, we will concentrate on the plaster finishes….
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