I don’t usually do landscaping. But, a long term remodling project of mine is giving me the job anyways. I’ll either find out how to do it or hire it out. (After 2 years, I have the place almost totally redone. I’m redoing the kitchen next month and that pretty much finishes the home itself. She bought it for $24 worth of beads and I’ve been piecing it together as she has the money available.)
Anyways, the pool is in the backyard and the whole yard is basically a mess. I’ll be removing a dying tree (I’ve done that before) and building a shed for her, too. The pool is small, about 10x16’, 6’ deep at the most and hasn’t been an asset to the property. It’s positioned wrong, is too small, and she just hates it altogether.
So, she wants it gone. It has that funky membrane instead of tile over the concrete of the pool itself, and the concrete extends about 5’ all around the pool. Yes, it’s a built in the ground pool, not some above ground buried conversion. It’s about 100’ away from the house (huge yard).
Non incorporated area, btw, just outside the city, so I have quite a lot of free reign as to exactly how to go about this. I’ll check in to what demo permits may still be needed before proceeding, as usual, and call the underground utes finder people. I won’t be taking chances with either the law or safety.
I was considering removing the membrane, disconnecting the power (of course), and breaking up all the concrete, leaving the debris in the hole and then filling in with gravel and dirt. Her BIL has a Bobcat he promised availability for the earth moving, and he has tonnes (literally) of dirt available from his old farm. I would have to rent a jackhammer.
Some questions: How would simply breaking it up and filling it in affect drainage? Would it become a messy mud pit? Should I remove the debris instead of burying it? All dirt or a mix of rock, gravel, and dirt? Any big things I’m overlooking here? Ideas?
Please, no guesses. I can guess. Either experience in doing it or having it done, or some qualified input from anyone in the know.
And, as I said at the start, if it’s not a good idea to handle it myself, I’ll shop around through my contracting contacts for someone else to do it. I’ve been in construction/remodling for a couple of decades now, so I am very capable of quite a few things, including concrete work and rough plumbing.
Thanks in advance for y’all’s input.