Do It Yourself Fiberglass Inground Pool Information

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Does it make sense for me to put in my own fiberglass swimming pool?

Since 2001 Sunco Pools has installed over 800 fiberglass swimming pools and we are asked many questions about Do It Yourself (DIY) fiberglass pool installations on a daily basis.  The purpose of this article is to address many of these questions and also provide resources that can assist with the installation of your own fiberglass pool.If you’re just starting your research, you’re probably thinking: ‘Fiberglass pools are conceptually very easy to install.  You just dig a hole and set it in….right?’Well, yes but even though it may not be quite as simple as it seems at first glance, fiberglass pools are a perfect Do it Yourself project for anyone with basic excavation and plumbing experience…..and of course time.  If you are considering a DIY fiberglass pool you probably have several questions like:

  • How much money do I save with a DIY fiberglass pool?
  • What resources do I need to provide that are not normally included with the fiberglass pool shell?
  • What are some common problems associated with Do It Yourself fiberglass pools?

How much money does a DIY fiberglass pool really save me?

This is a great question.  Be careful not to get too excited after checking the initial price of the inground fiberglass pool shell.  There are a lot of expenses that are not covered in that price which are discussed below.  You want to be thorough on the front end so your budget doesn’t get obliterated by a surprise expense during the project.  To answer the question of how much do you save, let’s look at an example.  A fully installed inground fiberglass pool around 30′ long without any concrete patio would normally cost anywhere from $34k-$39k in our area.  A DIY installation of the same fiberglass pool would probably equate to a savings of $6k-$10k.

What do I need to purchase that is not normally included in the fiberglass pool shell price?

You will need the equipment to complete the excavation, a crane to set the pool if needed, water to fill the pool, the backfill material, any necessary plumbing fittings and pipe, and the pool equipment if not included.  Below is a very rough pricing guide to give you some concept of the expense of these items.

Item Price
Equipment rental $2,000
Crane  $400 – $800
Water (trucked in)  $700 – $1,200
Backfill Material  $1,000 – $2,000
Misc. Plumbing  $700 – $1,200
Pool Equipment  $1,500 – $2,000

Please note these are averages and may vary dramatically from region to region

What are some common challenges associated with Do It Yourself fiberglass Pools?

The most common challenge associated with DIY fiberglass pool installations is getting the pool level.  For a first timer, this can be a frustrating experience.  The key is to stick with it until you get it right.  One word of advice here:  be careful to give yourself plenty of time for pool leveling.  If you’re having water delivered, build in a couple extra hours before they arrive and budget some extra time for the crane to sit on site while you work on getting the pool level.  Few things are more stressful than re-setting a pool over and over while everyone’s standing around waiting on you.  These situations can lead you to compromise and settle for a pool that’s not as level as you would like.  Don’t do it…you’ll kick yourself later.  Another common challenge with straight wall pools is keeping those suckers straight.  This requires constant monitoring as the pool is being filled and back fill material is being placed.  As soon as you set the pool run a string line from corner to corner and keep it spot on until the pool is full.  If the wall gets bowed in or out, the pool will probably be fine, but you’ll have to do some digging to get it straight again.

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Do your homework before installing your new pool!

Before selecting a location for your new backyard paradise please consider the following factors:

  • Call J.U.L.I.E. or your local underground utility company!
  • Place a garden house in the yard to create a rough outline of where your new inground fiberglass pool will be located. Check for sun and shadows over the location to help determine the best pool placement.
  • Check with your local municipality for easements and permit restrictions. You may also have to check with your Home Owner Association (HOA) for any inground pool rules or restrictions that might affect your DIY project.
  • Verify sufficient access for construction equipment to excavate and back fill the pool.  A minimum of 10 feet will be required. Please note that the fiberglass pool can be lifted over the home with a crane.

Be sure to carefully read the comprehensive San Juan Pool Installation Guide below.

Do-It-Yourself Inground Pool Installation Guide

The following video shows the actual installation procedures for San Juan fiberglass pool