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This Guy Turned an Ugly Backyard Hole into a Swimming Pool Paradise!

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Grieving can be a very personal experience. It’s easy, sometimes, to get overwhelmed from the range of feelings you may be experiencing. Support and time are the best remedies for someone who’s feeling a little blue but sometimes, you need an outlet. After losing his beloved pet, a man decided to get his hands dirty as he thought it would be the best way to deal with the pain.

With the loss of his dog still raw in his memory, he decided to build a koi pond in his backyard. He wanted to do something productive and take his mind off the loss of his dog but he ended up even surprising himself. By the end of the exercise, he had turned his backyard into a tropical paradise. If you have some free time you’d wish to do the same — you don’t have to be grieving any loss, it could be boredom — here are the steps he took to make his backyard swimming pool a reality.

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Start Small

Initially, he had decided to build a kai pond as a way of distracting himself from the painful loss of a beloved pet. However, plans changed fast after his son was born. He purposed to turn the koi pond into a swimming pool, a place where he and his son could bask in the hot summer sun.

Start small and work your way up gradually. The creation of this pool took a lot of planning, as you’d expect. It was just an empty, ugly hole of what was supposed to be a koi pool lying unoccupied in the backyard.

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The Plan Taking Shape

We will take you through the entire process. That way, you will be able to appreciate how far the project has come. The beginnings were kind of ugly, or so to say. It was an abandoned koi pond in the backyard, so you can imagine. The hole needed to be expanded as the koi pond was too small, so he sought the help of a close friend to expand it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how friendship should be done!

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Now Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Swimming Pool

Our friend — and his friend — after a lot of hard labour, had managed to dig a hole almost the size of a swimming pool. The next step was to level it in accordance with the different depths the pool was to have. To ensure that the project wasn’t a hazard, they lined it with sandbags and increased safety. The project was far from over, building a pool is no easy task.

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Plumbing

The next step was the laying out of the groundwork for what would eventually become the pool’s plumbing. They laid the groundwork with a high level of expertise, which, technically, most people aren’t capable of doing on their own. If you don’t have sufficient expertise to do DIY plumbing, don’t shy away from getting professional help. It’s a very important part of the process.

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Putting a Huge Pump in Place

A small koi pond doesn’t need a big pump, just a small one. On the other hand, a swimming pool of this size needs a huge pump, and that had to be taken care of. He bought a heavy-duty pump that would effectively handle the needs of the swimming pool.

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Dealing with the Scorching Sun

Having a pool to take a swim during hot summer days is a thing, but building a pool during the hot month of July isn’t a pleasant experience. The hot sun can really impede your efforts. The gentlemen had to build a canopy to provide shade so that the hot July sun doesn’t slow down their work rate.

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Dirt Hauling Continues

When building a swimming pool, hauling dirt almost never ends, bucket after bucket. Note that during the day at this time of the year, temperatures can go well over 100 degrees. The good news is that the project is now beginning to look much like a pool. All the effort that has gone into the project is starting to materialize.

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Putting Up the Retention Wall

The next step involved the process of figuring out the slopes of the pool. The backyard’s general landscape called for a sturdy retention wall, there were odd level choices. Having a weak retention wall can be a potential hazard.

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Installing Discharge and Skimmer Tanks

A swimming pool needs to be clean and functional at all times. The discharge and skimmer tanks are a vital part of the functioning and cleaning of the swimming pool. The discharge tank — responsible for discharging water used to clean the pool — as well as the skimmer tank, are installed at this point.

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Creating a Grotto

The grotto is the most favourite part of the pool. You need to have a cave if you are to build your own backyard paradise. At this stage, the construction of a decoration grotto has just begun. The grotto helped him make his backyard the tropical paradise that it is right now.

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Installing the Rebar

Earlier we said that hauling sand is one of the hardest tasks of building a pool, that’s true. But trying to shape steel to the needs of the pool, by yourself. Be prepared to sweat and don’t forget to wear some heavy-duty gloves.

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Prepping and Applying Concrete

Now it’s time to apply the concrete. This process took well over a month. It’s one of the final processes of building a pool. It includes prepping the concrete, pouring, and putting the rocks in place. After eight weeks of labour and about $10,000 in costs, the pool was complete and ready for use.

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Check it out. What an absolute beauty!

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