Handyman question.

mudlady_gwJune 4, 2011

I have a kiddy pool--specifically, a heavy plastic Step2 pool. The construction is probably more than simple plastic because this pool has been in service for many summers and has tolerated just as many winters outside. I was going to send it to the dump until I realized I could turn it into a raised garden. I need only enough space for a few tomato and cucumber plants. I plan to fill it with topsoil and I am concerned about adequate drainage. I thought about drilling many holes in the bottom, but then I decided I prefer to remove most of the bottom so the plants won't be in a container because the pool would be essentially sides and a couple inches of the bottom next to the sides for stability. I am asking what tool I should use to remove most of the pool bottom. I thought about taking a hatchet to it but I don't want to risk cracking the sides. What should I use to cut away most of the bottom, while protecting the integrity of the sides?

Thanks for any offered advice.

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I'd use a reciprocating saw or sabre saw.
Be sure to round all of the corners of the cut-out. A notch or sharp corner will promote a crack or tear to develop at that point.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 9:51AM
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Thanks so much for the suggestion.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 11:20AM
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