started construction on lap pool ... pics, depth questions

rockybirdNovember 2, 2011

So far, I have the pool excavated. It is 60+ feet x 15 feet. The depth is 3.5 feet on the end nearest the house, where people will doubtless hang out. The deepest it gets is 5.5 feet. I believe the opposite end is 4.5 feet. I am a novice swimmer, but would like to use this to swim when it is warm enough (I live in Phoenix). I would also like this to be a pool that my niece and nephews can play in when they are a little older. Before the work goes much farther, I am wondering if:

- the pool should be 5 feet at the deepest (I am 5.6') or does that matter?

- the one end should be 4 feet deep for easier flip turns.

-I have a long bench along one side of the pool, but maybe there should be a bench along the other length as well?

I am also sad to see that in the AM at least about half of the pool is in the shadows! However, I dont believe this will be an issue in the summer and we utilized the old pool imprint for this pool.

Imprint of old pool:

Since we started excavation, this little guy showed up. He is a sweetheart, apparently a young adolescent male. I cant find his owner. I am feeding him, and he doesnt mind all the trucks and men. He got into the house the other day:

Thinking he was a girl, I named him Ernestine.

Thanks for any advice.

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You have a large, flat roof. You could put solar panels up there and heat the pool.

I am a pool man, not a bird man. ;-) I might suggest you set up a small hen house for him o roost at night. Keep his food and drink away from the deck area. IIRC, bird poop is acidic and can stain.

I wonder if my Labrador would try to fetch, get scared, or get tough. Or my German Shepherd, or my cats, particularly the one we call The Pig(he eats everything, meat on your plate, sweet peas, a snake, frogs, crickets...).



    Bookmark   November 2, 2011 at 5:22PM
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Is the planned depth as measured from the middle of the water line tile or the top of the tile?

Treading water for exercise is easier when your feet don't touch the bottom.


    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 4:39AM
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Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away...he looks delicious! lol

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 2:04PM
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Thank you for your help. The depth was from the water line. I changed it to 4 - 5 - 4.5. They came out today and re-leveled the dirt.

Ernestine is still hanging around. I guess he likes it here (plus he thinks I am the equivalent of a mealworm pez dispenser).

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 2:57PM
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any update? I was anxious to see this one finished!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 2:28PM
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