I don’t think I can properly convey to you the stress and drama of filling in this pool.
It was cracked, non-compliant and not able to be fixed upon buying the house. I knew it was going to be a challenge, but not the worst (but indeed it WAS the worst!).
I underestimated so many things…
- The council requires approval (DA) and they will monitor what goes in the pool. Fair enough too. But I did think we’d be able to put the concrete path in the pool as fill, but nope. Every single council is different on this stance. I know because I researched and even engaged a solicitor. There is no hard and fast rule (NSW there is, but locally they differ for some reason). Always check your local rules.
- All the concrete and shell had to be completely removed and taken to the tip. This does cost money in tip fees. It took a lot of work to rip up concrete and smash up a fibreglass pool shell.
- Before I go any further can I point out this ALL had to be done MANUALLY. There is no side access. None. Only big enough for a wheelbarrow. No dingo, kanga (or the like) would fit. Believe me this was explored over and over. The neighbour said no to using their yard and taking down a fence. There was no option except for physical hard labour using a jack hammer and a wheelbarrow.
- We did hire a crane for a few hours to help lift out some of the concrete. But it was minimal.
- The work was pretty much done by me and a mate. We did hire 2 young kids to come in and help periodically. I personally was unwell at the time so paying some fit and healthy young kids good $$ was so worth it.
- Clean fill was required. This caused headaches because you have to get the actual fill. Luckily I knew a pool business that could dump dirt, but they could only do it when they had it so it was a waiting game (and trying to avoid bad weather at the same time).
- The fill was dumped in a few stages. 2 loads arrived and then a few days later it rained so much the fill became unusable. Then we had to get it all taken away and start again.
- All up there were about 5 loads of usable clean fill delivered.
- We used the bobcat to lift the fill in to the wheelbarrows (at least we could do that and not use shovels!). Over a period of about a week or two we pushed the wheelbarrows around the back and filled the pool in.
These tyre tracks (because someone picked up on this and I assume they think I am making this up!!) were from the craned over excavator that put some concrete in big bulk bags and lifted them over the house. Only hired them for a few hours. It’s expensive! I don’t have a photo of this because I was in hospital at the time.
We didn’t hire them to do the dirt because they said it’s not worth it –
Still had to put the dirt IN something to crane over. Like a bulk bag. Still would have had to be dumped, then shovelled out of the bags, then in to the pool. So was still a lot of labour and added expense. It was not going to be the answer.
The front of the house was a mess for weeks. Or months even. The poor neighbours were over it.
I remember cleaning up the driveway for days, and even late in to the night.
Would I fill a pool in again? Yes, but I would need side yard access. So a bobcat can do the work.
Now I know the process it’s ok. Cost wise it was pretty cheap. I have never worked so hard in my life. I thought The Block was hard, this was worse. So I literally feel like I can do anything now! Bring it on.