Do-it-yourself cinder block pool

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Do-it-yourself cinder block pool

Postby legendarybear » Sun 15 Aug, 2010 13:28

First, thank you for taking the time to view my post! And Thank You again for any replies!
I am about to begin a do-it-yourself pool. I am at the planning phase. I have chosen the location, have chosen my contractor to do the dirt work, and I know I am going to use cinder blocks for the walls. My contractor is a pool man so he is going to direct me on the plumbing phase. Now I am at the point of figuring out how to do my sides and bottom. I do not want to use a liner, so can anyone recommend what would be an inexpensive way to go about this phase. The pool will be a 20'x40'x5' in dimension. Thanks again for any suggestions you may have. :thumbup:


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Postby duraleigh » Sun 15 Aug, 2010 17:35

If you do not use a liner, the only way I know of to "waterproof" the blocks is with pool plaster......that costs more than a liner. YOu need to make that decision first and I think those are your only two realistic choices.
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Postby floridapooltech » Sun 15 Aug, 2010 18:07

Have you actually gotten a quote for a fiberglass pool to be installed? In the end, the cost may actually be very close and you know it will be done right (and with a warranty). These usually come with all the equipment you will need too. A lot of pool builders now have rock bottom prices due to the economy so it may be worth the look around!
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Postby lbridges » Mon 16 Aug, 2010 16:44

Don't think it qualifies under the "inexpensive" side, but there's the ceramic/porcelain tiled pool option more frequently found outside the US.
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Postby floridapooltech » Mon 16 Aug, 2010 22:46

lbridges wrote:Don't think it qualifies under the "inexpensive" side, but there's the ceramic/porcelain tiled pool option more frequently found outside the US.



I guess everyone learns something new everyday. Did not know they even did these types of pools!
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Postby lbridges » Tue 17 Aug, 2010 08:03

swimnsaveusa wrote:I guess everyone learns something new everyday. Did not know they even did these types of pools!


An upper mid-west house I lived in some 40+ years ago had a totally tiled interior finish.

With the cost of tile & install labor in the US my guess is $25-100K for tile vice what $5-10K for pebbletech? But I've seen enough of them in places like the Mexico City, Italy, and Greece, that tiled polls seemed like the norm.

There's a thread over at TFP from user Henry Porter describing his owner built porcelain tile/epoxy grout pool in Sweden. It's worth a look just to see the guy's craftsmanship - overbuilt some would say - he just put water in it a few weeks ago after a two-year construction effort (he has a day job too).
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Postby solarboy » Mon 30 Aug, 2010 09:34

I tile pools here in Europe all the time. In your case I'd render using mortar with short fibres to get a flat surface using levels and straight edges etc. You'll need to do a "scratch coat" 1st.
Then tile with glass mosaic tiles (about 4$ per sq foot here in Portugal) using Weber "swim" tile adhesive. Then grout with Webercolor Flex (p). We don't have other glue suppliers here sadly. A 25' pool takes a week to render (2 people), 4 days to tile and 2 days to grout. I'd charge a client around 5000$ to do this.
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Postby wjames » Fri 06 Jul, 2012 08:19

Tile pools are in demand, and most of the people prefer glass mosaic tiles,ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles. These tiles are waterproof also. 

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Do-it-yourself cinder block pool

Postby yolanda » Wed 08 Aug, 2012 20:14

hey check out popular mechanics april 1961 issue. it tells start to finish an inexpensive way to build your pool. even though prices have changed in todays market this might be away to try. i think its gonna be mine. it even shows you how to build your own sand filteration system with the blocks. i might even try using blocks for the floor and using bags of cement as a filler or grout? might be worth a try.ive just been thinking of new ways to lessen the cost. i cant afford 22-40k for an inground pool. i even bought plans off ebay. you can maybe find this book at a vintage book store or on ebay like i did. i hope this helps :)
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Postby Barolac14 » Sat 10 Nov, 2012 04:33

i think its gonna be mine. it even shows you how to build your own sand filtration system with the blocks. I might even try using blocks for the floor and using bags of cement as a filler or grout?

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