With LOTS of help from others (thank you Grant & Joe) and the expertise of my cousin Heath and Leon of BlockCo we got the pool put up last Saturday. It was a very interesting process to watch (I wasn't allowed to help as I was on kid watch duty).
Once the professionals got there the guys got busy measuring the level of the sand with some fancy tool...actually I think it was just a level...but it made these beeping noises when it was level so that makes it fancy :). Once the sand was all nice and level the guys started putting down the cement paver thingys (technical term I know), the wall track and re barb (sp??) to hold the sides of the pool in place as they put it up. I'm told that metals is heavy and the task of unfolding it is not easy - which is probably why it took all 5 of the guys.
Once all the sides were up the guys had to push the sand up against the sides from the inside to ensure the walls were stable. While Scott and Grant tackled that the other guys started placing the beams around the outside.
Don't you know you can't watch a pool being put up without being in another one? Kind of ironic yes, but it was around 90 degrees that day...the guys were so lucky to have some shade!
Once they had the sand pushed up in the middle and the beams on the outside attached it was time to get out the liner. Heath said we needed to lay it out in the sun to let it bake and become more pliable.
After the liner had baked they (carefully) started putting it in the pool and pulling the lip over the side...kind of reminded me of putting a new trash bag in the wastebasket...but on a much bigger scale.
Watching is hard work...this one was plum tuckered out :).
But not this one...she kept asking me when we could get in the new pool!
Here is the first truck of water being dumped in. You can see the hose thing on the left hand side and the guys lined up taking a much needed break!
It took two whole milk trucks (7,000 gallons in each load) and then a bit from the hose to fill it.
Man the rest of our yard is a mess right now...but don't worry we'll get right on it (seriously I think we have forgotten what the word relax means sometimes).
So...gazebo - check, rug & shade curtains - check, pool - check. And Scott has been working his tail off spreading a top layer of black dirt over the remaining areas of dirt in our yard and seeded it the other night...so black dirt & seed - check!
I even got in it last night to vacuum for the first time...by the time I was done my feet were numb as it was only 68 degrees...but we have a clean pool :). I was also the smart one who jumped in the day after it was put in...when it was 60 degrees...talk about refreshing!
This weekend...we are going wood shopping for the deck materials. I am SO excited to see how that turns out and I am just as excited to see my hard working man take a break!