DIY Pool Installation Stages
How can you tell the difference between a Complete DIY fibreglass pool kit and a fibreglass pool bought and installed through a full price pool builder? Other than the thousand you have saved, you can’t! Our fibreglass pool shell and equipment quality is unbeatable.
While Owner Builders and Professional Builders buy our pool kits, most of our customers are Mum’s and Dad’s. We don’t offer installation for your DIY pool kit. We can usually put you in touch with a pool installer in your area so you can negotiate the cost of installation directly. Click here for info on installation inclusions.
With the thousands you save, you can buy extras like mineralisation, heating or anything else you can think of!
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1. Council Approval and Mark Out
We provide engineering documentation so you can arrange council approval for your DIY pool. Most of our customers use a Building Certifier to manage this step on their behalf. Or, your professional pool installer can do this for you. Council approval normally takes around 2 weeks using a Building Certifier or between 3 and 12 weeks applying directly to Council . Once your DIY fibreglass pool is approved, you are ready to go. A template of your pool is then marked-up where your pool is being installed ahead of excavation.
We provide the excavation dimensions needed for your pool (dig sheet) as part of your DIY pool kit. An excavator will excavate a hole to the shape of your pool and a bobcat will remove the soil to a waiting truck. If you have a side access narrower than 3m, smaller equipment will be used which will add to the excavation time and cost. Check that hauling the soil away is included in the excavation price. Expert tip – try www.fillwanted.com.au to see if there is a site close by to take your soil for free.
To ensure your DIY pool is level and has adequate ground water drainage, the fibreglass pool shell will rest on a layer of bedding material. This is usually a porous material such as crusher dust or an aggregate material no bigger than 7mm. We provide you with a copy of the Australian Standards 1838:2021 for fibreglass pool installation as part of your DIY pool kit. These Standards are easy to understand and follow during the installation process.
4. DIY Pool Kit Lift In
Now it gets exciting. We arrange delivery of your DIY fibreglass pool kit to your front kerb. Your pool can be lowered onto your front verge for installation at a later time. Or a crane (if needed) will lift your fibreglass pool shell over your house and lower it into place. If you have powerlines and/or a two-storey house in the way, it is no problem. You just need a bigger crane! The cost to hire a crane is usually between $500 and $1,500 which either yourself or your installer will need to arrange.
5. Plumbing Connections
With the pool resting in place, the return jets (sometimes called eyeballs), skimmer box and any other plumbing provisions for spa jets, deck jets and heating are connected with plastic Class 9 PVC plumbing and two part glue. From the skimmer box to pump is usually 50mm plumbing and all other connections 40mm. All plumbing connections should be pressure tested for leaks before backfilling. To assist with managing ground water levels, a 65mm PVC standpipe is installed in conjunction with a hydrostatic valve in the floor of your DIY pool.
6. Backfill and Level
Backfilling is a nice way to say “fill in the hole” around your fibreglass pool shell. To ensure longevity, your pool is backfilled with cement stabilised crusher dust. This prevents the backfill from being eroded away and future pool movement. Your DIY pool will be slowly filled with water while being backfilled to ensure that once full, it is perfectly level and the pool walls straight. In this image, the plumbing on the left side of the pool is for the water feature, pump, filter and chlorinator.
7. Concrete Bond Beam
To prevent movement, a beam of concrete is laid around your entire DIY pool. The concrete is reinforced with S12 steel bar and physically tied to the underside of the pool edge (called coping) of your pool to prevent separation. Concrete is worked under the coping and grips the steel bar as it dries. The coping is 200mm wide and provides a structurally strong foundation for your DIY fibreglass pool edge tiling (called coping tiling). If your tiles are longer than 300mm, the bond beam width can be increased to the size of your tiles.
*BOND BEAM IS NOT REQUIRED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
8. Coping Tiles and Filtration
The bond beam will reach 90% of its final strength within 7 days allowing coping tiles to be laid. Your DIY fibreglass pool equipment is now installed and tested. This is the completion of basic installation. Pool fencing, cleaning and balancing the water, landscaping and further paving can be completed by your installer or you can arrange these trades directly yourself to save more money. Our water features are designed to neatly house your pump, filter and chlorinator as can be seen in this image. All you need to do now is tell the kids to get their bathers on!
Have Questions About Pools, Equipment and Costs?
Our “Essentials You Must Know Before Buying A Pool” e-guide answers your questions about pool sizes, pumps, filters, chlorinators, heating and cleaning options including what they cost