Installing A Fibreglass Pool Kit
How can you tell the difference between a Complete fibreglass pool kit and a fibreglass pool bought and installed through a pool builder? Other than the money you have saved, you can’t! Our pool and equipment quality is better than most pool builders.
While Owner Builders and Professional Builders buy our fibreglass pool kits, most of our customers are Mum’s and Dad’s. We don’t offer pool installation. We can put you in touch with licensed, professional pool installers in your area so you can negotiate the cost of installation directly. With the money you save, you can buy some extras like a water feature or pool fencing or…
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1. Template Mark Out
To save even more money, you can arrange council approvals yourself using the engineering documentation we provide with your fibreglass pool kit. Or, your professional pool installer can do this for you. Council approval normally takes between 3 and 6 weeks. Once approved, you are ready to go. A template of your pool is marked-up where your pool is being installed.
An excavator will excavate a hole and a bobcat will remove the soil. If you have a side access narrower than 1.5m, 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 to save even more money.
To ensure your pool is level and has adequate ground water drainage, your 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 6mm. Your installer will screed this level and to the contour of your pool shell.
4. Pool Kit Delivery and Lift In
Now it gets exciting. We will arrange delivery of your fibreglass pool kit to your front kerb. A crane will lift your 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. In this image, factory installed spa jet plumbing is visible along the pool side.
5. Plumbing and Standpipe Connection
With the pool resting in place, the return jets (sometimes called eyeballs), skimmer box and any other plumbing provisions for spa jets, water features and heating is connected. All plumbing connections are pressure tested for leaks. To assist with managing ground water levels, a standpipe is installed in conjunction with a hydrostatic valve in the floor of your pool.
6. Backfill and Level
Backfilling is a nice way to say “fill in the hole”around your fibreglass pool shell. To ensure stability, your pool is backfilled with cement stabilised crusher dust. This stops the backfill from being eroded away and future pool movement. Your pool will be slowly filled with water to ensure that once full, it is perfectly level. In this image, the plumbing on the left side of the pool is for the water feature, pump, filter and chlorinator.
7. Bond Beam
To ensure your pool does not move, a beam of concrete is laid around your entire pool. The concrete is reinforced with S12 steel bar and physically tied to the underside of the 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 pool edge tiling. If your tiles are longer than 200mm, the bond beam width will be increased to the size of your tiles.
8. Coping Tiles and Filtration
Your concrete bond beam will reach 90% of its final strength within 7 days allowing coping tiles to be laid. Filtration equipment is now installed and tested along with extras like water features, heat pumps etc. This is the completion of a 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