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The following drawings and text are copied directly from the DEB Design Pool Plan

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Cover Page
Table Of Contents,
Material List
Pool Location
Install the wall posts
Trim the wall posts
Establish the skimmer location
Install side wall rails
Install end wall rails
Install the perimeter rail
Install the top rail
Install the pool side wall skin
Install the pool end wall skin
Install the corners
Install the skimmer
Install the light niche
Install the return fittings
Install the rope anchors
Install the pool step assembly
Install the liner backing
Mark the liner coordinates
Excavate the deep end
Plumbing installation
Install liner profile markers
Install the coping
Brace the walls
Install the pool bottom
Install the liner
Fill the pool
Finishing up
Drawings 1-11


There is something about a swimming pool that appeals to most people, whether it be children, who will spend all their summer vacation swimming under a hot sun, or adults who prefer to lounge at pool side, watching their youngsters have a wonderful, summer's afternoon. It isn't hard to imagine the enjoyment, that would come from having one's own pool in the backyard. Round and oval above ground pools are, affordable, very popular, and satisfactory for many people. But maybe you would prefer a larger pool, with a deep end for a diving board, or waterslide, and a deck around it, but commercial installation price tags, have been holding you up. An alternative is, of course, to build your own, using local materials for for the pool walls, specialized equipment from your local pool dealer or DEB Design, and step-by-step construction plans, by which to put it all together. By building your own, you will be able to have a beautiful, professional looking pool, for a little more than what your neighbor spent on his15' by 30' above ground oval. I had the help of a long time friend of mine, a pool professional who builds, and maintains pools for a living. It was by his help that I was able to build and put together this plan, for a pool with the following features:
* 18 ft wide by 36 ft long with an 8 ft deep hopper style end
* A 4 ft by 8 ft fiberglass pool entry step assembly with spa jets
* A hard, flat, and attractive pool bottom
* A beautiful 20 mil. customized liner
* Aluminum liner track (not plastic) that accepts lumber, or concrete decking
* A pool light
* A main drain
* A skimmer
* A high capacity sand filter
* An automatic chlorinator
* Dual return water lines
If you are like me, you could initially be intimidated by this project, but don't be. This plan will guide you through from start to finish as you construct what could be, one of your most enjoyable and rewarding projects, ever.

Material List

:Available from your local building center
8 pcs.      1"x6"x6' pine boards or equivalent for batterboards   
12 pcs.    1-1/2"x1-1/2" stock or equivalent for stakes
30 pcs.    4"x4"x6' pressure treated posts for the wall posts
20 pcs.    2"x6"x16' pressure treated. lumber for side/end wall rails
16 pcs.    2"x6"x 12' pressure treated lumber for side/end wall rails
2 pcs.      2"x8"x16'pressure treated lumber for top rails
4 pcs.      2"x8"x14'pressure treated lumber for top wall rails
2 pcs.      2"x8"x12'pressure treated lumber for top wall rails
1 pc.       2"x8"x10'pressure treated lumber for top wall rails
8 pcs.      2"x4"x16'pressure treated lumber for rail spacers
4 pcs.      2"x4"x16'pressure treated lumber for perimeter rail
2 pcs.      2"x4"x10'pressure treated lumber for perimeter rail
2 pcs.      2"x4"x8'pressure treated lumber for perimeter rail
34 pcs.    2"x4"x8'pressure treated lumber for bracing ( if required )
2 pcs.      2"x8"x8'pressure treated lumber for corner diagonals
23 pcs.    1/2"x4'x8' pressure treated plywood for pool walls
12 yds.    mason sand
14 pcs.    90# Portland cement
8 pcs.      1-1/2" barbed poly adapters
1 roll        1-1/2" poly pipe
4 pcs.      1-1/2" fully ported ball valves
16 pcs.    1-1/2" hose clamps
11 pcs.    10' sections of 8" wide aluminum facia to cap the top rail    
40 lbs.    3-1/2" galvanized deck screws
10 lbs.    2" galvanized deck screws
Miscellaneous 1-1/2" PVC pipe and fittings
:Available from your local pool dealer or through DEB Design
100 ft.        1/8"x 4' foam liner backing
110 ft.        aluminum cove molding
1 pc.          main drain
1 pc.          liner
1 pc.          pool pump
1 pc.          pool filter
2 pcs.         return fittings
1 pc.          automatic chlorinator
1 pc.          safety rope assembly
2 pcs.        safety rope anchor fittings
1 pc.          skimmer assembly
2 pcs.        spa jets( optional )
1 pc.          pool light ( optional )
1 pc.          fiberglass pool step assembly( optional )
1 pc.          light niche( optional )

Pool Location

Perhaps you already have an idea of where you would like to install your new pool, and what it's elevation should be. And maybe you're doing this project in steps, like I did, with the pool going in this year, and the deck, diving board, waterslide, changing rooms, etc., later, as funding allows. My own pool was built 2' above grade so it was at the same height as the first floor of our house. Later, a deck was built between the house and the pool, which did much to keep sand out of the house, and pool. It is not my intention to cover here, all the various considerations for location and elevation of your own pool. I will, however, relate any relevant experiences, from building my own. If you would like more information about some of these considerations, visit your local library and pick up a book about pools and spas. It will be filled with information, about pool location and layout, including pictures and landscaping ideas, which you could use for your own pool. It will also provide instructions for water treatment and pool maintenance. This pool plan will yield a pool that measures 18' by 36' with an 8' deep end. Your own pool could be built to what ever size, or design you prefer, using the same construction methods. My family and I have found, though, that this size works out quite well. One element that is essential is to plan for future expansion. Having a long range plan will help reduce the possibility of oversights, when future building elements are added, such as changing rooms, equipment storage room, sauna, spa, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions And Answers

Can you provide an overview of how the pool from your plans is built?
The pool walls are made using pressure treated plywood, fastened to a rigid pressure treated frame that is in turn fastened to 4" by 4" pressure treated posts, cemented into the ground. The pool floor is made using a wet portland cement and sand mixture that is trowled onto the ground. The liner is then inserted into the coping and all wrinkles removed using vacums. The pool is then filled with water. The weight of the water compacts the floor which hardens in a couple days. The coping is made from aluminum and is available for pools with either a concrete or wood deck surround. The construction techniques specified in this plan can be used for any size pool. All that changes are the wall dimensions, and the bottom profile. The advantage of this type of installation is primarily economic, since all of the construction can be done by average do-it-yourselfers. This plan is an exact replica of a commercial in-ground version, except instead of using custom galvanized steel walls and lots of concrete, pressure treated lumber is used instead. The result is a beautiful, professional looking pool that can typically be built for 1/3 to 1/2 of what a commercial installation would cost.
Do you have a price list for the pool components?
No, but please go here.
Am I correct in assuming that this pool is self supporting and could be built entirely above grade?
Yes, the pool walls can be self-supporting, and do not need to be back filled. I would recommend though, some additional support at the base of the pool wall. This will insure that the water pressure does not force the walls away from the bottom, horizontally. If you are able to build above grade, you will save a bit on excavating costs and the project will be easier to construct. The walls are 40" high, and if braced, could sit entirely out of the ground. Also, if you are planning to add a deck, later, the bracing could be built to support joist members for the deck.
How long did it take you to build the pool?
I started my own pool at the beginning of June, and finished it in mid-July, of 1995. Most of that time was spent waiting on a backhoe to dig the deep end of the pool. I discuss this and similiar issues in the plan. I think one should plan on a month of weekends, and week nights to complete it, at an enjoyable pace.
Do you use pressure treated plywood? If it is not pressure treated won't it eventually rot in the ground?
Yes, you are absolutely correct. The use of pressure treated lumber is critical.
How many years will the pool last??
I would expect it to last as the lumber manufacturer claims, the lumber will last, which is usually 15 - 40 years.
How high above grade do the pool walls have to be before we have to reinforce the bottom of the pool walls?
I'd brace any wall posts that project more than 20 inches out of the ground. Not only does it provide structural support against the lateral force of the water, but it also helps maintain straight walls and liner coping, one of the most visible elements of a pool.
How difficult is it to add the pool heater to the existing house hot water boiler?
For someone with average plumbing skills, easy. If you can build the exchanger, you should have no problem installing it. A plumbing schematic is provided in the exchanger plan.
What if I have additional questions concerning the
construction, installation, or operation of the pool from your
plan sets?
I am available by email to answer any additional questions.

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