Since I had never built an indoor pool I had a lot to learn. First of all that Pool builders have the worst reputation and the least reliable, of all construction groups. I went to the Yellow Pages and picked a nice looking ad. Called the guy, got references, looked at his work. Great guy! Huh uh! He was an out and out crook. Didn’t even pay for the $5,000 ad in the Yellow pages. But he built a solid pool (when I could find him). At the rough-in, I discovered the pool was out of square with the room and pointed it out. No problem he says, I will make the walls thicker on that corner. He did, once the concrete was in, one corner was Two feet thick. But I am ahead of myself.
The Concrete truck comes, and sits at the site. No moving. I asked what the problem was, pool man had told the dispatcher he would have cash, his checks always bounce. I had an account with the company and I told them to put it on my account, and I would deduct it from the price of the pool. We had the strongest pool in the world. He put so much concrete on the walls and in the bottom he lost all the drains, outlets and lights. Fortunately I had filmed the job and we could show the movies and locate all but one wall outlet. It is still there somewhere. Pool was finished, house was finished and no pool heater or pump. After much consternation He got the heater, I eventually installed it and the pump. It all turned out great in the end.
Upkeep, would you believe about $5 a year in chemicals? Yep. The only chemical was Muratic acid. I added about a quart a month. It started turning green once when we were gone, but it did not take long to bring it around. I had always wanted a pool to jump in after a hard day’s work, it was great.
Cleaning? Sherry would throw all the pool furniture in the pool, hose the tile deck down, remove the ‘washed’ furniture and vacuum the pool. About an hour.
But we wanted to travel and we could not think of leaving a pool with no one to watch it. Sooooo we sold it and built another. One of the local Textile mill owners bought it and paid cash.
We moved out of the house and into our motor home while we completed the two Condos. Life was good, BUT my son and building partner was not happy. He was upset that we would sell a house on Main Street and move out in the woods.
Long story about the move. Maybe I will tell it next. Our furniture was stolen, and I watched it, and then paid the guy before he left with it, another Yellow page story.. Easy? YEAH I am.