I still am not sure how this came together but somehow we talked ourselves into installing a pool in our yard. Not an in-ground pool. Too much money. Ground heaves too much around here. Season is too short. Too much maintenance. No — what caught my eye was the above ground pool that I have seen and the fact that they are cheap. For $200, Wal-mart has the pool boxed and ready to go. Sounds like a deal.
Another bonus was the fact that, my parents decided to buy it for the girls for their birthday. So now, I am in it at zero dollars. Till I learned about the fact that you had to treat the water. Guess I figured that but for a small above ground pool? After some minor research, I found that you don’t chemically do this anymore. You pour salt into the water then buy this little $200 machine that converts the salt into natural chlorine on the fly. The water is less salty than sea water or a tear so says the box. I am game.
The final piece was where to put the pool. We don’t have big yards in our neighborhood. Small yards with big shared open space behind us. However, through some set of events, Kim decided that she no longer wanted her big ass garden anymore. It just wasn’t working out for her. Other things to do with her time. So we planned to demolish it and put the pool there. Building a sectioned off area that would be big enough for our trampoline in the fall through spring, then putting the pool there during the summer months. We hired a landscape crew that we know to do the work of demolishing the garden and building the area. I could bring myself to spend a month of weekends doing this. Plus, you had to haul away all the dirt from the garden and that wasn’t going to be fun with just a wheelbarrow. So the finished product!
The kids (and I) were so excited once the crew left that we started putting the pool up right away. The box said 30 minutes till water and it was. Here is my filling crew at work. The only downside of this crew — how long is this going to take? was the question, over and over and over.
Unfortunately, we ran out of light and then I noticed that I had left a bunch of wrinkles in the bottom. So we called it a night. The next morning I drained some water and ironed it out. Then started the real fill. With 2 hoses it took about 5 hours I think.
Here is me being the first to do a complete plunge. It was cold! Hopefully, it warms up in a few days.
However, Miss Skin & Bones thought the water was just fine.
Ok, so admittedly, I used to think of these as “white trash” pools. But when it is 100 degrees here in a few weeks and I am cooling down after a long run with a cold one in the pool — you can call me whatever you want. But you will probably want to hop in too!
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