Dirt to Fill in Pool

by JM

I am no longer able to care for my 16' x 32' rectangle pool so I thought I would find someone in need of ridding themselves of a lot of dirt but I have no clue how much it would take.

Could you shed some light on this for me please? I am so bad at math.

thanks, JM



Hi JM. I would be happy to do the math for you if I had a little more information. I would need to know the depth of the pool in order to know how much dirt it would take to fill it.

Is this an in-ground pool you are wanting to fill with dirt or is it an above ground type pool that you will be removing, leaving a hole that needs filled in?

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Disposing Of Pellets Used Under A Pool

by Marty Lindemann
(Manassas, Virginia)

We had to remove an above ground pool. The base material is a tiny white pellet, similar to sand, but it floats and seems artificial. I called the original pool company to ask what is was and how to best dispose of it and they said it was called "harbor light"?

They had stopped using it and couldn't tell me what it was made of or how to best dispose of it. After reading other posts it seems like it might be a styrofoam-type material. Should I take it to the dump? Till it into the garden? Thanks for your advice.



Hi Marty. It sounds to me like Styrofoam. I would bag it and send it with the trash man. You might also check and see if it could go into recycle, if that is an option for you.

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Home Buyer With Pool

by Rich Martin
(Georgia)

I am thinking of buying a home with an old swimming pool in the backyard. I would assume I need to talk to the local building department about filling it in or digging it out. It is oval and about 30 feet across, what kind of expense am I facing?



Hi Rich. I am going to guess you are talking about an above ground pool installed in the ground. The most common way of dealing with them is to take the pool apart just enough to be able to cave it in. Once the pool is all below ground level you can backfill with dirt. You are probably looking at several dump truck loads of fill dirt and probably several hundred trips with the wheelbarrows, unless you are luck enough to be able to back a truck up to the pool.

You could also dismantle the pool and haul it off to the salvage yard, then fill the hole in.

If the pool is like an in ground pool, flush, or nearly flush, with ground level, you could deck over it. There are many companies that specialize in decking over existing pools and creating beautiful patios in the process.

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Sand After Pool is Gone

by Mrs. Val Keating

We have just dismantled our above ground pool. We will not have another. I can't think of what to do with the sand.

Any ideas?



Hi. How your yard is landscaped will have a lot to do with what the sand could be used for. Sand is good for leveling low spots in grass lawns. It is good to mix up in gardens and flower beds. With a grass lawn some of the sand could be spread out for leveling low spots and the rest rotor tilled into the dirt. The area could then be raked off and reseeded.

If the yard is landscaped with rocks or gravel the sand could just get covered up. If that would leave the area to high, and you have no other place to put it, the sand could be loaded into a pickup and hauled away.

sand after the pool is gone
Sand bags have various uses around many homes. You probably have enough sand to fill quite a few of them. If you don't make them to heavy you could even donate a couple each week to the trash man to get hauled off.

Check with your neighbors, any of them needing sand may be able to haul it off for you.

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