POOL CONSTRUCTION PROCESS – STEP 5
Now that your plumbing and equipment have been installed it’s time to move on the part of your pool that gives it strength, the STEEL. The installation of the steel (or re-bar) is what allows our pools to stand the test of time. Combined with concrete, steel allows the pool to hold water without cracking. There is usually over 1/4 mile of steel in your pool (1500 feet), and the steel we use is 3/8″ diameter (which is called #3 re-bar). If you notice the steel install crew, they will make bending & shaping the steel look like an art form! It’s amazing to watch…
“STEEL/REBAR” – BRIEF OVERVIEW :After the pool is plumbed, and the equipment is set (and sometimes during the plumbing) – the re-bar crews are dispatched. Installation of the re-bar “cage” in our pools is what is required by our engineers, and what give your pool is structural integrity (and allows it to hold up for a lifetime). These guys are artists when it comes to bending and installing re-bar in your pool. The entire process should take no more than a day, and can usually be done within a few hours. They show up early, and get it done – so don’t be surprised if they are working prior to sun up. Our 5-bar bond beam gives you the extra strength needed around the upper portions of the pool, and extra reinforcement is always done around our water features, swim-up bars, and other features. Keep your friends, family & pets out of the backyard during the construction process, and be especially careful with the re-bar (it has extremely sharp edges!).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
There’s TONS of re-bar in my pool, but is it enough? Our pools have passed strict engineering standards from both our structural engineers and the city/county engineers. There is probably more re-bar & steel in your pool than is required by the engineers too (since our owner is an engineer! )
Is it safe to walk around in the backyard with all that re-bar? NO! As mentioned above, the rebar is extremely dangerous – please stay at least 5′ away at all times.
Is it too late to make a change to the pool design? Theoretically, it’s never too late, but now is the last time before it becomes “impractical”. At this point, it is quite costly, but still possible. If you see an issue, or have any hesitations or questions at this point – please talk to us immediately. We are flexible, and want to make sure we understand your concerns – as we sometimes have very easy and cost effective solutions that can be done.