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Installing a Gunite Pool

Installing a Gunite Pool

If you had a pool where your thoughts could drift away, at least a few troubles of the day would be dragged along by the evaporated water. Imagine having some breakfast with eggs and bacon, maybe some pancakes, a beer or a cup of tea, something to add that little extra. That’s what pools are for. Of course, to top it all of you get some privilieged bragging rights, nothing wrong with that.

If you want a pool you have to consider what type of pool you want. There are four different basic variations, including: Gunite (concrete) Pools, Fiber glass Pools, Vinyl Pools and Above-ground Pools. All of them have their specific uses.

The most permanent – and expensive – are the Gunite Pools, or concrete pools as they’re also called. The price range goes all the way from $15,000 to $40,000. Sure it’s the price of a new car, but when you’ve decided to get a pool most people have come to the point where they want to hammer down the final nail on where they’re going to stay. It’s a hefty investment after all.


First you need to excavate the pool site, dig approximately 9 to 12 inches deeper than you want the pool to be. It compensates for the reinforcement and gunite covering. One tip is to use something like Google Sketch Up to get a good idea of the design.


For the plumbing you use PVC pipe and sturdy bonding material. Include a drain at the bottom of the pool and do some research on how to correctly add the remaining structure to ensure that you have a secure water flow. Otherwise you can distribute the plumbing and electrical concerns to professionals; it’s a massive undertaking to construct the entire pool ecosystem on your own. The whole process should be finished within 8 to 12 weeks.


Then – as reinforcement – you put a rebar of steel with a grid design into the hole. This ensures longevity and strength for the whole structure. The gunite is then sprayed over and on the back of the rebar with a power sprayer. This creates the wall of the pool. It’s very important that you spray this gunite with water every day for the next five days of the process as this helps with the curating.

Finishing touches

Plaster – or alternatively a combination aggregate – makes for the finishing touches, fixing the desired look of the pool. In the end you might want to go with a brick or ceramic tile for a decking of your liking. For that clean look that a lot of pools have you want to avoid having a simple concrete hole in the ground, try to branch the concrete out on the ground surrounding the pool. What many refer to as coping. Let it stretch, it also makes for a more pleasant entry and exit process. If your pool is in the garden you can avoid any dirt in the pool.

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