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What is a "dig-drop-set" or "Limited" pool project?
Dig, drop, and set (DDS) is another fiberglass pool installation option. This installation option encompasses pool shell with delivery, pool equipment, professional pool rigging, hole excavation, setting and leveling the pool, backfilling, basic grading around the pool, trenching to a pool equipment location, and assembling pool equipment. In some instances, the homeowner provides the installer with the backfill material and organizes the excavation material removal. However, most of the time, the installer hauls the dirt and delivers the backfill material.
With DDS, The homeowner is responsible for:
- – Township permits
- – Water to fill the pool
- – Inspections
- – Electrical
- – Bond-beam to secure the pool
- – Pool patio
Hole excavation for fiberglass pool according to the dig specifications. The hole must not be over-dug to leave as much of the virgin soil as possible. Different excavation conditions will influence how holes are prepared, but they will not be subject to standard excavation.
The next step is to build a pad underneath the pool. Different pool manufacturers have additional requirements on the quarry materials and specifications for the bottom pad that must be followed to maintain the pool's structural integrity. This is the part where any dewatering pipes must be installed.
Pool Handling - Option 1
Fiberglass pool shell must be unloaded from the truck and brought to the excavation site. The machinery to handle the pool must be adequate to carry 2-4K+ pounds weight. A larger excavator will be a less expensive option since it can be used for the actual excavation.
Pool Handling - Option 2
Another option to handle the pool is a crane and will add more expense to the bottom line. However, in some instances, a crane will be the only option of getting the pool to the excavation site.
The fiberglass pool shell is placed in the prepared hole and gets leveled with constant tweaks and repositioning with the help of an excavator or crane until it is ready for the backfill process.
All lines of pipes must be installed following the codes and requirements of local municipalities. Trances for the piping must be dug with the required depth and prepared with quarry materials. Most municipal building departments will require inspections before filling the tranches.
The backfill process is also essential for the structural pool integrity and the esthetical look of the final product. Therefore, the backfill must be done gradually, working in conjunction with the water fill making sure the pool walls are equally pressured from inside out and backward.
Pre Bond-Beam Grading
Basic grading around the pool consists of 3-5 feet perimeter grading, leaving enough space around the pool for the cement bond-beam structure. Each manufacturer has its own requirements for the bond-beam, and the process must be followed by specific guidelines.