One of the best things about owning your own home in Sydney, is that you can customize your living space to make it nearly exactly the way you want it. You can make a man cave or an exercise room for yourself, and if your family grows you can even add on spare rooms. You can turn your master bath into a home spa with a Jacuzzi tub and steam shower. And you can build a home theater to watch your favorite movies on the big screen.

And the customization and upgrades are not limited to the home’s interior. You can also do what you like to the outside of your home and your yard as well. If you like gardening, you can create your own and grow fruits and vegetables to cook in your custom kitchen. And for entertainment perhaps the best thing you can do is to have a pool built by Sydney based pool builder, Mr Pools.

You can also decide what you want to take on as a DIY project. Perhaps you are handy with carpenter tools and want to build your own shed. Or maybe you want to try your hand at a larger project. How about building your own backyard swimming pool. It is quite a job, but if you are up for it, here are some instructions.

Check On Regulations

Before you build your pool you need to check with your local municipality to see if there are any regulations on pool building in your neighborhood. This is an above ground pool idea so regulations are minimal compared to if you were to build an in-ground pool which is a really big job and overly complicated job for a homeowner. So call you council and ask what procedures you need to follow and if there are any permits required first.

Pick the Location for Your Pool

After you get the all-clear to build select the location in your yard best suited for your pool. Pick a spot not too close to a fence so your kids do not constantly disturb the neighbors. And make sure that you are close enough to electricity so you do not have to run power cords all over the place. Also leave some space around the pool to reach any area of it and to put any needed equipment around the pool. Additionally, if you want to build a deck leave space for it connected to or next to your pool.

Purchase the Swimming Pool

Now that you know the space you have and the location of the pool in your yard it is time to go shopping for your pool. Consider the exact size and shape you want based on the space available and if you want to have a raised deck with your pool. Again account for the room needed to do this. You should also put some type of fencing around the pool to keep out young people. Select the pool material you like. Choose from metal, vinyl or fiberglass, each has its own pricing and benefits. Decide the depth of the pool and opt for a liner to protect the floor and walls. Do comparison shopping to get the best price for your pool. The company will tell you when your pool will be delivered.

Prepare the Pool Location

Make sure that the ground you are placing the pool on is perfectly level. If not, you might need to move some dirt around or even put in a concrete foundation. Remember pools are really heavy so do not use sand as a filler, Make sure the base is really strong.

Connect the Electricity

It is best here to call an electrician for the electrical part of putting in your pool. He will need to build a trench running from your breaker box to your pool area. There will be specific types of wiring and voltage needed to run the pool motor. They include wiring in GFCI circuit breakers to an electrical panel and connecting an 8-gauge wire to metal posts of the pool, the pump and the metal plate on the skimmer. This must all be done for you by a professional.

Assemble the Pool

When your pool is delivered you will have to assemble your pool in your yard. Be careful when attaching the electricity because as we know water and electricity do not mix well. Ah, good. Specific instructions on how to build the pool will vary of course and you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter. In terms of general instructions they are that you build your base first, which starts with the bottom ring that acts as the support base. From there you install the wall, the liner, and then the rails, covers, and plates before filling the pool.

If you get confused about any of this, call the manufacturer and ask for assistance.

Install the Filter

The pool must next be connected to the filter which keeps the water clean. Select the type of filter you want from a sand filter, cartridge filter, or a diatomaceous earth filter.

Fill Up Your Pool

Use a hose to fill your pool, this will take hours to complete. Learn about putting in chemicals to maintain the best PH and use these chemicals in your pool. Turn on the pup and wait an hour for it to cycle the water and now you are ready to swim.

Of course this pool will never be as beautiful as if you had it professionally built. And an above ground pool cannot match the beauty or function of an in-ground one, but it is much less expensive and you have the pride of knowing you built it.

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