In-Ground Pools

The decision to put in a swimming pool is a big one. On one hand, you’ll be creating a small piece of paradise in your backyard; a place where you’ll be able to escape the pressures of the everyday world. however Rome wasn’t created in a day.

There are several things you need to think of before the first shovel of dirt. Think of your yard size, the shape of your desired pool, even the landscaping around the pool. Also, give some thought to some of the important options that are available for your new pool. Heaters, automatic cleaners, slides, and diving boards are just a few of the additions offered.

Not sure if a pool will even fit in your backyard? If your yard is big enough that you are even considering a pool, there is a good chance that there is a size and shape that will work for you.


It’s not that hard to build a pool that looks pretty but will have problems a short time down the road. At Buster Crabbe we believe that a good pool should last for decades with only scheduled maintenance. The difference is behind the scenes, the things you don’t see. These are things that other builders don’t include that can leave you with a real mess.

First we will start by consulting with you about what you want in a pool, the shape, size, and location relative to your house. Every yard is different and may present its own challenges so we prefer coming to you to discuss your future pool and see what would work best in your backyard. We can provide drawings of what your future pool will look like, you can look at numerous pictures of past pools we’ve built for ideas, and we can also mark out the pool size and shape in your yard to see how well it will fit with you what you want your backyard to be.

The In-Ground Pool Building Process

Step One: First we must dig a hole. This might seem pretty simple, but the more accurately the hole can be dug, the better the pool structure will be integrated with the ground around it.

Behind The Scenes:

  1. We will save what topsoil we can and spread it around the pool area when the pool is finished.
  2. We will haul away or distribute the fill dirt where you would like it, usually at no extra charge.

Step Two: Set the walls that form the structure of the pool

Behind The Scenes:

  1. We use galvanized, reinforced steel panel walls – not plastic or fiberglass that can flex, warp, and breakdown over time.
  2. We anchor the walls to the existing ground using rebar pins and a minimum 1′ thick x 2′ wide concrete footing.
  3. We install a french drain system behind the walls on every pool to channel water away from the pool to prevent ground water problems.

Step Three: Install underground plumbing to circulate and sanitize the pool water.

Behind The Scenes:

  1. We only use rigid, schedule 40 PVC pipe – no flexible piping that can crush and degrade.
  2. We also only back-fill with gravel around all of our plumbing and white goods (skimmers, steps, lights, etc.).

Step Four: Pour the concrete decking around the pool.

Behind The Scenes:

  1. Steel deck braces support the concrete around the pool where the excavation may lead to settling. They also tie the deck to the pool where the excavation may lead to settling. They also tie the deck to the pool, which is firmly set in the ground with the footings. Both of these prevent settling and cracking of the concrete.
  2. Anywhere we put concrete over fill dirt we install concrete pilings to the solid ground under the fresh dirt to prevent settling.
  3. We also make sure the concrete flows away from the pool and the house so that runoff doesn’t puddle up, flow into the pool, or under the house.

Step Five: Pour the pool krete base inside the pool and install the vinyl liner.

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