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Old 03-14-2018, 09:32 AM   #1
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Default How much does it cost to fill in a pool?

Let's say you have an empty pool that you have no use for, about how much would it cost to fill in so you could replace it with a lawn? I know it depends on the size of the pool but I'm just wondering ball park costs.
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:33 AM   #2
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Cheaper than keeping it.
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:40 AM   #3
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I have no ideal but if you do drill a lot of holes in the bottom so the water can drain out. Maybe a dump truck with old broken concrete in the bottom and then some good soil for a nice garden.
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:43 AM   #4
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Figure how many yards of dirt it will hold based on the size. Get a quote on the dirt from somewhere near you. Then do the math. You can get a pretty close estimate if you know the size of your pool and the cost per yard of dirt. Like Texas tracker said it better have lots of holes in it.
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:44 AM   #5
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Jack hammer the bottom and sides. Use whatever and fill them do top 12-18 inches with good topsoil
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:46 AM   #6
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If it is a gunnite pool, get in it and break it up as much as you can and take away the walkway and such from around it. You can dump all that broken up sidewalk and stuff in the pool. If it's a fiberglass pool, if you pump all the water out, it'll probably pop out of the ground enough that you can pull it out, then fill in with debris and such with good dirt on top.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:09 AM   #7
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I would not suggest filling it with debris and your old concrete deck first.
This will cause voids and over time the top soil will fill in the voids leaving a sink hole effect to your yard.

Call around to a couple pool companies if there digging a pool in your area they may need a place to dump there dirt. I would fill it in 12 to 16” lifts and compact on the way up. Take a sample of the soil to a testing company and they can tell you if you need water to help compact.

Just my opinion.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:12 AM   #8
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125, that makes a lot of sense!
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:22 AM   #9
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Also consider that if you ever move I believe you have to disclose that the pool was demo’d in place. My uncle did this to his pool and ran into issues when they went to sell their house years later.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:51 AM   #10
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$6,500 to $8,000 for a break up, put concrete in the hole, fill with dirt, add topsoil, lay sod on top.

About double to completely remove concrete and then add dirt. Although, the best, cleanest, and complete way.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:57 AM   #11
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How much to turn it into a small but functional bass pond?
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:05 AM   #12
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My neighbor had a gunnite pool trashed last summer.
They broke up the deck and sides with a wrecking ball and backfilled it.
Depending on where you live may require something different, city would not allow them to just fill in. I have a few pictures somewhere. $5500
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:19 AM   #13
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125 got it right. Important to pack as you go, or you’ll wind up with a bowl in your yard that you’ll have to keep filling and filling.
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:20 AM   #14
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My neighbor had a gunnite pool trashed last summer.
They broke up the deck and sides with a wrecking ball and backfilled it.
Depending on where you live may require something different, city would not allow them to just fill in. I have a few pictures somewhere. $5500
Found a couple pics.

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Old 03-14-2018, 07:22 PM   #15
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$6,500 to $8,000 for a break up, put concrete in the hole, fill with dirt, add topsoil, lay sod on top.

About double to completely remove concrete and then add dirt. Although, the best, cleanest, and complete way.
This is pretty spot on, we have filled a few in, we did one right behind a cemetery, guess where the dirt came from to fill the pool in ?
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:40 PM   #16
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For sure on settling due to voids if you just use the broken-up concrete. That's what they did with our old septic---just caved the lid in and then gravel on top of it. It has sunk another 8-10 inches in 4 years.
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