Tom Gaudet Const. Corporation
 Making backyard`s fun since 1999                      774 203 3430

FAQ/Facts/ Myths

If you are considering buying a pool for the first time, please talk to me so i can give you some free advice. Many people buy first, then talk to their installer. It is especially important to talk to someone with experience if you are replacing an old pool with a new one, and really important if there is a deck involved.  I can only install what you buy. Weather it is a cheap "bargain" pool or a top of the line work of art, the install price is pretty much the same. Many people will buy a cheaper, lower quality pool thinking they are saving money, and then build an expensive deck to fit the pool. The lower quality pool rusts out, gets winter damage, or is otherwise unusable and they are stuck looking at an expensive deck that only another cheap pool will fit up against without having to modify the deck (at additional costs). Please do your research and i am happy to answer any questions for you. With over 20 years of experience and over 3000 pools and liners installed, i`m sure we have done several just like your situation.

First of all, congratulations on your recent purchase of a swimming pool. I have been doing this since 1999 and have done well over 2000 installs. My first season, we did maybe 60 installs. Now we book nearly 300 installs per season.

Each year it seams that local building departments are getting stricter and stricter. Keep in mind, these guild lines and restrictions are there to protect you and your family. Most towns now require some sort of fencing around the top of the pool. Some require child-proof safety entry systems. Please do your research and be sure that what you bought is acceptable for your city or town. The fencing that is available from the local retailers is resin (plastic), and in most cases will pass for local building codes. It is not especially rugged or durable, but relatively easy to install. Some homeowner`s choose to install the fence themselves to save money.

Fortunately, it is still relatively easy to obtain a building permit for an above ground swimming pool in most cities and towns in MA and RI. What ever it is that your city or town requires of a swimming pool installation contractor, just let me know and i`ll forward it to you or them ASAP.

Your pool will last you from 1-30+years, depending on what YOU bought, how well it was installed, and how
YOU take care of it. Most people get 5-8yrs of use from their pool. And many times that is all that was expected. Lots of people get pools for their growing children, and when the children move on, the need for a backyard pool is not as great. My own experience is that my 2 children (boy and girl) absolutely loved and used the pool every day they could, up until about the time they learned to drive.

 People often want me to come out to "look" at their backyard to give them an estimate. I have a set price for each size pool there is. Usually some excavation is necessary, but it is impossible to know what is under your backyard grass until I actually start excavating with my Bobcat, so my "estimate" is always the same. $200 for the first hour on the Bobcat and $75/hr after that. Out of the over 2000 installs we have done since 1999...the times the excavation cost more than 250, I could count on 1 hand. 99% are $200 or less.

The first step in installing your new pool is site prep. I need to get my bobcat from the street to the middle of the pool. Which way will I go? what is in the way? Cars, toys, grill, furniture, etc. Will it fit thru there? My bobcat is 6ft wide. A section of fence or gate may need to be removed to give me access. It weighs 5000lbs and I stay away from driving directly over any septic tank or "D-box". If I drove across your lawn to get to the site, and then back to the street, I would barely leave a mark...if it was very dry. If it is wet from recent rain or poor drainage (or both) I will leave bigger deeper marks. If I have to use the same "footprint" dozens of times...there could be considerable tracks, ruts, damage. If you have automatic irrigation or sprinkler systems, please shut off at least 48 hrs before installation. The drier the better. Once it stops raining, your backyard will usually be a muddy mess for several days...unless you are on top of a hill. I would hate to do $1000`s of damage to your lawn and landscape for the sake of installing your pool a few days early.

Once excavated, and level, sand is brought in from the street, using the same route. Some damage to terrain may occur. Usually if I run over a small flower or plant, it will come back in time.

Water weighs 8lbs per gallon. 24` round (the most common size) 14,500 gallons = 116,000lbs That is an incredible amount of weight. Liners MUST be stretched BEFORE filling. I can not stress enough the importance of stretching the liner properly. The liner is made from a poly-vinyl blend and has several "seams" . These seams are where the several pieces of liner are glued/melted/fastened together. This is the weakest part of the liner. This is what is warranted by them. As with any poly/vinyl, when warmed it has more stretch/elasticity. I can install any liner in temperatures above 55 degrees. 50 if in direct sunshine.

Ladder warning. Due to insurance restrictions, I am not allowed to give you access to the water. Therefore I will not assemble or install any ladder. If you purchased a pool with a deck package, I will assemble and install the ladder that ascends from ground to deck. I can not assemble the ladder the descends from deck to pool.

When thinking about buying a ladder, keep in mind that you must assemble and install yourself. Look for a ladder that is designed to "gently" contact the liner.

7 out of 10 Liner replacements are due to a puncture from the ladder. Protect your liner from your ladder with a rubber pad, a shower matt, a welcome matt, a dishrag, anything is better than nothing!

Often people assume that since they are replacing an old pool with the same size new pool, that it is somehow less work, less time and should be discounted. This is rarely the case. In fact, often it is more work. The old pool usually has been landscaped around, or has a deck on it now, or it sits lower in the ground than the immediate surrounding terrain. All these things add to the time needed to get the pool installed exactly where you want it. Although sand doesn`t "wearout", when installing a new pool on an old site, I assume that the sand has been contaminated by some sharp object that may puncture the new liner in the future. I provide new sand. There usually is NOT an excavation fee on a pool replacement unless you want me to dig down to accommodate a taller new pool. In MA there is NO SUCH THING AS BEING "grandfathered" in. All town will require a building permit. Even if you are replacing with same size in same location. You may be granted a permit much easier than if from scratch. Ask for details.

Location Location Location!!! WHERE TO PUT THE POOL? I always suggest putting the pool in the sunniest part of the yard. Away from trees, septic, irrigation, gas line, power lines, etc. Some people will want to put it in the flattest, most level part of the yard in order to save the excavation fee. Each year I get dozens of calls from people that have had a tree or limb fall on their pool during a storm. Fortunately, storm damage is covered (in part) by most homeowner policies.

If you know you have an under ground irrigation system and want to put a pool in. No problem. Either have your irrigation contractor come and mark and/or remove any pipes, wires, etc before I get there. Or shut off irrigation or sprinkler system at least 48 hrs before installation. I will excavate as usual and if/when I run in to or puncture a pipe, wire, etc, I can pull the pipes and wires out of the pool area. Then your irrigation contractor would come and re-route the exposed parts.

I will assemble and install your new pump/filter/skimmer/return that came with your purchase. Keep in mind that I  wrap each fitting with Teflon tape and coat with a bead of silicone. These steps usually insure a water-tight leak free system. Unfortunately there is no way to test the system until it is nearly full of water. Hose clamps are used where to attach the hoses that come with your system to the skimmer and return fittings. This usually stops any leaks, however, sometimes it is necessary to use 2 hose clamps (facing opposite directions) to be water-tight. If this happens, the homeowner can usually obtain one at their retailer or hardware store.