Installing Your Own Inground Pool? Avoid These Big Mistakes When Using A Rented Backhoe

Installing an inground pool at any level is a major undertaking, but if you have some plumbing electrical, and construction experience you may feel like this is a task you could probably do on your own. To make things even easier, some inground pool manufacturers now even offer DIY pool installation kits, which come with complete instructions and a detailed list of the tools and equipment you need. One of those necessary pieces of equipment will be a small backhoe or excavator, which you can obtain at the local heavy equipment rental store. Operating these small-scale construction machines is fairly straightforward, but there are still mistakes you will have to work to avoid when you are using heavy equipment to install your inground pool. 

Mistake: Not taking into consideration how many tree roots may be in the way

Why? Your property may only have one or two trees near the house, but it is easy to underestimate just how massive the root system of even a single tree can be. Wherever you plan to install your pool should be far enough away from trees to not cause problems. Trying to dig up the ground that is riddled with tree roots can be an almost impossible feat, and, you could damage the health of your tree in the process. 

Mistake: Not sloping or grading the sides of where you dig at an angle

Why? Just taking straight scoops of soil and material from the area will leave you with a massive hole in the ground that is unsafe to travel on with the backhoe. Plus, there is no way you will be able to reach all the way to the middle of the area while still staying situated on the edge of the dig site. Sloping the sides will allow you safe access to the base of the hole as you work and ensure the stability of the sides so you will not have to be concerned with debris falling in on you as you work.  

Mistake: Not properly preparing the area so you have enough space to work

Why? You can rent even the smallest backhoe or mini excavator and still need ample space to move around while you dig the hole for your new pool. Not only should you have enough space available to safely maneuver the construction vehicle, but also the scoop, which can extend several feet out from the equipment. If your pool is planned to be situated in a tight spot, you will need to clear some space by taking down fencing panels and moving vehicles, landscaping features, and outdoor furniture. 

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