Monday, October 31, 2011

Don't you wish...

That your backyard looked like this?

This is my scary halloween picture for the day!  OOOOooooooOOOOOooooo  Are you scared??

Why yes - that IS a pool original to our 1970s ranch home.  And yes, the previous owner DID fill it in with dirt and leave it for a decade.  And finally yes, the owner did so badly neglect the pool mess that he allowed two palm trees to take root in the deep end.  Please, try to contain your jealousy - not everyone can have a useless and un-salvageable pool in their mostly-dirt backyard, and that person is not you - it's me.

We are taking pickaxes, sledgehammers, and toothpicks to this thing every weekend, and have succeeded in breaking up most of the big stuff.  Now we're just trying to bring it down the last few inches before we rent us a big giant dumpster to make the top two feet of this thing history (In hopes of laying a sandstone patio & some grass in it's place).  Anyone else ever had to rip out a pool without a backhoe?  We are too darn cheap to rent one and we're gaining some rich sense of self hatred satisfaction from doing this ourselves.

Any concrete-removal advice would be appreciated.  But I probably will want to drag this out for a while longer, it's just been so much fun ;)  Someday... SOMEDAY  I will have a live-able backyard.  You know, for those 4 weeks that Phoenix weather is live-able.  Please dish all your backyard stories, make me feel better!  Happy Monday, friends!


  1. I have a diamond blade angle grinder if you want to use it to cut the rebar.
    I never had to do anything like this, though a crazy uncle of mine did dig out a basement under their home. . . by hand.
    Good luck!

  2. Ohh! I would like to use it when we're all ready to cut the re-bar (hopefully soon!) I'll call you for sure!

  3. It makes me sad when people cover up pools. Only because I want a pool. I do not, however, want what you have!! Eww. You all are brave!

  4. Our back yard story is that we had a pool quoted to put in our yard in Tempe in 2007 and then Hubby took a job in Virginia so we never got the pool... waaaaah... I wanted that pool so badly! Also, when we purchased the house in Tempe, the prior owner had put a potting shed in the backyard and it was infested with cock roaches.... First thing we did when we moved there is tore out the shed... End of infestation.

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