pool footing

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by sven1277, May 31, 2010.

  1. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am putting up an above ground pool at my house. It was free from my parents. Its 15'x30'. It requires a 12" wide concrete footing around the perimeter. The footing will widen out to 36" wide on the 2 long sides for the diagonal braces. Should I put rebar or mesh in it, or can it go without? Thanks for the help.
     
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Kinda like - "should I lock my house doors when I'm not home?"

    The answer to rebar or mesh depends if you want it to last long or not. If you dont care if it last long or not - then don't use anything.

    If you want it to last - then use rebar. Make sure the rebar is not resting on the ground, otherwise it will be useless......



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  3. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I figured so but thanks for the input.
     
  4. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Rebar is the skeleton of concrete, just as bones are the skeleton of mammals.



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  5. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    I agree, when pouring cement, adding rebar is a must, just like dv says, make sure the rebar sits in the concrete not under!
     
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    And just to add to this thread:

    I will admit that in my earlier days in this industry I used to think rebar and wire mesh was silly.

    However, once you demolish any type of concrete that both or either rebar or wire mesh that was placed correctly - you will see how well it does work as intended.

    Just imagine the average fast food regular without any bones.....


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