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Filling in an inground pool


LawnSite Bronze Member
A customer of mine wants to fill in his pool with dirt, stone...whatever is cheap. What's the best way to go about this? What material has anyone used? The pool measures 36x18ft......deepend is 10ft deep.....shallow end is 4ft and gets gradually deeper. What does one charge for such an undertaking? Any help is appreciated

scott's turf

LawnSite Senior Member
Wow that is a lot of material. If we assume the average depth is 6 feet you are going to need 144 yards of material. I assume you will be using a skid steer to fill the pool unless the truck can dump straight in which would save tons of time. Material delivered alone up here would cost me about $1400.


LawnSite Gold Member
A house in my neighbor hood did the same thing. He had enough land that he got the fill dirt from there. Well he lived there about 5 years and sold the house and guess what the new owner is doing, You guessed it he is digging out the pool to use


LawnSite Fanatic
N.E. Wisconsin
If you dont bust the pool up you will end up with a bog. Where will all the rain go? To the bottom and work its way up. I would run from the job.


LawnSite Silver Member
Morgantown, WV
Originally posted by MOW ED
If you dont bust the pool up you will end up with a bog. Where will all the rain go? To the bottom and work its way up. I would run from the job.
Ed hit the nail on the head.All you are going to do is make a large wet spot in the yard and make a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If they are really serious, fill it with gravel, and then pour at least 4-6" of concrete, but it will still settle and crack.. Something about jobs like this and a ten foot pole, you know???<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/18/18_3_110.gif' border=0></a>


LawnSite Member
We have done several fill in before... have a concrete contractor (or do it yourself, I have a friend in the biz so i give him the work cause he has the tools) bust it up, bust several holes in the bottom and start filling... DO NOT DO IT CHEAPLY... we did one in March this year, actually 2, but we got 9K for doing one of them.. Dont remember the size of it, but we did clean it up and sod over the area with Zoysia. IF you dont want the job, GIVE IT TO ME!! haha.. just bust holes in the bottom, we have done several over the years and never had call backs from them "floating" or anything... just my experience...


LawnSite Member
I have done this many times, what we do is find people in the area looking to get rid of fill and let them truck it to you. then you charge the customer for the fill and to spread it. But like they said make sure you break up th pool drop it in and dump dirt over, loam it then seed it.