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Labour is very ex­pen­sive – the more you can do your­self, the bet­ter. Sim­ply hav­ing the sand re­moved from the prop­erty cost us more than R2 000. What ad­vice can you of­fer oth­ers who want to do the same? Plan well. We did a lot of re­search and draw­ing ahead of time – and kept ev­ery­thing on record us­ing Ex­cel spread­sheets. We looked at a lot of other DIY fi­bre­glass pool jobs, and took note of the po­ten­tial pit­falls. Did you en­list the help of any ex­perts? It’s amaz­ing what you can find on­line! With a bit of con­fi­dence and help from fam­ily and friends, any­one can do it. Blou­berg Pools were also help­ful; they sup­ply you with a DIY in­stal­la­tion kit and in­struc­tions as well as a pump and the electrics. Tell us more about the so­lar heat­ing? We in­stalled six so­lar pan­els, which we bought on Gumtree, on the garage roof. The pip­ing comes all the way down from the roof, goes un­der­ground and leads to the pool; Michael ‘Googled’ how to put it all to­gether. What’s up next? We’d like to up­date our en­ter­tain­ment/braai area and per­haps in­stall a pizza oven.

2The chil­dren loved dig­ging, push­ing the wheel­bar­row and bring­ing ev­ery­one glasses of water. “Imag­in­ing the out­come must have been great mo­ti­va­tion!” says Chan­tal with a laugh. It took three week­ends to fin­ish dig­ging the hole – this was the long­est and tough­est part of the process.

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