THE POOL OF TIRESIn the place where I decided to build a pool near the farmhouse, was an old pond that once served as a fire pond, and dog walking for Pets geese and ducks. But as time passed: for fire protection purposes now have running water, and the house became a cottage and birds do not hold here. Yes, and the pond gradually silted up and overgrown.

For the start of construction of the pool needed to drain and clean the bowl of the pond. To pump the water out of her large work is not made up, but to scrape up bottom mud — was a work difficult, or rather difficult. For heavy (productive) equipment access to the drained pond was impossible, because he was among perennial fruit trees, a hack who did not want to, and the home buildings are located nearby.

Drained the Cup of the old pondThe process of building a poolThe other technology, but to take out the sludge (which has already become a sapropel) in a wheelbarrow with leak-proof body on an inclined ramp at the time, not invented, and performed all work exactly this way. As the body on the truck adapted ordinary stamped steel trough, and the ramp was 6 meter long steel rolling channel number 50. The sludge is transported to the garden-vegetable garden and used as fertiliser.

The pictures on the bottom of the pit visible mini-tractor (the article was published in the Modeler-designer No. 8 for 2007). This tractor-trailer carried out the procurement of basic construction materials such as tires, stones, sand, very far for them to travel was not necessary. But in the pit it was not as a means of mechanization of heavy and laborious work, and by the rash of randomness: the tractor was located on the Bank of the drained pond when heavy rain started and soaked the ground it slid to the bottom (well, not fell on its side and not upside down). So in the end to work on cleaning the bowl of the pond from sludge and added more work to lift the tractor up, which was performed using manual winches specially arranged for this ramp.

Removal of silt from the bottom of the bowl of the pondOne of the key issues in the construction of the pool was financial — the funds were limited. Therefore, the retaining wall of the pool, which was supposed to be underground, decided to run from the “free” material — end-of-life tyres, which are scattered to our seats (and throughout our country where cars drive) in countless, and thereby to contribute to natural environmental self cleaning process. Figured need tires, that they will need about three hundred pieces. Collected tyre on the outskirts of the nearby woods and ravines just a few days. It was mostly the tires from cars, and mostly from “VAZ” models. Their outer diameter was approximately 640 mm, and a width of about 200 mm, But is better suited for this purpose imported low profile (wide) tires easier to fill with sand. And the outer diameter almost same as that of the domestic tires.

Tires stacked one on another in a column, filling each one with sand. During the construction of the bars, trying to pick up in one column bus is approximately the same outer diameter.

It's not just a bunch of old tires is a material for walls of the future pool

It’s not just a bunch of old tires is a material for walls of the future pool

For reliability and stability of poles at the crossroads of some of them pounded into the bottom to a depth of 0.5 — 0.6 m steel pipe with outer diameter 60 mm. the Height of these stands to the full height of the walls. All stand on top of the perimeter sealed strapping is a pretty thick tube (outer diameter 100 mm). For this purpose the upper ends of tubular stands tapered and welded them to the pipe with strapping.

Backfill the remainder of the sinus between the walls of the excavation and tire walls made of the remaining was developed by soil and sand with small stones.

Swimming pool with walls of the tires

Pool with walls of the tires:

1 — native soil (clay);

2 — wall (tires);

3 filler (sand);

4 thrust stand (steel pipe d60, needs);

5 — rail around the perimeter (steel pipe d100);

6 — backfilling (soil, sand, stone);

7 — the bottom (of the flake stone, asphalt slabs, sand)

Later (when the work was finished) came up with the idea that to put the tires could be in the dressing, as a chain of brick masonry. But as they say, the job was already done.

The bottom of the pool first shots of the flake (flat) stone, and even pieces of old asphalt pavement. Then poured and leveled layer of sand.

Placing and fastening of facing of vinyl film on the walls of the pool

Laying and fixing of cladding of vinyl film on the pool walls:

1 — wall of the tires;

2 — filler;

3 — resistant stand;

4 — rail;
5 — ballast stone;

6 — concrete paving tiles;

7 — underlying layer (sand to grit the surface of the cement);

8 — selling d filling;

9 — painting vinyl film;

10 — the bottom;
11 — native soil

As the cladding walls of the pool used a synthetic (vinyl, PVC) nonwoven fabric, which is made of advertising banners-banners. Although its thickness is only 0.5 mm, but the material is strong (the density of 650 g/m2) and waterproof. The length of the fabric roll is 14 m with a width of 1.1 m In sales were different colors but I chose white. Canvases glued with glue “Armono” with an overlap of 20 to 30 mm.

Trial filling of the new pool water and test the vinyl surface for integrity

A trial filling of the new pool water and test the vinyl surface for integrity


The pond (and now swimming pool) was on the ground with a slight slope. To protect from runoff in dirty streams of rainwater and floodwater (which was not near the pond), the area around the pool was planned so that his side was at least a little higher. For this the parties had to make a retaining wall. Put it from large local stone. Same stone skirting and the sides of the pool. But the area around the pool covered purchased concrete tile sizes 500x500x50 mm sand the underlying layer with sprinkling the surface with cement and subsequent moisture before laying tiles.

Zero cycle of works on construction of the pool is finished. Soon all these designs will be closed leaf of vinyl film, and the area covered by paving slabs

The zero cycle of works on construction of the pool is finished. Soon all these designs will be closed leaf of vinyl film, and the area covered by paving slabs

The water in the pool made 6×4 m and depth — about 2 m.

In this pool with flexible walls is not only safe to swim and dive, but you can leave the water for the winter, without the risk that the walls will break the ice.

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