Fall Is Here & There Is Work To Do

 

It is, officially, fall here in Canada and there will be no further retractions from this blogger on the chill factor.

There will be no more swimming for us this year. Time to pack the bikini deep in my drawer until next summer.

I am hoping to lose enough weight before then to necessitate the purchase of a new bikini. 😉 LOL

There can’t be any more swimming. The pool has not been winterized it has been deconstructed.

The pool in our backyard has been standing with only minor maintenance for some twelve years. This is unheard of for above ground pools, or so I am told.

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This year instead of reducing the water and covering it, in preparation for winter with all its snow and ice, the pool has been taken apart. (The pool ^ above is just an example of how one looks when prepped for winter).

I am learning a lot about what goes into putting one of these up (or conversely taking one down). So far we have emptied the water out of it completely.

That took a few days even using the gravity method. I learned our pool was fifteen feet by thirty feet and I am guessing it was four feet deep.

Let’s do the math on that…multiply length by width carry the one then add a whole bunch for the height… Wow! That is a heck of a lot of water!

You really didn’t expect me to come up with an actual figure, did you? Sorry, my math skills are not that advanced.

The liner has been removed along with the top rim that covers the raw edge of the metal. The sides have been popped out of the lower track and taken away to the side yard in one big piece.

Then it is onto the twelve side braces and dismantling them. After twelve years there was a lot of rust and a set of locking pliers were needed for assistance in undoing the bolts.

Now comes the fun part (read in a sarcastic tone of voice, if you please) of digging the metal bars and strapping, that tied this whole thing together underneath, out of the sand covering the entire area.

My back was just starting to feel better. 😦  I willingly put in the work, though, considering our landlords are awesome people who allowed us to share their pool.

Success!! Everything metal has been unearthed now. There are wide metal strips running the length of the pool, on both sides, that the side braces were attached to.

On top of that, there are metal strappings that run across the pool between the side braces. This is a latticework of sorts that is the underpinnings of the pool. Parts unseen but vital to its structure.

I am guessing the sheer weight of the water pushing at the side walls and sitting on top of the ground straps helps contain the pressure forces all around.

The pool is being removed to either replace rusted out parts or to replace the pool altogether. At this point, it is up in the air as to what will be done.

Calculations will have to be made to understand which option will be most cost effective. Either way the pool; refurbished or brand new will be moved further down the length of the deck.

The problem was that over those twelve years the freeze and thaw cycles along with accompanying frost heaves left one side of the pool lower than the other.

As a result, the pool needed to be looked after and reset in any case. After a long winter (on a side note winter always seems long) we will be erecting a pool in the spring.

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The pool pictured above is more like the shape and size of the pool we just took apart.

A week or two ago we cleaned up the yard the way most Canadians do. Lawn furniture is put in storage, plants are covered to prevent frost damage or harvested if they are of the food variety.

Soon the outdoor hoses will be drained and put away for the season. Our patio set is still out but when the first snow comes it too will be retired to the shed for winter storage.

The early mornings and evenings are now rather chilly. The other night the low was -3 degrees Celsius. Brrrr…

This is the usual yard work that follows Thanksgiving here in Canada. People tend to close up their cottages, winterize their house trailers for the year and clean up the yard before the snow comes and buries everything.

I am looking forward to our first winter here because I won’t have the back-breaking work of shoveling off two decks and staircases every time it snows.

It just makes me shake my head in disbelief how fast this year is flying by. It is already mid-October. Next month and my birthday are not that far away now.

Then comes my husband’s birthday in December along with Christmas.

Before you know it we will be ringing in the New Year of 2017!

To end this post on a happy note we recently tried out the in floor heating.

I can’t tell you how happy my feet are and will be for the duration of the winter. What a wonderful way to heat the apartment.

Thank you for once again stopping by my blog to read my thoughts. 🙂

Have a wonderful day/night wherever you are and if fall and winter are coming to your location – stay warm my friends!

 

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Fall Is Here & There Is Work To Do

  1. This line struck me as funny: “This year instead of reducing the water and covering it, in preparation for winter with all its snow and ice, it has been taken apart.” I read it as you were taking apart the water. I found that interesting. How did she do that? Then I realized it was the pool you took apart. Duh.

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