Installing Your Own Fiberglass Swimming Pool? How To Choose The Right Rental Excavator And Crane For The Job

10 March 2017
 Categories: Business, Articles

If you have always wanted a swimming pool in your back yard, yet want the pool to be as affordable as possible, then you may have decided to purchase a fiberglass pool shell and install it yourself. You likely know that it will be a challenging task but, with a little time and a lot of effort, you will appreciate all the hard work you put into installing your pool for many years to come. While you are busy purchasing all of the necessary plumbing equipment and other pool equipment you will need to install when you install your pool, don't forget to reserve your excavator and crane rentals so they are ready for you to pick up when you need them. 

Read on to learn about the different types of excavators and cranes available for rental, so you can be sure to choose the right ones for your job. 

Excavators: Needed to Dig an Opening For Your Pool

Of course, using a shovel to dig a hole in the ground where you will install your pool would take much longer and much more effort than digging the hole with an excavator. However, it is important to choose the right excavator for the job to help you dig the hole quickly and easily. Before you rent your excavator, you may want to check with neighbors who have pools to make sure their digging process went smoothly; if there is too much rock under the surface of your yard, then you may need to first have someone come out and blast the ground to break up the rock. 

There are two main types of excavators, including crawler excavators and wheel excavators. While wheel excavators have wheels and work well on relatively flat ground, crawler excavators are made to tackle hills with ease. A wheel excavator will likely work well for your needs. 

Once you choose the excavator style you need, your next option will be the size; there are full-size excavators, compact excavators, and mini-excavators. While a full-size excavator could technically get the job done faster, mini excavators are best for moving dirt where a pool will be placed due to their ability to fit into small spaces. 

Don't forget that you will need to rent a dumpster to place the unneeded dirt in. Make sure you tell the dumpster rental facility what you will be putting into the dumpster, so they can provide the right type of dumpster. 

Cranes: Needed to Install The Fiberglass Shell

Once you dig the hole where the swimming pool shell will be dropped, you will need to rent a crane to drop the swimming pool shell into position. While there are just several main types of excavators, cranes come in many styles -- there are over 12 types of cranes! Crane types include tower cranes, vehicle-mounted cranes, harbor cranes, aerial floating cranes, telescopic cranes, level luffing cranes, and more.

However, choosing one that is right for your needs will be relatively easy. Many cranes are made for specific purposes, like a tower crane that is mainly used for constructing tall buildings and a railroad crane that is mainly used for railroad construction and repair. A small truck crane or all-terrain crane will likely work best for your needs. However, it can be a good idea to take a look at all of the cranes your local construction equipment rental facility offers to make sure you choose one that you will be able to operate and feel safe using close to your home. 

If you have always wanted a pool, yet haven't wanted to pay the high price tag to have one installed at your home, then performing your own DIY pool installation is a great idea. As you are gathering the necessary equipment you will need to install your pool, don't forget to reserve the construction equipment rentals you will need to do the job quickly and accurately. To learn more about construction equipment rental, check out websites like