IFCs form the pool's walls and provide a resilient layer beneath the vinyl layer.
IFCs form the pool's walls and provide a resilient layer beneath the vinyl layer.

When builder Todd LaBarge wanted to install a vinyl-lined swimming pool at his home, he looked no further than the stack of ICF forms left over from the construction of his house and workshop foundations. In fact, one of his ReddiForm (www.reddiform.com) representatives had shown him photos of a pool already successfully completed using ICF walls. The system creates a wafflelike concrete grid within the 9 5/8-inch-wide, 48-inch-long forms, and is reinforced with a regular schedule of rebar, much like standard concrete pool wall construction.

The interior dimensions of LaBarge's rectangular pool conform to the automated pool cover he installed. Pilasters inserted every third of the way along the length help to brace the walls and make up for the dimension lost to forming the pool's ends. LaBarge formed the walls on a 2-foot-wide footing, flush with the footing's interior edge.

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