Filling the gap

There's a lot of backfilling to be done. In addition to filling the gap between the pool shell and the newly built retaining walls, there's also the rear retaining wall that can now be safely filled in. The graphic below shows the key areas in red:

Areas to be backfilled

The rear wall must be filled in as well as backfilling the pool on all sides.

The gap between the pool shell and retaining wall / earth must be filled with crusher dust (fine crushed rock). This is the same material that was used under the pool, but unfortunately this time we don't have a skid-steer to help move it around.

Crusher dust

A small part of the total crusher dust, awaiting transport
A precarious route

In-fact getting it from the front of the house to the gap in the wall turned out to be the most challenging part, requiring the construction of a ramp down the existing garden stairs and some extremely hair-raising wheel barrow trips.

Wheelbarrow ramp

A trip down this ramp with a full wheelbarrow involves ever increasing speed while navigating the sharp bend.

Once at the site, the fill on the downhill side of the pool had to be shoveled over the wall. I gave some thought to building a dirt conveyor, but in the end decided to stick with the manual route.

Backfilling by hand

The nature of the design requires back-filling by hand on the three sides.

Completed pool retaining wall backfill

Completed backfill for the pool retaining walls.
One more wall

Rear retaining wall model

Modelled rear retaining wall

The rear retaining wall sits between the pool and the house and was completed at the same time as the pool retaining walls were core filled. It also requires backfilling. This wall will eventually have a deck on the upper side and glass fence atop, as depicted above. Before either of those can be built, the area excavated for the wall and footing must be backfilled.

Excavated dirt on the pool deck

Unfortunately most of the dirt for the backfill is located on the wrong side of the wall :(

Backfilling involves shovelling the excavated dirt (as well as the dirt from the wall collapse) - which now resides on the pool deck - back over the wall. To prevent excessive hydrostatic pressure on the wall, adequate drainage must also be provided. A slotted agdrain at the base of the wall and gravel immediately behind the wall ensure that no significant water build-up is possible.

Beyond the installation of some landscape fabric to keep the drainage channel dirt free, it's a pretty low tech process. Various plumbing pipes reside behind this wall, so care must be taken to ensure they're well supported, but beyond that, it's just a whole lot of shoveling and manual compacting.

Completed backfill

Backfill complete (photo taken some time later).