How do I remove a 20 X 40 gunite pool safely? I read the other answers and one mentioned being down in the 8 ft end and it could possibly fall in. It popped up out of the ground and I can't afford to pay to have it removed. It's been up for 3 years now. I'm planning on cutting it with a power saw and the proper blade. Starting in the deep end at the top and working my way down carrying up the pieces out of the shallow end. There is rebar and I'm concerned with the saw kicking when it hits that. Has anyone ever tried this? I can't hire this project done. I'm guessing a few hours every night after work and more on weekends to remove it, taking about 3 months to complete.
Rebar doesn't cause kickback with a concrete saw, but it does slow things down. What causes most kickback is binding, which will be somewhat difficult to avoid when cutting horizontally. My shoulders ache just thinking about it.
I'd probably stripe it vertically and cut off the bars at appropriate sizes to minimize horizontal cutting. You'll go though quite a bit of diamond blade, though. Consider renting a small backhoe with a jackhammer attachment.
I vote for the backhoe idea. If the gunite is indeed fairly soft then the bucket alone may be able to colaps a side. Then use a bolt cutter, a portable grinder with a cutting wheel and the 14" gas powered saw to deal with the re-bar. To include and jack-hammer attachment would take the cost to a whole other level. A word of warning: All the tools listed here are not the forgiving kind. Use an abundance of caution and common sense. Good Luck. P.