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Fill ‘er up: A good time to refill the pool?

Julie from Hollywood

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The summer-long project of gently remodeling (and saving) the pool at our new house is finally almost over. My husband and I were in Italy in July, when we received a call from our contractor telling us that we had a 1-in-20 chance that the pool that has been there since 1963 might collapse when the old water and surrounding cement are taken out. "One in 20 – that sounds horrible," I moan to my husband. It's 3 a.m. on the little island of Panerea, off the coast of Sicily where we are holidaying and now I'm wide awake. "Sounds like a 95 percent chance of success to me," my husband replies and rolls over in the bed. So we take the chance. Worst-case scenario: we build a new pool. "Either way," my husband says, "you're remodeling." They call back every few hours during the course of the next 24 hours. "Water's a third of the way and the pool is still there," the contractor tells us. "No movement in the pool – yet." I lie on the deck of the boat that we have rented for...