Swimming Pool Blog

August 2010 (7)
  • How to save money at the [pool] pump
    Rob Cox
    energy efficient pool pumpsPG& E, in California reports that a pool pump can account for 20% or more of a home electrical bill. There are things that you can do however, to reduce your energy consumption, without switching pool pumps, to "Save Money at the Pump".
    Monday, August 30, 2010 7:56 PM
  • Pool Safety: Mesh Safety Pool Covers
    Rob Cox
    mesh safety coversOn the market now for more than 50 years, the mesh safety cover was invented by Fred Meyer, founder of Meyco Pool Covers, in 1957. Millions have been installed, and not just the Meyco brand. Loop-Loc came along, followed by Merlin, Rayner, HPI, Cantar and many more manufacturers of swimming pool safety covers.
    Saturday, August 28, 2010 12:18 PM
  • Mesh Safety Pool Cover Repair
    mesh pool cover repairWinter 2009-2010 was particularly hard. Lots of snow and ice. Hopefully a car sliding down the street didn't end up on your pool cover! Many pool owners opened their pools this spring to find mesh pool cover damage, and the need for a major mesh pool cover repair.
    Sunday, August 22, 2010 10:49 PM
  • How to replace an above ground pool liner
    Rob Cox
    pool liner replacementSooner or Later, your above ground pool vinyl liner will need to be replaced. Generally, above ground liners last 10 years or so, depending on the quality of the pool liner and the care given to the water chemistry. Over time, harsh water conditions can deplete the plasticizers within vinyl and cause your vinyl liner to become brittle and stiff. Eventually, all liners will fail, some gradually, some tragically and all at once.
    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 8:56 PM
  • Phases of Pool Construction
    Rob Cox
    pool buildingYou've found a good pool builder and negotiated payment. You've even got your new swim suit picked out. But before you dip your toes into the refreshing blue water though, certain things need to happen. These different phases of construction of your new swimming pool play a vital role in giving you the pool of your dreams.
    Wednesday, August 11, 2010 10:40 PM
  • Minority kids drown at rates 3x national average
    Rob Cox
    pool kids - all kids need swim lesson!It's an economic disadvantage. Urban kids in the US, especially black and latino kids, aren't taught to swim properly or don't enjoy the same access to public swimming facilities as wealthier families do. Or is it that their parents don't have swimming skills and therefore the perogative to teach swimming to their own children takes a back seat to other parenting responsibilities?
    Sunday, August 08, 2010 5:42 PM
  • Help! I can't get my pool to clear!
    Rob Cox
    cloudy hazy pool waterIt's a common question this time of year. We see it in our forums, emails, chats and other areas where we answer pool technical questions. It usually goes something like this: "I have done everything, and I mean e v e r y-thing to this pool. Balanced it, Cleaned it, Shocked it - even running the filter 24/7 and the darn thing won't clear up - Help!"
    Friday, August 06, 2010 3:53 PM