Swimming Pool Blog

March 2012 (8)
  • Pool Salt Systems: MythBusters!
     Allow me to dispel a few myths about salt water chlorine generators. 1. Salt Systems are chlorine-free.  2. Salt Systems are maintenance-free. 3. Salt Chlorine systems are cost-free. None of these are true, read more to find out why. 
    Friday, March 30, 2012 4:44 PM
  • How to wire a 2-speed pool pump
    wiring a two speed pool pumpYour new 2-speed pool pump finally arrived, the product of your long study of energy efficient pool pumps (now required in many states). It may come as a surprise to you that your existing pool timeclock no longer seems to be suitable for a 2 speed motor. Sad, but true. 2 speed motors need to have a third wire, the low speed wire, coming from the timeclock. These types of pool and spa timeclocks are known as DPDT (Double Pole, Double Throw).
    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 3:36 PM
  • How to keep Critters out of your Pool
    Fact is, bodies of water are a natural habitat for many animals. They prefer darker, more vegetated areas, which provides some protection from predators, but your pretty blue pool will sometimes do the job. This blog post will cover some of methods of discouraging certain animals from using your pool as their own private oasis.
    Thursday, March 22, 2012 5:28 PM
  • Swimming Pool Heat Pump Installation
    You may have heard that pool heat pumps operate for pennies per day - that's true! But did you know that they're also very simple to install. In this blog post, we'll discuss the finer points of pool heat pump installation, with the hope that you will find it easy enough to tackle as a DIY pool heating project.
    Monday, March 19, 2012 4:31 PM
  • How to make a 3-sided pool fence safer
    The danger of drowning is usually higher from the people that are inside the house, not those that are outside, like pool-hopping neighbors or lost dogs. What can you do to secure the fourth-side of your pool perimeter, that is the real question - and the topic of this blog post. This spring, take some time to review your pool fence, and if you have a 3-sided fence, or even worse, no fence at all - take some steps
    Tuesday, March 13, 2012 4:00 PM
  • How to wire a variable speed pool pump
    intelliflo pump wiring instructionsWiring a variable speed pump, sounds intimidating, but don't let the title scare you. It's actually quite simple to wire up a new variable speed pool pump, either from Pentair (Intelliflo pictured, left), or Hayward. This will be a short topic, because wiring a variable speed pump is less complicated than wiring a 2 speed pump, which requires a different time clock, and an extra (low speed) wire.
    Sunday, March 11, 2012 1:39 PM
  • How to know when it's time to change your pool filter media
    Under Normal conditions, for well maintained pools, Undersized filter systems or poor water balance can strain your filter media.In fact, the large range for cartridge filter replacement depends on how well sized the pool filter is. Larger pool filters, with more filter surface area, require less cleaning and changing of the media.
    Friday, March 09, 2012 2:03 PM
  • ADA Pool Lift Rant
    Rob Cox
    On the heels of VGB legislation requiring commercial and public pools to make their pool drains safer at great cost to budget strapped community and school pools, the next mandated public safety upgrade to swimming pools is to provide handicapped individuals a means of access into our nation's swimming pools.
    Tuesday, March 06, 2012 3:49 PM