Swimming Pool Blog

2014
  • Vacuuming to Waste: A How-To
    How to vacuum a pool to waste, even if you don't have a multiport valve on your filter! Vacuuming a swimming pool to waste, why and when , and what and how!
    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:01 PM
  • Installing a Swimming Pool Safety Cover
    How to install a safety pool cover on an inground pool. With videos - rectangle safety cover video and freeform safety cover video - showing how easy it is to install a safety pool cover.
    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:54 AM
  • Acid Burned Pool Plaster
    Rob Cox
    Acid washing can restore a bright and clean plaster finish, by removing a sixteenth of an inch of pool plaster, just enough to expose fresh plaster. If you're not careful however, you can end up etching your plaster, especially on horizontal surfaces.
    Friday, August 08, 2014 1:49 PM
  • Bromine Use on Outdoor Pools?
    Rob Cox

    Q: Can I use Bromine on my Outdoor Pools? A: Yes, with exception given to the following Caveats
    ...Bromine tablets are a good option for indoor pools or outdoor pools with automatic covers or solar blankets, or heavily shaded pools.

     
    Tuesday, August 05, 2014 1:46 PM
  • Fresh Thoughts on Cyanuric Acid
    Rob Cox
    Fresh Thinking about cyanuric acid (aka stabilizer or conditioner), in swimming pools. Experts like Neil Lowry, Richard Falk and Ben Powell have all done extensive research into the effects of using CYA to stabilize chlorine. There are a few side effects, some bad, some good...!
    Monday, August 04, 2014 7:54 PM
  • Pool vs. Pool Deck - Who Will Win?
    Rob Cox
    diagram of pool deck and pool interfaceYour pool deck and your swimming pool both expand when temperatures get warm. Are they bumping into each other? Maybe. If they are who will win? Will the deck push the pool, or will the pool push the deck? 
    Monday, August 04, 2014 7:21 PM
  • Pool Safety Cover Repair … or Replace?
    Eventually, all safety pool covers will fail. Straps begin to tear, stitching frays, wear strips and chafing dangles off the bottom. On mesh safety covers, you'll begin to notice areas where the colored tapes of the fabric are completely gone, leaving only the black tapes. Threadbare.
    Friday, August 01, 2014 3:51 PM
  • Reignite your Pool Passion with Adult Pool Toys
    Rob Cox
    Have more fun in your pool - summer's almost over! Here's 8 ways to become more intimate with your swimming pool, and "Bring Back, That Loving Feeling...ohhhh, that Loving Feeling...."
    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:09 PM
  • 21 Causes for Swimming Pool Pump Failure
    Here's my list of 21 causes for swimming pool pump failure -or- 21 Pool Pump Pitfalls to Avoid. Follow these quick tips to make sure your pool pump lasts as long as it can, but if you need a reason to buy a new pump, the Hayward VS pumps, with 75% electrical savings on inground pools is quite an incentive!
    Friday, July 25, 2014 3:33 PM
  • Pool Painting Project Pictorial
    Rob Cox
    This pool looks terrific! One of my neighbor's pools, which underwent a rather lengthy pool painting project....pictorial of the pool painting process
    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:06 PM
  • Pool Rust Stain Removal - 5 Methods
    Mark Garcia
    Removing rust stains from pool surfaces can be difficult - unless you know a few things about the stain, and your pool surface. Here's 5 Methods to remove rust stains (and other stains) from your pool surfaces ~

    Friday, July 18, 2014 11:01 AM