Swimming Pool Blog

2014
  • Pool Skimmer Winter Protection
    How to winterize any pool skimmer type, inground or aboveground, dedicated or combination - with pictures! Ermagerd! 
    Friday, September 12, 2014 1:14 PM
  • How to Use Swimming Pool Antifreeze
    Here's the rules and regulations for using non-toxic pool antifreeze in a swimming pool. An FAQ for the use of pool antifreeze to winterize a swimming pool. What to do, and what not to do...
    Tuesday, September 09, 2014 3:45 PM
  • Clogged Pool Pump Impeller
    A clogged pool pump impeller will reduce your water flow by 50-80%, and needs to be fixed quickly, before your water quality suffers. Here's How to Identify, Correct and Prevent clogged impellers.
    Friday, September 05, 2014 10:22 AM
  • The Best Way to Close a Swimming Pool
    Rob Cox
    If you are going to close your swimming pool, you may as well do it right. How and when you add the chemicals, and other tips can help you avoid these common pool closing pitfalls. Here's the Best Way to Winterize a Swimming Pool
    Tuesday, September 02, 2014 2:16 PM
  • 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