Swimming Pool Blog

  • Pool Safety: Barriers for Swimming Pools
    Rob Cox

    How accessible is your swimming pool? Are your gates self-closing and self-latching? Looks like the gate in the picture to the left is not. This small wood fence shown is also rather climbable, and may not meet code in many jurisdictions. One of the best Layers of Protection around your pool is a good barrier. Barriers can be a fence, with visibility through the fence to the pool, from the house.
    Saturday, July 16, 2011 3:44 PM

  • Jandy Valves - Deconstructed
    Rob Cox
    Over the years, I have found that many pool owners, having never looked inside of a Jandy Valve, have trouble understanding how they work. Jandy Valves are quite simple, as I hope this blog post will demonstrate.
    Monday, July 11, 2011 10:28 AM
  • Adult-Swim: It's never too late to Learn to Swim
    Rob Cox
    Millions of Americans - by some estimates over 30 Million adults, cannot swim. Many of these non-swimmers were raised by non-swimming parents who passed on their fears or ignorance to their children. Some had a near drowning experience, and since that time, kept a safe distance from the water. For many, economic disadvantage prevented them from enjoying the sport of swimming.
    Thursday, July 07, 2011 4:53 PM
  • How to Replace a Multiport Valve Spider Gasket
    Rob Cox
    Like every piece of pool equipment however, some maintenance is to be expected. One of the most common repairs to a Multiport valve is the replacement of the internal gasket, called the Spider Gasket. This type of gasket seals the 4 ports in a Multiport valve, keeping the water from going in directions not intended.
    Thursday, June 30, 2011 3:51 PM
  • How to read a pool pump motor nameplate
    Rob Cox
    The pool pump motor nameplate - all the information that's fit to print, on a tiny, metallic label. If you can still read yours, it's chock full of necessary information when it comes time to replace your pump motor.
    Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:09 PM
  • Swimming Pool Lighting: Care & Repair
    Rob Cox
    Swimming pool lights require very little in the way of maintenance or regular care. There are some best practice in using your pool lights, however. You will usually need a phillips head screwdriver to remove the screw that should be at 12:00 on the face of the bezel, or light ring.
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 7:22 AM
  • How to Host a Safe July 4th Pool Party
    Rob Cox
    Having a pool party this summer? It's one of the most fun uses of your swimming pool. Birthday parties, graduation parties or something more adult, everyone loves to gather pooside. In most settings, the swimming pool is a natural draw for people, big and small.
    Friday, June 17, 2011 12:23 AM
  • How to Save Money around the Swimming Pool
    Rob Cox
    Lots of ways to spend money around the pool, no doubt about it. There are also ways to economize around the pool, make better use of resources which also results in a smaller footprint or impact of owning a pool. We think that swimming pools should be affordable to maintain, and fortunately, they are! Here's some tips of reducing the cost of pool maintenance.
    Sunday, June 12, 2011 8:41 PM
  • Top 3 Pool Pump Problems
    Rob Cox
    Swimming pool pump problems? You're not alone. Modern pool pump designs have created more efficient pumps, provide much higher flowrates at a lower horsepower. Pool pump troubleshooting methods have not changed. Here's a few pool pump problems and solutions.
    Tuesday, June 07, 2011 10:51 PM
  • Pool Care & Repair Tips ~ from Twitter
    Rob Cox
    You've heard of Twitter, I'm sure. I like to describe it as a micro-blog platform. Bloggers were the first to use it, as a means of spreading the word of their new blog posts. I use it that way of course, but we also push out all sorts of pool care and repair information on Twitter, and we answer pool care & repair questions. I often post something like this:
    Monday, June 06, 2011 6:18 AM
  • Lifeguard! Put down the Phone and No One Gets Hurt!
    Rob Cox
    Just as these wonderful devices have created tragedy on the highways and parking lots of America, young swimmers have drowned beneath the diverted eyes of a lifeguard who could not disconnect from their device. In a pool in Ireland last year, a Dublin boy drowned beneath a lifeguard who later admitted texting in a hearing.
    Wednesday, June 01, 2011 10:04 AM