Swimming Pool Blog

2012
  • 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
  • Variable speed pool pumps - Who Cares?!?
    Imagine the gas consumption your car would have if, no matter what - your engine always ran at 3400 RPM. Standard pool pumps operate at 3400 rpm, all the time. No matter if they are pumping anything or not. Flip them on, and the capacitor quickly bumps it up to full, maximum speed. Variable speed motors, on the other hand, turn only as fast as they need to, to get the job done. Or, flow rates can be programmed.
    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:09 PM
  • How to easily replace DE filter grids
    Rob Cox
     So, you decided that you would buy the replacement set of universal DE filter grids, and make a DIY project out of it? Good for you. Replacing your DE grids is not heavy labor, any homeowner can do it. There are some tips and tricks however, that should make your grid replacement easy simpler.
    Monday, February 27, 2012 1:40 PM
  • Pool Apps for your Smartphone
    Rob Cox
    As a follow up to our post on swimming pool apps 15 months ago, we are happy to report an abundance of new apps available for iDevice or Droid phones. App Development has continued at breakneck speed, and many new apps are available for pool owners, operators, lifeguards, managers, service techs and even swimmers and coaches.
    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:28 PM
  • So you want a Chlorine-Free pool?
    Rob Cox
    If you want to operate your pool without chlorine, it needn't be green, you CAN maintain a pool without chlorine and keep it blue and clear. Despite what your pool store may tell you, this IS possible - but it's also may be a bit more work, or more expensive. If you want to operate your pool without chlorine, follow these recommendations to compensate for the lack of a halogen in the water.
    Monday, February 20, 2012 12:06 PM
  • Solar blanket pool covers: tips and tricks
    Some tips and tricks for installing, maintaining and storing solar blankets for pools. How to give a longer life to your solar cover, and keep it heating your pool for more seasons. Solar pool blanket troubleshooting tips.
    Saturday, February 18, 2012 10:11 AM
  • Top 3 Pool Pump Problems
    The main pool pump is the heart of the necessary filtration process for your swimming pool. If your pool pump fails your pool water will be stagnant and you will soon develop water chemistry problems. To avoid costly chemicals and costly repairs, address your swimming pool pumps problems in a timely manner and repair!
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3:09 PM
  • Pool Safety Checklist
    Exercising caution around your swimming pool and continually making sure that safety measures, in and around the pool, are in place can be the difference between years of swimming enjoyment and tragedy. Routine inspections can help you to have peace of mind and comfort in knowing your loved ones are safeguarded from a possible mishap.
    Friday, January 27, 2012 12:20 PM