Swimming Pool Blog

2013
  • 5 ways to Have More Fun in Your Backyard Pool
    Rob Cox
    5 ways to get more fun out of your pool this summer - take underwater photos, play volleyball, light up the night, update the pool furniture, and yes - even race micro RC boats in the pool. Have a great summer!
    Sunday, June 23, 2013 5:03 PM
  • Pool Lift Care & Maintenance
    Mark Garcia
    pool lift maintenance scheduleHow to maintain and care for your expensive swimming pool lift chair. Follow our regular maintainance schedule, to keep your pool lift running smooth and looking like new. Welcome to our new blogger - Mark Garcia!
    Tuesday, June 18, 2013 4:41 PM
  • DIY Swimming Pool Toys
    How about some old fashioned fun? Making paper boats, and racing them across the pool can be great fun. A great idea for a group of youngsters, use wood scraps, or a table of many different items, and have a sailboat derby, with prizes for different awards (fastest, most creative, most unsinkable).
    Friday, June 14, 2013 2:11 PM
  • Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner Tune-Up or Rebuild
    Rob Cox
    polaris 280 rebuild instructionsPolaris pool cleaners, the 280 and the 380 are marvelous inventions. Powered by their own booster pump and timeclock, they are the most independent and thorough cleaning pool cleaners available. They do have a downside - there are quite a few moving parts and bits that wear down or wear out. But! With a little bit of annual maintenance, and occasional adjustments, your Polaris pool cleaner can always run like new!
    Tuesday, June 11, 2013 2:22 PM
  • How to Size a Pool Filter
    Rob Cox
    sand filters for poolsI've never understood, why people buy the biggest pump they can afford, and then go small on the pool filter. I call it the 'V-8 Mentality'. instead, it should be Big Filter, Small Pump. To save you time in your valuable day - I'll give you the moral of the story up front. The main point of this post is 'Go Big'.
    Friday, June 07, 2013 3:05 PM
  • Reduce Consumption: The Environmentally Responsible Pool
    Rob Cox
    Swimming pools can consume a lot of energy in circulating, heating and lighting. They can waste a lot of water through evaporation, leaks and backwashing the filters. Waste water could be toxic to the local watershed, if discharged improperly. However - with proper methods and modern pool technology, you can reduce your swimming pool's impact on the environment.
    Tuesday, June 04, 2013 11:07 AM
  • Proper Adult Supervision: How to Guard the Pool
    Rob Cox
    Active adult supervision means maintaining eye contact with your swimmers at all times. It should also mean getting in the pool with your swimmers, especially when they are young swimmers.
    Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:15 AM
  • Using a Vacuum to Install a Vinyl Liner
    Rob Cox
    How to use a vacuum to suction or set a pool liner during installation, to work out wrinkles and achieve a better fit. Discussion of the types of vacs used, how to set one up for use, and some information on pool liner wrinkles, and how to use the vacuum to assist in removing them.
    Friday, May 24, 2013 3:43 PM
  • Pool Party Safety
    Rob Cox
    Pool Party season is upon us, and this being National Water Safety Month, it's a great time to review some pool safety information - in particular, how to host a safe pool party.

    Each year, hundreds of emergency room visits are made for near-drownings or diving injuries. In most cases, a lifeguard was not designated.
    Tuesday, May 21, 2013 2:10 PM
  • Opening a Pool Neglected for YEARS
    Rob Cox
    How to renovate a neglected, abandoned pool. To drain the pool or not to drain? We cover both schools of thought, and discuss the advantages of each, as well as the risks of each. When faced with cleaning up a neglected pool, these tips are meant to make it easier - hopefully!
    Friday, May 17, 2013 2:20 PM
  • Pump & Filter Reassembly & Lubrication
    Rob Cox
    Lubrication of your pool pump and filter, how and what to lube. What lubricant to use on pool o-rings? Use Teflon lube exclusively. This post hosts a video showing Rob Cox using Magic Lube on the inground pool pumps and DE filter - and other things, at Joe Coxes house in Chevy Chase, Md.
    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:45 PM