Swimming Pool Blog

  • Sluggish Polaris 380 Pool Cleaner
    Rob Cox
    Slow, sluggish Polaris 380 pool cleaner are the symptoms. The cause? In this case it was disconnected internal hoses, but it could be a number of other causes. With video, this post takes a look at our surprising repair inside a Polaris 380 pool cleaner. Plus, tips on tuning your Polaris 380 for maximum traction.
    Tuesday, May 27, 2014 5:55 PM
  • Common DE Pool Filter Repairs
    Mark Garcia
    ...But D.E. filters have an ugly side - they require a little more maintenance than sand or cartridge filters. This is due to their more complicated design, with twice the number of internal parts as compared to sand or cartridge. They are also more complicated in operation, requiring the operator to maintain the 'cake' of filter powder on the grids, and flush out the grids with a hose at least once per year.
    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2:56 PM
  • Selecting The Best Automatic Pool Cleaner for Inground Pools
    Rob Cox
    We have 75 (!) automatic pool cleaners for inground pools - that's a lot to choose from! Hence the need for a deep dive into the distinct differences between inground pool automatic vacuum cleaners.
    Friday, May 16, 2014 11:13 AM
  • Pool Cover Damage - Repair or Replace?
    pool cover damagePool cover repairs, how to assess the damage and determine the likelihood of a successful pool cover repair. Repair materials and methods, or who to call if you want to have the cover professionally repaired.
    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:03 AM
  • Good, Better, Best Pool Water Test Kits
    Rob Cox
    Taylor and LaMotte test kits - brief history of each of these depression-era Baltimore, Md companies, and a glimpse at 3 models of good, better and best test kits by each maker.
    Friday, May 09, 2014 1:24 PM
  • Poolman's Toolbox: Lubricants & Sealants
    Pool service vehicles will carry most of these items onboard to make quick repairs or keep the gears greased on your swimming pool equipment. At one time or another, a pool owner will have a need for lubricants and sealants.
    Tuesday, May 06, 2014 3:39 PM
  • Family Swimming Pool Safety Summit
    Rob Cox
    Time to hold the annual Spring Safety Summit - so gather up family and friends, for a light discussion of possible backyard dangers. Here's some tips on how to hold your own pool safety meeting - so that everyone's collective pool safety awareness can be raised.
    Friday, May 02, 2014 10:24 AM
  • The Complete Guide to Inground Pool Liner Replacements
    Probably 80% of inground pool liners are installed in the spring, but only 20% of people do it themselves. If your liner looks tired or torn, then you may consider replacing it yourself. The cost savings are significant. Inground pool liner replacements can easily run $3000 if priced through a local company, who typically doubles their liner cost and then charges about $1500 to do the labor.
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:54 PM
  • Spring Pool Opening 19-Point Inspection
    Rob Cox
    Spring 19-Point Inspection for your pool. Check under the hood, and get your pool ready for summer, with these tips for a spring pool inspection.
    Friday, April 25, 2014 4:32 PM
  • Aboveground Pool Liner Replacements
    Rob Cox
    For above ground pools, dropping in a new liner is an easy weekend project, and a fast way to give your pool a facelift. I like to replace my liner about every 5-10 years. Once you start to develop holes that seem to come from nowhere, it can grow into an entire season of chasing little leaks.
    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:08 PM
  • Guide to Swimming Pool Safety
    Pool safety - here's some thoughts from a parent (and pool owner) on how to make your pool safer. Also, introducing the Australian Kids Alive - Do the Five campaign.
    Friday, April 18, 2014 9:33 PM