Swimming Pool Blog

POOL MAINTENANCE
  • Winter Pool Leak Detection
    Rob Cox
    Winter pool leaks are no fun to find and fix. The water is cold and so is the concrete that you lay on. It is important however to keep the pool full, for the reasons mentioned above. If you cannot locate it, and want to wait until spring, keep the pool filled with a garden hose during winter, and be sure to pump off solid covers promptly, until you can fix this winter pool leak - in the spring!
    Friday, January 13, 2012 5:05 PM
  • Swimming Pool Tile and Coping Repair
    Resetting coping stones, setting tile, grouting, and caulking the expansion joint that runs the perimeter of the pool can be easily achieved with the right products and a little know how. When structural damage is repaired in a timely fashion it will prevent the issue from evolving into a major pool renovation.
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 3:22 PM
  • Install a second skimmer in your above ground pool
    liner skimmers If you’ve ever thought about adding another skimmer to your aboveground pool, then this post is for you. Adding a skimmer to your pool can be accomplished with just a little planning and effort – and very little cost. The cost of the new skimmer can be as low as $50, and adding a skimmer can be done in one afternoon.
    Friday, October 28, 2011 4:44 PM
  • All about In Ground Pool Liners
    How to take care of an inground pool liner, and how to measure and install an in ground pool liner yourself.
    Saturday, August 27, 2011 7:11 PM
  • All About Above Ground Pool Liners
    If you have a vinyl pool liner, you know - that there's a lot to know. Taking care of your vinyl liner is important to prevent bleaching, staining and tearing of your pool surfaces. Replacing your vinyl liner is inevitable. I have seen them last 20 years, but more and more, liners are less durable than they used to be. This may be due to more restrictions on their manufacture. Less plasticizers and resins in modern, domestic vinyl causes them to break down in a shorter time period.
     
    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 4:51 PM
  • The many uses of Pool Putty
    Easy to use, just mix the two part epoxy together, equal parts of resin and hardener, and an exothermic chemical reaction begins immediately. Knead the two parts together by hand (a little pool water helps), and you have a waterproof, moldable substance that can be used to patch, seal or repair many items around the pool. Here's some ideas for using pool putty around your pool.
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 7:53 AM
  • Extreme Pool Renovations
    I was at a pool board meeting tonight for my community pool, and the topic came up of capital improvements. A motion was made to expand the current olympic sized rectangle into the shape of an "L", while moving the baby pool from it's present location to another. Major Renovation. I'm also currently house hunting for a home with a pool, and several are in need of ~ a major renovation. This has me thinking, what are the major types of major pool renovations?
    Sunday, July 31, 2011 9:41 PM
  • How to Repair Swimming Pool Tile in 5 Easy Steps
    Sooner or later, the tile in your inground gunite pool will begin to loosen and fall off one by one. Every 20 years or so, a complete re-tile of the pool may be necessary. In between, you can do simple, quick repairs to re-affix tiles that have fallen off. With the use of some simple tools, and some simple cementitious product, small tile repair jobs can be done in a short amount of time.

    Friday, July 22, 2011 8:01 AM
  • 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
  • Pool Skimmer Care & Repair
    Rob Cox
    SKIMMER REPAIRSPool skimmers come in many types and sizes. Some are free floating in the pool, but most pool skimmers are attached to the wall of the pool. Water passes a free-floating weir, which accelerates flow into the skimmer, and keeps it trapped when the pump shuts off. Your pump pulls the surface water of your pool into the skimmer basket, accessed through a top lid.
    Sunday, May 22, 2011 2:49 PM
  • How to Install a Pool Skimmer Weir
    Rob Cox
    Check your skimmer weirs today, making sure they are not broken, missing parts or becoming stuck on the sidewalls of the skimmer. For such situations, replacement is in order. Buy the skimmer weir that matches the width of your skimmer, as measured across the front of the plastic skimmer opening, where it meets the wall of the pool. Here's a video to show how easy it is to install your own pool skimmer weirs.
    Friday, April 29, 2011 9:21 AM