Swimming Pool Blog

- Restore & Renovate
  • Relocating Pool Equipment
    Rob Cox
    Ever want to move that noisy pool pump and big ugly filter? Here's a post about relocating pool equipment, moving the pump and filter to a new location in the backyard. Or you could just build a small wall...

    Monday, December 05, 2016 2:43 PM
  • Adding Pool Mosaics to a Plaster Pool
    Rob Cox
    It's easy to add some whimsy to your inground plaster pool, using pool mosaic designs! Made from frost-free ceramic tile, porcelain tile or from glass tiles.PHOTO GALLERY of some cool pool tile mosaics.
    Thursday, April 09, 2015 9:15 AM
  • Swimming Pool Renovations: 10 yrs, 20 yrs, 30 yrs
    Rob Cox
    Long term planning for pool repairs and renovations. What can you expect at 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years? Guide is a quick bullet listing of estimated equipment and accessory items
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:09 PM
  • Pool vs. Pool Deck - Who Will Win?
    Rob Cox
    diagram of pool deck and pool interfaceYour pool deck and your swimming pool both expand when temperatures get warm. Are they bumping into each other? Maybe. If they are who will win? Will the deck push the pool, or will the pool push the deck? 
    Monday, August 04, 2014 7:21 PM
  • How to Fix Swimming Pool Cracks
    Rob Cox
    Here's how to repair cracks in an inground pool, in 3 ways - the easy way, moderately difficult, and extreme crack repair. The level of difficulty for pool crack repair also tends to match the level of permanence. The more work you put into repairing a pool crack tends to correspond to the longevity and permanence of the repair.
    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 4:59 PM
  • Correcting Hazardous Single Main Drains
    Rob Cox
    For those residential pools that have a dedicated main drain line - running all the way back to the pump, a hazard exists. If the skimmer valves were closed off, and all of the suction into the pump is from the main drain only, a swimmer could be trapped on the main drain - in a pool or spa.
    Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:38 AM
  • Eco Friendly Swimming Pool Decking
    Rob Cox
    For swimming pool decks, the available materials are endless, but most will fall into two main categories. Concrete or Wood. Within each main category we have several types of materials that are used for pool decks. The goal of this article is to discuss these materials to help you evaluate their relative impact on the environment.
    Sunday, November 11, 2012 6:41 AM
  • Spa Wall Repair on a Pool / Spa Combo pool
    Rob Cox
    Attached spas are fun, even if they're not heated. Small children love their small size and when the kids are asleep, the adults can turn up the heater and enjoy a hot, bubbling spa after dark. But there is a dark side. Well, not so dark really. Many, if not most attached spas have no problems with the wall that separates the pool and spa - but some do.
    Tuesday, May 08, 2012 12:52 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
    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
  • 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.

    Sunday, July 31, 2011 9:41 PM