Swimming Pool Blog

  • Installing a Magna-Latch Gate on your Pool Fence
    Rob Cox
    The Magna Latch type of gate latch is brilliant. By placing the knob at least 54" off the ground, and requiring an upward pull on the knob to open the gate, you've easily removed persons of less than 3' tall from danger. Be sure that gate is square, and not sagging. Take the time now to fix any issues with the hinges.
    Tuesday, April 02, 2013 12:07 PM
  • Awesome Pool Fence Design Ideas
    Rob Cox
    photo gallery of pool fence ideas and pool fence design. Ultra modern or traditional, pool fences look best when they are planned. Use these tips in 5 areas to design a cool pool fence around your pool.
    Saturday, March 09, 2013 1:08 PM
  • Dreaming about Swimming Pools - What does it mean?
    Rob Cox
    I'm not talking about the dream of pool ownership ~ but dreams we have during our slumber. It turns out that dreams involving water, swimming and swimming pools can be very meaningful.

    Tuesday, December 04, 2012 5:14 PM
  • Luxury Interior Surfaces for Swimming Pools
    Rob Cox
    In the 80's, colored plaster was being used around the country, and in the 90's, pebble surfaces and colored quartz additives improved the durability and appearance of pool plaster.Then came Hydrazzo, and Durazzo, which are buffed or polished plaster mix, taking their name from Terazzo floors. Aside from pool plaster or plaster modified with additives or aggregates, what else is available for pool interior surfaces?

    Sunday, November 18, 2012 8:55 PM
  • Illegal Pool Water Discharge
    Rob Cox
    Following up on an earlier post on 5 Ways to Save Pool Water, this post focuses on restrictions being imposed on discharges made from your pool. Draining the pool for cleaning or repair, lowering water level for winterizations and even backwashing the filter may be regulated in your area.

    Sunday, September 30, 2012 7:05 PM
  • Doggy Day Swim
    Rob Cox
    Who let the dogs out! Who - Who - Who..In September of each year, the dog finally has his day. Many community pools have a post labor day Saturday set aside for the dogs of the members to enjoy a refreshing swim. No humans allowed on Doggy Swim Day! The dogs have the pool all to themselves. These dogs break all the rules - they're running on the deck, diving in the shallow end, and dunking each other. 
    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 2:18 PM
  • Vinyl liner Pool Construction Phases
    Rob Cox
    Following up to our blog post last week on Gunite pool construction phases, we wanted to take a look at how inground vinyl liner pools are built. The process for building a vinyl liner pool is very similar to a gunite pool, but is simplified by the fact that several specialized trades are eliminated. We won't need to set-up work from a gunite crew, a tile and coping crew, nor a plastering crew.
    Monday, August 13, 2012 1:50 PM
  • Gunite Pool Construction Phases
    Rob Cox
    There are several phases of building an inground gunite pool, and each phase is built upon the previous phase accomplishments. In most cases, each of these phases will be performed by a different crew or group of guys. You can plan on having a lot of visits by different trade contractors, starting with Graders and Excavators. Then comes the Steel and Plumbing guys, followed by Electricians. A Gunite crew will come in to "shoot" the pool before the Tile & Coping crew does their work. Finally, a plaster crew will come in to finish things up inside the pool.
    Saturday, August 11, 2012 11:26 AM
  • How to Put a Beaded Liner Back in the Track
    Rob Cox
    Why did your beaded pool liner decide to pop out of it's track? Your pool liner may have been a bit loose in that area, a bit long for the wall length. The track could be broken (hopefully not). Or, it could be the warm temps and bright sun shining on the waterline area of the liner. It could be the work of water gremlins, and no, I don't mean your kids. ;-)
    Thursday, August 02, 2012 6:30 PM
  • Hydrostatic Relief Plugs
    What are Hydrostatic Plugs? They allow high-pressure underground water to enter the pool, rather than allowing such force to build under the pool shell that it pops the pool out of the ground when empty.
    Thursday, July 26, 2012 5:08 PM
  • Adult Swim: Learn to Swim America!
    Rob Cox
    According to Swimmunity, nearly 35-50% of U.S. adults cannot swim. The number increases among minority adults to over 60%. “Each day in the United States, 10 unintentional drownings occur – 70% of them are adults.” If you're not the only non-swimmer in the house, buddy-up and make it a family affair. No time is better than mid-summer to learn how to swim. It's never too late! 
    Friday, July 13, 2012 5:02 PM