Swimming Pool Blog

  • The Commercial Pool Whitecoat Experiment
    Rob Cox
    The Experiment - why can't large commercial pools make their pool plaster last longer? They can - if they do a few things differently! I call it "Spend $1000 on chemicals and cleaning and save $10000 on plaster costs"
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:36 PM
  • Acid Burned Pool Plaster
    Rob Cox
    Acid washing can restore a bright and clean plaster finish, by removing a sixteenth of an inch of pool plaster, just enough to expose fresh plaster. If you're not careful however, you can end up etching your plaster, especially on horizontal surfaces.
    Friday, August 08, 2014 1:49 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
  • Pool Painting Project Pictorial
    Rob Cox
    This pool looks terrific! One of my neighbor's pools, which underwent a rather lengthy pool painting project....pictorial of the pool painting process
    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:06 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
  • 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 $4000 if priced through a local company, who typically doubles their liner cost and then charges about $2000 to do the labor.
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:54 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
  • Pool Caulking Damage - Repair or Replace?
    Rob Cox
    Some of the pool caulk ripping or deteriorating? Repair or replace the caulk around the pool, and secondly, do it yourself, or hire a caulking professional? Two important questions answered on poolcenter.com blog!
    Tuesday, April 08, 2014 11:04 AM
  • Swimming Pool Valve Replacements
    Some tips on when to consider re-valving your suction and return valves, and a few tips on actually doing it. This was one of my favorite jobs to do.
    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:26 PM
  • The Poolman's Toolbox - Pool Tools & Supplies
    Joe Pool Tool BoxThe poolman's toolbox. What are those tools that a pool and spa repair man needs to have on hand. What about supplies and equipment, chemicals and other stuf and gear that a poolman, who visits dozens of pools a week, may need to have on board?
    Friday, December 20, 2013 5:47 PM
  • Pool Skimmer Replacement
    Mark Garcia
    How to replace an inground pool skimmer - after reading this, you may not want to! Pool putty is a lot cheaper and very effective! But, if you are committed to replacing an inground pool skimmer, here's how you can do it.
    Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:40 PM