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  • National Pool Opening Day is April 28
    Rob Cox
    National pool opening day is April 28 this year, and every year, on the last Saturday in April. It's a real US national holiday - so here's to opening the pool, and giving summer a head start!
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 1:17 PM
  • Earth Day Friendly Pool Equipment & Chemicals
    Mark Garcia
    Earth Day Friendly pool equipment that can reduce your reliance on chlorine, eco-friendly pool heating, and natural chemicals by Natural Chemistry and SeaKlear.
    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:45 PM
  • How to Pressure Test Pool Lines
    Rob Cox
    How to use a pressure testing stick to pressure test pool plumbing lines. In a previous post (5 years ago!), I showed you how to build a pressure testing rig for your pool lines, and at the end I promised a follow-up post on how to use the pressure testing tool. Well, here it is, better late than never! :-)
    Tuesday, April 04, 2017 3:04 PM
  • Pool Water Testing Blunders
    Rob Cox
    If you want to really geek out on your pool chemistry - here's how to do it. 9 water testing errors to avoid, and a list of common pool testing problems or interference from other chemical levels affecting test results, with false high or low readings.
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:49 PM
  • Using Fix-A-Leak to Fix Pool Leaks
    Mark Garcia
    When speaking with a Marlig rep recently, he impressed on me that using Fix-A-Leak successfully to fix pool leaks requires process and procedure. "You don't just pour it in and walk away". Here then is the best way to use Fix-A-Leak to stop leaks in pools, and how to reverse water flow, or put your pipes under pressure, to force Fix-A-Leak into the cracks or voids. 
    Tuesday, March 07, 2017 2:31 PM
  • Alternative Pool Sanitizers 2017
    Rob Cox
    Alternative Sanitizers - what's happening now. My list of 5 alternative pool sanitizers (alternative to chlorine) that have stood the test of time, and one new kid on the block - meet Hydroxy Radicals ~

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:17 PM
  • Old Pool Water in Drought Conditions
    Mark Garcia
    How high TDS, High CYA, High CH and high DBP's are making your pool cloudy, unhealthy and unmanageable. What to do in a drought - water restrictions when you can't change the pool water.
     
    Tuesday, February 07, 2017 1:54 PM
  • Swimming Pools and Skateboarding
    Rob Cox
    In recent news, Houston skateboarders trespassed onto a property, drained the pool with their own pump, and began to skate the pool - until the homeowner dropped by and caught them on tape! Is skateboarding bad for a pool? Do skaters damage pool tile, coping and plaster? What types of pools do skateboarders prefer? These questions and more, answered here..
    Monday, January 23, 2017 9:01 AM
  • How to Use Alum Flocculant in Pools
    Rob Cox
    How to use alum or aluminum sulfate in swimming pools. Used as a flocculant, alum is very effective to clear cloudy pool water or swampy pool conditions. Alum is not for everyday pool water clarity, but used as a last resort, given the extra work in vacuuming to waste, that is required.
    Tuesday, January 10, 2017 12:27 PM
  • 5 Pool Service Scams & Flim Flams
    Rob Cox
    5 ways that pool service or pool management companies can make some extra money, at your expense! 99% of pool companies don't pull these shenigans, but arm yourself with the knowledge to protect yourself.
    Tuesday, December 27, 2016 2:08 PM
  • Christmas Pool Party Decoration Ideas
    Rob Cox
    Christmas pool party decoration ideas, or how to decorate a backyard swimming pool for the holidays. Safety tips for Christmas pool party decorating and 10 pictures to inspire you!
    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:23 AM