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  • 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
  • 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
  • My D.E. Filter Keeps Clogging Up!
    Rob Cox
    How to correct an ailing DE pool filter. If your DE pool filter clogs up in hours, or days instead of weeks or months, here's what to do....
    Tuesday, November 22, 2016 4:40 PM
  • Gas Pool Heater Cage Match: Raypak vs. Hayward
    Mark Garcia
    Pool Heaters: Hayward vs. Raypak. Which pool heater is best? We compare top pool heater brands with reviews, ratings and rants.
    Wednesday, November 09, 2016 10:24 AM