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Want to take a dip the pool on a hot day? Have it ready! Questions in this category are about swimming pool sanitation and equipment. Some things you can ask about are automatic pool cleaners, skimmers, filters, brushes, chemicals, tests, technical questions on filtration equipment and more.
Answer No above ground pool cover is safe for little ones as adults can be in a rush and forget to "buckle down the hatches." Usually the covers that fit over the sides and are clipped down are the best. However, a fence around the above pool is even better. Marcy A swimming pool safety cover …
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According to the workers, tube slides are definatly safer than open slides. With open slides, there is a higher chance of people falling over the the side.
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Have a look at a night latch. This can be out of reach for children. Depending on what door material you have, a night latch will suit most wooden and composite doors.
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Several companies have developed specialized tracking systems for collecting real-time data from different types of sports. These tracking systems are now used by broadcasters to add graphics elements that are "registered" or"locked on" to the video. An early example is the Sportvision's FoxTrack ho…
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The operative word here is "high" dive. 8' is the normal depth for an average pool with or without a dive board. With most dive boards in residential pools the depth would be closer to 9' or 10'. I am not certain as to the depth of a high dive platform but my thinking would be in the range of 20' de…
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%DETAILS% Keep Birds Away I had a similar problem in my backyward that has no pool but does have a large concrete and wood deck patio covered by two large trees. The solution was given to me by my housekeeper. She suggested buying plastic snakes and hanging them around the trees and leav…
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Answers for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service. Well, you can run a 10/3, if that's what the unit calls for. If the pool heater equipment/motor only call for a 30 amp feeder you're away. I think this would be a bit light myself. You would have to tell me what the p…
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There are enough electrolytes in blood, saliva, urine, and many other bodily fluids that they can be used to make working batteries. However you need to take two dissimilar metals (e.g. copper, zinc) and immerse the two metals in such bodily fluids to make a battery. And such metals are not present …
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Grounding a pool is serious business, there are many risks if this is not done right. Grounding also varies depending city, county, state, country. For starters, you can't have a good enough ground for your pool. This is one case where more is better. As a general rule, you could drive a 10 ft coppe…
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You can run a wire from one of the outdoor outlets. 110, 115, and 120 volt circuits are pretty much interchangeable. An appliance rated for one of these will work fine on any of them. You may need to check the pump's amperage to be sure it isn't greater than the capacity of the circuit breaker. &nb…
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Answer Put the filter system on the ground where it cannot possibly fall into the pool. Also have the system run through a GFCI circuit. Answer GFCI outlet... does that stop the flow of electricity when the filter hits the water? I was thinking more along the lines of rambunctious idiotic te…
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No. Beehives are often located near a water source. Occasionally some worker bees will even be sent out to gather some water to bring back to the hive to help with the process of converting nectar to honey as well as to make wax. Also, water sources usually have the most varieties of flowers aroun…
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Because honey bees are are a social insect -- living in colonies of up to 60,000 individuals -- they need lots of food and water to keep the nest alive. The queen lays all the eggs in the colony and the worker bees do all the work. Worker bees normally forage on flowers for nectar and pollen. Nectar…
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Required Signage Around a PoolGenerally just an oxidizer sign is required on a pump house or chemical storage. Your local fire department will be happy to help with that, since it's those guys who need to know what you have in the way of chemicals stored (your chemical supplier should know where to …
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Answer The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested seven pool alarms (they tell you when the water is disturbed) and six gate alarms (installed on a barrier around your pool, they sound when the gate is opened). Pool Alarms that passed the Good Housekeeping Research Institutes's rigorou…
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Water Evaporation from a Pool The evaporation rate depends on the surface area of the pool, the temperature, and the relative humidity and the wind. I'm sure an "equation" containing the variables is known. Perhaps a civil or mechanical engineer would have a specific equation. I did find what seems …
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Green Stuff in the Pool The green stuff is one of two things: 1) algae which needs to be oxidized (shocked) or 2) copper which can be removed with a sequestering agent. Here are more answers from other FAQ Farmers: Like the posters above you could have Algae, generally indicated by a green growth o…
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I think you should just adjust to the temperature of the water.I am a nationally ranked swimmer and I like the pool at 68-73 degrees.At a temperature of 82, you should only be in the water for 25-30 minutes. I don't know how long you plan on swimming, but even 82 degrees to me sounds way to warm. I …
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I have a vinyl liner pool and I was wathcing the bottom being prepared. 1) The bottom needs to be very smooth my builder used a hand trowel to do this. My liner is 22 mil thick and I do feel little bumps her and there. If it is not trowled smooth it will be very rough on your feet. 2) The corners w…
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You have two things that contribute to your high use of acid. The walls of your plaster pool actually absorb some of the acid over time as the walls continue to cure. This is very common in new pools. You may see a reduction in the amount of acid after a few years. Also, the salt system you use …
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I think a waterproof paint would be a good idea. I would use an exterior paint, even though it's inside; because of the moisture. Definitely an exterior paint and a waterproof one would not be a bad idea either.
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Saltwater Pools and Itching Community pools are notorious for spreading various diseases -- and skin infections are among them. Although saltwater pools can dry out your skin (the same way that chlorine pools do), the "severe itching" that you note is indicative of a more serious problem. Ringworm,…
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%REPLIES% Answer Saline systems being sold today operate on a pool water salinity of only 3000ppm or so. Older systems used higher salinities - 4000-6000ppm. Considering ones tears are only approx 9000ppm, you can see that the pool water salinity is very mild. In 30+ years dealing with salt sys…
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Soft water basically is the process of removing calcium and other minerals to "soften" the water or make less "hard". To answer the question NO you should not add soft water to your pool because soft water (under 150 PPM HArdness level) is corrosive and can cause damage to your pool shell and equipm…
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Since you are dealing with rainwater runoff, you want to refer to Table 1106.3 "Size of Horizontal Storm Drainage Piping" from the International Plumbing Code along with any local amendments This code will allow you to use the maximum slope you have available at your site and this can reduce the req…
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Joe, My pool is about 15 yrs old. It is 15,400 gal, with a 600 gal spa next to it, and they both run off the same 1.5hp pump. Works great. In my case, the spa dumps excess water into the pool, so I keep the pool & spa returns open all the time and the overflow eliminates worrying about ba…
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If you have an in ground pool, in freezing weather, make sure you leave your on pump constantly to circulate the water, if not you could have damage to your pump, and breaking water pipes. The water might freeze on top of the pool, but underneath the water should still be circulating, if not find s…
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Yes it can. It will require replastering afterward, though.
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Yes, Any pool can be converted to a salt water pool All that is needed to do this is the installation of chlorine generator this is put inline in an appropriate spot on the pools existing filtration system and the installation of the electronic control system. and of course the saltIt must be re…
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A salt water pool chlorinating system works just fine in a gunite pool. It makes Little difference what sort of pool you put it in. A salt water system as stated above does use the salt to make chlorine. However, the benefits of a salt water system are the ease of use, virtually no irritation to th…
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I usually tell my customers to watch the pool, keep the chemicals balanced, and if it stays clear, then the chlorine is not being blocked out by the stabilizer. If it turns green and the chlorine level is normal, then the chlorine is being blocked out, and the pool needs a couple of feet of water dr…
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30C-34C is about 86F-93F! That temp will generally feel too warm for most people in a pool. A better temp that would suit more people would be around 27C-29C or 80F-84F. The water will still feel warm but still be refreshing when you're swimming. ...   I think for 30-34 degree centigrade …
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You haven't mentioned if the pool is a vinyl liner, fiberglass or gunite. What you will do is ruin the surface of the pool. Plan on replacing a vinyl liner, re-plastering a gunite pool and I'm not sure what effect dirt would have on a fiberglass. That being said: Drain and blowout all water in all t…
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I'm a new pool owner. My wife & I bought our house in October so the in ground pool was already closed. I bought a small pump (about $60) from home depot which hooks up to your garden hose, and every other week I would drain any rain or snow (obviously if it melted) from the pool cover. From my …
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Pool covers should be put on indoor pools, because if something harmful to swim in (such as cleaning liquid) gets in the pool if it's not covered, it could ruin the pool water.   No, - if you don't mind spending a good deal of money on a really good dehumidifier. If you don't use a cover yo…
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%DETAILS% Answer "Gunite",is a name used to typically designate a mixture of 1 part Portland Cement and 4 parts sand thoroughly mixed dry, passed through a Gunite Machine, and conveyed by air through a rubber gunite hose, mixed with water at the nozzle, and deposited by air pressure. The large …
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I am not so sure. I have found that swimming in the sea definitley raises my blood pressure. The older you get, the more you notice this. Not likely. If your assumption is that the salt in the pool water is causing high blood pressure (like a high salt diet), then the answer is definitely, no. …
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I would not recommend using sea water in a fresh water pool even if it uses a salt water sanitation system. First, the amount of salt in a saltwater treated pool is very low (around 0.5%, which is one-half of one-percent). This concentration of salt is about half as much as a teardrop (1%) and nea…
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A gunite pool shell IS waterproof before plastering.   First, gunite/shotcrete is not water proof. The reason for the plaster is to make the pool water proof. You don't have to and should not water proof gunite because it will affect the bonding properties for the plaster.   Contrary t…
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Based on your question, I will assume that there is nearly no elevation difference between the pool and the pump locations. Given this, the only factor in the max pipe length of a horizonal run is the friction of the water on the pipes. In this application, your pump has to do two jobs: 1) move …
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If you are filling the pool with water yourself and not having a pool maintenance firm do it, then you'll likely need: · Calcium (via Calcium Chloride or possibly Calcium Carbonate if you need to increase alkalinity as well). This assumes that your source water has less than 300 ppm CaCO3 equivalen…
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%REPLIES%   If by chlorine pool, you mean a pool filled with fresh water that uses chlorine (or bromine) as a sanitizer, then the question really is: Is a salt water pool faster than a fresh water pool?If by "faster", you mean ability to swim fast, then the answer is the salt water pool.A swi…
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The chlorine level in the pool should be maintained at 1-3 ppm throughout the year, and shocked about once a week with either chlorine or a non-chlorine shock. During the winter, the chlorine level will tend to stay about the same unless the pool is heated, but the chlorine level must be maintained,…
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I am a Realtor, and in general a pool adds about $10,000 to a property here in Arizona. It may add a little less if the pool is old or needs a lot of work. If you are putting a pool in and spend $20,000...you still may only increase your value by $10,000. And as a Realtor in upstate New York, where …
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Gunite Pools Yes, you can drain it. DO NOT leave it empty, however, but refill promptly. If the pool is empty and there is a lot of water in the ground soil, it could cause the pool to float and crack. I have had this house for 4 years and have drained my gunite pool every spring, acid-was…
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Answer Pools using salt systems have equipment that coverts sodium chloride (salt) in the water to chlorine in a small chamber on the return side of the filtration and heating equipment. The only advantage to adding additional chlorine to the pool would be to rapidly oxidize(shock)impurities like…
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First, I will say that the temperature will vary depending on the person(s) using the pool. Some people are more comfortable in cooler or warmer water than others and it certainly depends on how warm the air temperature is. That being said, most people will find that a pool temp less than 70F to be …
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Out in san diego, it has to do with nearbye ground covers. the only ground cover that provides little or reduced "bee action" is gardina and vinca, red apple is the worst, if that is within 200-300 yards of your pool= lots of bees!!   My pool is in Arizona(Phoenix/west valley) and I've neve…
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Gunite Swimming Pools are the best type of swimming pool out there, provided that the pool is correctly built they can be installed anywhere in the world without any damage being done to them. As far as servicing of the pool standard service applies e.i. brushing vacuuming chemically treating. And i…
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Muriatic (hydrochloric) acid is great, and will clean anything that it won't dissolve. But it's VERY DANGEROUS. Even when diluted, it can burn the skin and eyes, and the vapors will choke you. For general cleaning, try Purple Power. It's a lot safer, but still strong enough to take paint offif ou l…
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It can be drained indefinitely as long as you have some way to ensure pressure relief from ground water. I plaster pools for a living (8 yrs)and we also acid wash. All you need to do is open up the hydrostat plug in the floor (preferably in the deepest part of your pool, ie. the bowl by the drains).…
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10,710.   10,710.The calculation for a rectangle pool is: ((Shallow end depth + deep end depth) / 2) * length * width) = pool volume in cubic feetPool cubic feet * 7.5 = gallons of water the pool holds
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This is a really tough question because there are so many variables - where is the pool located, type, what type of water handling systems, estimated swimmer load, etc..etc.. First, search the Internet. After a quick Google search using "pool operating costs" as the search criteria, I found a budg…
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Yes. You will lose an average of one foot on each side of the pool because of the thickness of the gunite wall. My recommendation is to check the referrences of the contractor. Make sure they've done this kind of work before, and ask to see one, or more, of their conversions. Also, the costs involve…
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%DETAILS% Answer When using windows, glass, skylights, doors, doorwalls, etc. in an indoor pool, all windows/glass areas should be double pane minimum. No single pane glass should be used. With french doors you will want to ensure a well made door that has double pane glass and is insulated …
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Usually, the best and easiest way to determine is by looking at the prices: The higher the price, the better the pool.Stainless steel may be the best. But steel will be affected by chlorine and may rust eventually. Aliminum does not rust.Aluminum by nature is very soft, unless it is an "alloy," whic…
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Summary: A mixture of cement and sand sprayed onto contoured and supported surfaces to build a pool. Gunite is mixed and pumped to the site dry, and water is added at the point of application. Plaster is usually applied over the gunite. The plaster is actually the material that is visible and that c…
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I have seen many pools with spray nozzles that spray return water as a mist over the surface of the pool. If the circulation pump is turned on at night when the outside air temp drops, the misted water releases some of its heat into the atmosphere, and it falls into the pool at a cooler temp. The …
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You will need 1 chlorine generator for every 25000 gallons of water in your pool, They run 1500-1700.00 each. It takes about 2.5 years to break even, If nothing breaks.The water is tons better feeling on your skin and you still need to keep PH in check add Pool conditioner and keep track of your pho…
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Fill it with water from a hose with your pump running, wait a couple hours and then test the water and adjust your chemicals.
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Make sure your water is balanced and add salt (sodium chloride). You need to purchase a saltwater chlorine generator and you'll need to calculate the amount of salt you need. You would need to bring your pool salt content up to 3,000 ppm.Concentration is the amount (by weight) of salt in water and c…
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This a bit involved, so work through this with me ... The easiest way is to contact InyoPools online or call them 877-372-6038 The goal is to have a heater that has enough capacity to heat the pool to your desired level in a reasonable amount of time. Maintaining that temperature is a lot easier o…
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Your gas pool heater should have a BTU/hr rating for input and output printed on a placard somewhere on the heater. Look for the input rating and divide by 100,000 to get Therms/hr. Assuming your gas is being billed in dollars per Therm, just multiply that rate by your Therms/hr. to get dollars/hour…
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Depending on the insurance company, you may be able to acquire "Collapse of Above-Ground Pool" endorsement. Which covers exactly what it says, the collapse of the above ground poolCheck with your agent. The coverage is not cheap either. Here in Chicagoland, about 250 / yearSJI think ours is simply a…
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The top-of-the-line starting block is the Omega OSB11. Omega timing products are manufactured by Swiss Timing and are the 'gold standard' in competitive swimming equipment. For example, the OSB11 is the starting block used in FINA meets such as the Olympics and USA Swimming meets such as National Ch…
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yes, salt is very drying! but during the hot summers, not swimming doesnt seem to be much of an option so before you go into the pool put conditioner in your hair... just enough to evenly distribute
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Concrete would be better for desert climate i live in Vegas and i love mine.Concrete would be the best for all your qustions.
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Foam can come from: 1. Soap 2. Certain algaecides 3. Organic debris Answer: Soap- Thoroughly rinse toys and swimsuits before allowing them in the pool. This is a good practice anyway, especially if they have been used in any "natural" water (pond, lake, ocean) since that can introduce things much …
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The answer is absolutely! Secondary market products are readily available for a conversion such as this. A plastic, resin, or fiberglass track is installed just under the top edge of the coping around the swimming pool. The track is usually attached with some sort of stainless steel screw. Rolled Wa…
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Attention, All Birds! I had the same problems regarding birds pooping in the pool. My neighbor advised me to use an alligator float chlorinator. I purchased the alligator at Home Depot and put it in my pool. The result? No birds even close to the pool... birds do NOT like the alligator.Local people…
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NO but if water is standing on the cover that will allow mosquitoes to breed. Mosquitoes need still unchlorined water for the eggs to hatch
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Answer I have a salt water system and recently had my pool resurfaced. There was no staining. Answer If you put your salt in the skimmer like you we're supposed to there should be no staining, If you put your salt directly into your pool it could stain from the minerals in the salt. If you us…
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Being a registered nurse / ex paramedic who has treated many patients with dehydration , I can tell you from experience..i am also an avid swimmer, both for fun and cardiovascular / health benefits. Just because you are wet while swimming , does not mean you can't fall victim to dehydration. The war…
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%REPLIES% Answer If most of the "neighbors" are children my rule is I'll watch who I want, when I want. The way to keep "the others" out is to tell those kids that their mommy or daddy needs to come over to watch them if they want to swim. Guaranteed to keep most of the "new friends" your child…
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I've owned an in-ground vinyl pool for many years. I have used several pool companies over the years. Each pool person I have talked to recommends draining no more than half the water at any time. This is something that is typically done for the winterization process. It was explained to me that the…
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Gauge is the equivalent of a "mil" which is "thousandths" of an inch. Hence, a 20-gauge pool liner would be 20-mil which is 20 thousandths of an inch or 0.020" = 0.02 inches. A 30-gauge liner would be 30-mils or 0.03 inches. ... most above ground pools are 20 mil and in ground liners are usually…
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Maybe - maybe not. Here's an easy way to find out:Fill your pool to the normal level. Mark the water level on the side of the pool with a non-permanent marker.Fill a 5-gal bucket with water. Mark the water level also with the marker. Place the bucket next to the pool.Compare the water levels for a c…
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YES! Salt water DEFINITELY causes corrosion in your swimming pool. I am a 25 year pool professional and I have seen first hand what salt does to gunite pools. It will eat you pool equipment, stone, concrete, metal, you name it. Keeping your pH neutral will slow down the process of corrosion, but it…
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Vinyl or Fiberglass in Illinois The advantages of vinyl are many, but first understand the true facts: -- First, no manufacturer of fiberglass pools guarantees against cracks. Period. -- Second, all pools can have problems when the water is emptied; when leaks are not repaired in a timely fashion;…
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If you calculate the cost of chlorine over a 10 year period of time and the cost of purchasing, servicing and maintaining a salt generator over 10 years there is no comparison. Salt generators never have a payback, in fact, will likely cost more than twice as must as simple chlorine.   Keep i…
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That depends on how much you care about the cicadas
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It all depends on whether there is ground water on the other side of the gunnite shell and how deep it is. Assuming the pool is 15 x 30 feet with a 4 ft shallow end and an 8 ft deep end and is rectangular, not rounded: the weight of the gunite would be approx. 87,000 lbs (6 inch thick@3.12gm/cc). An…
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We have a vinyl liner which has been stretched from water getting under it when we have extremely heavy rains. When the vacuum head glides over this area it sucks the stretched vinyl into the hole. I have to pull the vacuum head hard to get it to let go. Sometimes it affects the the filter pull if I…
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The calculation is: Diameter x Diameter x Depth X 5.9 = Number of Gallons For example: For a 15-foot round pool with a water depth of 3 ft: 15x15x3x5.9 = 3,982 gallons. Since you did not specify the depth of the water, I will provide an answer for a couple of likely depths below. Please note th…
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Pool water that has a higher concentration of COPPER will tend to turn light colored hair slightly green. The copper could be from a number of sources including: naturally high copper content in your local water; high use of copper-based algaecides; high water pH; use of ionizers, etc. Some peopl…
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The answer is part safety and part appearance.A dark pool bottom and sides makes it hard to see the bottom. In some cases, it can look even "bottomless". This can be dangerous because someone may jump or dive in thinking that the water is deeper than it really is and injure themselves.Also, a dark c…
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I will assume that you are wanting to know the depth of the water for a 24x48" above ground pool. With the wall being 48" in height, I would usually tell the buyer to subtract 4-6" off of the wall height. So, in the case of the 48" wall, the water level will be anywhere between 42-44". !
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As with all design choices, the answer is it depends on what you are trying to achieve. First, let's start with a few basics on understanding the comparison. A genuine Kool Deck brand surface from Mortex Mfg. is a pure cementitious topping unlike an "acrylic", which is a polymer modified cement. A K…
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Difficult question for an above-ground pool company to answer. The premise of the question suggests your answer. Many realtors, as well as surrounding homeowners, see the above-ground option as a "low(er)-cost" alternative, and more "temporary" that an in-ground. However, several site considerations…
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You can take the baby swimming for short periods at a time. However, take care that the temperature of the water is not cold and that the sun is not at its most fierce. In addition, it will be worthwhile to put ear drops (look up vinegar/alcohol combination for homemade or purchase) to prevent outer…
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%REPLIES% Answer After six years in this home with a 15 year old pool cartridge filter, I junked it for a DE filter. I'm very very satisfied with the change. The DE filter cleans the pool quicker, but I did get a larger one than recommended because various notes on the internet suggested gett…
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The bubbles need to go in the water, facing the bottom of the pool.
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Do you have a lot of money?   Be smart, call a local pool company or two and get their advice and an estimate. Consult an engineer(structural) to confirm their ideas will work. It is a cheap price for insurance. We have done several of these.
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I would think it depends on what state you reside. Obviously if you live in Maine, a pool is not going to be used in the same way it would if you lived in Florida. And therefore wouldn't be much of an asset. I do know that regardless of where you live, homeowners insurance rates rise considerably wh…
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Generally yes, as long as the solar blanket does not interfere with the hose to the automatic cleaner. This will depend upon the exact type of cleaner you might have. In most cases, the hose will simply move smoothly along the underside of the solar blanket. I would suggest that you try it but kee…
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The only reasons to take a solar cover off should be to swim or if the water temperature gets hotter than you desire.
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A vacuum breaker is a mechnical device used to avoid backflow or a negative pressure in a plumbing system. It typically consists of an air valve with a spring holding it closed. When the pressure within the system is positive, the valve remains closed. When the pressure is negative (less than atmo…
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It's very tough to remove rust stains if they are already established. It sounds like you have an aboveground pool, possibly purchased at Canadian Tire. You can use a sequestering agent (such as Aqua Min-Out) to keep the rust-causing minerals in solution (in the water) so that they don't stain the p…
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