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.
A swimming pool safety cover …
Consider this: For a 44x22' pool the in-floor system costs $7,000+.
For that price you can use a rover type vacume, and have the pool
professionally cleaned weekly for 20+ years. I still can't find a
good review of how clean the in-floor systems actually keep the
pool. Rover type systems have fairly…
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…
Put the filter system on the ground where it cannot possibly fall into the pool. Also have the system run through a GFCI circuit.
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…
Above ground pools should be considered "Other Structures" under
Coverage B of the homeowners policy. They don't have to be attached
permanently--look up the definition of "structures" in the
dictionary. But some insurers insist they're personal property, so
check with your company. The following pr…
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…
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.
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…
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…
Yes it can. It will require replastering afterward, though.
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…
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…
"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 …
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.
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 …
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…
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…
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).…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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;…
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 email@example.com/cc). An…
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…
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.
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…
It all depends on what shape the pool is. Rectangle : L X W X Height Free-form pools like kidneys etc, need a lot more detailing. L plus W plus H The way you would do this is by measuring from the inside on the wall, to the opposite side, inside on the wall. Do this in both direction on the pool…
For my pool, I do the following:Pool Opening:Add water to above skimmerOpen heater and connect heating port insideReattach chlorinator and linesConnect heater at grey linesRemove skimmer plugRemove rubber plugs from jetsReattach black plugs to pump (2) and to filter (1)Reinstall filter cartridgeTake…
I work for a pool company and have found that a sand filter is the most common. An earth filter provides the best filtration but can be more time consuming and can cause a problem when using a bacquacil pool. (ie, frequent clogging). There is also cartridge filters but i find those to be less effic…
It's A Matter of Opinion
That is a lot like the Question: Which is better Ford,Chevy or GMC. It is all personal preference. A pool manufacturer has to meet strict guidelines in order to offer their goods to the public.
It's not a matter of opinion, there are many differences in the fiberglass …
An expandable liner for 48" pools. Specify when ordering from your dealer. There's different shapes for the extra depth such as a dish shape and a deep end for an oval pool. http://www.IlovePools.com
Fixed skimmers are good for small bodies of water that don't have a
surge tank. Performance of fixed skimmers will change depending on
the height of the water. Overflow gutters don't. But if the body of
water is large and you do have a surge tank then overflow would be
1 Overflow or wet wa…
www.PatioDirectOnline.com has replacement vinyl straps (webbing) for pool and patio furniture -- cut to size, by the foot, or bulk (by the 200') roll. Contact Patio Direct at PatioDirect@aol.com -- your best source for replacement parts for your pool and patio furniture.
Check with your local pool company. They should be able to advise you which route is the cheapest of a delivery of water in a truck, using the fire hydrant (if in an area with this service) or using your hoses at your home. Your city can give you further information about using the hydrant and hose …
The main drain is the bottom suction typically located in the deep end often two drains will be tee-d together with just the one pipe returning to the equipment
While it seems obvios to many of us I wanted to point out that many people think the main drain is just that a drain. they may be lookin…
If you mean whether there is any benefit to adding salt without adding a chlorine generator (if that's what you meant by conversion equipment), then the answer is not really. There may be a slight benefit in the feel of the water from the added salt as some people who have salt pools say that it fe…
Since Gunite is a force-applied cementitious application (simply "concrete", pumped from the mixer-truck through a hose to a hand-held high-velocity air spray nozzle), "wet conditions" may or may not cause a problem.If you mean that the soil conditions are persistently wet, and have a history of bei…
Hi,We've got a 15 foot above ground KD pool that we use with a Chlorease system. We have some issues with the chlorine getting too high when the solar cover stays on. We solved this by running the system on a timer--but overall it works great.BizA saltwater pool is a still a chlorine pool these pool…
it can be much prettier. of course it also moves electricity away from water alway a good thing, but a properly installed 12 volt light is also very safe and much less expensive.A fiber optic lighting rig can also provide light that is more evenly distributed through the pool and requires only one l…
No! check with your power company.....
If the pool is rectangular in shape then the formula is: length X width x average depth x 7.5. If the pool is circular then the formula is: 3.14 x 3.14 x pool radius (1/2 pool diameter) x average depth x 7.5. If the pool has a shape other than these then it is a little more difficult.
Yes it does. I've replaced my sand twice in 12 years. But I know others who have not. Depends on the amount of debri it has to remove and what type. I have too many nearby trees. I knew my sand was finished when the back pressure got so high it blew out the skimmer basket when it turned off. Replaci…
Colored surfaces are basically an aesthetic choice by the owner of the pool. It is a myth that the darker the surface the warmer the pool. To illustrate, put a black plate and a white plate in the bottom of the pool. Remove them a few hours later and see if there is any temperature difference betwee…
low to mid 20's should get you swimming w/a 4ft. deck around the pool and the site graded.All is dependant on how big and the site and the xtras(auto cleaners etc.) The figure should be good for an 18x36ft. pool 3x5ft. deep on a reasonably flat lot.
As a former construction company owner, I was asked that question many times--although maybe not quite so well put together! My answer to potential clients was this: The price is the same, regardless of the time of year. In the fall and winter, when the company is not in overdrive, it will probably …
According to Wiki s.com to convert horsepower to kilowatts you multiple the horsepower by a factor of 0.746. How do you convert horsepower to kilowatts However, you are saying that your 1 HP motor uses 1.84KW instead of 0.746KW which doesn't make sense to me.
You will be shocked by how much yo…
I would put caulk in the gap, because it won't crack.A: Ah, but you have to use the right type of caulking and you have to fill the void properly. If you are going to do the job do it all around the pool at one time. You might find the right ingredients in a full service pool store or a rock & g…
I've noticed that the prices given on various sites seem to be low.
I am in the process of getting estimates now. I have gotten 3 so
far. The first thing I can say is there is no "average". Gunite is
custom in every way. How they do give prices is by sq footage...
for a 700 sq foot pool, we got an e…
Well, there are numerous reasons why this could happen, but the most likely is that the resurface job that took place 7 years prior was not prepared correctly. To save time and to still profit from an under-estimated job, the 'contractor'(probably unlicensed) either did not remove all the hollows in…
The problem with UV is that it is only partially effective in sanitizing water in a pool environment. Similarly, for an ozone/ionizer system; chemical additions are still required and maintenance is just as intensive.
For a commercial situation (we would assume that your 20…
I general, the answer is yes. It the crack comes from the pool moving, and the gunite has cracked, then the gunite has to be repaired before the plaster. Sometimes opening up the gunite crack and refilling with concrete will answer the problem. If movement of the soil is the problem then that has to…
Would you want to have a neighborhood child fall into your pool and drown? How could you live with yourself if that did happen? Codes in every city require fences around pools. The height will vary from area to area. With out a fence you open yourself up to litigation that could be open ended - run…
The only advantage to quartz over standard pebles is that quartz does not impart any hardness to the water. However, this is mute point compared to the evaporation that could more than double the hardness readings every season. So choose the color stone you like and enjoy your swim.Personally, I do …
Yes, that would not be a problem..
Even if you glue it, the integrity of the chair is not good. Rather than taking a chance of someone falling through it, you should trash the chair and replace it. A: Good common sense answer above.
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Like most things in life, "it depends"! Yes, one return jet can be sufficient for an above ground pool or a smaller in-ground pool, maybe up to 15,000 gallons or so. But most large in-ground pools have multiple return lines to reduce the size of the returns and improve the circulation.If your pool h…
AIR BUBBLES IN THE PUMP ARE CAUSED BY A LEAK ON THE SUCTION SIDE OF THE PUMP (SKIMMER OR MAIN DRAIN LINE). TO DETERMINE IF YOUR LEAK IS ABOVE GROUND LOOK FOR SPURTS OFF WATER SHOOTING FROM ONE OF THOSE LINES AS YOU TURN THE PUMP OFF. THE SUDDEN STOPPING OF THE WATER FLOW WILL CAUSE IT TO SHOOT OUT O…
Yes, we do it about once or twice a year at my company. Some things to consider are the area pool companies experience with this type of project, the location of the vinyl company you will be using and what would it cost to fix the pool with original materials. Sometimes the price is not much less t…
Thicker is not allways better.. If it is a rough base (cement or sand and cement)28 0r 30 is better.. If it is poolcrete or vercimulite base 20 is better..
No, regular backwashing will remove all debris that gets past the pump basket.
ANSWER:: I disagree. The accumulation of dust, dirt bugs, small particles, hair, cosmetics, underarm deodorant and lint that get past the pump basket can and will clog the filter. When the pressure goes up, s…
After having heavy rains for two days, my in ground pool only lacked about a half an inch from coming over the top, I don't think it would have flooded my house but I didn't want to take that chance, so for $350.00 I had an overflow drain installed that runs out to the ally. This also eliminated me …
The only way to know if a building material contains asbestos is to have it tested.
A fiberglass pool is better, because it will NEVER need to be resurfaced. A concrete pool will need to be resurfaced and acid washed every few years. Because fiberglass is non porous you save as much as 70 percent on chemicals and about 30 percent on electric bills. Fiberglass is also more friendly…
Since pool water plumbing typically does not connect directly your home water system, the installation typically does not have to meet all state and local building codes. However, it is commonly considered a "best practice" to meet the building codes in the most reasonable manner.That being said, PV…
It depends on the ground freeze. If the ground is already frozen excavation would be difficult to near impossible. Concrete however can have curing agents added to it to allow for the temp and be covered with concrete blankets until fully cured. I live in Colorado and started our pool in late octobe…
In spring 2010, we put in an 18x40 in Oklahoma. With all the bells & whistles, it came to about 30k. That included a diving board, $3,000 slide, 8' concrete in the back for the diving, 6' over where the slide is, 4' around the rest. A salt water system, vinyl 30mm liner, concrete coping around t…
Use your plumbing connection at the return line to the pool. You will have to make up some plumbing fittings to adapt to a standard garden hose,with a pressure gauge installed. This is simple and any pool supply store or plumbing supply house should be able to make up the fittings for you. Next plug…
Is your filter in? I'm asking for the simple reason that your running at 2-3lbs, if you were running at 25+ then I would say your having a restriction problem somewhere. (Filter, skimmers, maindrains and so on.) Is this a new or old pool? Did you have a pool company maintaining it? where are you fro…
If you're asking about electrical conduit, no there should be no hazard for them to run side by side. This assumes that both will be properly supported mechanically and won't be touching or get pressed into one another. What matters more is what happens at the end of the runs. You will want to avoid…
IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT TYPE OF POOL YOU HAVE.CONCRETE,VINYL OR FIBERGLASS.ASK AGAIN I'LL TRY TO CHECK BACK AND ANSWER
Pool Removal WebsiteHere is a website that documents one person's experience removing a concrete inground swimming pool. There are lots of pictures and other interesting infor…
Depends on how experienced in building you are. Remember, if
something goes wrong you are responsible for all cost to repair. If
you get a pool builder it may cost a little more but all problems
It is VERY important to use a pool consultant to insure that you
get the best for your money. L…
Less expensive - Several miles of optical cable can be made cheaper
than equivalent lengths of copper wire. This saves your provider
(cable TV, Internet) and you money. Thinner - Optical fibers can be
drawn to smaller diameters than copper wire. Higher carrying
capacity - Because optical fibers are …
Most requirements will come from your local code enforcement, so this question would be best answered by them. Generally speaking, most areas do require fencing during and after construction, a permanent type fence around the yard with a lockable gate.
Removable fencing is most often used r…
Yes, you can.First, find the exact part (by part number) that you need by looking it up here on Hayward website: haywardnetAnd then perform an online search online (using Google.com for example) with that part number.For example, if I needed a new Hayward SP1500 pump housing cover, I would go to the…
IT IS NOT ONLY NOT EASY IT IS NOT POSSIBLE.CONCRETE POOLS ARE A CONCRETE "TANK" AND GUNITE OR SOME SIMILAR MATERIAL USED AS A SUFACE COATING . THE TANK IS MADE FIRST OF STEEL REBARS THEN THE CONCRETE IS SHOT IN PLACE GIVING YOU A CONCRETE SHELL .TO DO THIS TO A VINYL POOL THE ONLY PART YOU COULD USE…
We live on Long Island and had the same problem. Put your flex pipe inside solid PVC pipe like a sleeve. We dug a trench around the perimeter of the pool and had an exterminator treat the PVC and the soil. It's been three years and so far so good. Check your liner. We had to replace it last year bec…
a starting point might be mother earth news. they go over living pool and talk about materials. you could always add a pump, filter, waterfall, fountain to maintain your pool. motherearthnews go to archives issue 193natural poolsaugust/September 2002 issue
We had the same problem. I scoured l…
I live in Phoenix Arizona where it gets very hot also. I was advised to protect my equipment from the sun to make it last longer. I personally used redwood lattice and some shade cloth sold at nurseries. I was also advised to spray paint my PVC plumbing to further protect it.
AnswerThere is no code requiring stainless steel screws in pool
construction. All pools are warranteed for workmanship problems,
Answer Unbelievable - whether or not stainless steel screws are
necessitated by law anyone that would use them, in my opinion, is
negligent. You don't necessar…
Call your local inspector and get the violation, get a copy of it in writing if you havent done so already. The person who took your monies should have the permit and have a builders license? Call the license board most states require a licensed builder for anything over 600.00…
If you have a hot tub or a large bath tub where you can keep the liner until you put up the pool the liner will be fine. We bought an older 20' round pool and we were very worried that everyone we spoke to and all the Google s said that the liner would shrink...but hubby had the brilliant idea to pu…
I have a sinking problem with my pool too. The technician says the way to fix it is to drill deep holes around the sinking side and put cement in to support the pool. It is a big job. Takes a couple days.
Pool sinking?Is the pool sinking The wall of the pool and coping are one …
Salt water pools produce "chlorine," so it is cheaper. It is also
more troublesome. Yugos were also cheaper ... you get what you pay
If your chlorine generator is working properly and your salt levels
are correct it will work just fine.
Though I have never been in a saltwater pool, my childr…
Dear Theresa, there are a lot of advantages for those who appreciate innovation and comfort. This kind of pools are a new technology mostly in steel and concrete structure with vinyl liner in different qualities. The liner has better behaviour with high temperature changes,the pool structure is auto…
Looking at outdoor fabrics, there is not much new stuff around. We still have to use Vinyl coated Polyester to have long lasting, UV resistant abilities.
For the frame there is really something new around. Aerotube Technology developed airpressured tubing, 8-12 inch diameter f…
They are correct. It will not be a problem. Gunite is not designed to seal out water. That's what the plaster or pebble coat is for. Not a problem as long as there is not too much - if it is you will have a 'floating liner' problem later. If you are at all concerned I would recommend installing a f…
How to convert a pool to real saltwater.Add only sea water, just like a cruise ship pool operator would, dump it everytime your done for the day, and try like heck to get a health dept. permit.You will find pumps and filters to handle salt water and heat exchangers to handle your heating needs on a …
First question. Does it leak?Second. Is it structural?Third. How
noticeable is it?
It might be better to leave it alone unless one of the three
questions asked is negative.If it leaks, drain and hot patch.If
it's structural, (ask your builder or an engineer) drain and follow
the engineer's advice.I…
Yes, any hole with proper rebar ties can convert..just look at it as the hole has been already dug for you...This is also vice-versa..you can make a gunite pool a vinyle liner I am a owner of a Pool building company in Atlanta Ga.
from A Pool Contractor This project is essentially a full gun…
Good research at www.poolrestoration.com. I researched all the
options they offer and read all the research. I like them because
their site focuses on helping solve your pool problem, NOT just
trying to sell you some product. In the end I emailed them about my
problem. I got a phone call from the ow…
It is not necessarily better, just different. The pebble finish can come in mini pebble and regular pebble. The mini pebble is pretty close to the quartz aggregate finish(diamond brite) as far as texture, feeling. The regular is much rougher on your feet( kids and sensitive soles can vouch for that)…
More of the dark blue color of course will make the pool appear deeper. It is a matter of preference. Personally, I would have more royal blue tiles at the deepest part of the pool - with the lighter tiles at the top. I don't know if there is a pattern on the tiles - which w…
Before starting a project like this, get a second opinion from a
pool contractor. It may seem more expensive, but in the long run,
you will protect your investment. Most likely, there is more than
just one spot that is failing.
The only product I found that will last and is tested and prov…
I have had mine to clog to the amount of trees in the yard. All you have to do is take your garden hose to the exit point of the drain. Wet a cloth put the hose in the end wrap the cloth around the hose. As tight as you can. Turn the water on. It is pushing in the other way. It has always worked for…
inground pool liner
The answer would depend alot upon the construction,ground around the pool and money available. Value for dollar - I would chose vinyl - seems more forgiving for areas that shift somewhat. Thanks, the Windsor-Browns
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