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Welcome to the best pool blog. Ever.

From equipment maintenance to water chemistry (no, a goldfish cannot survive in pool water) we want you to be the most educated pool operator, owner, swimmer, backyard chef possible. We are going to be pumping out bits of knowledge over the next few months right here on this site. If you have a question and can't find the answer here; shoot us an email and we will get something posted. Our goal is to be the authority on pool knowledge so you have the know how to have the best looking pool on the block!

How do I backwash my sand filter?

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Step-by-step instructions on how to backwash a sand filter If I had a nickel for every time I was standing in front of a pump pad, needing to backwash, wishing I had step-by-step instructions on how to backwash, I would have at least enough for one of those plastic rings out of a gumball machine!… Read More

How do I vacuum to waste?

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Bypass your filter so algae doesn’t flow back into your pool with vacuum to waste. There are not very many times you have to remember how to vacuum to waste because they are few and far between. Once in awhile though, the “how to” part gets a little fuzzy in the old memory bank. This… Read More

Treat green algae in a swimming pool

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Are you wondering what the best way to treat green algae in your swimming pool? So, you pull that winter safety cover off the pool after a long hibernation or walk into your backyard after vacation and instead of uncovering a refreshing watering hole you discover it’s more of a swamp. Fear not! This is… Read More

Calculate swimming pool gallons

Are you asking yourself, “How do I figure out how many gallons are in my swimming pool?” This is an easy one and I have 2 answers. One requires more sweat equity than the other one. I will give you both answers and you can decide which one you want to use. There are simple… Read More

What pool equipment do I need to maintain my swimming pool?

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Well, that’s a good question. Is this a comprehensive list? Nope. This short list will not make Billy, over at the corner pool store, who is peddling thermometers with shark heads on them, or arachnophobe friendly spider attachments for skimmers (which are actually kind of awesome), very happy at all. There are so many cool… Read More

What is the best filter media for my sand filter?

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There are a few things to consider when making a decision on what filter media you are going to use in your sand filter. Cost. Effectiveness. Longevity. Isn’t sand the best filter media to put into a sand filter? It seems like the answer would be obvious; of course sand goes in a sand filter,… Read More

When Should I Open My Swimming Pool?

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Things to consider before opening your pool Some of us, unfortunately, have swimming pools in areas of the country that require winterization. We run into freezing temperatures, blustery winds, falling snow, and numb fingers and toes. Until the white stuff melts, we are left dreaming about sunscreen, BBQs, and the summer sun so we can… Read More

How often should I change my pool liner?

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There are several factors to consider before replacing your pool liner. My Grandma June always said if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Pool guys love to sell pool liners, but that doesn’t mean you need one. It’s a great way to update your pool and make it look brand spanking new. But, just because… Read More

Open a pool with clear water

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Clearing up your pool water after a long winter can be more frustrating than realizing you are out of coffee on a cold day, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few things you can do to ensure you open your pool with clear water requiring just a bit of cleaning and chemical balancing.

Convert to a salt water system

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To salt or not to salt? That is the question! As an avid food enthusiast a small part of me wishes this post was about whether you should be salting a dish with kosher, iodized or Himalayan. Forget the salt, maybe you should be using a substitute like Sriracha or Louisiana Hot Sauce? I will… Read More