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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!

Do I need a safety cover for my swimming pool?

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You do have a couple pool cover options but some are more safe than others. There are a lot of gizmos and gadgets you can purchase to make your swimming pool look awesome and cement its place as the hot spot for all of your friends to cool down. That being said, one area you… Read More

How do I know if my pool water is balanced?

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Part 2: Jet Tour of Pool Chemicals Jet tour part one covered Alkalinity and pH, if you don’t remember why they are important go ahead and read it again. For this part of the tour we are going to be hitting a couple little ditties that keep you from getting sick while you are splashing… Read More

How do I know if my pool water is balanced?

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Part 1: Jet Tour of Balanced Water Chemistry When I was sitting in 9th grade chemistry I kept thinking to myself, I wonder what we are having for lunch? It seemed like a colossal waste of brain space to learn chemistry. Brain space that should be filled with important things like how many pencils I… Read More

Do I need a test kit to test my pool chemistry?

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This is an easy one. Yes, you need a test kit! If I have said it once I have said it more than twice! Your swimming pool water chemistry is the most important thing to maintain for a successful swimming season. The last thing you need is to walk out to your backyard the morning… Read More

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