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Replacing the Skimmer on an Above Ground Pool

Wide Mouth Skimmer

Because we didn’t properly close the pool at the end of the season, we had a lot of repairs to do this year. One of the most obvious repairs to be made was to replace the skimmer. The skimmer had cracked as a result of the winter’s freeze/thaw cycles. We knew we would have plenty [...]

Blue Devil B3705 Above Ground Pool Cover Siphon Review

Blue Devil Pool Siphon

My electric pool cover pump (The Little Giant) died on me with just a few gallons of water left on the pool cover. Being so close to having the pool cover clear of leaves and water, I decided to forgo the time and effort of researching another electric pump for such a small job. I’d [...]

Wanda the Pool Cleaning Whale

Wanda the Whale

I received Wanda the Whale and I’ve got to tell you, it’s one of the best pool-related purchases I’ve ever made. Actually it’s the second best right behind my Hayward DE pool filter. When I received the box I realized that Wanda was manufactured by Hayward. Once I saw the brand name I expected nothing [...]

Finding the Leak: Part 3

Main Drain

Feeling rather confident that I had found the source of the leak, I sprung out of bed the following morning to check on the pool. Fully expecting to see the area behind the pool dry and the pool water at the same level as when I went to bed, I confidently walked around the pool. [...]

First Step to Finding My Pool Leak

Puddle of Water

My first step in finding the leak was ruling out the obvious. I made sure all of my pool hose connections were tight, and that the filter wasn’t leaking water. I made sure the skimmer was securely affixed to the wall (it was leaking earlier in the year because I had replaced it and hadn’t [...]

Playing Hide N Seek with an Above Ground Pool Leak

Grass

This little cat and mouse game that I’m playing with my vinyl pool liner is getting a bit old. As mentioned in a post quite some time ago  I discovered there was a leak in my above ground pool. Every two to three days I had to add water to the pool or else the [...]

Oh No, The Pool Has a Leak

Q: How do you find and fix a leak in your above ground pool? A: I don’t know. At this point in time, until I find it, it’s something I’ll just have to live with. How to be Sure There’s a Pool Leak This is a true no brainer. When you find your water levels [...]

How to Maintain a Properly Functioning Pool Pump

Pool Filter

The beauty of having a pool is that it can provide hours of family fun and a refreshing respite to the hot summer’s heat. The downside to having a pool is that sometimes your filter and pump don’t function properly and you have to spend time troubleshooting it. The best way to determine if your [...]

5 Minutes of Pressure with My Hayward DE Filter

Hayward EC40

I know I should have given up a few days ago, but I’m still trying to make my “deal” work. If you’ve read more than one post, you know I’m starting this pool season with a very dirty pool. There are leaves at the bottom, bugs and all kinds of yucky stuff Scooping the dead [...]

Adding Diatomaceous Earth to a DE Filter

Diatomaceous Earth

No matter what type of DE filter you have (in my case it’s a Hayward DE40), you have to make sure you add the proper amount of DE. Adding too much means the DE will end up back into the pool and adding too little will prevent the filter from running at its best. Use [...]