Felicia

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 […] Read more

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 […] Read more

3M Command Strips – Use with Caution

3M Command Strips

I used 3M command strips after recently painting my guest room.  I decided that after all of the pre-painting prep work of spackling and sanding and getting rid of nail holes, I didn’t want to re-create the same problem. Although I had quite a few pictures to hang on the walls, I didn’t want to […] Read more

Is it Absolutely Necessary to Use Algaecide?

Clean Pool

Hmm, I don’t know. If you have read a post or two on this blog you’ll know that my pool had brown, dirty, murky water with a colony of frogs living in it at one time. It’s now crystal clear and swimmable. It took a lot of work, diatomaceous earth, chlorine, shock, leaf scooping, vacuuming […] Read more

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 […] Read more

Don’t Forget to Ground the Pump

Grounding Wire

Here’s a tidbit of advice that is probably unnecessary for most pool owners, but I found out quite by accident that my pool pump wasn’t grounded. Let me back up a bit. I originally had a Sta-Rite pool filter and pump, but I threw it away. A couple of years later my neighbor was selling […] Read more

Why Isn’t the DE Sticking to My Hayward Filter Fingers?

I don’t know if it’s a common question, but it sure is a question that crossed my mind when I was cleaning up my dirty pool. Because I had to regenerate and change the DE so often, I was wondering why every time I opened the filter housing the dirty DE was sitting at the bottom […] Read more

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 […] Read more

Why is My Pool Water pH Rising?

pH and Total Alkalinity

I’ve figured out how to get my chlorine levels to stabilize, more or less, in my pool, but how do I get my pH levels to remain within range. It seems that the numbers rise almost daily. I’ve been adding pH Decrease (which is basically muriatic acid) to bring the pH levels down only to […] Read more