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Swimming Pools, Chlorine and Toxins

Pool Chlorine

One of the concerns I had as an above ground pool owner, is what does all that chlorine do to the folks swimming in the pool? Chlorine is great for fighting harmful bacteria and keeping the pool water clear, but what does it do to our bodies? Chlorine and Skin A strong concentration of chlorine […] Read More

Little Giant – Pool Cover Pump

Little Giant Pool Cover Pump

I now have a new toy that has become the object of my affection. It’s not actually a toy, but anything that makes pool maintenance easier I call a toy. I’m late in opening my pool this year because I have a host of other projects on my plate. During the offseason, the pool cover […] Read More

My Hayward Critter is Slowing Down

Before

The Haywood vacuum critters are a lifesaver. I wrote in an earlier post that I purchased Wanda the Whale and have been extremely happy with her since. She saved me countless hours of standing out in the hot sun vacuuming the pool. Satiated Wanda What I have found, however, is that when Wanda is satiated […] Read More

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 […] Read More

Opening the Above Ground Pool for the Summer

Wanda the Whale

This weekend I’m sure most folks in America have opened their pool. This post is for folks like me who did a less than perfect job of closing their pool last year. If you read my last post, you’d know that I didn’t follow the “recommended procedure” for closing a pool. I had good intentions. […] Read More

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. […] Read More

Finding Pool Leak – Part 2

Pool

Talk about your cliffhanger.  I can’t believe that my last post occurred so many months ago and I did not finish my saga about the hole in the pool. To pick up where I left off, I was able to narrow the general area of where I believed the hole to be. There were 24 […] Read More

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