Small Inground Pool Cost

September 20th, 2016 | Posted by Matt Spencer in Inground Pool Kits - (0 Comments)

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Small pools are all the rage now, and besides a lower cost, they have many advantages over a larger pool.

  • Easier to maintain
  • Cheaper to heat
  • Faster to build

With SPP vinyl pool kits, you can build your own small inground pool for under $10K. Don’t believe me? Check out this pool cost chart below.

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Spend $5K on our 12’x24′ vinyl pool kit, and another $5K on construction expenses. For $10,000, you can build your own small inground pool.

Our inground pool kits come complete with everything you need to build your own pool, and I do mean – everything! All pool equipment, plumbing and accessories are included.

Just add water!

SPP Vinyl Pool Kits Include:

  • Pump and Filtersample-pool-equipment-package
  • Underwater Pool Light
  • Pipe, Valves and Fittings
  • Skimmer, Main Drains, Returns
  • Walk-in Pool Step
  • Pool Cleaner
  • Pool Chemicals
  • & much, much more! 🙂

Small Pool Sizes:

12′ X 24′ Pools: Our smallest standard size, although we can put together a smaller vinyl pool package. You can go as narrow as 6 or 8 ft across, and as long as you like. We have a standard 8’x50′ lap pool, that we can shorten to any length you wish.

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14’x28′ Pools: Our next size up still qualifies as a small pool, but is large enough for a rousing game of pool volleyball or basketball, or for used for swimming laps or nearly any type of water exercise (except diving). We carry 8 styles of 14×28′ pool kits.

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We can always go smaller, an 8’x16′ pool is a popular size, as is an 18′ round pool (specifically made for buried installation). Both can be squeezed into tight spaces, and even after landscaping and pool decking, you can DIY build a small inground pool for under $10,000. (more…)

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Building your own inground vinyl pool almost always goes off without too many surprises. Difficulties will be encountered yes, but nothing insurmountable. At SPP, we believe in laying out all the possible surprises and difficulties on the table, even those rare situations that occur in less than 1 out of 100 pools.

Here then are 5 surprises to be aware of when building your own pool, so you’re not taken by surprise!


Hitting Water during Pool Excavation

INGROUND-POOL-DEWATERING-METHODLow lying coastal lands are the most susceptible to high water tables, but they also occur far inland as well. Water coming into the pool while you are trying to shape it definitely makes things difficult. If it occurs immediately after a heavy rainstorm, you just wait a few days for it to dry up, while pumping out any water that pools in the deep end. In those rare instances where the water doesn’t stop on it’s own, there are several simple dewatering methods that are used to pump the water out continuously, until the floor is laid and the pool is filled with water. In extreme cases, or in areas where the water table never recedes, a permanent dewatering method can be developed with gravel and a pump at the lowest point. And in such cases, the ground surrounding the pool can also be raised, high enough to avoid water table problems. Most problems with water during

Hitting Solid Rock during Pool Excavation

hitting-rock-during-excavationBig boulders are not uncommon, but are usually no match for a skillful bucket operator. However, very large boulders may require larger excavators, to be able to lift it without tipping over. I’ve only seen that on one job of mine, but if you live in a rocky area, your local excavators know how to manage them. It’s rare that you hit solid bedrock, or at least not in most areas. If you were to hit a solid expanse of granite for example, the easiest work-around is to raise the ground up around the pool, and build the pool on top of the bedrock sheet, assuming it’s at least 4 feet below grade. You won’t need to break out the dynamite, which is probably illegal anyway in your neighborhood. When faced with boulders or bedrock, a jackhammer attachment is used on an excavator to break it up into smaller boulders or to shave off a few feet of solid rock.

Leftover Dirt after Backfilling and Grading

leftover-dirt-from-pool-digWhen Larry built his own inground pool, he was surprised to have 7 truckloads of dirt leftover. Fortunately, they found a place nearby that would accept the dirt, as they needed fill dirt for their home project. Many people are surprised at the mountain of dirt created when digging an inground pool. If you have acres of land, you could spread it around, but for most people, you’ll need to plan with the excavator to remove the leftover dirt. You will use about 25% of the dirt to backfill around the pool walls, but that’s about it. And, if you have to cut into a small hillside, to create more room for the pool and deck, you’ll have to get rid of that dirt too. Check around your local neighborhood, or check Craigslist for people that want free fill dirt. Then you only have to pay the driver, usually by the truckload, to deliver and dump the dirt, which can cost $100-$250 per load, depending on truck size, distance traveled and local market pricing. (more…)

Wrinkles in Pool Liners: Cause, Prevention, Removal

September 5th, 2016 | Posted by Matt Spencer in Inground Liners - (Comments Off on Wrinkles in Pool Liners: Cause, Prevention, Removal)

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Vinyl Pool Liners are made to be just a little bit smaller than the pool they fit, so that they can stretch into shape. When things go wrong, either during installation or after the liner has aged for many years, pool liner wrinkles can appear.

Today, as the title promises, we will discuss cause and prevention of vinyl liners, and how to remove pool liner wrinkles, if you already have them.

What Causes Wrinkles in Pool Liners?

  1. Incorrect Liner Size: A pool liner that is too big, or too deep for the pool size and depth has excess material that folds over.
  2. Low pool water pH: Over many years’ time, pH levels that are consistently below 7.0 may shrink the liner slightly, due to the acidic water.
  3. Pool Water Loss: If the water leaks out, or is pumped out of an old liner, the vinyl contracts, making it hard to reset the liner without wrinkles.
  4. Water Under the Liner: Rare, but high water tables can float a liner, bulging the vinyl liner. When waters recede, wrinkles are possible.
  5. Puckering: Usually caused by dropping undissolved granular pool chemicals onto the vinyl, or from chlorine tablets resting on a vinyl liner.
  6. Incorrect Installation: When installing a new liner, as described below, methods are used to prevent vinyl liner wrinkles during and after install.

How to Prevent Wrinkles in Pool Liners?

cyclone-vac-setting-vinyl-linerDuring Installation: Preventing pool liner wrinkles during installation involves adjustments to how the liner is draping across the pool, adjustments to the corners, as well as waiting for the proper moment to ‘cut-in’ the drain, skimmers, steps and light. It also requires using a vac/blower to ‘set’ the liner, and while it sets, adjusting the liner in several areas, to push wrinkles to the sides and ends of the pool. For sand bottom pools, when troweling a sand pool floor, keep to original measured specs, and don’t raise the floor level with too much new sand.

  1. Line Up the Corners: Some liners are marked, others you’ll have to follow the seams to make sure the corners line up.
  2. Even the Drape: Often pool liners tend to slide into the deep end. Sand bags or water tubes are used to hold it to the shallow wall if needed.
  3. Set with a Vacuum: Average pools use one Liner Vac or Wet/Dry Vac; larger pools need two. The Vac ‘sets the liner’, or removes the air between the liner and walls/floor, to keep the liner wrinkle-free until the water level is about 6″ above the floor, at which point it can be removed. Duct tape is used to seal up the hose going behind the liner and down the wall, the skimmer and the step section. Make sure the vac stays ON until pool water level is high enough to hold the vinyl in place, which is about 6″ of water on the shallow end wall.
  4. Push & Pull the Vinyl: In the 60 seconds after you turn on the vacuum to set the liner, you may have to reach in (from outside the pool), and pull the vinyl towards the side in a few areas. You can also use a large brush on a pole, to help hold areas taut until the vac suction takes hold. It often takes many attempts before you are able to work out all the wrinkles, by pushing and pulling them towards the pool edges or just smoothing them out. If the vac suction sets the liner with wrinkles, shut off the vac, and make another attempt at working out the liner wrinkles, until you are able to get them all.
  5. Wait to Cut the Vinyl: The main drain ring and cover is placed first, with just 6″ of water in the pool. But steps, lights, returns and skimmers all have to wait until the water level is up to the bottom of them. If you install the faceplate screws and trim before the vinyl has stretched fully, it can cause liner wrinkles, or can open up the screw holes into leaks.

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Inground Pool Winterization in 6 Steps

August 29th, 2016 | Posted by Sheryl Somers in Pool Closing | Pool Maintenance - (Comments Off on Inground Pool Winterization in 6 Steps)

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Winterizing your inground pool is something you can do, and I’ll tell you a little secret – it’s not hard to do! I’ve just realized that this year is our pool’s 20th birthday, and my 20th pool winterization. We’ve done it right from the start and have saved thousands of dollars doing it ourselves, my husband and me. Takes us only about 2 hours to do, from start to finish.

6-step process for closing any inground pool for winter.

  • Clean the Pool
  • Balance and Shock
  • Lower the Water Level
  • Blow Out the Pipes
  • Add Winter Chemicals
  • Cover the Pool

Clean the Pool

pool-leaf-rakesThis should start earlier than the day of winterization, if possible. A few days before closing I always run the pool sweep and give it a good brushing. I also remove the timer ‘off dog’, and let the pump run 24/7 for a few days; I like to over-filter the water before shutting off the pump for 5 months. If we have an early fall, leaves can sometimes overwhelm ‘Elmer’ (our pool cleaner), so I have to break out Leaf Rakes or a Leaf Gulper to get the big stuff, followed by Elmer, or my husband will manually vacuum the pool.

Balance & Shock

Balancing and shocking of the pool also should be done a few days prior to closing the pool, for two reasons. First, to allow any balancing chemicals and shock to circulate well, and secondly to allow the shock to dissipate before adding other chemicals like algaecide, which can be neutralized or hampered by high chlorine (or high non-chlorine shock) levels.

Lower the Water Level

I know that the Pool Closing Kit instructions say to add chemicals before lowering the water, but I don’t like to waste all those precious chemicals, and then pump it across the yard. I have a main drain line and two skimmers in my pool. I set my sand filter multiport to backwash and let it run about 20 minutes, followed by 1 minute on Rinse. Then I set the multiport on the Waste position, and close the skimmers by turning the 3-way valve, and start the pump up again from the main drain only. In this way I can lower the water about a foot below the skimmer for my mesh safety cover. Solid winter covers should go about 4″ below the skimmer, or you can keep the water higher if you use an Aquador skimmer closure. If you have trouble lowering the water, skip ahead and put on the pool cover most of the way, to keep the pool clean while you lower the water with a small submersible pump or siphon method.

Blow Out the Pipes

For this step you are going to need a heavy duty vac/blower. Smaller wet/dry vacs, and even large 5hp vacs have trouble blowing out the main drain, even after taking a foot of water out. That’s why, 20 years ago I bought the Mighty Vac blower, and it’s still with me today! I see that the one that I have is real expensive nowadays, but you can buy the Cyclone Vac, which is the same thing 3 hp blower/vac for just just over $300. I know that seems like a lot of money, but maybe you can get a neighbor or friend to split the cost with you, and you can both winterize your own pool plumbing. Connect the Cyclone to the skimmer, and you can blow out the entire system – skimmer, main drain, pump, filter, heater, returns and spa jets – all from one skimmer. Finish by plugging the skimmer and returns with winter plugs and sealing off the main drain by closing the 3-way valve, while it’s bubbling with air from the blower. For a detailed tutorial on using the Cyclone Vac, see this earlier post. (more…)

Safety Pool Cover Replacements

August 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Matt Spencer in - Buyer's Guides | - How To - (Comments Off on Safety Pool Cover Replacements)

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Safety pool covers last a long time, and unlike solid water bag covers, often outlive their warranty period. Yet, there will come a day when the panels become torn or threadbare, and straps begin to break under a snow load.

Replacing your solid or mesh safety pool cover with new doesn’t have to be hard. There are a 3 ways to have a duplicate safety cover made, one that will match up to your existing anchors.

MANUFACTURER ORDER NUMBER

safety-cover-invoice-2Do you have the original invoice # from a particular manufacturer, like Loop-Loc, Meyco, HPI, GLI…? If you find it filed away in a drawer somewhere, your friendly safety cover dealer (‘ahem!) can have the company check their database for the cover specs, and reproduce the safety cover to the exact specs as the original. Then your cover will be certain to fit properly, just like the old cover did!

SEND IN YOUR COVER AS A TEMPLATE

ULINE---36x22x22-double-wall-box-S-4682First spread it out and clean both sides to remove all grass and dirt. Remove the springs (or cut off the straps). Fold the cover end to end accordion style, then roll it up tightly and tie a few strings or lengths of duct tape around the cover. Place it in as small a box as possible, so you don’t pay to ship air! Contact your favorite safety cover dealer (‘ahem!), and ask for a PO # and shipping address where to send the cover. Put the PO # and your information on the box and also inside the box, and don’t forget to include the name of the safety cover dealer (‘ahem!) that you are working with, and ship it off for laser measurement, followed by a solid quote, and upon your approval – fabrication and shipment in 3 weeks. Your old safety cover is then discarded for you.

A-B MEASURE THE POOL AND ANCHORS

ab-measurements-pool-sketchMeasuring your pool using triangulation is where you measure from two known points, A & B, to dozens of points around the pool, marking the points with tape or chalk. The average pool has about 50 points, with rectangular or geometric shapes having fewer points. Measure from point “A” to all the points, and then from point “B” to all the points. Then measure from points A and B to all of the deck anchors or stakes around the pool, after numbering them with chalk or tape. Make a drawing on the Measurement Form, answer the questions, and then send it via email or fax to your (‘ahem!) local safety pool cover replacement dealer.


– Other Safety Pool Cover Replacement Considerations:

>>Need Springs & Anchors? Every cover will ship with full hardware, including, stainless steel strap buckles, cover springs, brass deck anchors, anchor hex key, spring installation rod, and mesh storage bag. There is an option to remove the cover springs and anchors from the order, if requested, for a small savings.

>>Need Pool Edge Pads? If your old cover failed or developed holes in particular areas, you can request a vinyl panel be sewn into the area, at an additional cost, or you can use strips of reinforced vinyl, or carpet remnants, etc, placed between the cover and the pool edge, to protect the cover from sharp coping or corners. (more…)

Best Big Pool Floats

August 15th, 2016 | Posted by Sheryl Somers in - Buyer's Guides - (Comments Off on Best Big Pool Floats)

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It’s no secret – we are a large family. My husband is 6’2 and I’ve long since grown out of my size 10 dress.

Regular pool floats don’t provide much support – I like to stay mostly dry when I’m floating in my pool. So I’ve had to search for big pool lounges that can still float comfortably with larger adults.

Over the years, I’ve tried at least ten different styles and models of pool floats, buying one new pool lounge chair each season, sometimes two.

Here’s my favorite choices for best big pool floats – may I have the envelope please?

River Run Connect Lounge river-run-connect

The Intex River Run Connect is meant for river floating, but also happens to make a great pool float. With a large central seat and headrest, the oversize pool floating chair has heavy duty handles and straps for connecting with other River Run floats.

  • Size: L 51″ x W 50″ x H 17″
  • Heavy Duty reinforced vinyl
  • Dual chamber, Mesh bottom

 

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The Swimline Cool Cash Lounge will have you feeling so money! This 5′ x 7′ big pool raft is big enough for two, or take it all to yourself. With over 8″ of vertical height, this pool float will keep you high and dry.

  • Size: L 88” x W 64” x H 8”
  • Full process color printing
  • Features 3 $100 dollar bills stacked into 1 float

 

Margaritaville Aqua Plank margaritaville-aqua-plank-2

Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville has great New pool floats this season, all extra large and sturdy. The Aqua Plank is a 6’x6′ square giant pool float that can be zipped up to other Aqua Plank floats.

  • Size: L 72″ x W 72″ x H 6″
  • Embossed 30 ga Vinyl is strong & soft
  • Innovative chamber design for rigidity and buoyancy.

 

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Also from the Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville pool float collection comes the Dual Floating Lounger. A real big pool raft, it comfortably seats two adults on it’s 40 sq ft of soft embossed PVC surface. It changes color when wet, to reveal colorful, tropical graphics.

  • Size: L 91″ x W 56″ x H 38″
  • Soft surface stays Cool in the sun
  • Heavy duty handles and cup holders.

 

Kickback Double Adjustable Lounger swimline-kickback-lounger-2

From Swimline, the Kickback Lounger will fit two teenagers comfortably, or spread out and take it all to yourself. Multi-Chamber inflation, this float feels more like a Lazy Boy® than a pool float.

  • Size: L 74″ x W 60″ x H 23″
  • Adjustable 2-position Recline Feature
  • Well balanced wide footprint

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Inground Pool Kits with Tanning Ledges

August 8th, 2016 | Posted by Matt Spencer in - How To | Inground Pool Kits - (Comments Off on Inground Pool Kits with Tanning Ledges)

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Can you put a Tanning Ledge on an inground vinyl pool? You sure can! Also known as a Baja Shelf or Sun Lounge, they replace the standard drop-in white thermoplastic steps, and become part of the pool itself.

The ledge or shelf is constructed of heavy polymer plastic or heavy gauge galvanized steel, bolted to the walls, filled with gravel and set in a concrete base. The vinyl liner is made to fit the shelf specs exactly.

We’re getting more and more requests for tanning ledges these days with out inground pool kits – they are very popular!

1. By Elite Vinyl Pools, a regular 3-step wedding cake entry step and deep end swim out.

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2. Steel box step is covered in soft vinyl over padding. Photo by McEwen Industries.

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3. Amazing example by Caribbean Pools using a Sun Ledge step on a vinyl pool.

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4. Jack Anthony Pools added this expansive tanning ledge on a freeform vinyl pool.

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5. Swim Aloha added this bench onto a vinyl pool with brick coping and aggregate decking.

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6. Step and Ledge combo by Aqua Blue gives this vinyl pool an elegant feel.

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7. Royal Palm Pools offers this unique expanded steel step for vinyl pool kits.

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8. Another Vinyl Pool Kit with Sun Ledge from Royal Palm Pools.

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9. Royal Palm Pools again with another Sun Ledge model to combine steps with a tanning shelf.

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10. Creative Water Works uses this composite step under vinyl to great effect.

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Adding an enlarged step under the vinyl does increase the price of an inground vinyl pool kit. The price depends on size and style, etc, but most tanning ledges for vinyl pools cost an additional $2-3K, and they also require additional gravel and concrete to place the step during installation.

But if you’re looking for a way to increase your pool appeal – yes, you can build tanning ledges into a vinyl liner pool. And, you can build it yourself, and we can show you how!

 

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Matt Spencer
SPP Pool Expert

 

Popular Posts about Inground Pool Kits

August 1st, 2016 | Posted by Matt Spencer in Inground Pool Kits - (Comments Off on Popular Posts about Inground Pool Kits)

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Today is August 1st, and the temperatures outside are hot enough to make a man start digging a hole in his backyard.

Get started today, and you could be swimming by Labor Day! At SPP we specialize in helping homeowners build their own inground pools, and our Free and Unlimited support for our pool kit customers means you’ll never have unanswered questions.

Today’s Post is a Curated List of our most popular blog posts on how to build your own inground pool.

How to Build a Pool: What to Do with a Sloped Backyard

what-to-do-with-a-sloped-backyardWhen it comes to inground pool installation, some backyards pose a challenge with their topography. Not everyone has a nice smooth and flat 1000 sq. ft. area to place a pool.

In most cases, some simple grading with a Bobcat is all that’s needed, but for those who have a genuine hill or a steep and sloped backyard, more engineering is needed, so that the design of the wall is strong enough to hold back the earth. As mentioned several times, the drainage of the hill is another carefully planned piece.

Landscaping Around Your Inground Pool

landscaping-around-the-pool-todayAfter you finish building your own inground pool, and fill it with water, there is still some work left to do in the backyard. As Larry said when he built his inground pool kit this summer – “it looked like a bomb went off in the backyard!”

In this blog post, I’ll start with a discussion of some of the worst types of landscaping around a pool – those plants and trees to avoid. Then I’ll make some suggestions for trees, plants and ground covers for those pool owners in hardiness zones 6, 7 and 8.

Pool Filter Selection: Sand vs. DE vs. Cartridge

pool-filter-selection-sand-vs-de-vs-cartridgeThere are advantages and disadvantages to each type of inground pool filter and everyone has a different opinion of which is better within the pool industry. They’re all good, as long as it’s not too small.

A larger filter will give you longer filter runs, with less overall maintenance required. It also makes fast work of cleaning up poor water conditions or helps prevent them in the first place. So, the question is not really “what type of filter should you buy”, but “what’s the largest filter your budget can buy?“.

DIY Natural Pools: Build Your Own Swimming Pond

natural-pool-kitsOne thing to understand is that the main water cleaning activity is due to the micro organisms and microbes, not the water plants. The plants use nutrients from the water as food for themselves which helps prevent algae growth.

Although full equilibrium may take several months or years to fully develop for natural pools, micro organisms and microbes break down pollutants into basic elements. A ‘balanced’ natural pool will stay clean and clear with very little work.

Pool Heater Cost & Installation Info

pool-heater-cost-and-installation-infoIf you are replacing a pool heater and the heater performance over the years has been satisfactory then your search will  be easier to install a direct replacement heater, because the water and gas pipes will usually line up, making things much easier for you.

New pool heater installations are most easily installed at the same time of the pool construction. This option is the most versatile and easiest since you work it into your design plan. (more…)

Above Ground Pool Fence Installation

July 25th, 2016 | Posted by Matt Spencer in Aboveground Pools - (Comments Off on Above Ground Pool Fence Installation)

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In most parts of the US, aboveground pools are required to have locking safety ladders and top rail fencing to prevent unsafe access to the pool.

Locking ladders are fairly simple to install (once assembled), but installing fence panels on the top rail of an aboveground pool can take nearly a full day, and a plan of attack.

Buying Aboveground Pool Fence

Buying something is usually the easiest part of any installation, but in the case of above ground pool fence, you want to make sure to buy the correct fence height, and the correct number of panels.

  • ag-pool-fencingAboveground pool fence comes in two heights, 24″ and 36″. If your pool is fully above the ground, the 24″ height is usually tall enough to meet local codes. If your pool is partially buried however, you may need the 36″ pool fence, to meet local height requirements.
  • How many fence panels do you need? Count the number of uprights on the outside of your pool; the posts in between the wall panels. Each fence section is 64.5″ wide, and is cut to fit shorter distances between uprights, and to fit snugly up against ladders or steps.

Installing Aboveground Pool Fence

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MOUNT POST BRACKETS TO VERTICAL UPRIGHTS: Place the post bracket just beneath the top rail, in the center of the upright post, and mark the screw holes with a pencil or pen. Pre-drill screw holes with a 5/32″ metal drill bit. Fasten the post bracket to the upright using the supplied screws. Take careful measurements, and repeat the process on all of the uprights around the pool. Insert the bracket post supports into the bracket and then insert the post into the supports, with the screw holes facing outwards. Check that the holes for the horizontal rails are no more than 2″ above the pool top rail; if so, the posts can be shortened to reduce the gap between the top rail of the pool and the bottom rail of the fence. Tighten down the posts with the bolts provided and repeat the process, all the way around the pool, being careful to measure correctly, so all posts are the same height and distance from the pool top rail.

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ASSEMBLE POOL FENCE SECTIONS: Above ground pool fences have a top and bottom rail, with vertical pickets. Step two begins with measuring the distance between the vertical posts, top and bottom, and cutting the PVC resin rails to a length of 1-1/4″ longer. Cut both rails at the same time, so that the picket holes in top and bottom rails line up vertically. Insert the bottom rail into the holes on each post, to fit into each post to a depth of 5/8″ – 3/4″. Next, insert the vertical pickets or rods into the holes in the bottom rail. Then insert the top rail into one post, and insert the rods into the top rail, and push the other end of the top rail into the opposite post. Measure, cut and assemble each section separately, to account for small variations in the distance between vertical posts. (more…)

Pool Mineral Sanitation Comes of Age

July 18th, 2016 | Posted by Sheryl Somers in Pool Chemicals | Pool Maintenance - (Comments Off on Pool Mineral Sanitation Comes of Age)

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Throughout the 1980’s, Charles F. Heinig, Jr. an inventor from Providence RI, toiled with novel materials and methods for water purification. His patent application in 1993 lists 26 patent citations, earlier inventions that influenced his greatest creation.fountainhead-patent-nature2

And that is, pool mineral sanitation, using silver ions to neutralize bacteria and contaminants, to produce clearer and cleaner water. Abstract from the patent application: “the purification material is a silver catalyst that, when exposed to water in the presence of oxygen, forms an active oxidizer in the water and also releases silver ions into the water via an erosion process.”

Now over 23 years old, Pool Mineral Sanitation can be said to have stood the test of time. It is estimated that 1 million mineral purifiers are installed on swimming pools and spas in the US.

Types of Pool Mineral Purifiers?

Electric mineral ionizers such as the Power Ionizer, use small amounts of electric power to cause ions to leap from copper or silver plates, and in the process are drawn away by the [pool] water passing through the chamber. Plates are replaced every 1-2 years.

Erosion mineral ionizers such as Nature2 or Frog don’t require electric hook-up, the minerals are dissolved slowly by erosion from the passing pool water. The mineral cartridge is replaced every 6 months.

Solar mineral ionizers, such as the Floatron or the Eko Klor use solar panels on top of a floating mineral cartridge. Solar power energizes the metallic plates, encouraging metal ions to ‘jump ship’, which are swept ‘out to sea’ by surface currents in your pool. Replace the plates every 1-2 years.

What is Pool Mineral Treatment?

mineral-purifier-release-ionsA pool mineral purifier uses silver and/or copper ions to remove contaminants from the water. Scientists have long known of the anti-bacterial properties of copper and silver, but finding a way to release the right amount of minerals was the challenge. Too much and the pool could stain, and too little and the effect is hardly noticeable.

Pool mineral treatment is not a stand-alone pool sanitizer, although it will kill bacteria and some types of algae. Known as ‘Purifiers’, mineral systems are used together with a low level of chlorine (05-1.0 ppm), to produce better looking water, with a lower chlorine level.

Are Pool Mineral Systems Chlorine Free?

As mentioned above, mineral systems are not intended to be stand-alone units, but designed to be used with a low level of chlorine, and regular pool shocking.

However, if you had a very effective large pool filter, and also used additional supplemental sanitizers, such as ozone treatment, along with regular oxidation with a non-chlorine pool shock, you could probably go mostly chlorine-free.

You may still need some chlorine shock, to initialize mineral cartridges, or for pool opening and closings for winter, and may need extra filtration, and/or use other supplemental chemicals such as algaecide, clarifier, or enzymes.

Are Copper and Silver Ions Safe?

Oh Sure, in fact, they are contained in many OTC vitamin supplements as an essential nutrient for humans. Swimming in normal levels of minerals, as produced by pool mineral systems, does not pose any health risk to humans or animals. (more…)