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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 - (0 Comments)

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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.

 

Margaritaville Dual Floating Lounger jimmy-buffet-big-pool-float

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…)

Above Ground Pool Safety Tips

July 13th, 2016 | Posted by Matt Spencer in Aboveground Pools - (Comments Off on Above Ground Pool Safety Tips)

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Aboveground swimming pools account for about 40% of all pools in the US, amounting to over 3.6 million installations.

There is an illusion of greater safety with above the ground pools, mainly due to the fact that it is ‘above the ground’, however any body of water poses a risk of drowning.

Any above ground pool safety blog will focus on 3 things: Ladders, Fencing & Gates, and Pool Alarms. We’ll also look at pool safety covers for above ground pools, as well as two other categories of pool safety: electrical and chemical safety.

Aboveground Pool Safety Ladders

Aboveground pool ladderslocking-pool-ladder-for-above-ground-pool come in two types, those that can be safely locked, and those that cannot. Your basic A-frame pool ladder should be removed from the pool when not in use. Aboveground pool safety ladders can be locked from the outside, or otherwise made non-climbable.

  • Remove pool ladders after using pool, or lock-up / flip-up a safety pool ladder.
  • Remove any other items from nearby the pool that could be used to climb over pool wall.
  • Observe weight limits on aboveground pool ladders, which can collapse under load.

Aboveground Pool Fences & Gates

mesh-fence-panel-smIn most areas, all aboveground pools are required by code to have a safety barrier, or pool fence surrounding the pool. Like inground pools, it must be 4-6 ft tall (depending on local codes), non-climbable with gaps smaller than 3″, and any gates must be self-closing and self-latching.

  • Test your gates to be sure they self-close and latch securely.
  • Add mesh fence panels, or above ground pool fence for more safety.
  • Pools connected to the house by a wood deck need a secondary fence and gate.

Aboveground Pool Alarms

pool-alarms-for-aboveground-poolsThere are 3 types of above ground pool alarms. The first sense sub-surface waves, like the Pool Eye Universal pool alarm that will sound off when an item of 15 lbs or more falls in the pool. The second type senses surface waves, like the Poolguard Safety Buoy. Wearable pool alarms are the third type, like the Safety Turtle wristband pool alarm.

  • Door and Gate Alarms sound when the pool area is breached.
  • Pool Alarms sound when the pool water is breached.
  • Use the pool alarm system that works best for you.

Aboveground Pool Electrical Safety

electrcians-to-build-your-own-poolIn general, most above ground pools are electrically safe, but there are a few hazards that exist with the electric pool pump and underwater pool lights.

  • Pool pumps should be plugged directly into a GFCI outlet (no extension cord).
  • Pool lights also must be connected to a GFCI circuit.
  • Inspect switches and cables regularly for safety hazards.

Aboveground Pool Chemical Safety

pool-chemicalsKeeping kids safe around aboveground pools also includes keeping pool chemicals safely stored, out of reach of children. Loose bucket lids, or loose storage practices can create dangerous situations. Prevent contamination of chlorine by using dedicated chemical scoops, and preventing any dirt, leaves, bugs or other pool chemicals out of the container, which can ignite or explode.

  • Keep all chemical containers tightly sealed.
  • Keep pool chemicals separated safely.
  • Store liquid pool chemicals at ground level.

Aboveground Pool Safety Covers

mesh-pool-cover-sampleAbove ground pools with pool decks completely surrounding the pool can install a safety pool cover, for use during winter, or for whenever you want to prevent access to the pool. They attach to a wood or aluminum pool deck for one of the best barriers you can buy.

  • Safety covers can be made in round, oval or rectangle shapes.
  • Safety pool covers have a 12 year warranty, and many last even longer.
  • Safety pool covers also protect the pool and pool water.

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How to Keep Ducks Out of the Pool

July 7th, 2016 | Posted by Sheryl Somers in Other Pool Blog Posts | Pool Chemicals - (Comments Off on How to Keep Ducks Out of the Pool)

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Why Keep Ducks Out of Pools?

  • Avoids Germs such as Crypto, E.coli, Salmonella
  • Phosphates and Nitrates also brought into pool water
  • Once they become comfortable, they may stay awhile

How to Keep Ducks Out of a Pool

  • inflatable-alligator-scares-ducksInflatable Alligator in Pool
  • Solar Pool Cover or Leaf Net Cover
  • Cables or Cords Across the Pool
  • Floating Gazing Orbs or Mylar Balloons
  • Swimming Pool Alarms

How to Scare Ducks from a Pool

  • Laser Pointer
  • Garden Hose, Super Soaker
  • Whistle, Air Horn, Loud Music
  • Barking Dogs, Swimming Dogs
  • Cannonball!

Videos about Ducks in Pools

In this video from Swimming Pool Tips, Inflatable Alligators seem to do the trick to keep ducks out of the pool. Also suggested are shiny stainless steel gazing balls, floating in the pool, and ‘bouncing’ types of suction pool cleaners like Kreepy or Baracuda pool cleaners.

After the barking dog was no help, this video tries to remove ducks with a pool pole which didn’t work, and then threw lawn chairs into the pool, with no effect on the duck population. He then appears to concoct a Chlorine Bomb of some sort, which also apparently failed. Nothing!

A Remote Control Battleship is used by this Army vet to chase away ducks from his inground pool. He doesn’t hurt them, just give “them a little nudge, is all”. When that doesn’t work, he breaks out his water blaster pool toy and lets them have it!

Don’t Feed the Ducks

As KHON-2 reported, after the Kailua District Pool was closed for several days to clean up bird dropping contamination, they have stepped up efforts to educate pool visitors to not feed the ducks. Bird poop in the pool is serious health hazard, as is noted when the CDC speaks out about Birds & Pools.

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Solar Covers, Solar Squares or Liquid Solar?

June 27th, 2016 | Posted by Matt Spencer in - Buyer's Guides | Other Pool Blog Posts | Pool Maintenance - (Comments Off on Solar Covers, Solar Squares or Liquid Solar?)

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In the old days you could get any kind of solar blanket you wanted, as long as it was blue, 12 mil. Now solar covers come in Clear and Black colors, and in 8 mil, 12 mil or 16 mil thickness.

If that’s not enough choice for you, solar blankets are now sold side by side with Solar Rings and Solar Squares, and also available is Liquid Solar Blanket, an evaporation and heat loss chemical that forms a micro-thin layer on the surface.

So, what’s best? An entire solar cover, or smaller individual squares, or one of the many liquid solar chemicals? Let’s take them one at a time.

Solar Covers or Solar Blankets

solar-blanket-peelIn 1974, a young executive working for the Sealed Air corporation, maker of films and bubble wrap, put their air cell packing on his home pool, and found that it heated the pool and helped keep the heat in during cool nights. Today, you just order by pool size. For inground pools of custom shape, you would order a rectangle size that fits over the entire pool, and then cut the blanket to fit inside and hug the tile line around the pool.

PROS: Available in 3 thicknesses, or 3 lifespans really, to fit any solar blanket budget. All thicknesses will heat the pool at the same rate. A solar blanket’s biggest advantage is that it covers the most surface area, which both heats the water more and controls heat loss better. They are also relatively affordable and when used with a reel and protected from the elements, can last  3-7 years, depending on the thickness.

CONS: That you need to use a solar reel mechanism, in most cases (with exception to small pools). And on some larger pools, removing and replacing the solar blanket can be kind of a hassle, or something that requires two people.

Solar Rings or Solar Squares

solar-sun-rings-at-sppIn 2004, a California housewife took her pool service guy husband’s idea for a unique solar pool cover, and ran with it. With family investment, prototypes floated on her Murrieta home pool. With proof of product, the business grew each year until it was being sold in thousands of retail outlets, to pool owners everywhere. The Solar Sun Ring uses an inflatable outer ring with magnets surrounding a thick vinyl center.

PROS: Easy to install and easy to remove. Magnets hold Solar Sun Rings or Solar Squares together, but you can easily pull them apart and stack them on the deck (in a shady area). No solar reel or solar roller is needed! Long lasting and easily storable for winter, these 5′ diameter rings are easier to use than traditional solar blankets.

CONS: The price for a complete set of Solar Sun Rings or Solar Squares may be more expensive than regular solar blankets. The inflatable outer chamber, which keeps these afloat, could become punctured, requiring repair. A recent study shows that full solar blankets are the most effective method.

Liquid Solar Cover Chemicals

solar-fish-ecoIn 1998, a college PE teacher applied for and received a patent for his unique HeatSavr® and began marketing Solar Fish, which contained a month’s worth of the evaporation suppressant. Liquid evaporation control chemicals are not new, in fact they have been used for over 100 years (more…)

Affordable DIY Pool Cabanas

June 20th, 2016 | Posted by Sheryl Somers in Inground Pool Kits - (Comments Off on Affordable DIY Pool Cabanas)

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Adding some summer shade around the pool can help improve the backyard climate, and act as a natural sunscreen for you and the pool.

I’ve always loved the style of pool cabanas – it adds a whimsical charm to any pool. Today’s blog post is a pictorial about DIY pool cabanas, or cabanas that are cheap to construct and easy to install, (even if you don’t actually do it yourself).

1. Fabric Pavilions:

These types of pool cabanas are easy to set-up and some of the most affordable ways to add a Pavilion. Should be placed in a sunny area without overhanging trees, which will spoil the bright white color.
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Grecian Pavilion 12’x20′ has a bold scalloped edge and a matching vent scoop on top to let high winds escape. This looks like it is built into the corners of concrete seats and lounges.

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2. Lean-To Pool Cabanas:

I’m not sure what to call these, but they remind me of a simple camping shelter known as a lean-to, which has one strong roof and wall, set against the prevailing wind, or for solar pool heat, facing in the direction of the summer sun.

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Here’s another lean-to done in aluminum and vinyl, placed on the fence line and art deco-rated in white on white.

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3. Daybed Pool Cabanas

4 Corner Posts like a simple pavilion, but with a raised platform for large lounges, or daybeds. Use heavy curtains of of canvas to keep them calm in breezes. This beautiful daybed below is from Pottery Barn.

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Below is a built in custom daybed in natural wood by Jason Long Design, Australia.

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4. Cube Pool Cabanas

These use a cube frame, with an integrated floor or without. They are an off-shoot of the popular Pergola structure that is often used around pools and gardens. Frame up a 4 posts cube with your favorite material and cover with a heavy fabric that can withstand wind, rain and UV rays. Like other cabanas that use fabrics, keep them in a sunny area without overhanging trees.

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And the last one should be called a Cute Pavilion, well actually it’s a dual daybed lounger for young and quite small persons.

If you’re looking for a way to add some pizazz to your backyard, let these pictures spark some ideas! Most of these cool pool cabanas and pavilions can be purchased as kits for an affordable price, and many are DIY friendly installation.  (more…)