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From SwimmingPool.com

Now that the leaves are falling, and the kids are back in school, the swimming pool season is fast drawing to an end.  Just because swimming pool owners are getting ready to winterize their pools and shut them down for the winter doesn't mean that there isn't time to identify water quality issues. Troubleshooting these issues now, and treating them will go great lengths to ensuring a smoother and more trouble-free transition to spring next year.  In this post from SwimmingPool.com, a great guide to water quality is given that shows different types of water quality issues that may arise.  

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Often, many water and surface problems can be handled by the individual pool owner. The information below provides solutions to some common pool issues. Always make sure the water is properly balanced prior to any addition of corrective chemicals.

PROBLEM: Pink Slime

DESCRIPTION: Pink, slimy bacterial growth that brushes off easily

POSSIBLE CAUSE: Low sanitizer,Poor maintenance,Improper Water Balance,Poor circulation

SOLUTION: Brushing,Algaecide,Clean the filter,Check the system

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How To Buy A Bathing Suit: 7 Tips To Help You Find The Right Style

From Stylecaster

Well, the Summer has come and gone, at least for half of the world.  Just because the kids are back in school, and the leaves are falling from the trees doesn't mean that you shouldn't be looking for the perfect bathing suit.  This time of year is the best time to find deals, and if you wait until winter sets in and are shopping for the perfect swimsuit for your warm-weather winter vacation, you might be out of luck.  This post from Stylecaster gives you 7 smart tips to searching for and finding the right suit for you.  Be a smart shopper and start looking now before it is too late!

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While we've already learned some tips for how to choose the best bathing suits to slim your figure, it's not really that helpful if you can't even get yourself to the store to start trying them on. This isn't a scare tactic; for many women, it's reality. The prospect of trying on teeny bikinis in front of a full-length mirror under fluorescent lights—and perhaps the prying eyes of the circling sales attendants—is enough to make even the bravest among us run for cover.

But, contrary to popular opinion, the experience doesn't have to be a horrifying one. It can be pleasant, and—dare we say it!—even fun.

We, too, were skeptical, but an expert convinced us it's possible. Audrey Jimenez, a style and fit expert at New York's Upper East Side location of chic swim store Everything But Water, shared with us her tried-and-true tips for making a trip to the suit aisle a delightful experience. Check out her wisdom below!

1. Pick the right store.

"Shop where there's good dressing room lighting, and where the fitting rooms are comfortable. Seek out stores that have sales associates who are truly experts in fit, which is much more likely at a store that offers swimwear year-round. Pick a shop where you will have access to a wide variety of brands and styles, and therefore a greater likelihood of finding a number of suits you love and work well for you. It's most important that you feel confident. Your preferences should be your first thought, rather than those of your friend/boyfriend/husband or the latest fashion magazines."

2. Carve out a good chunk of time.

"Most important is to choose a time to shop when you are not rushed and can really spend time finding the best fit. Plan to make swim shopping a luxurious investment in yourself, have patience, and be willing to spend the amount of time it takes to find the best suit for you. Think of it as an investment in comfort and style for the summer or your vacation. Expect to try on a number of suits, styles, and brands to get to the best suits for you, and allow a knowledgeable sales associate offer advice and guidance. Make time for swimsuit shopping when you can enjoy the experience. Think of it as a mini-break before your vacation or beach time."

3. Don't skimp on the undies.

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Glass Tile: A Hot Trend for Cool Pools

From Pure Pool

Luxury Swimming Pool Design has moved forward by leaps and bounds over the last decade to decade and a half.  Cutting edge designs for custom designed concrete swimming pools has moved from a cookie cutter approach to a showcase to show off the designer's talents.  These modern swimming pool designs are truly pieces of dynamic art, and truly put the exclamation point on the home.  One of the hottest trends is not a feature per se, but a material choice.  In this post from Pure Pool, the hottest trend in luxury pools is outlined, and it is the use of Glass.

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For some homeowners, a swimming pool is more than just a place to cool off from the summer heat — it's also a showpiece that crowns an outdoor space. These homeowners place a high value on their pool being a work of art that contributes to their property having a sense of splendor, serenity, and tranquility. One of the hottest trends in pool beautification is glass tile.  

Once typically only used in basic colors and materials as a waterline band, glass tile is now being used to finish the interior of entire pools or in limited areas to draw the eye to the more striking features of the pool, such as a staircase, waterfall, or tanning ledge, according to LuxuryPools.com. Pool owners can choose from a vast trove of materials, including eco-friendly choices like recycled glass. You can even customize your finish to be opaque, iridescent, or matte, depending on your design sensibility. Glass is Stronger Than You Think In addition to allowing the potential for beautiful mosaic pool interiors, glass tile also happens to be much tougher than it appears. While the word glass is often associated with the word fragile, correctly-installed glass tile creates a more durable and longer-lasting surface than other pool surfaces like plaster or fiberglass. These types of finishes typically last between 5 to 25 years, while glass surfaces can preserve their look and stability indefinitely. Glass tiles can be every bit as resilient as ceramic tile with the added benefit of being non-porous, which prevents it from absorbing moisture.

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How Swimming Pools Work

How Stuff Works

Taking the plunge, so to speak, and installing a swimming pool in your backyard can be a daunting adventure.  The first step, once you have decided that a swimming pool is the right decision for your family, is to educate yourself about the different types of swimming pools available.  These disparate pool types can be restrictive in their shape, size, material, (and in the case of an above ground pool, banned by a community association or village code), or can be as custom as one's imagination.  This post from How Stuff Works gives a great background on the different types of swimming pools that are available in every marketplace, the pros and cons, and some interesting facts about swimming pools in general.

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The main difference between different types of pools is how the basin is constructed. There are several different pool styles, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Vinyl-lined in-ground pools are a lot like above-ground pools, structurally, but they look more like conventional in-ground designs. The construction crew digs a hole and assembles a metal, plastic or wood frame wall around the hole's perimeter. As in an above-ground pool, the crew lays sand along the bottom of the hole and secures the vinyl lining to the structural wall. These pools are a lot cheaper than other in-ground designs, but not as durable. Typically, the liner needs to be replaced every 10 years or so.

Gunite pools are the most popular design in much of the United States. To build one of these pools, the construction crew digs a hole, puts the plumbing in place and assembles a framework grid with 3/8-inch steel reinforcing rods (rebar). The rebar rods are spaced about 10 inches apart, and secured together with wire. When the grid is in place, the crew sprays a heavy coating of gunite, a mixture of cement and sand, around the rebar. The sprayer unit combines dry gunite mix with water just before spraying -- this produces the wet concrete material. The crew trowels the gunite smooth and lets it sit for a week or so before applying a smooth finish to the rough surface. The most popular finish is called plaster (actually a mixture of cement and marble sand), but a lot of people finish their pools with special concrete paint. Gunite pools can also have tile, exposed aggregate or even fiberglass finishes. Gunite pools (and their cousins, shotcrete pools) are highly durable, and they can be built in any shape or size.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:36

17 Games for Your End of Season Swimming Pool Party

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17 Swimming Pool Games For Kids This Summer

From Babble.com

The kids are back in school, and the leaves are turning colors.  Fall is here, and with it comes Halloween, Football, and Christmas Shopping!  In most parts of the country, however, the weather is still warm enough to enjoy the last few weeks of swimming pool weather.  While the pool is still open, many homeowners like to throw a pool party.  There is really no better activity for kids to enjoy at a pool party than a game that involves the whole group.  This post from Babble.com presents 17 cool games for the kids at the pool party, and as the article states "It's not all cannonballs."

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We have spent the first week of our summer vacation at a hotel in the mountains with a golf course and a pool. This is the kind of camping my wife appreciates, apparently.

Our sons have been in swimming lessons since the beginning and take to the pool like, well... fish to water. While there are many options in the Columbia Valley for us to go hiking, sight seeing, boating, fishing, etc. the gang has been content to hang at the pool.

I'm guessing this will be a common occurrence for many families this season, and whether it's a backyard pool, a community pool, a lake, or a resort, there are dozens of fun swimming pool games you can teach the kids to make the pool experience more than "HEY MOM! WATCH THIS!"

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