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Saltwater fastest growing trend in swimming pools

From Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The biggest groundswell ever experienced in the swimming pool industry is the consumer-driven demand for "saltwater swimming pools".  We have examined the pros, cons, and popular misconceptions of this feature ad naseum in previous posts.  What most pool professionals, manufacturers, and other companies associated with the swimming pool industry realize, however, is that salt water chlorine generation is not going away any time soon.  Manufacturers are addressing the negative issues with salt-resistant equipment, and the demand for this feature continues to spiral upward.  In this post from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, saltwater swimming pool chlorination is identified as the fastest growing trend in swimming pool design and construction.  Click here to see if you are ready to jump on the bandwagon, (if you can catch it)....

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Saltwater pools work by converting salt to chlorine using an electrolytic converter. This produces the same type of bacteria-killing chlorine found in a traditional pool, but in a radically different fashion. Since the salt generator is adding chlorine to the water at a constant rate, it is capable of displacing the bad smell and burning irritation we normally associate with chlorine and maintaining the right amount at all times.

As the water exits the converter and enters the pool, the sanitizing chlorine eventually reverts back to salt, and the process repeats itself, conserving salt and keeping sanitizer levels balanced. However new salt does need to be added occasionally as salt levels can drop due to splash-out, rain and filter back-washing. Pool owners still should test weekly for pH and chlorine and monthly for other water balance factors.

Saltwater pools require far less maintenance than traditional pools and are much less expensive to maintain as pool salt is far cheaper than traditional chlorine. This is a big reason why so many hotels and water parks in the United State have already made the switch. Plus when it comes to initial construction and installation, the additional cost of an electrolytic converter is very small and easily made up in maintenance savings. Even converting an existing chlorine pool to saltwater can be paid off quickly.

Saltwater pools are certainly not new. The technology started in Australia in the 1960s and today over 80 percent of all pools there use this system. In the United States, saltwater pools first began to see use in the 1980s and today have grown exponentially in popularity. According to data published in Pool & Spa News, today there are more than 1.4 million saltwater pools in operation nationwide and an estimated 75 percent of all new in-ground pools are salt water, compared with only 15 percent in 2002.

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The Pros and Cons of Dry-Laid Stone Versus Wet-Laid Stone -  

 See more at:neave masonry

What is the difference between dry-laid stone, and wet-laid stone?  Why should I care?  Is there a cost difference?  Is there a difference in maintenance protocols and costs?  These are all questions that need to be asked and the answers understood prior to undertaking any deck or patio project.  This posting from Neave Masonry gives a thorough vetting of this issue, and gives the savvy homeowner a head start on designing the ideal outdoor living space for the upcoming summer season!

Here is an excerpt from the posting:

Deciding between dry-laid stone and wet-laid stone will affect the installation process and the overall appearance of your patio, as well as your maintenance routine for years to come.

Here are a few pros and cons to each method of construction to help you decide whether dry-laid stone or wet-laid stone is right for your patio project.

What is dry-laid stone?

Dry-laid stone is a method of construction where individual stones are laid on a bed of sand and gravel, and the design is held together by tightly compacted sand.

You can also create a fun look on a less-traveled patio by using a chunkier gravel or planting hardy groundcovers between the stones instead of sand.

The biggest benefit to dry-laid stone is flexibility, and the ability to correct mistakes and gradual shifts and imperfections in time. It's also slightly less expensive than the other, more permanent option.

But with that flexibility comes impermanence, higher maintenance and the risk of physical instability on the stones. (But with good, solid construction, those risks are easily minimized).

What is wet-laid stone?

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Great ideas for outdoor roomsReinvent your yard with a new deck, patio, cottage, dining room, or curl-up space

40 ideas for patios Get pictures and ideas for every taste, style, and budget

Originally posted by Sunset.com

Looking for a way to sruce up your backyard this summer?  How about making a fabulous entertainment area in your otherwise drab backyard?  Ever thought about the benefits of outdoor living?  This is the perfect time to start a project that will enhance your life, begginning this summer!  Check out this post from Sunset giving great ideas for a new outdoor patio or outdoor living area.  

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Top 10 Hotel Swimming Pool Views

From Travel and Leisure

With Spring Break upon us, it is time to think about a warm destination for the family vacation.  One of the essential amenities for any vacation is a hotel or resort swimming pool.  While you are soaking in the sun's healing rays and working on your tan, why shouldn't you avail yourself of the most breathtaking view from the hotel or from the hotel swimming pool?  This article from Travel and Leisure gives you the top ten Hotel Swimming Pool views from around the world.  Happy Spring Break!

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Built in 1870, the cliff-edge saltwater swimming pool of the Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc in the south of France has been the centerpiece of that fabled celebrity resort for more than 80 years. Clark Gable bronzed himself on its sun beds; Brigitte Bardot made waves in her bikini; Egypt's King Farouk liked to throw in his eight wives.

But what really makes this pool so legendary is its view: an overflow seawater pool blasted into seaside bedrock with a panoramic view out over the glamorous south of France Mediterranean.

See the 10 Best Swimming Pool Views.

Just as it's an unwritten rule of a house party that everyone will end up in the kitchen, it's guaranteed that guests at a hotel resort will spend most of their time around the swimming pool—even if there's a fine beach and warm stretch of ocean to swim in right nearby. And that's especially true when the pool is dripping with scenery.

Yet these days it's not enough to simply have a rectangular hole of water in the ground surrounded by a few palms and deck chairs. Swimming pools are more spectacular than ever, and they not only have to look incredible (Eden-Roc's vintage pool was redesigned in sleek infinity-edge style); they have to have great views too.

Covered Concerns: The Inescapable Logic of Automatic Pool Covers


Automatic covers have changed the swimming pool industry, but for some reason they aren't something that every swimming pool owner desires.  The benefits are legion:  Energy Savings, Safety and Cleanliness are only some of the benefits of an automatic pool cover.  This article by Eric Herman in Aqua Magazine makes an iron-clad case for any swimming pool owner to add an automatic pool cover to their inground swimming pool.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Back in the salad days of my college education, one of the better classes I took was Logic 101. It was a terrific course that taught a level of mental discipline and thought structure that has served me quite well over the years. There's a lot to be said for breaking down questions, discussions and debates into to their logical framework.

An exercise from that class that stands out in my mind was to identify and describe something — an action, object or concept — that is uniformly positive, meaning possessing only benefits with no downsides. Then we had to present our argument to the class for discussion.

Most people picked things like exercise, good nutrition, meditation or common courtesy. I went in a different direction and chose as my subject "maintaining proper automobile tire inflation." The argument being that keeping your tires inflated to spec results in maximizing gas mileage, increased safety, greater handling and longer product life. I made the case that based on those significant benefits the small amount of time and effort required was entirely worthwhile.

I received an "A" on that particular assignment.

Going forward, I've not only religiously inflated my tires, I've also kept in mind the value of identifying things that offer important benefits with minor detriment. It's certainly been a useful way to develop good habits and it's surprisingly interesting.

All of which leads to the nugget of this little epistle: In the world of swimming pools, there are a relatively few things that fit that all-upside rubric. Proper water chemistry and filtration are both biggies. Many would argue that automatic pool cleaners, variable speed drive pumps, control technology and even LED lights would make the cut, as well.

And, I contend, the same goes for automatic pool covers. Here's why:


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