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How to Remove a Diatomaceous Filter

How to Remove a Diatomaceous Filter

Diatomaceous filters keep the water bright and clean by removing particules and other contaminants. Made up of millions of tiny shells left behind by decomposing diatoms, a form of microscopic algae, diatomaceous earth cleans the water by trapping the particles inside the small pores.
Succulent Outer Space

Succulent Outer Space

This raised bed of drought-tolerant succulents proves that not all water-wise plants are spiny cacti or tumbleweeds. These "black" succulents are Aeonium Arboreum 'Schwarzkopf,' and are also known as Black Tree Aeonium. Schwarzkopf are rosette-shaped succulents that grow on long
How to Clean Pool Steps

How to Clean Pool Steps

A swimming pool provides a means of getting cool and relaxing in the summer months. Clean and service your pool regularly to keep unsafe contaminants out of the water and to keep the pool equipment running smoothly. One component of a pool that is cleaned often is the pool steps. Pool steps provide
What to Look For in the Best Hot Tubs

What to Look For in the Best Hot Tubs

There are many qualities that make hot tubs the "best." Many consumers harbor the misconception that all tubs are the same. However, that's exactly what it is- a misconception.
How to Patch an Intex Pool

How to Patch an Intex Pool

Two of the biggest benefits of Intex swimming pools are that they're easy to set up and simple to maintain. These pools are constructed of a durable rubber material that stands up to the elements, yet is lightweight enough for yearly set-up and take-down. However, after regular use and being exposed
The Anatomy of a Hot Tub Pump

The Anatomy of a Hot Tub Pump

Hot tub pumps are critical for any spa. These pumps are the mainstay of filling the hot tub up with clean, fresh and sparking water. So it is mandatory for your enjoyment that you get a good-quality pump. To understand what would be the best pump for your requirements, you may want to know how the p
How Can I Get My Vinyl 4 Foot Pool Free of Algae?

How Can I Get My Vinyl 4 Foot Pool Free of Algae?

Even small pools, such as a vinyl 4 foot above-ground pool, need regular care and maintenance to keep them clean and sanitary. Even with regular maintenance, these pools can develop water quality problems, such as algae. Algae can be unsightly in your pool, sometimes turning the water green or leavi
Pool Coping Options

Pool Coping Options

Poured concrete with a bullnose edgeglasses by pool image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.comThe term “coping” refers to the stone or cement that runs along the edge of a pool. It can be both decorative and functional if it slopes up as it nears the edge, as this discourages...
How Do Spas & Hot Tubs Work?

How Do Spas & Hot Tubs Work?

Soaking in a spa or hot tub is a great way to relax after a tough week at work. These heated water treatments not only soothe tired muscles, but also can have helpful benefits for your skin. Submerging yourself in hot water baths has been a treatment option for various ailments over the millennia, w
Pool Fencing Safety

Pool Fencing Safety

Children die every year from a lack of swim pool security. In order to offer better home protection and keep your family safe, read this article for some tips.
How to Repair Intex Inflatable Swimming Pools

How to Repair Intex Inflatable Swimming Pools

Swimming in a backyard pool is fun and exciting, providing the pool is full of clean, clear water. Intex inflatable pools have two areas that spring leaks, causing water (and fun) to escape. A hole in the liner will cause water to escape. Similarly, if air escapes from the top ring of the pool, the
How to Vacuum Out In-Ground Swimming Pools

How to Vacuum Out In-Ground Swimming Pools

Vacuuming out an in-ground swimming pool requires about an hour of your time, but more if you have a very dirty pool. Keeping the pool clean and free of debris will keep the water safe for swimming and reduce the use of chemicals to fight the bacteria and algae. Before you start cleaning the pool, y
Quick Checklist of Common Pool Equipment and Heater Problems Before You Call the Technician

Quick Checklist of Common Pool Equipment and Heater Problems Before You Call the Technician

If you've ever called over a technician as soon as something's gone wrong, only to have it fixed with the flick of a switch of by plugging something in, you'll want to read this checklist. Whether it's figuring out the pool pump or what's supposed to happen with the pool fil
Wooden Tubs and One-Piece Hot Tubs

Wooden Tubs and One-Piece Hot Tubs

The wooden hot tubs are by far the most popular variety of hot tubs.The hot tub is actually constructed like a large barrel.It has wooden staves and steel bands.
Can I Use Bromine & Chlorine in a Saltwater Pool?

Can I Use Bromine & Chlorine in a Saltwater Pool?

Bromine and chlorine pool sanitizers do not need to be used in a saltwater pool. Swimming pool owners have one of several options for their pool sanitizer; however, saltwater pools use a method of self-producing chlorine that makes the addition of any other sanitizers such as bromine or chlorine unn
My Pool Is Rusty & Cloudy

My Pool Is Rusty & Cloudy

A sparkling blue swimming pool is an attractive feature in the backyard. However, sometimes it is difficult to keep a pool looking clean. If your water is cloudy or has red or brown stains, you've got a problem somewhere in the system. Not only is this problem unattractive, but it could also signal
How to Care for Aboveground Pools

How to Care for Aboveground Pools

Aboveground pools require different types of routine care and maintenance than inground pools. Aboveground pools have accessible filters, pumps and other accessories that need to be cared for properly. Without the appropriate care and maintenance, aboveground pools can become damaged, the water can
How to Repair Seam Leaks in Inflatable Pools

How to Repair Seam Leaks in Inflatable Pools

Inflatable pools are a great addition to any back yard. They are inexpensive and easy to set up, and the only real work required is to level the ground. Once that chore is complete, simply fill the inflatable ring with air, and add water. Soon the ring will be floating on the water and pulling the
Escape Into Quality Pools

Escape Into Quality Pools

Everyone can take advantage of the wonder and excitement found in pools. If you want one in your own backyard, though, you need to make sure that it is built by a professional in a quality manner.
50 Ways to Save Water in Your Yard

50 Ways to Save Water in Your Yard

Water conservation, water-saving, xeriscape, water-wise, dry gardening, drought-tolerant, drought-resistant, native landscaping. Call it what you like, it still has the same goal: to use less water, save and conserve one of the earth's most vital resources. From California to Georgia and Austra