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Suction side pool cleaners- Why they don’t work

Suction side pool cleaners- Why they don’t work

May 30, 2020

Suction Side Pool Cleaners. Let’s be very clear: I am not a fan. Why? Because in our area they don’t […]

The History of Pool Plaster Problems: Pool Builders, Service Techs, Pool Owners Undermined

The History of Pool Plaster Problems: Pool Builders, Service Techs, Pool Owners Undermined

November 15, 2018

(reprinted with permission from onBalance Oct 2018)  Pool Builders, Service Techs, Pool Owners Undermined  Many industry people probably think that the controversy […]

5 Reasons String Lights over your Swimming Pool are a Bad Idea

5 Reasons String Lights over your Swimming Pool are a Bad Idea

June 21, 2017

If you have a pool, you probably love the idea of having pool parties or enjoying a swim with family […]

Pressure Side vs. Suction Side pool cleaners

Pressure Side vs. Suction Side pool cleaners

March 22, 2017

This one isn’t even a contest… The Battle of Little Big Horn, Tyson vs. Spinks, U.S. vs. Iraq (the first […]

How to Protect Your Swimming Pool from the Top Step Pool Stain

How to Protect Your Swimming Pool from the Top Step Pool Stain

January 26, 2017

Top Step Swimming Pool Stain Protection Do you want to preserve the beauty of your swimming pool? Sometimes a peculiar […]

Pool water conservation

Pool water conservation

February 10, 2015

Pool water conservation is critical with the California drought upon us. Here’s a cool phone app that is easy to […]

The gas cost (per hour) to run a pool / spa heater

The gas cost (per hour) to run a pool / spa heater

November 5, 2012

The tricky part of the equation is knowing how much you pay your local utility company per therm. I live in Folsom and our natural gas is provided by PG&E. I checked my bill and found that we pay 92 cents to $1.40 per therm

How Variable Speed Pool Pumps Save Energy

How Variable Speed Pool Pumps Save Energy

February 27, 2011

  When we talk about pool renovations, repairs and retrofits that reduce a pool’s energy consumption, the focus typically turns […]

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