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5 Pool Game Ideas That You Can Share with Your Friends and Family

Pool parties are a fan favorite during summer – and any other season depending on where you live, or if you can access an indoor pool. Many families love gathering by the pool for barbecues and birthday parties (regardless of age!), and playing in the pool is much more than doggy paddling around the shallow end. Here are the great games to perform at your next pool party.

Mermaid Races

Mermaids are kind of in this season – so why not pretend to be one at the next pool party? In the game Mermaid Races, players hold their breath and swim, or race, each other underwater. It can be a lot of fun, and quite a challenge. However, for this game, be careful with younger children.

Noodle Jousting

We are all familiar with the super-cheap Styrofoam swim noodles sold at the stores during summer. Using an inflatable raft, two players will ride along with their ‘lances’ to knock the other off their mount.

Shark in the Pool

While this is no more than a variation on the game of tag, it is much more fun to place in the water. One person is “it,” otherwise known as the shark, and tries to tag another person to be the shark. You may not burst at the seam from excitement as an adult, but kids and teens will love this game of water tag.

Popsicle

The game of Popsicle is permanently frozen tag in the water (isn’t every normal game better in the pool?). A player is tagged, and they must stand straight with hands above their head, much like a popsicle. However, this game adds a twist: players swimming underwater cannot be tagged and can tag frozen players underwater to set them free.

Pool Sports

For older kids and adults, it can be just as fun to play tag as it is to engage in a lively game of Ping Pong or volleyball. You’ll need a light and floating table and small white balls (bonus: they float!) for Ping Pong, and a net for volleyball. It can be more difficult to move around in the water, so these pool sports are great exercise.

Swimming is one our common favorite pastimes, so it is only natural that fun games pop out of it. Gather your loved ones today, young and old, and play a game of water freeze tag until your fingers turn into prunes.

Pool liners are essential for both in ground and above ground pools. While they are a necessity, you should always take your time in determining which type is the best for you. Here are a few tips for picking a liner for your pool.

Types of Pool Liners

There are three different types of above ground pool liners. The first of these is called a uni-bead pool liner, which is also known as the J-hook liner. It is the most common type of liner for above ground pools. It is easily removed with perforated edges that allow it to transform into a beaded liner. They are also attractive because they come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Overlap liners are folded along the edge of the pol, extended over its wall, and secured inside the pool just below the top rail. Coping, or plastic strips, are used to make sure that these liners are guaranteed. It is a popular type of pool liner for most pools because it is less expensive due to its lack of design selection and its ease of installation. Lastly, there are beaded pool liners need a row of clips along the edge to secure the liner, and this ‘track’ extends around the entire pool. This type of pool liner is more expensive in comparison and is harder to install. It can be worth it, if you choose, for a more uniform look.

Material Matters

There are four primary types of equipment to choose from for your pool liner. These include vinyl, fiberglass, plastic or concrete. Gauge measures vinyl pool liners; higher gauge means higher quality, which means a higher price tag. While you may be tempted to choose what is most aesthetically pleasing, quality should mean durability, sturdiness, and a long life.

When to Replace Your Pool Liner

While an average vinyl pool liner lasts anywhere from 8 to 12 years, they wear down even with routine maintenance. A pool liner will receive damage from pool chemicals and weather along the way. These liners are expensive, so know that there are a few signs to look for when determining whether you should replace your pool liner.

Check for cracks and deterioration. While one break should be addressed but isn’t an emergency, several cracks could indicate a pool leak. Even when cracks are thin, water can quickly get through these tiny holes and cause significant problems for your above ground pool. When these breaks cannot be patched, you may want to shop for a new pool liner.

Look for fading or stains, which may be from problems such as algae or rust, rather than the regular chemical exposure. This fading means that your liner may be brittle, and cracks are the logical next stop. Wrinkles and stretching are another issues just as dangerous as cracks: once a liner is too stretched or wrinkled to slip out of place, it will not stay put and do its job.

Protect Your Pool

Regards of which color scheme or design you have in mind, remember that a pool liner has much more than an aesthetic effect. Vinyl is resilient, while fiberglass is quite flexible. Concrete pool liners last for many years but aren’t pleasing to the eye. Understand your needs before you choose a design for your pool liner – quality matters most.

Shop Around

Always comparison shop pool liners before you decide on which one is best for you. Whether you need to consult an expert as to which type is best, or you just want to get a better deal, take your time to make sure that your pool liner will do justify its price tag and keep your pool safe and clean.

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Nov. 15, 2017

5 Things You Should Know About Pool Liners

Pool liners are essential for both in ground and above ground pools. While they are a necessity, you should always take your time in determining which type is the best for you. Here are a few tips for picking a liner for your pool.

Types of Pool Liners

There are three different types of above ground pool liners. The first of these is called a uni-bead pool liner, which is also known as the J-hook liner. It is the most common type of liner for above ground pools. It is easily removed with perforated edges that allow it to transform into a beaded liner. They are also attractive because they come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Overlap liners are folded along the edge of the pol, extended over its wall, and secured inside the pool just below the top rail. Coping, or plastic strips, are used to make sure that these liners are guaranteed. It is a popular type of pool liner for most pools because it is less expensive due to its lack of design selection and its ease of installation. Lastly, there are beaded pool liners need a row of clips along the edge to secure the liner, and this ‘track’ extends around the entire pool. This type of pool liner is more expensive in comparison and is harder to install. It can be worth it, if you choose, for a more uniform look.

Material Matters

There are four primary types of equipment to choose from for your pool liner. These include vinyl, fiberglass, plastic or concrete. Gauge measures vinyl pool liners; higher gauge means higher quality, which means a higher price tag. While you may be tempted to choose what is most aesthetically pleasing, quality should mean durability, sturdiness, and a long life.

When to Replace Your Pool Liner

While an average vinyl pool liner lasts anywhere from 8 to 12 years, they wear down even with routine maintenance. A pool liner will receive damage from pool chemicals and weather along the way. These liners are expensive, so know that there are a few signs to look for when determining whether you should replace your pool liner.

Check for cracks and deterioration. While one break should be addressed but isn’t an emergency, several cracks could indicate a pool leak. Even when cracks are thin, water can quickly get through these tiny holes and cause significant problems for your above ground pool. When these breaks cannot be patched, you may want to shop for a new pool liner.

Look for fading or stains, which may be from problems such as algae or rust, rather than the regular chemical exposure. This fading means that your liner may be brittle, and cracks are the logical next stop. Wrinkles and stretching are another issues just as dangerous as cracks: once a liner is too stretched or wrinkled to slip out of place, it will not stay put and do its job.

Protect Your Pool

Regards of which color scheme or design you have in mind, remember that a pool liner has much more than an aesthetic effect. Vinyl is resilient, while fiberglass is quite flexible. Concrete pool liners last for many years but aren’t pleasing to the eye. Understand your needs before you choose a design for your pool liner – quality matters most.

Shop Around

Always comparison shop pool liners before you decide on which one is best for you. Whether you need to consult an expert as to which type is best, or you just want to get a better deal, take your time to make sure that your pool liner will do justify its price tag and keep your pool safe and clean.

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Nov. 8, 2017

Which Type of Pool Cover is Best for Your Pool?

When it comes to your investment in an above ground pool, there is a lot more to it than swimming every day. There is routine maintenance that goes into taking care of an above ground pool, such as keeping leaves and bugs away, maintaining water quality, filter replacement, and more. Even when the colder months roll around, there is a critical piece of routine above ground pool maintenance that you need: a sturdy cover. Which types of pool covers are there, and which is best for your pool?

Safety Pool Cover

Safety pool covers are standard for their real purpose: preventing individuals from falling into a pool and drowning. These protective covers keep children who have wondered off safe around the pool area, as well as keeping unwanted guests out. A closed safety pool cover can be a flat tarp that stretches across the pool or a mesh cover. These closed safety covers do allow for the accumulation of snow and water, which takes time to remove before you can take off the cover.

Remember, using solid safety pool covers may very well save lives, so they are well-worth the investment. These sturdy pool covers must meet the standards for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), so you can trust even mesh safety pool covers that may not look as sturdy as the brand would suggest. These mesh covers are much less work to set up, and snow will not accumulate.

Solar Pool Cover

To surely harness the power of the sun, choose solar covers to cover your pull during the off season. This kind of cover is the least expensive pool covers. It uses solar power to heat the pool as much as ten degrees naturally. Because many do heat their pool, this affordable above ground swimming pool cover pool cover can make that heating costs much easier to handle. It also keeps water and chemicals from evaporating, making this fun summertime activity a lot more affordable.

Winter Pool Covers

A winter pool cover is built to stand up to the elements honestly. This pool cover is typically held in place with a cable and winch system that anchors it to the pool. This cable is threaded through grommets in the cover. Winter pool covers are made to minimize water collection, as it has air pillows that float on the water below the cover itself. Mesh winter pool covers can create even less water collection, as the mesh material on the cover makes sure that water, not debris, can get through to the cover. A winter pool cover will prevent the build-up of waste, algae, and decrease the likelihood of having a frozen pool in April.

Leaf Nets

A leaf net is used with winter or solar above ground pool covers. This type of pool cover is made of open-weave, lightweight material, and water can go through while leaf nets catch leaves, insects, and other debris that may cause its way onto the pool cover. Not only does it protect the cover itself, but a leaf net also makes it easier to move the cover as it is not weighed down by leaves and debris.

It can be challenging to choose a pool cover right for both your pool and budget and fortunately, there are professionals in your area. Consult an expert, and even create custom pool covers if no conventional covers fit your investment.

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Nov. 2, 2017

Four Fun Pool Activities to Enjoy on Your Above the Ground Pool

Swimming is one of the most fun parts of summer. Not only is it great exercise, but it also brings the entire family – and our friends – together for a memorable get-together or party. However, having a pool is much more than doing the backstroke and the doggy paddle. There are several excellent pool games to help you get the most out of your above ground pool.

Marco Polo

The first game on this list is a classic: Marco Polo- named after the 13th-century Italian adventurer, this game is a tradition for every pool party. You can play with only a pair of people, but it’s much better – and more fun – when the entire squad joins in. One person closes their eyes while shouting “Marco,” while the other players yell “polo!” but try not to be tagged. If you are tagged, you are Marco.

Chicken Fight

As long as you don’t get extremely competitive, Chicken Fight is a great pool game. Four players are the best group for this game, with two pairs in which one rides on the others’ shoulders. The objective of the contest is for the person on top to knock the other head into the water. Whether you can scratch or pull hair rests in your own set of rules, but generally, it is known as water wrestling. Be careful, and remember it is just a game.

Handstand Contest

Not everyone is excellent at handstands – but a handstand contest is still an accessible and fun pool activity. This game is relatively easy – if you can do a handstand. Each player will attempt to do a handstand underwater, and the last person to come for air is the winner. Don’t hurt yourself winning this game, but it is a great challenge. It takes incredible arm strength to excel at this party game.

Diving for Treasure

Another fun pool activity is to ‘dive for treasure.’ These can be pennies, small toys, and anything that can sink. Be concerned with the use of rocks, especially with above ground pools, as any sharp edges can rip at the bottom. Toss the treasure to the bottom, and it becomes a race to see who can find the trinkets at the bottom of the pool first. Googles are a must-have for this pool game.

Pool games can be a traditional activity, or something made up on the spot, as long as you have fun with friends and family. Investing in an above ground pool is a great way to gather your loved ones for a fun afternoon in the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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Oct. 25, 2017

Nutgrass – Nutsedge Control – Above Ground Pools

Nutgrass Killer Nutsedge Control

Nutgrass Killer Nutsedge Control

Nutgrass And Above Ground Pools

 

Nutsedge or Nutgrass is a very stubborn weed that is most often found in the southern and eastern parts of the United States. This weed is can ruin landscaping, gardens etc. but is also known to wreak havoc on above ground pool liners. Sadly most above ground pool owners are unaware of the weeds existence until it’s too late. The good news is that Nutgrass damage is preventable and existing damage is repairable.
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Mar. 1, 2015

Big Green Egg vs. Primo Grill – Kamado Grill Comparison

Big Green Egg or Primo XL – Head To Head

This is the first time I have had the chance to compare the two most popular Kamado grills side by side. I was in the fortunate position to have one of each present at a neighborhood block party recently. This was a big event that happens every year on our street, in fact this party can last for two days. So I was excited to observe the abilities of both these high end ceramic grills as they would be both working hard. (more…)

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Nov. 16, 2014

Pool Safety Covers – Swimming Pool Safety Covers

Pool Safety Covers

Pool safety covers are thee way to safely close your inground swimming pool. Nothing is more important than ensuring the safety of other people and pets around a swimming pool. In fact many cities and municipalities now require the use of a safety pool cover for all in ground pools. Besides the obvious safety advantages, the safety cover does a fantastic job of keeping out debris like leaves, twigs and other unwanted contaminants from entering the pool water. A safety cover also keeps out about 95%-98% of sunlight, greatly reducing the growth of algae. These covers also do not blow off or flap during winter storms thanks to their proven securing system. Sure they may cost more than the traditional “tarp” style pool cover, but there is no comparison in quality or safety.
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Nov. 15, 2014

Sauna Kits Home Sauna Kits DIY Sauna Kits

Home Sauna Kits

Infrared saunas are becoming increasing popular each year. So much so that personal in home saunas are now available in do it yourself kits that are incredibly simple to assemble. This increasing popularity has created many home models as well as indoor sauna kit. Prices for indoor home saunas are very affordable and the benefits of infrared saunas are undeniable. Below we answer some of the basic infrared sauna questions that many people have. Hopefully this information will be beneficial, and hopefully you will soon enjoy the at home relaxation that a home sauna delivers. (more…)

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Nov. 12, 2014

Infrared Saunas For Home Use

Far Infrared Saunas

Infrared saunas have become very popular in recent years. So much so that personal in home saunas are practically a must have for many. Their popularity has spawned many personal sized models to come to the marketplace, while this groundswell of interest has driven down prices, making them affordable to most anyone. (more…)

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May. 4, 2014

Using Vermiculite Or Perlite Under A Pool

Vermiculite and perlite are commonly used to prevent soil compaction in gardens or potted plants. Both of these materials are found in the garden section of most home improvement stores as well as many local garden shops. They both are readily available in small quantities without trouble, but larger amounts may be difficult to find. (more…)

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Apr. 2, 2014