Maintaining a Backyard Swimming Pool

October 5, 2017

Has anyone painted their in-ground swimming pool? Can anyone give me their opinion about chlorine vs. salt systems? Any maintenance suggestions would be appreciated!



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We pained our swimming pool several years ago.

  1. Empty the swimming pool of all water.
  2. If your pool has flakes or pealing paint this has to be cleaned.
  3. The pool supply store has all the products you will need to clean the pool before painting it again.
  4. We had a black bottom pool and had to repaint the black in the pool.
  5. We purchased special paint from the pool supply store to do this.
  6. We needed to apply 3 coats of paint to the bottom of the pool.
  7. Each coat needed 24 hours to dry before the next coat was added.
  8. We already had the pump and filters so we stayed with chlorine.
  9. If you want to do a salt system I believe you will need to change your pump, filters, and use a different type of paint for the pool so the salt water won't harm the cement.

Ask at your local pool supply store for what you will need to change and what paint to use if you want to go with a salt system in your pool.

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July 29, 2017

Can toilet bleach tabs be used in a large home wading swimming pool?


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July 30, 20170 found this helpful

i cannot find evidence that it would be dangerous to use but since these products (toilet tabs) are usually much more expensive than swimming pool tabs I wonder why you would want to use them. maybe a supply on hand? From my research it appears the toilet tabs are much weaker than pool tabs and I'm not sure how you would be able to determine how many to use and how often.


The ingredients are not exactly the same in the two products and I could not find any one saying they had ever tried this - usually it is the reverse - someone wanting to use pool tabs in toilets and not just because they are cheaper.

I have a couple of links that you might want to check out but they mainly deal with the strength of both tabs and also there are many people who claim that both products will damage the toilet mechanisms. Check them out if you are curious.


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July 30, 20171 found this helpful

It would be ok. You would probably need a lot of them.

July 31, 20171 found this helpful

If you have them handy to use them in there, I'm sure it's fine.


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July 31, 20170 found this helpful

most likely you would have to use an insane amount of them. As well, the toilet tabs usually come with odors that you probably don't want in your pool


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August 1, 20170 found this helpful

It is possible use use the tablets in your large wading pool. However, this is not economical and it will take a large amount of tablets to clean your pool.


Unless you have a major supply of these tablets on hand, I would not suggest using them to clean a pool.

August 4, 20210 found this helpful

Can you use toilet bowl tablets with chlorine in your pool

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May 31, 2019

How do I lower the ppm stabilizer in a 6660 gallon above ground pool? it is brand new, but there is lots of rust in the well water.


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June 1, 20190 found this helpful

According to this article, you must dilute the pool with fresh water first.

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June 15, 2009

I have a question regarding bleach in the pool. I have a 3 foot by 12 foot pool. How much bleach do I put in and how many times a week? Do I also put in baking soda at the same time or as needed?

Thanks for the help.

By Karen from Spring Hill, TN


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June 22, 20050 found this helpful

Go to the swimming pool supply store, buy a water testing kit, they will tell you how to use it. You will need a vacuum hose with an adapter that fits into where your water is suctioned out into the pump. That is how you create the suction to vacuum. You need a vacuum brush for the end of the hose, a telepole to attach to the vacuum brush (you hold onto the pole and use it to guide the vacuum to the corners, center, deep end, etc.) You need chlorine, I think the tablets are easier to use, you just put them into the basket where the water is sucked out after vacuuming, soda ash to keep the PH level correct, good baskets for the pump, returns, etc.


But your pool supply store should help you out with other supplies.
I hope this helps.


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April 27, 2016

This is a page about cleaning a backyard swimming pool. Keeping your backyard pool clean is an important part of being able to enjoy it at any time.

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July 21, 2015

This is a page about household chemicals for pool maintenance. With proper testing, you can safely maintain your pool water pH balance using generic household chemicals.

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June 15, 2009

We have a 90,000 litres painted pool in New Zealand. Can someone suggest cheaper maintenance to keep it clean as we are constantly spending heaps on chemicals from the pool store.


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