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Pools and hot tubs can provide hours of enjoyment, but they do require maintenance. This page contains tips and advice on caring for your pool or hot tub.

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Household Chemicals for Pool MaintenanceThis 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.

 

Algae in a pool

Cleaning Algae From a PoolThis is a page about cleaning algae from a pool. Keeping your pool crystal clear requires that you remove existing algae and prevent its regrowth.

 

Cloudy water in an above ground pool.

Cloudy Water in an Above Ground PoolThis page is about cloudy water in an above ground pool. The pool water can appear cloudy even after adding the proper chemicals.

 

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Homemade Spa or Hot Tub CoverWhen we got our hot tub it came with a nice insulated cover. What we did not count on was that my daughter's pit bull puppy would love to tear it up. Our hot tub is outside so we tried everything to keep it covered and ended up not using it for a couple of winter's because it became a real money drain.

 

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Can I Leave an Intex Above Ground Pool Out Year Round?I plan on purchasing one of those metal frame pools by Intex. Is it okay to leave it up all year round?

 

Above Ground Pool

Winterizing an Above Ground Pool?This is a page about winterizing an above ground pool. Just like inground pools, your above ground pool will need winterizing to protect it from damage.

 

Testing Pool PH

Homemade Pool Stabilizer?Some common household chemicals can be used for pool maintenance. Be sure to do your testing and add the proper amounts to keep your water safe. This is a page about homemade pool stabilizer.

 

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Using Baking Soda in a Swimming Pool?This is a page about using baking soda in a swimming pool. Some pool owners look for alternatives to chlorine for keeping their pool clean.

 

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Using Vinegar to Clean Above Ground Pools?Can you use vinegar to safely clean your above ground pool?

 

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Algaecide and Shocking Left Pool Water Milky?I have a 16 ft. above ground pool and I had to put algaecide and shock in it about a week ago and it cleared the algae, but left a milky substance. I have bought a vacuum and other chemicals to clear it rounding about $200.00 on it already I am frustrated as nothing is working.

 

Above ground pool.

Installing Sand for a Pool BaseThis is a page about installing sand for a pool base. Putting down a good sand base for your pool will help prevent punctures to the liner from sharp rocks. It also makes for a smooth pool bottom.

 

Kids Playing in Above Ground Swimming Pool

Using an Above Ground Swimming Pool Without Chemicals?This is a page about using an above ground swimming pool. Many people set up above ground pools for the summer. Using the appropriate chemicals to treat the water helps prevent people from getting sick and keeps the water clear. Here is some information about how to safely use an above ground pool.

 

A man cleaning a swimming pool.

Alternatives to Shock For Pools?This is a page about alternatives to shock for pools. Go green with these options for keeping your pool clean and safe.

 

A kit for testing the pool water's pH.

Homemade Pool ChemicalsThis is a page about homemade pool chemicals.Find affordable alternatives to maintaining your swimming pool.

 

Hand holding a chlorine tester against the blue water of a clean pool

Maintaining Chlorine Levels in a PoolThis is a page about maintaining chlorine levels in a pool. Chlorine added to your pool needs to be stabilized in order to maintain its effectiveness.

 

A man cleaning his backyard pool.

Maintaining a Backyard Swimming PoolThis is a page about maintaining a backyard swimming pool. Keeping your backyard swimming pool clean and in good repair helps ensure you and your family hours of enjoyment.

 

Close up of an automated swimming pool vacuum on the pool floor

Buying a Swimming Pool Vacuum?Buying the best vacuum for your swimming pool will probably require a bit of research. This is a page about buying a swimming pool vacuum.

 

Spa Water Foam

Reducing Spa Water Foam?This is a page about reducing spa water foam. If you have noticed excessive foaming in your spa then it is time to take preventative measures. You may also need to use a product to help reduce the foam.

 

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Winterizing a Hot Tub or Spa?This page is about winterizing a hot tub or spa. When the weather turns cold you want to make sure your tub and the plumbing will not freeze.

 

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Getting Pool Ready to Use?My alkaline stabilizer pH levels are low and my chlorine is high. What can I do cheaply and quickly? I am having a party tomorrow.

 

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Repairing an Above Ground Swimming PoolThis page is about repairing an above ground pool. In order to repair that leak, you must locate it.

 

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Reusing the Space in a Deck Left by Pool Removal?We have an above ground 24 ft. round pool and our deck is built around the pool. We want to remove it as we have a small grandchild living with us.

 

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Adjusting the pH in Your Pool?We can't get the pH level in our 5,500 gallon above ground pool correct. We have added pH increaser with no luck. Instead of the color in the tester being pink, ours comes up yellow. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

 

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Setting Up an Above Ground Pool?We have an 18' above ground pool. This is all new to us. We have it up and filled and have been in it, but don't have the pump and filter going. I need detailed instructions for where to put the chlorine tabs and how many.

 

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How Do I Clear a Cloudy Swimming Pool?My swimming pool is cloudy. What do I do?

 

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How Do I Maintain an Above Ground Pool?I have a portable pool which I put up one season, then took down. I bought chemicals for it and the test strips. I only did this one year. What steps do I take to put the chemical in?

 

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How Do I Supply Power to an Outdoor Spa and Waterfall?I have a spa coming in and I'm building a waterfall both at the end of my yard, about 40 feet away from the house. How do I legally run power to them? The spa takes 220V.

 

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DE Pool Filter Tank Not Draining?I have an in-ground gunite pool. I have a DE filter. Despite having a relatively clean pool, I have to clean the filter almost every two months or so. Every time I clean, I release the air on the tank and when I remove the tank lid, the water is automatically drained.

 

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Pool Vacuum Not Filtering Water?The vacuum filter is putting back dirty water into the pool. Every time we vacuum the pool, within the minute even after we cleaned the filter out, the returning water from the filter is just as dirty as the water that was vacuumed out.

 

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Inexpensive Do-it-Yourself Pool Patios?We are on a hill and are afraid of cracking with concrete or pressed concrete, plus it is very expensive. Does anyone have any ideas on pool patios which are do-it-yourself and relatively inexpensive? Thanks

 

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Troubleshooting Pool's Suction Vacuum?My pool filter seems to be working fine, but when I plug my suction vacuum into it the filter pressure gets really high and I lose water pressure. My local pool store told me I should be vacuuming on the waste setting, but this just shoots water out into my yard.

 

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Film in a Saltwater Swimming Pool?I have a saltwater swimming pool and a brown rusty looking film gets on the walls and bottom. What is it and what can I do for it?

 

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My Pool Turned Green?I woke up one morning to find my pool completely green. I tried 16oz of super shock (only calls for 3 3/4 oz) its still green. Can anyone help me?

 

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Getting an Old Pool Ready for Use?I have an above ground pool that has not been used for at least 5 years. We just moved into that house and want to use the pool. The pool has a pool cover but it has been weighed down by algae, bugs, and lots of dirty water. I need suggestions on what to do with the pool cover and all that dirty water and how to start using the pool.

 

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Make a Pool Spray from PVC Pipe?I am looking for a pattern to make a pool spray from PVC pipe. Any suggestions?

 

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Problems With Above Ground Pool Filter?Why is the water in my above the ground pool filter not being pulled through the sand? It circulates but does not filter through the sand.

 

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Ignore Calcium Hardness In Vinyl PoolsDealing with calcium hardness (total hardness) in a vinyl pool? Well stop right now! Calcium hardness is one balance step you don't have to deal with in a vinyl pool.

 

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Making Hot Tub Steps?My husband and I just got a FANTASTIC deal on a pre-owned hot tub. Only problem is, it doesn't come with the steps, and the dealer wants $150 to order plastic snap-together steps. I think that's outrageous! Does anybody have any suggestions?

 

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Building a Homemade Jacuzzi?I want to know if anybody out there has a homemade simple way to make a portable jacuzzi. I know there has to be a way. Nothing fancy at all, a simple, gadget way of making one, that I can also take apart later if I need to.

 

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How do you close a pool after swimming season?How do you close a pool after swimming season?

 

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Green Ring Around My Pool Liner?How can I get rid or the green ring around my pool liner? I have tried everything.

 

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My Pool Looks Like the Black Lagoon?I have an in-ground swimming pool. I have a 16x32 pool with a loop-lock cover. When cover is removed it looks like the black lagoon, Does anyone know what chemicals should be added before starting up the pool?

 

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Installing an Older Hot Tub?I was given an older hot tub that was in the ground. I want to build a deck around it. Can you give me some info or a place I can get more info on how to reinstall it above ground?

 

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Green Water In Pool?My pool is green. I have tried several remedies. Can someone help me to get this pool clear?

 

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Make a Child's Wading Pool SaferApply bathtub decals to the bottom of your child's wading pool to keep your children from slipping. You can even apply any leftover decals to the side for better gripping of little hands.

 

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Maintaining an In-ground Swimming Pool?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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Using Baking Soda in a Swimming Pool?What exactly does baking soda do for a pool? I have a 16X48 above ground pool and I'm new to this world. There's so much to learn.

 

Cleaning Swimming Pool - cloudy area in pool

Cleaning Swimming Pool?I have this cloud in the center of my pool that I can't get to settle to the bottom so I can vacuum it. I have used Shock and Flock It and use a clarifier also. Any help in solving this would be great.

 

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Cutting Back on Hot Tub Chemicals?I have a 250 gallon hot tub that I am trying to go pretty much chemical free. I am using a ozonator and mineral stick. I do the PH balance, but am confused as to what else I need to use. When I use a testing kit, it shows that I need chlorine and acid. Are there any household products that I can use instead of the chemicals?

 

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Lowering the PPM Stabilizer in a Pool?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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Using Baking Soda to Increase the pH of Pool Water?I have a 10'x8' above ground pool. I want to use baking soda in place of bromide to increase the pH level. When adding baking soda to bring up the pH level in your pool, how much do you add to start with? My pH level is way down!

 

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