Relocating Pool Equipment: Consider Camouflage

Let's face it: pool equipment is not very attractive in a backyard. Yet it needs to be close to the pool to keep it practical. People use many different devices for relocating pool equipment. Before you go into the expense of moving it out of sight, consider some alternatives. Low walls, covered boxes and faux sheds can hide equipment really well but then you've got a 'square thing' sitting in … [Read more...]

2019 Pool Fence Laws for Safety

Pool season is upon us. Does your pool meet the latest pool fence laws? In California, pool owners need to install at least 2 of 7 specified 'drowning prevention safety features' at their home pool to reduce a child's risk of drowning.  And, yes, a 'pool' in California includes a spa. These measures allow homeowners to choose from barriers, alarms, fencing and pool covers. The following general … [Read more...]

Above Ground Pool Steps: What to Consider

Your above-ground pool needs a simple way to climb into it. The height of the sides makes it darn near impossible to crawl over. So the fix? Above Ground Pool Steps sold by many manufacturers of pool supplies. The cost ranges from $150 to $2600 (with a safety gate attached.) Most installation is simple enough - taking between one and two hours - but there are few things to watch for when you go to … [Read more...]

Above Ground Spas 2019

Looking for great ideas for above-ground spas in 2019? Consider the following before you bring it home and drop it into the backyard. Most above-ground spas are very similar looking: plastic, faux wood surround, white top overhanging the sides, blue interior. Here are a few tricks for installing the spa so it looks like it's just part of the environment: If you have room, make the spa a … [Read more...]

Above ground pool design options

Above ground pool design is an important consideration when you are deciding if an above ground pool is right for your family. Last month we talked about the pros and cons of an above ground pool and now we continue on the adventure. This is always the best part for me, design decisions. Above ground pool design decisions are fairly categorical because they come in kits. You will see. What are … [Read more...]

Above Ground Pool? Is it an option for my family?

In  Southern California, you don't come across an above ground pool to terribly often unless you are a pool service profession. In fact, I, personally, have only seen them once or twice. However, just because you don't see them all the time doesn't mean that they aren't a great option for you and your family. I remember when I was a child, my best friend had an above ground pool. It even had a … [Read more...]

It is getting cooler out here. What size pool heater do we need?

Southern California is never all that cold. For goodness gracious, I saw a national weather report and it could be in the 20s. Yikes! Just when you need the pool to be a bit...well, a lot warmer, the pool heater breaks. It is always when you need it the most, right? You realize that your pool heater is as old as Methuselah and realize that it is time that you start investigating the ins and outs … [Read more...]

Can my baby learn to swim?

In an older blog I told the story of answering the question, "Can my baby learn to swim?" At any rate it is worth a retell. I had a little cute baby boy when I was 31. I loved that little baby more than life. During long hours of rocking and feeding and loving, there was time to think, and to worry. Worry about what, you babyless folks may ask. My loving answer is worrying about everything. … [Read more...]

The Bests Pools San Diego Edition

San Diego is the land of palm trees and beach communities. Tourists come to our town to tan and enjoy the sunshine. We, residents, adore our pools. It is an activity, and exercise, a party, and relaxation. Our pools are part of our Southern California Culture. When you want to dream, take a look at our list of the best pools San Diego edition. TOP 5 Best Pools San Diego Edition (plus an … [Read more...]