How to Take Care of an Inground Swimming Pool

From SF Gate

Owning a swimming pool can be an intimidating experience for many.  Knowing about pool water chemistry and balance, how the equipment works, how to clean and maintan the pool and equipment, and how to administer chemicals can all be complicated and are easy to screw up.  This post from the SF Gate presents a practical, easy primer on swimming pool maintenance for anyone.

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Swimming pool

From Wikipedia

Ever wanted to know everything that there is to know about swimming pools?  Well, that's probably not technically possible, but one can get very close to this Nirvana by clicking over to the Wikipedia page on the Swimming Pool.  Wikipedia, the crowsourced free encyclopedia that has changed the information age for the better, has a very detailed entry on Swimming Pools that is sure to inform and amaze even the most experienced swimming pool professional.

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The Sensible Way
to Enjoy Your Inground
Swimming Pool

From APSP

Swimming pool safety entails using alot of common sense, and yet accidents continue to happen at swimming pools across the country.  This post from the Association of Pool and Spa professionals presents this handy packet with guidelines for drowning prevention.  The main point that seems to always get lost is that there is no substitution for Adult Supervision, no matter what other precautions are in place.

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The Ins and Outs of In-Ground Pools

From DIY Network

Learn about the pros and cons of the different types of in-ground pools in regards to maintenance, life expectancy and cost.

Just installing a pool in one's backyard is both an exhilirating and expensive venture.  What most new pool owners don't consider are the hidden costs associated with swimming pools.  These costs can be driven by utility costs, maintenance costs, chemical costs, and functional obsolence in equipment and materials.  This post from the DIY network discusses these costs in this informative post, which will help any prospective pool owner enter into the transaction with eyes wide open.

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In-Ground vs. Above-Ground Pools

From HGTV

Consider your budget and surroundings when deciding what type of pool suits you.

Budget is usually the largest factor that comes into play when deciding what type of pool is most suitable for a given project.  Budget is not the only consideration, however, even for those fortunate enough to have the means to afford any type of pool.  What makes one type of swimming pool better than the next?  The answers are within this post from HGTV which explores the differences between the main types of inground and above ground swimming pools.

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Inground Pool Types

From Swimming Pool.com

Inground swimming pools run the gamut in price and features.  From the entry-level fiberglass shell, to the semi-customizable vinyl-liner pool all the way to completely custom gunite home waterparks, the inground swimming pool can take a homeowner from the simple to the sublime.  The price tag will vary considerably based on the type of pool chosen, as well as the features and amenities available.  This post from Swimmingpool.com covers these different types of inground pools, and sets reasonable expectations in terms of all of these factors for the various types.

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Swimming Pools: Valuable Home Upgrade or Just a Pain in the Wallet?

From Money

This is probably the most common question that homeowners have about a swimming pool:  Will it add or detract from the value of my home?  This question is a very complicated one, and the answer will vary depending on a number of factors.  This post from Money explores this question in detail, and will hopefully provide some clarity on an otherwise murky subject.

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This Glass Bottom Sky Pool Is NOT For the Faint of Heart

From Twenty Two Words

Ever wonder what it is like to walk a tightrope 43 stories in the air?  The flying Wallendas know this feeling, but can anyone experience something similar?  Well, thanks to an amazing glass-bottom cantilevered sky pool in Houston, TX, this experience is virtually reachable by anyone willing to try.  The pool is an amazing engineering feat, but it is not for the faint of heart.

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Installing Pool Fencing

From Home Improvement Pages

When installing a swimming pool, most municipalities will require a fence around the pool.  Even if one's particular municipality doesn't strictly require them, fences are always a great layer of protection to ensure the safety of children and pets.  This post from Home Improvement Pages discusses the specifications of a proper, safe swimming pool fence, as well as some installation tips.

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What to Consider Before Installing a Pool

From Home Improvement Pages

Even after the process of deciding to design and install an inground pool is complete, there are still lots of steps that need to be undertaken to facilitate the installation.  The laundry list of tasks is long, and includes:  Municipal codes and permit application, engineering, grading, site work, landscaping, fencing, irrigation, lighting, etc. This post from Home Improvement Pages talks about the steps and considerations that need to be taken and checked off before a swimming pool goes in.  

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