How Much Does it Cost to Heat a Pool?

From Pool Pricer

The ongoing costs of owning a swimming pool are sometimes a shock to new pool owners.  Most people when caught up in the euphoria of building their very own backyard paradise lose sight of the fact that the cash outlay doesn't end when the pool is complete.  Coupled with the costs of maintenance, the utility costs can be overwhelming.  This post from Pool Pricer talks about what to expect when you own a pool in terms of ongoing utility costs, and what you can do to mitigate the damage.

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7 Top Landscaping Don'ts

Avoid the time-, money- and maintenance hogs of big landscaping mistakes. Here are 7 must-not-dos of home landscaping.

From HGTV

In any field that requires design, it can be easy to lose sight of the unintended consequences created by the design.  In the interest of beauty, aesthetics, form and function, sometimes the ongoing maintnenance and upkeep of any given space can be sacrificed.  This situation can leave the homeowner holding the bag, as well as a very large maintenance and utility bill.  This post from HGTV presents 7 landscaping don'ts that should be a part of every skilled designer's repertoire.

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Ocean Wings: Aqua Lung Wetsuit Lets You Fly Underwater

From Inhabitat

Let's face it, humans weren't meant to be underwater.  Not only can't we breathe in the water, we are terribly inefficient moving throught the fluid.  Until very recently, the best a human could do to move more like a sea creature would be to attach swim fins, or use some type of motorized device.  This post from Inhabitat presents a new wetsuit that allows humans to feel what it is like to glide through the water like a fish.

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Fun Swimming Pool Trivia from Shasta Pools

From Shasta Pools Lifestyle Blog

Swimming Pools and Swimming are always interesting subjects to many people.  With any attraction like a swimming pool or the activity of swimming and its many aspects, there are bound to be scintillating facts and legends that are simply too wild to believe.  This blog from Shasta Pools presents some of the most interesting swimming and swimming pool facts that we've ever seen.  If you are interested in whether Elephants can swim, which swimming stroke is actually the fastest, and whether most people produce enough saliva to fill three swimming pools, then this blog will tickle your brain.

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Deep Blue: Top 9 Outdoor Swimming Pools

From Iceblog

If you are an outdoor living enthusiast, swimmer, or just love looking at amazing examples of architecture, then this post is definitely for you.  Swimming Pools, and the art of watershaping, has made quantum leaps over the last couple of decades.  Some of the examples of the swimming pool artform are bordering on sublime.  This post from Iceblog presents 9 Outdoor Swimming Pools from around the world that clearly emphasize this point.

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How to Get Rid of Hot Tub Foam

From Swim University

Anyone who has had or has been in a public hot tub is familiar with the scourge of Hot Tub Foam.  If one took the time to really think about what comprises that foam, one might never set foot into a Hot Tub ever again.  As Matt Giovanisci from Swim University points out in this informative post, hot tub foam consists of hair care products, body lotions, deodorant, makeup, laundry detergent, chemicals, body fluids, solids, etc. etc.  Luckily, the post also tells the reader how to remove and mitigate this disgusting by product of hot tub use.

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10 DIY Swimming Pool Maintenance Hacks

From Swim University

It seems that everyone is looking for a clever way to take care of mundane tasks that plague us in modern society.  In common parlance, this is known as a hack.  Owning a swimming pool or hot tub places one in the perfect position to utilize hacks to make their lives easier.  This post from Matt Giovanisci presents 10 swimming pool maintenance hacks that are designed to do just that.  DIY enthusiasts, or any pool/hot tub owner can utilize these tips and tricks to save time, and money.

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