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Swimming Pool Care Myths

From Pool & Spa Warehouse

Everyone has heard an anecdotal story or two about swimming pools.  These myths can not only be misleading, but they can actually be dangerous to one's health if they are misconstrued.  This post from The Pool and Spa Warehouse lists some of these commonly misleading and potentially dangerous myths, and presents the truth about them to set the record straight.

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6 things you must know about going solar

From Yahoo Homes

Swimming Pool owners have a special attachment to the outdoors.  They love using their pool and their outdoor living space, which is why they took the plunge and installed the swimming pool in the first place.  What new swimming pool owners sometimes don't fully comprehend is the increased costs that are associated with ownership.  The costs of electricity, gas, and water are sometimes a big surprise to some new owners.  Some owners are looking to alternative technologies to help mitigate the costs of ownership.  This post from Yahoo Homes gives some great tips on one such technology, Solar power.

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Swimming Pool Safety: Layers of Protection for 'Pool Safely'

From Pool and Patio via About.com

The Consumer Product Safety Commission's "Pool Safely" campaign is the largest swimming pool safety awareness campaign in the history of the world.  The movement began after the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was passed, and has grown into a powerful safety awareness force.  The keys to the movement, according to this post from About.com's Pool and Patio site, is that simple, layered steps will undoubtedly save lives.  Common sense and layers of protection can make the difference between a safe, health environment, or a unmitigated diaster.

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Introducing Hot Tub Yoga for Beginners Video

From Swim University

Getting and staying in shape requires a great commitment.  Fighting against motivation, boredom, injuries, and other life issues that consume one's time are always obstacles that stand in the way of being fit.  Many workout warriors are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to work out, have fun, and stay motivated.  This video from Matt Giovanisci of Swim University presents a 50-minute video with one such method: Hot Tub Yoga.  Combining a water-based workout with Yoga and a twist of Bikram, this video and method might just be the method that keeps you motivated to get and stay fit!

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What is Concrete?

From Gizmodo

After Water, It's the most widely used material on our planet.  Ton for ton, says this article from Gizmodo, concrete is used by humans more than steel, wood, plastics, and aluminum combined.  The supply and use of concrete is a $100,000,000,000 industry.  What is amazing is that most people don't really understand what concrete really is.  This post explains the volcanic origins of concrete, how it was prevalent in the ancient world and then forgotten, and how it's rediscovery and evolution is doing more to shape our physical world than any other material on Earth.

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Top Swimming Pool Myths Debunked

Water and Pools: Sorting Out Truth From Fiction

From About.com Pool and Patio

When it comes to swimming pools of all kinds, there exists no shortage of urban legends, myths, and misconceptions that have been accepted as fact.  Who among us hasn't heard that if a certain chemical is placed into the pool and someone pees in the pool, the chemical will turn colors and reveal the pool pee-er?  This post from About.com Pool and Patio takes a mythbusting tact to this an many other popular urban myths to separate truth from fiction.

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Chlorine: The Cause of Irritated Eyes of Swimmers?

From Healthy Pools

The most common misconception surrounding swimming pools is the cause for the "Chlorine" smell, eye and skin irritation, and skin disorders.  A properly chlorinated pool will not smell, will not irritate eyes, and will not be a catalyst for spreading disease.  The concept, simply put, is that chlorine has three distinct components that determine it's killing capacity:  Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, and Combined Chlorine.  Combined Chlorine is the culprit, and is caused by the chemical reaction that occurs when chlorine actually does it's job.  This post from Healthy Pools expounds on this concept, and busts an often perpetrated urban legend around chlorine and swimming pools.

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What are Chloramines?

Pool Chemistry and Swimming Pool Maintenance

From About Home Pool and Patio

We all know the smell:  It harkens one back to their youth at the local swim center or YMCA.  The pungent smell of an "overchlorinated" pool.  Additionally, one remembers burning eyes, itchy skin, and crunchy hair.  What most people fail to understand, unfortunately, is that this situation is not an "overchlorinated" pool, but one that is actually devoid of active chlorine.  This post by About Home explains this dangerous situation which is a very common misconception about how swimming pool chemistry works.  

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Tips to keep bees away from your pool

From APSP

There is nothing that can ruin a perfect summer day around one's inground swimming pool like swarming pests.  While bees don't transmit diseases like mosquitoes and ticks, they can certainly provide a sting that will ruin one's day at the swimming pool.  This post from the APSP gives some great tips on how to repel and control these pests that are actually beneficial to one's garden, but not to a fun day around the swimming pool.

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