Pool Dedication Event at Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp

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How would you Open an Above-ground Pool?

Remove debris and pump water off winter cover
Remove winter cover, clean, and store for the season
Connect all hoses
​Long hose from skimmer (box on the side of pool) to front of pump housing
Short hose from pump (located between the strainer housing and pump motor) to filter valve. (Your filter valve should have markings that state which hoses connect to each opening)
Long hose from filter valve to return (jet coming back into the pool)
Attach backwash (waste) hose to filter valve head. (We typically use a blue vinyl flat hose)
Replace plugs
​Attach the drain plug to the bottom of the sand filter
​Attach the site glass to valve head (This may not have been removed)
​Attach the pressure gauge to valve head (This may not have been removed)
Fill pool to appropriate level
Turn filter valve handle to backwash and turn power on. (This helps your pump catch prime, you will lose some water, and this will help you identify any hose clamps that may need tightening.)
Turn pool off, turn valve handle to rinse, and turn filter back on. Rinse for 30-45 seconds
Turn pool off, turn valve handle to filter. Operate as you normally would. Be sure to check for any leaks.
Add Shock and Algaecide to pool water and let circulate. Begin using Chlorine tablets as your normally would.
Be sure to bring a water sample to your Pool Professional 2-7 days after opening to ensure proper water balance.

This is what we do. See the video Slideshow.

When is the best time to replace my vinyl liner?

Is there a Pool Fence That Requires No Holes in the deck?

The “No Holes” Pool Fence is perfect where the landlord will not allow holes into the deck, the need is only temporary and you don’t want the holes, or you simply cannot stand the thought of holes in your beautiful deck.

Here’s how it works:

First lay out and connect the high-density polyethylene bases securely; surrounding the pool or area you want to block off.
Then, fill each base with water. Each one of these bases individually weighs around 65 pounds after being filled with water, but when they are connected; their combined weight is in the hundreds if not thousands of pounds, making this fence secure and immovable.
Once the bases have been properly placed and set up you can then install the guardian premier pool fence into the bases with ease.

What are the steps to install an oval Above-ground Pool?

This is the installation manual for the oval Harmony Blue Cascade Above-ground Pool?

http://www.bluecascadepools.com/harmony/files/Harmony-Oval-Installation-Manual.pdf

What are the steps to install a round Above-ground Pool?

This is the installation manual for the round Harmony Blue Cascade Above-ground Pool?

http://www.bluecascadepools.com/harmony/files/Harmony-Round-Installation-Manual.pdf

Water Testing Basics

You don’t have to be a chemist to keep your pool sparkling clean.

Following are some guidelines for using test strips to obtain accurate water analysis results.

Follow the directions that came with the kit. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? However, there have been many cases where a user inadvertently used the directions that came with another manufacturer’s strips or used directions from an older kit. Most inaccurate test results occur when individuals do not follow directions¾or follow the wrong directions! Test strips are continually improving and becoming more accurate, and you should never assume that the directions on one container are going to apply to another container’s strips. In addition, not all manufacturers’ test strips are the same, so it is essential to read and follow the directions on each container.
Store test strips in a low humidity environment at room temperature. Test strips will be most effective over a long period of time if they are stored properly. Suitable storage will give you confidence in your results until the product has reached the date of expiration.
Keep the cap on tight between uses. Doing this will prevent moisture from entering the bottle of unused strips. It is important that moisture not be introduced to the test strips until you use them in your pool or spa.
Keep wet fingers out of the bottle. The test strips won’t know the difference between the water on your fingers and the pool or spa water! So, make sure that the only water your test strips are reacting with is the pool or spa water you intend to measure.
Do not use expired test strips. Most containers of test strips will display an expiration date somewhere on the container. Always be aware of this date when using or purchasing test strips. Regardless of how the container has been stored or handled, test strips have a definite shelf life and should not be used after the product has expired. Using test strips after this date will likely lead to inaccurate results. Therefore, replace any bottles that have expired.
Test strips are among the easiest and fastest methods for testing water. By following the above guidelines, you can also ensure that test strips provide an accurate method for measuring the properties of pool or spa water, leading to a clean and healthy pool or spa.

How to vacuum a swimming pool on waste?

There comes a time when a pool owner needs to vacuum a pool that has large amounts of debris such as heavy algae or leaves (Usually this is the case when you first open the pool). If the homeowner vacuums like normal, they have a good chance of contaminating their filter, plugging up the circulation lines, or just clouding up their pool.
What is the solution? Those that have filters with the 6 way Multi-port valve can vacuum their pool on Waste. This position by-passes the filter and sends all the unwanted debris through the waste line. This eliminates clogging up the filter or clouding up their pool. Note: this procedure drains the pool so you may have to stop in the middle of this procedure to refill the pool.

Steps to Vacuuming on Waste:

1. Connect the vacuum head to the T-pole and then connect the swivel end of the vacuum hose (if equipped) to the vacuum head. Fully extend the T-pole and lower the vacuum head to the bottom of the deep end of the pool. Use care not to disturb any debris on the pool floor.

2. Connect the skim vac to the other end of the hose and place over a return fitting to purge the air from the vac hose. At this time the vac head and all of the vac hose is in the pool.

3. Keeping the the skim vac close to the surface of the of the water, make you way to the skimmer being sure not to let air into the vac hose. Place skim vac into skimmer through the top or the throat of the skimmer on-top of the skimmer basket.

4. Go to the Pool Pump area and turn the pool pump off. Change the filter valve to the “WASTE” position and turn the pump back on. You are now taking water out of the pool.
Make sure the Skim-Vac did not come loose over the skimmer basket and is securely sealed over the basket.

5. Slowly close the valves for the remaining skimmers if you have more than one skimmer. Leave the valve to the skimmer that the vacuum hose is connected to fully open.
Slowly close the Main Drain valve about half way. This will be the optimal setting for vacuuming.

6. Begin slowly vacuuming like normal in the shallow end being careful not to stir up the debris.

7. As debris is collected in the skimmer basket under the Skim-Vac, and in the pump basket, the level of suction will decrease. Vacuum performance will also decrease. You may need to stop vacuuming and turn off the pool pump, clean the skimmer basket AND the pump basket, then resume vacuuming. Note: at this time you may need to refill the pool. Repeat as needed.

8. When you are finished vacuuming, turn the pool pump off and disconnect the Skim-Vac. Clean the skimmer basket and the pump basket. Refill pool to the middle of the skimmer opening. With the pool pump off, turn the filter valve back to the “FILTER” position. You did it. You’re back now to filtering the pool as normal. This is a perfect time to get out your test kit and check your readings for chlorine and pH. Better yet, take a water sample to your local pool professional and ask them, “Is my pool water safe for swimmers?”

Flolight: Use the water pressure of your pool to generate power to light up your pool.

No wiring or batteries needed!
Simply replace your standard 1 1/2 inch threaded eyeball
Can be installed in seconds.

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