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Inground Swimming Pool Heater Costs: But heating pool water seems extravagant and expensive! However, I suppose that depends on your threshold for financial pain. After the cost to buy a pool heater, there is the cost to install a pool heater, and then the cost to run a pool heater. Solar heat is Free, but not so reliable. Pool heat pumps cost less to operate than gas heaters in most states, although the price of Natural Gas has come down as the US is now the world’s largest producer of Natural Gas.

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There are probably dozens of pool pump mistakes out there. You need to reach in there and get the gunk out. The pump basket should be cleared out weekly and even more frequently during the fall and spring when there is more debris in the pool. Learn more here about how to clean your pump strainer basket. Running Pump Too Little or Too Much Some pool owners, desperate to save money on their electric bills, actually cost themselves more in the long run by not running the pump long enough.

To maintain water quality and safety, all of the water in your pool should be turned over meaning filtered once a day.

Vacuum Cleaning Kit Everything you need to keep your new pool clean!

Generally, above ground liners last 10 years or so, depending on the quality of the pool liner and the care given to the water chemistry. Over time, harsh water conditions can deplete the plasticizers within vinyl and cause your vinyl liner to become brittle and stiff. Eventually, all liners will fail, some gradually, some tragically and all at once.

Your pool liner also may become a victim to animal damage, ice damage, or a team of soccer players who forgot to remove their cleats before swimming. More likely, it will develop pinholes in areas of chemical degradation, or when becoming stiff and “crispy” after years of low pH or high chlorine levels, it may suddenly “snap” one day, creating a long horizontal tear along the wall which cannot be patched. In any case, all liners fail, so this blog post is for those DIY-ers who wish to save big bucks by changing their own above ground pool liners.

You can do it! Order your new vinyl pool liner. Measure carefully before ordering. Measure from wall to wall, at both the top of the pool, and at the base of the pool wall to be sure that the walls are not bowed in or out.

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Why add another chore to the list. Just hook it up and let it go. The Mighty Vac automatic vacuum is designed specially for the Intex pool and lives to keep it clean. You can save a lot of heart ache and time by upgrading to one of our 50 square foot filter and 1 horse power pump packages.

To maintain water quality and safety, all of the water in your pool should be turned over meaning filtered once a day.

Winterization also requires you to disconnect the hoses for the pool, pump and filter. Once the winter is over, and the outdoor temperatures begin to rise, it is time to reopen the pool for the summer. Trying to remember where each of the three hoses attach to your filter, pool and pump can quickly spell disaster if you mix up the connections.

Correctly hook up your sand filter and pump to your above-ground pool for hours of summer fun. Make sure to locate it near the skimmer and return on your pool. Ensure the ground is level beneath the pump and filer. Place the pump and filter on concrete blocks for additional stability. Pumps can be hardwired to the breaker, or plug into an outdoor receptacle. You may have a separate switch that operates the pump. Regardless of how your pump connects to the circuit, turning off the breaker ensures the electricity is disconnected and allows you to connect the pump to the filter safely.

Connect one end of the pool hose to the bottom of the skimmer and the opposite end to the inlet port on your pump. Use a screwdriver to tighten the hose clamps, securing the hose to the skimmer and pump. Connect the other end of this hose to the inlet port on your sand filter. Tighten the hose clamps with the screwdriver.

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Sweep clean with a broom, and patch any cracks with a lightweight cement, or vermiculite or at least fill with sand and trowel smooth.

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After the liner is in the track or attached to the wall, adjust the liner so there are no wrinkles.

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