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Blue Devil Pool Siphon
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My experience with the Blue Devil B3705 Above Ground Pool Cover Siphon

My electric pool cover pump (The Little Giant) died on me with just a few gallons of water left on the pool cover. Being so close to having the pool cover clear of leaves and water, I decided to forgo the time and effort of researching another electric pump for such a small job. I’d […]

Found Pool Leak
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Found the Pool Leak (Finally)!

A couple of years ago I realized there was a leak in the pool. At first it was barely noticeable. Every so often we added water to the pool but chalked it up to a dry season and rambunctious swimmers. The following season we realized it was a true leak. We filled the pool at […]

Pool Chlorine
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Swimming Pools, Chlorine and Toxins

One of the concerns I had as an above ground pool owner, is what does all that chlorine do to the folks swimming in the pool? Chlorine is great for fighting harmful bacteria and keeping the pool water clear, but what does it do to our bodies? Chlorine and Skin A strong concentration of chlorine […]

Little Giant Pool Cover Pump
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Little Giant – Pool Cover Pump

I now have a new toy that has become the object of my affection. It’s not actually a toy, but anything that makes pool maintenance easier I call a toy. I’m late in opening my pool this year because I have a host of other projects on my plate. During the off season, the pool […]

Dirty Hayward Filter Fingers - Before
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My Hayward Critter is Slowing Down

The Haywood vacuum critters are a lifesaver. I wrote in an earlier post that I purchased Wanda the Whale and have been extremely happy with her since. She saved me countless hours of standing out in the hot sun vacuuming the pool. Satiated Wanda What I have found, however, is that when Wanda is satiated […]

Wanda the Pool Cleaning Whale
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Wanda the Pool Cleaning Whale

I received Wanda the Whale and I’ve got to tell you, it’s one of the best pool-related purchases I’ve ever made. Actually it’s the second best right behind my Hayward DE pool filter. When I received the box I realized that Wanda was manufactured by Hayward. Once I saw the brand name I expected nothing […]

Wanda the Whale
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Opening the Above Ground Pool for the Summer

This weekend I’m sure most folks in America have opened their pool. This post is for folks like me who did a less than perfect job of closing their pool last year. If you read my last post, you’d know that I didn’t follow the “recommended procedure” for closing a pool. I had good intentions. […]

Main Drain
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Finding the Leak: Part 3

Feeling rather confident that I had found the source of the leak, I sprung out of bed the following morning to check on the pool. Fully expecting to see the area behind the pool dry and the pool water at the same level as when I went to bed, I confidently walked around the pool. […]

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