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Archive for the ‘Swimming Pools’ Category

September 6, 2019

Tips for Extending Your Pool Season

In Kansas, the warm weather seems to last forever. So, why is it that many pool owners only leave their pools open for a few months each season?

Did you know that you can leave your pool open longer for maximum enjoyment? Let’s look at tips for extending your pool season. (more…)

August 28, 2019

Watch a Movie in Your Swimming Pool

There’s nothing more fun than watching a movie in your backyard. Setting up a screen in your yard isn’t hard to do, and you can bet your kids, friends and family will love it.

But, what if you took it one step further and had a Dive-In Movie Night?

What’s this? This is where you set up a screen in your backyard and let everyone watch the movie from the pool. They can stay in the water or hang out on a float. And, for those who don’t want to get wet, they can still watch from dry land.

Just imagine the backyard memories!

In this article, we look at how to watch a movie in a swimming pool this weekend.

Here’s What You Need

  • Laptop or DVD player and a Table or to sit it on
  • Projector
  • Projector Screen or large wall that functions as a backdrop
  • Speakers
  • Your favorite movie
  • Pool Floats or other comfortable seating
  • Some great snacks

Watch a Movie in Your Swimming PoolHere’s How to Set It Up

You either need a flat surface like a large wall or a projector screen to watch your movie on. You can also hang a white sheet to the wall as your screen. Just make sure it’s securely on the wall so it doesn’t move in the wind.

Get a projector. You can either borrow one or buy one of your own. You should be able to find one for $100 or less. Do make sure you also have the cables you need to hook it up to your laptop.

Make sure your projector is in a safe place. You don’t want it near the pool in case someone bumps into it.

You want to add some external speakers to your laptop as its speakers won’t be loud enough. Consider portable outdoor speakers for the best sound.

Finally, make sure you have enough floats for those who want to watch from the pool and chairs for everyone else on your pool deck.

Set up a movie refreshment stand to give your backyard theater a drive-in feel.

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Tips to Make the Night Run Smoothly

  1. Tie a rope across your pool so your movie watchers can hang on to it as their pool floats start drifting
  2. Measure the correct distance and test it to make sure everyone can see your screen.
  3. Consider floats with drink holders so it’s easier for your guests.
  4. Keep the food out of the pool. Your guests can pop out for a little popcorn.

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August 9, 2019

How to Keep Your Pool Algae Free When It’s Hot

July and August are typically the hottest months in Kansas. Not only is the heat here to stay for awhile, but homeowners are busy, taking vacations, and getting kids ready for school.

So, when algae rears its ugly head, it can be a very frustrating experience.

in this article, we look at how to keep your pool algae free when it’s hot so it doesn’t derail your  plans. (more…)

August 2, 2019

Personal Hygiene for Kids at the Pool

Most everyone loves to swim, especially kids! In fact it’s one of the best summertime activities filled with fun. Yet, as kids head back to school, they often forget the basic rules of the pool. Once Labor Day comes around, it’s time for a reminder.

In this article, we look at personal hygiene for kids at the pool. Be sure and download the Healthy Swimming Education & Activity Book  to teach kids the basics of swimmer hygiene.


Personal Hygiene for Swimmers

While pools that are taken care of well are clean, clear and sanitized, swimmers must still take care before swimming.

Swimmers should shower (rinse off) before swimming, and no one should ever potty in the pool.

Substances like perspiration, make-up, body oil, lotions, urine and fecal matter react with the chlorine in your pool. The results?

  • You need to add more disinfectant to destroy bacteria
  • Byproducts occur making the swimming experience less than enjoyable

Persona hygiene also means that swimmers should never, ever, under any circumstances, swim when they have diarrhea. If they do, and any swimmers swallow contaminated water, they can get sick with the chlorine-resistant waterborne parasite Cryptosporidium (crypto).

Final Thoughts

We welcome your questions about pool hygiene, and we offer a wide range of the best pool and spa chemicals on the market.

Be sure and download the great activity book for your young swimmers.


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