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Swimming pool equipment help: Coping is what you use to top the edge of the swimming pool (it looks like a mini-sidewalk that surrounds the pool). Coping can be made from all kinds of materials like (usually stone or concrete). People usually think of the coping as pool decoration and not really pool equipment, however, it actually does serve a purpose. Coping has a non-skid surface to prevent slippage accidents on the edge of the pool.
*When designing your swimming pool, make sure the coping is at a slight angle, tilted away from the pool. This is done to keep splashed water or dirty rain from flowing back into the pool.
More swimming pool equipment help: Vacuuming—you can't escape from doing it in your home so why would your pool be any different? A pool vacuum is probably one of the most valuable pieces of swimming pool equipment when it comes to keeping a pool in tiptop shape. For this reason, you should go down the quality route to ensure your pool water quality.
To get a pool vacuum to work, you usually need to connect the device to the intake valve in the skimmer basket. You pretty much have 2 choices when it comes to pool vacuum types:
• Manual—pretty much works like the manual vacuum you have stuffed in the hall closet
• Automatic (or robotic cleaner)—cleans the pool bottom all by itself
*Just like a regular vacuum you should empty the bag or container attached to it after it fills up with dirt.
Unless you love the shock of cold water on your body, you'd probably like to have a pool heater. Most people prefer pool water that is around 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Unless you live in a particularly warm climate, you won't be able to rely on the sun alone to heat your pool. In most climate zones, you'll need a pool heater to provide consistently warm water.
Size does matter when it comes to pool heaters. Though the initial cost of a smaller heater may be less, a larger pool heater may be better on your energy budget. Basically, a smaller heater may have to work much harder and longer to heat your pool than a larger version. The longer and harder your heater has to work, the more expensive you can expect your energy bills to be. Ask your pool equipment dealer for information about the most efficient heater for your pool.
Kids (especially young toddlers) are not very aware of their surroundings—especially when it comes to areas where they don't spend much time, like pools. Even when you have safety pool equipment (like a daily pool cover) still might not be deterred from exploring. For this reason, you might want to invest in a pool alarm.
Pool alarms sound off when someone approaches the pool and can literally be a lifesaver. These alarms should be installed on all entrances leading to the pool—that way the alarm sounds before it is too late. A good noise level for this type of alarm is about 85 decibels (so it can be heard 10 ft. away). To prevent an unnecessary sound off a lot of these alarms are equipped with a temporary shutoff switch.
*Make sure the alarm makes a distinct noise and doesn't sound like any phone, appliance, or other alarms you own.
Kids always have that fear of getting too close to the pool drain—being afraid that they'll be sucked right down to where the alligators live. The truth is, however, that the suction on the drain is minimal (about as dangerous as the suction in a bathtub).
A pool drain is just another piece of pool equipment that keeps the water flowing. It is there so debris can constantly be filtered out (that's why the pool floor is built on an angle).
*To make sure there's no outside chance of people getting feet stuck you should cover the drain hole on the outside of the pool. Use a cover with tiny holes (similar to showerheads).
The pump is the muscle behind the pool. It keeps the water moving so it can constantly be cleaned. Most pumps run on electricity so they can keep running. However, how much power the pump has depends on where you place it.
Putting the pump closer will give it more juice. Place a pump up to 40- 60 ft. away and that power will fade. Keep this pump power point in mind when you are deciding where to place the pool equipment.
Most of us seem to love automation. From automatic garage-door openers to automatic bill-paying services, we love having tasks accomplished without lifting a finger. Why should it be any different when it comes to pool equipment?
There are numerous devices on the market that are designed to take the work out of just about any pool-related task. You can find pool equipment that automatically measures water pressure, dispenses pool chemicals, and turns vital support systems off and on. If you want to spend more time splashing in your pool and less maintaining it, look around for these devices.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|