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Foaming Water

You are swimming in your pool on a breezy summer day and what do you come across?  A white cotton like substance which looks almost like….foam.  Well, it IS foam.  Yes, that’s right, even your swimming pool can create foam.  How, you may ask?  There are many reasons as well as solutions to this. You may ask, ‘can’t I just use an anti-foam agent to get rid of it?’ And we’d answer: ‘Yes, anti-foam agents do reduce the foam or might even eliminate it for the time being, but they don’t permanently get rid of it.’  The only way to do that would be to pin point what exactly is causing the foam and correct that mistake.  Once that is corrected, the foam will also disappear.

Here is a list of the problems and solutions for foam in your swimming pool.

  • Water is too soft, meaning it has a low calcium hardness level, which is the measure of the total chemicals in your pool.  You can test this by using the Leisure Time Free Test Strips.  If your calcium level is above or below 200-400 ppm, you will need to use a product such as the SpaGuard Spa Calcium Hardness Increaser.
  • The number of total dissolved solids (TDS) is too high.  This can be corrected by a product like the Natural Chemistry Pool Perfect which biodegrades organic contaminants, resulting in clear, healthy, foam-free water.
  • Unbalanced water, which can be tested by Aquacheck Testing Strips.  If pH level is too high or too low, the water can be balanced again by adding the Spaguard Spa pH increaser/decreaser.  Re-balancing the water can reduce or even completely eliminate the foam.
  • Low grade algaecides with less than 30% polymers.  Most algaecides have polymers with a percentage of 30% – 60%.  Sometimes if this percentage goes down, foam is produced.  The best way to eliminate this problem is by purchasing an algaecide containing a percentage level of 40% like the BioGuard SoftSwim A Algaecide.
  • Phosphate levels are too high.  The only way to fix this is to regularly check phosphate levels using Aquacheck Test Strips and if the levels do get high or low, then using a product such as the Natural Chemistry Pool Perfect Plus PHOSfree can eliminate phosphate buildup which will eliminate foam.
  • Using air jets in Biguanide treated pools.  What is Biguanide?  It is a chemical system different from chlorine and bromine which deals with polymers attaching to the algae and filtering itself out of the pool.  These systems are preferred over chlorine because it is gentler on the skin and hair.  The only downfall is that you can’t use air jets because they can accumulate the polymers and create unwanted foam.

Tracking down the source of the foam is much more effective than using anti-foam because treating the source eliminates the foam whereas treating the foam reduces it.  Of course, this also depends on the amount of foam you are dealing with.  If it is a very slight amount, then using a product like the Natural Chemistry Spaurge can definitely eliminate the foam very quickly.  Of course, if none of those reasons caused the foam in your pool then it can just be that someone added a few soap bars in your pool!!  Whatever the reason may be, using the correct methods will guarantee a smooth, foam-free swimming pool. And we guarantee, at poolproducts4less.com you will find a solution to your problem!

Automatic Pool Cleaners – Pressure Side

Automatic pool cleaners such as pressure side pool cleaners are extremely useful for high pressure in ground swimming pools.  These automatic pool cleaners attach to the pressure side of the pool, meaning the side which returns water back into the swimming pool.  Having their own hydraulic power point, these pressure side automatic pool cleaners are very advantageous in that they help distribute clean, filtered water throughout the swimming pool and have their own filter bag which means they don’t influence the filter system at all.  As long as its filter bag is emptied once filled, then the automatic pool cleaner will continue sucking up debris automatically.  The pressure side pool cleaners are either attached to one of the existing pressure ports powered by a pool pump or a separate cleaner line with an additional booster pump.

Once attached to a port, the water flows into the system and splits three ways:  the sweeper tail, thrust jet, and venture.  What the sweeper tail does is get debris off the wall and floor and into the filter system.  The thrust jet is made up of gears which power the system around the pool in a random pattern.  Lastly, the venture sucks up all the leaves and throws them into the filter bag which will need to be emptied in order to suck up more debris.  A valve at the back of the cleaner will reverse the water flow and change up the pattern so it can clean every area of the pool thoroughly.

Pressure side pool cleaners such as Pentair Legend Platinum Pool Cleaner LL105PM and Polaris Vac-Sweep (180, 280, 380) Pool Cleaner require a separate booster pump to work efficiently.  Without the booster pump, they would not have enough power and would crawl around the pool very slowly picking up little or no debris at all.  However, an automatic pool cleaner such as the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pool Cleaner doesn’t need a separate high pressure system such as the booster pump to operate which allows it to run very smoothly with a pressure port powered by the pool pump.  The only drawback is that it won’t run as smoothly if the swimming pool itself isn’t a high pressure pool.  This can be checked by testing if the circulation system can provide enough pressure to the cleaner.  Comparing the two ports, the booster pump would be at an advantage because it has a timer system and can automatically turn on and off depending upon when you want it to clean, unlike the swimming pool pump which you would have to switch on in order to make it automatically clean.

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An Eco-Friendly and Energy Efficient Pool and Spa

Your pool is like a water monster, gulping down gallons and gallons of water.  Where does this water go?  It evaporates into the atmosphere and needs refilling periodically.  How can you prevent your water from evaporating so quickly into the atmosphere and save energy as well as chemicals?  There are many ways to make your pool eco-friendly and energy efficient as long as you are willing to make the extra effort.



The best way to prevent constant water evaporation is to purchase a pool cover such as Intex 15’ Round Pool Cover.  What this pool cover does is deflect sun rays, keep the heat inside the pool, and prevents a lot of evaporation due to sun rays.  By installing a pool cover, your pool or spa can be eco friendly and save energy as well which in turn saves your money.

Apart from covers, maintaining your filter will also help greatly in utility bills as it will save energy due if your filter is working at its best.  Also, using water saving filters such as Hayward Easy Clear Filter and Pump System C5501575XES will save a lot of energy as well as water.  Filter maintenance, turning your filter off during hours of high energy usage will also help you save a lot of energy since running the filter during those hours may require a power back up which costs more money and sucks up extra energy.

Another way to make your pool eco-friendly is to use greener methods of filtration such as saltwater systems which require little chemical usage.  Saltwater systems such as Intex Krystal Clear Salt Water Pool System with Filter Pump are safer for the environment and also cost less money to maintain.

Lastly, choosing a concrete pool instead of a steel framed one can greatly help the environment in that chemical reactions will be at a minimum and the cost of maintenance for a plastic liner or a steel framed one is much more expensive than that for a concrete pool.

Owning a swimming pool can be a bit hectic and can affect the environment greatly, but if you follow these few simple steps, your pool can be eco-friendly and extremely energy efficient.  Why negatively impact your surroundings if you can prevent it. Especially f you can save the environment around you just by adjusting the way you take care of your pool and by visiting poolproducts4less.com for proper chemicals and good advice!

3 easy ways to maintain my vinyl swimming pool

It is essential that you maintain your swimming pool weekly to keep your water sparkling clean and disease free.  It’s always better to solve a small problem before it becomes a big problem as smaller problems are easier to solve. So please check your pool water weekly before the water becomes murky and brown!!

Refer to our article Ideal Swimming Pool Maintenance Schedule for a detailed weekly maintenance schedule that will work for any swimming pool.

There are 3 basic rules to swimming pool maintenance:

1. Sanitizers

It is essential that you use the proper sanitizers to keep your pool water clean and disease free. The most obvious and commonly used sanitizer is chlorine. Chlorine kills the bacteria and algae in your swimming pool keeping the pool water disease and germs-free. The desired range of chlorine in your swimming pool water is between 1 and 2 parts per million. Make sure you don’t exceed the desired level of chlorine or this could lead to irritation of the eyes! Other than adding chlorine every day, it is necessary to shock your pool at least once a month. Shocking your pool simply means adding an excess of chlorine to your pool to deep clean out all the germs in your pool.

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2. Balancing your pool water

All the chemicals in your swimming pool should be within the desired ranges so that your water is fit for swimming.

Refer to our article on water chemistry for comfortable human biology to learn more about the desired ranges of chemicals in your pool. The main chemical level that you should be focused on is the pool water pH level. The pH level controls all the other chemicals and keeps them in check. When other chemicals such as alkalinity pr calcium levels deviate from the desired ranges, the pH of the water is affected and more often than not, the water is unfit for swimming.

When chemicals aren’t in the desired ranges in your pool, the water can be harmful to both the pool and to swimmers. If the chemicals aren’t in the desired ranges, then the water cannot be completely disease free and clean. Hence you must buy the proper increasers and decreasers for your pool. There are a variety of balancers that you can choose from depending on the type of problem you are facing.

If the chemicals aren’t in the proper ranges, they can harm your swimming pool. Once your pool has been harmed, it will be very difficult to rectify the damage. Hence, it is best that the problem be solved before it becomes a big disaster.

If the calcium hardness and alkalinity of your swimming pool water isn’t in the desired ranges, there is risk of staining. Once your pool has been stained, it can result into the black plague, and these problems once they get out of hand are very difficult to solve.

Please refer to our articles:

Stain control

Managing alkalinity

3. Water Clarifiers

Remember to always use algaecides to keep your water blue and not green! Please refer to our article How soon can I swim after the initial treatment of pool magic phosfree for more information on algaecides.

Remember, keeping your pool clean is as easy as 1 2 3!

1. check your pool weekly

2. maintain your pool chemical levels

3. visit www.poolproducts4less.com

Which Above Ground Pool is Best for You

Why should I get an above ground pool when I can buy a longer lasting in ground pool?  Much to people’s surprise, above ground pools actually have many benefits compared to in ground pools! Please read out article ‘All you need to (or want to) know about above ground swimming pools‘ if that statement does not convince you!!

Above ground pools are:

  • much cheaper
  • cost less to operate
  • can be completely winterized.Please refer to our article: ‘how to winterize your swimming pool
  • in some cases can be drained and taken inside to protect it from harsh climates.

These are only a few reasons why above ground pools are sometimes preferred over in ground pools.

The real question is that which above ground pool is best for you?  There are so many choices to choose from so how can you pick the one which is most suitable for you?

By taking into consideration

  • the equipment
  • location
  • material
  • accessories

you can pick the best pool for you.

  1. The main thing you should look at when buying an above ground pool is whether the pump and filter equipment are correctly matched with your pool.  It is very common for producers to mismatch equipment for cheaper production costs.  When buying an above ground pool, be sure to ask a professional whether the pump and filter are matched because this will save you a lot of money in the future when you don’t have to repeatedly clean dirt and algae which seems to be multiplying more and more everyday.
  2. Next thing you should consider is the location of where you want your pool to be.  Depending upon the location of your pool, you can get different kinds such as oval, round, or rectangular shaped pools.  The most common above ground pools are round because they are easier to clean as well as maintain on a regular basis.  What you need to decide is which kind of pool is suitable for the amount of space you have.  For instance, if you have a huge rectangular backyard, then a rectangular or oval pool would be best in order to make good use of the space.  On the other hand, if your backyard is square then the best above ground pool for you would be square or round.
  3. One of the most important things to look at while buying above ground pools is the material.  You want to go for sturdy and durable such as the Intex 10’x 30” Metal Frame Pool Set which is made of strong, durable steel frames and powder coated for rust resistance.  A steel pool is very solid and will definitely last for 20+ years compared to an aluminum pool which is “flimsy” and more flexible and will probably need to be replaced within 10 years.  Although aluminum pools are more expensive than steel, their main advantage is that they don’t rust which is sometimes a main factor for pool owners.
  4. Last, but not least, the accessories provided with your above ground pool have to be considered as some retailers don’t give adequate accessories for the pool.  The best thing to do would be to buy in ground pool accessories as they are stronger and last longer than above ground pool accessories.

By considering the equipment, location, material, and accessories of your above ground pool, you can pick the best pool for you which can be the most convenient for you.  Above ground pools come in many shapes and sizes as well as materials so there are many choices to choose from in order to pick the best pool for you. And if you have trouble deciding, be sure to use www.poolproducts4less.com to inspire you!

Solutions to pool chemical problems

Ensuring that your swimming pool is within the preferred chemical levels is the first step towards maintaining your above ground pool. The longer you wait to fix a problem, the bigger the problem gets. In the same way, the sooner you fix a chemical problem that is out of the preferred range with the correct increasers and decreasers, the faster the problem will be solved. for this reason, it is recommended that all pool owners follow a maintenance schedule. Please refer to our article The Ideal Swimming Pool Maintenance Schedule to help you outline a maintenance schedule that works for both your personality type and your pool type! By following a maintenance schedule you can make sure that your pH level, total alkalinity level and your chlorine level are I the desired range.

In order to bring your chemical levels within the desired range you need to first check your pool water using test kits such as  AquaChek TreTest Digital Test Strip Reader to know how much your chemical levels have deviated from the desired ranges.

 pH Level: The most important measure that affects the swimming pool water chemistry is the water pH level. The pH is the measure of relative acid of the pool water. The ideal pH level of your swimming pool is between 7.2 – 7.8. If the pH level of your swimming pool water is higher than 7.8 the water will be cloudy and will result in scale buildup, filtration problems, deposits in the water and a decreased efficiency of the chlorine. On the other hand, if the pH level falls below 7.2, this will lead to the corrosion of metallic pipes and rapid loss of chlorine residual which may lead to irritation to the swimmers. It is thus important to check your pH level everyday and use pH increasers or decreases as needed to give you a perfect relaxing swimming experience in your swimming pool. Click here to find the best pH increaser / decreaser for you.

Use HASA Soda Ash to raise the total alkalinity of your pool.

What is soda ash?

Soda ash, more commonly known as sodium carbonate is used to increase the pH level of your swimming pool water. It is extremely important that your pH level is in the desired range of 7.2 – 7.6 to keep your pool clean and bacteria-free. Most of your swimming pool problems won’t even arise if your pH level is in check! So, make sure you maintain your swimming pool properly!!

Soda ash is also used to raise the total alkalinity of your pool. The total alkalinity of your swimming pool is the ability of your pool water to resist a change in the water pH level. The preferred range for total alkalinity of between 75 – 120 parts per million (ppm). If the total alkalinity rises above 120, the pH level will slowly rise and resist change and if the total alkalinity falls before 75, the pH level of your swimming pool will swing from one extreme to the other and not let your pH level be in the desired zone.

Which brings us to our next chemical, the total alkalinity of your swimming pool water

Total Alkalinity:  The total alkalinity of your swimming pool is the ability of your pool water to resist a change in the water pH level.  The preferred range for total alkalinity of between 75 – 120 parts per million (ppm). If the total alkalinity rises above 120, the pH level will slowly rise and resist change and if the total alkalinity falls before 75, the pH level of your swimming pool will swing from one extreme to the other and not let your pH level be in the desired zone. The total alkalinity of your swimming pool can be kept in the appropriate range by adding and decreasing an alkalinity increaser, such as the BioGuard Balance Pak 100.

What to use to increase the total alkalinity of your pool?

  1. HASA Soda Ash
  2. BioGuard Balance Pak 100.
  3. HASA Alkalinity increaser

Use these 3 chemicals to keep your total alkalinity in check. Please refer to our article on Using Soda Ash in your swimming pool for instructions on how much Soda Ash needs to be used to cure your specific problem.

The last of our chemicals that need to be kept in check is the chlorine. Everyone uses chlorine as without chlorine your swimming pool water will b full of germs and not suitable for swimming!

Chlorine level: the desired free released chlorine level of your swimming pool water is between 1 and 2 ppm.  If all the above factors, total alkalinity, pH level and calcium hardness are in their respective desired zones, you will have to worry less about disease and extra cost in the long run.

Please refer to our article The Chemical Glossary for more information about chlorine.

Keeping your pool water clean and fit for swimming is easy. All you need is

How often to clean your above ground swimming pool filter cartridge

 The most common questions that pool owners have, is how often to clean their above ground swimming pool filter cartridges.  Although the answer varies from filter to filter, there are general guidelines that can give us an idea about when to change your above ground swimming pool filter cartridge.

 The first indicator that your above ground swimming pool filter needs to be cleaned, is quite obviously, the visual clarity of your swimming pool! Once dirt and debris starts to accumulate in your above ground swimming pool filter cartridge, the filter restricts the water flow and hence is not efficiently cleaning your pool water.

Another way to determine the effectiveness of your above ground swimming pool filter cartridge is your filter’s pressure indicator. The pressure indicator is a gauge or meter that is located on the outside of the filter housing. The gauge indicates the maximum pressure at which your filter should operate. Make sure that the filter does not exceed the pressure indicated as the maximum point of your pressure gauge.  As your filter cartridge begins to accumulate dirt and debris, it will not allow the pump to circulate the water effectively. So as the pressure on your pump increases, less water is circulated through your system. This both increases the workload on your filter, but also reduces the quality of the water filtered in your above ground swimming pool.

Once the pressure increases by about 8-10 pounds per square inch (psi) over the baseline reading of your filter cartridge when you bought it, it is time to either clean or replace your above ground swimming pool filter cartridge.

Since filter cartridges are so cheap and easily replaceable, most people prefer to buy new filter cartridges for their above ground swimming pool. Nevertheless, if you decide to clean your above ground swimming pool filter cartridge, here are a few tips that will help in doing so.

Tip 1: Be sure not to use too much water pressure when cleaning your filter cartridge, as the pressure may actually push the debris further back into the filter cartridge,

Tip 2: Simply rinse off your filter cartridge. Your goal is to remove only the larger debris.

Tip 3:  After rinsing out your filter, soak it in an alkaline based cartridge cleaning solution, and then rinse out again with water to remove any remaining debris.

By making sure that your above ground swimming pool filter cartridge is working properly, not only will you extend the life of your pump and your cartridge, but most importantly, your above ground swimming pool will have clean clear water!

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What good is an above ground pool cove?

An above ground pool cove is a very important element supporting the structure of your above ground pool.  An above ground swimming pool cove will add years to the life of your pool as it prevents the stretching and tearing of your above ground pool liner.

Types of above ground swimming pool coves:

An above ground swimming pool cove made of foam is easily available in most pool supply shops, but can also simply be made out of sand and dirt.

An above ground swimming pool foam cove is made of Ethafoam®.  Foam, cove for above ground swimming pools usually come in 48 inch sections and are easy to install along with being lightweight. The foam will not retain water, won’t be washed out, nor will it change shape, hence adding a long life to your above ground swimming pool.


The above ground pool cove needs to be placed around the bottom of your new pool along its circumference, before installing your new pool liner

How to install an oval above ground pool

An above ground swimming pool is only fun once it has been installed and filled with water. The first thing to do in order to start the installation process is to invite friends or neighbors to help, since putting up a above ground pool is a job that requires more than one or two people. This will make the process not only faster, but fun.

In order to be efficient when installing an above ground pool, you need to be prepared beforehand.

Tools and materials needed:

  • Duct tape
  • Sand
  • Shovel
  • Patio blocks
  • Phillip’s head screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenters leveler
  • Filter
  • Box cutter/ razor blade
  • Tamp
  • Wrench
  • Carpenter’s Level/ transit
  • Nails
  • string

After preparing the tools, the first step is to find a location for your above ground pool.

Step one: choose location for your above ground pool

It is important to build your above ground pool on an area that is clear of sod, rocks and roots. Don’t underestimate the persistence of grass, as Nut grass, Bamboo grass and Bermuda grass can grow right through your above ground pool liner. Choose an area with a firm base. Make sure your chosen location is free from underground lines, other electrical lines, and sudden slopes within 6 feet of your chosen above ground pool location.

Be sure to comply with all local building codes and restrictions.

Step two: prepare your above ground pool site

Once the above ground pool location is chosen, the next step is to prepare the site.

  1. The first step is to determine the area on which your above ground pool is going to be built. Depending on the size of your above ground pool, mark out the area for the pool. Measure out 3 feet on each size of the width of the above ground pool for the struts.
  2. The next step is to make sure that the ground that you are building your above the ground pool on is level. After removing the sod and debris, it is likely that your ground will not be level. To level the ground, use a carpenter’s level or a transit. Whether or not the ground is level cannot be determined just by looking at it! If the ground is not level, there is a chance of the above ground pool sinking into the earth, causing damage to the above ground pool and more importantly, it may cause injury to its users.

Choose the lowest ground on your chosen location. It is recommended not to fill up the lower ground to match the higher ground, but rather dig up the higher ground to match the lowest point. This will make the above the ground pool safe, secure and more enjoyable.


Step three: pre-assembly and plate assembly for above ground pool

The most important thing to do in this step is to familiarize yourself with the parts required to build the above ground pool.

Most above ground oval pools require buttresses. Some models however, don’t have a buttress and have extra structural support to help keep the shape of the above ground pool. However, if your model does have a buttress, now is a good time to bring them on site.

The following sub-assemblies should be done in this step:


  1. Attach the hold down plate to the oval upright using screws.
  2. Attach u-bracket clip to the bottom of the oval uprights. The bolts should be put in the two holes that are farthest away from the open end of the uprights.
  3. Attach struts.
  4. Attach the strut connectors to the side of the strap end channel that is outside the pool.

After unwinding the straps, bolt the strap end channels to the end of each strap.  Place the straps at a distance of 29 inches on the ground. Once the straps are in their desired position, attach the oval uprights and struts to the strap end channels by inserting the oval uprights and strut over the strut connector and u-bracket. You may now connect the oval upright to the u-bracket and the strut to the strut connector using screws.


The next step is to assemble the hold down plate for your above ground pool. Along the straight side of the above ground pool, install a slotted hold down plate, which will intersect at the bottom plate, at the beginning of the curved area of the above ground pool. Using a non-slotted plate, attach it to the hold down plate. Using the holes in the corners, attach the hold down plates to hold down plate clips on both straight sides of the above ground pool.

Step four: Straight side leveling of above ground pool

Place a patio block under each end of a strut and under the oval upright. The patio blocks must be approximately 1 inch below the surface, since the entire strap must be flat on the ground. This step may require you to clean out some dirt to make the strap flat for you above ground pool. The oval uprights have to be perfectly level as well as vertical. Complete one side and then move onto the other. DO NOT HAVE TWO PEOPLE WORK ON OPPOSITE SIDES AT THE SAME TIME!! This will make the above ground pool lose its square shape in the middle of the oval.

Step five: lay the foundation for your above ground pool

In this step, you assemble the bottom rails for the two curved sides of the oval above ground pool. Divide the bottom rails and bottom plates in half, placing a half circle on either ends of the above ground pool.  Join the bottom plates to the bottom rails up to the marks shown on the plate. Once the frame for your above ground pool is built, place patio blocks under each of the bottom plates, at ground level. (Remember, the patio blocks on the straight side at an inch below the ground!). Slide the curved section into the cutouts in the slotted hold down plates. Whilst doing this, make sure that the slotted hold down plates are in line with the squared straight side of the above ground pool. Check that the crown is placed evenly between the two curved sides, once the curved ends are attached. Once the crown is centered and in place, stake with screwdrivers at every other bottom rail to hold the foundation of your above ground pool in place.

Step six: wall installation

Unravel the wall a little bit at a time, inserting it into the bottom rails. Don’t unravel the whole wall at once, since this will make it difficult to work with! Remember, there are no bottom rails along the straight side of your above ground pool wall, and the wall will rest on the bottom plates until it reaches the other curved side. At the other end, it is re-inserted into the bottom rail. You may use stakes to help hole your above ground pool walls upright until the whole wall is put into place all around the pool. Once the wall for the above ground pool is unraveled you may notice that the wall is too long or too short. To fix this, make the bottom larger or smaller. Make sure that the ground for your chosen location for your above ground pool is level at all times. If it is not, correct the problem right away, else it will damage your pool when the water is being filled. . When assembling the wall for your above ground pool, make sure that the pre-attached aluminum strips don’t touch each other. One bar goes on the inside of the above ground pool, the other on the outside. Insert the bolts with the bolt heads inside the above ground pool and the nuts on the outside. Once all the screws have been put into place, tighten the screws; Install uprights to the bottom plates.

Step seven: create your cove

Once the wall is built, you need to create a cove for your above ground pool so that the liner does not slip under the pool wall. It also provides a protective layer between the liner and the metal frame of the above ground pool. THIS STEP IS NOT OPTIONAL! DO NOT SKIP IT! refer to our article ‘what good is an above ground swimming pool cove.’

Using sand, build a pool cove of 6 to 8 inches inside the metal wall along the parameter of the pool. Start along the straight sides working your way towards the curved sides.  Since the earth has chemicals that can cause corrosion to the above ground pool, it is suggested to use a polyethylene sheet between the wall and the soil. Once the cove is in place, tamp and rake the pool area for an even and strong base, making sure that no sand remains on the wall above the cove.

At this point, if you have not already installed your uprights on the curved ends, do so. The top plates can remain unsecure for now, but pin them temporarily over the wall to prevent the above ground pool to lose its wall shape. Make sure that your pool is a true oval.

Step eight: the liner

Some may say that now comes the fun part of building the above ground pool –the liner! Place the liner at the center of the above ground pool with the flap from the seam facing down. Spread the liner so that the bottom of the seam rests comfortably around the circumference of the above ground pool. The seam should not be upon the wall of the pool nor shifted to one side, and it should be spread around evenly.

 *If this is not done correctly, the liner will stretch when the above ground pool is being filled.



Once the liner seams have been put into place, start hanging the liner over the wall of the above ground pool making sure the seam is vertical and perpendicular to the floor of the pool. You can now secure the liner over the above ground pool wall securing it with plastic coping strips that may be provided in the box.

Once the liner is secured by coping, temporarily put wrinkles in the floor towards the side walls of the above ground pool, leaving the wrinkles at the cove. When the liner is correctly positioned, there must be no space left between the liner, the floor and the side walls of the above ground pool. Get rid of the winkles by putting material over the wall of the pool. DO NOT PULL TOO TIGHT!

 *when a liner is properly installed there is no downward pressure on it.

Step nine: adjust inner stabilizer rails, top plate installation, and side top rail installation

When the liner is adjusted, it is time to secure the top rail of your above ground pool. Then, install the square oval top plates. Place each plate over a different oval upright and the stabilizer rail. Match the holes on the top cap to the oval upright and screw them together. Once the straight side caps are installed, start on your round ones. It is very important to make sure that all the uprights are completely straight and vertical, otherwise the top rails will not fit into each other properly.

Step ten: fill your above ground pool

It is recommended that you slowly fill the water in your above ground pool, as this will help smooth out the wrinkles in you pool liner.


It is now time to enjoy your above ground pool! But before doing so, make sure you are aware of all the safety instructions and warnings.

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How to change your swimming pool filter cartridge

Proper sanitation is needed in your swimming pool to prevent the spread of infectious disease and to maintain water clarity.  Contaminants in your swimming pool come from both swimmers as well as environmental factors The first step towards the sanitation of your swimming pool is to install a proper pool filter, which  removes these contaminants from the water.

There are three types of pool filters that you can choose for your swimming pool:

Each of the three pool filters has their advantages and disadvantages. Pick the one that is best for you and your swimming pool. In this article we will discuss how to replace your above ground pool cartridge filters.

Cartridge filters:

Cartridge filters give the best of both the sand filter and the DE filter. It offers the ease of the sand filter and combines it with the cleaning power of the DE. One could say it offers THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS (FILTERS)!  Pool cartridge filters have a giant paper like round filter which is very easy to clean. You just need to take the pool cartridge out and hose it off. The pool cartridge, depending on the amount of usage will need to be changed every couple of years


The best way to determine if your swimming pool filter is working properly is the quality of the water. If the water in your swimming pool looks grey or cloudy, or has debris in it, it is an indicator that your filter cartridge needs to be replaced. Another way to determine the quality of your filter cartridge performance is to look at your above ground pool filter pressure indicator. The filter pressure indicator for your swimming pool is located on the outside of the filter housing.

Once dirt and debris starts to accumulate in your swimming pool filter cartridge, it becomes difficult for the pump to circulate water through the filter, so that less water is circulated through the swimming pool. Inevitably, this increases the pressure on your pump and at the same time decreases the quality of the water in your swimming pool.  When the PSI level of your filter cartridge rises 8 to 10 above the level of your cartridge when you first bought it, it is time to either clean or replace your swimming pool filter.

The one most important thing that should be recognized when changing your swimming pool filter cartridge is safety. This is especially true when your filter is fitted with a pressure clamp. There is a risk of the pressure clamp blowing up which may result not only in serious injuries, but also death. Hence it is VERY IMPORTANT to always consult the safety instructions before attempting to remove or clean your swimming pool filter.

It is very important to first turn of the electricity to your swimming pool and pump. Having turned off the electricity, open the pressure release. Once the hissing sound stops you are ready to move to step two. Once the pressure valve has been released, remove the retaining band and remove the lid off the filter.  Removing the lid will expose the filter. Removing the old cartridge, replace it with a new one. Once the filter is fitted properly in its housing, replace the lid and retaining band and close the pressure release value. You may now turn the electricity back on.

The whole process of changing your swimming pool filter cartridge should take no more than 15 minutes!!

The other 2 types of filters can be changed in the same way also.

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