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Thinking Of Buying a Used Hot Tub?

Thinking Of Buying a Used Hot Tub?

Hot Tub Buying Tips You have searched Craig’s list or the classifieds for a used hot tub and you think you have found what looks like a great buy. Or maybe a friend or neighbor has offered to let you purchase their hot tub or are even offering it to your for free. Is it really a good deal? Unfortunately, you have no way of knowing until you have it installed and running. Tips When Purchasing a Used Hot Tub or Spa The first priority is to never purchase for any used hot tub or spa that you have not personally seen in operation and have completely tested. Purchasing a “dry” tub is asking for problems. There is the possibility that you will get lucky and the unit will work just fine, however, you are more likely to have a disaster on your hands that costs you money. Like having a home inspection before buying a home, you will want to spend the money to have the hot tub or spa inspected before you buy. Secondly, you will want to have someone who knows what they are doing move the hot tub. You are putting stress on the plumbing, the frame and the shell when you are moving the unit. A crack that you never noticed when the spa was sitting at the original location will be made worse when loading it on truck if not properly handled. Less than honest sellers won’t tell you if the spa or hot tub has been repaired in the past and any damage will be magnified when moving. Just because everything looked... read more
Off-Season Swimming Pool Operation Tips

Off-Season Swimming Pool Operation Tips

Swimming Pool  Myrtle BeachFor our clients in Myrtle Beach and Horry County– how do you maintain your pool during the off season? In spite of what season it is, you can keep the swimming pool preserved so that when it’s time to resume, you will not have as much work awaiting you. Closing the pool or maintaining the swimming pool throughout the winter season, that is the question. Certainly, most Myrtle Beach swimming pool owners decide to keep their pool open year-round. If it is warm enough to keep the swimming pool open in the winter, here’s some ideas to assist you remain on top of pool maintenance this winter season. Running the Swimming pool Pump How long should you run the pump for throughout winter season? Lots of sunbelt swimming pool owners lower filtration during the off season to minimize the energy cost. But beware not to go too low! Circulation is necessary if you are keeping the pool open. Let the pump run as long as it takes for the water to cycle through the filter system. This is called the turnover rate. Usually, pumps need to be run for 6 to 8 hours at a time for appropriate flow. Another factor to consider when running the pump is debris– if debris is a concern in your pool, you may have to run the pump longer. Running a pump for only 3 hours every 24 Hr means there is 21 hours for particles to build up. A third aspect is the weather. The temperature will impact how long you run your pump. At temperatures above 65 degrees... read more
Winterizing Swimming Pool Tips

Winterizing Swimming Pool Tips

CLEAR OUT THE SWIMMING POOL. The primary step is to clear out any leaves, dirt, pests and debris. Utilize your swimming pool vacuum, or simply fish them out with a net. Clear out the skimmer and the pump basket, too. Clean the tile line with tile cleaner. Easier now than next spring, when the scum has actually had all winter to set. STABILIZE THE WATER CHEMISTRY. This protects the swimming pool from corrosion or scale accumulation. Using a water test kit (or bring your water to us to test), change the water to the recommended levels of pH, overall calcium (firmness), alkalinity and chlorination. If you want to include a winterization chemical kit, do it now. These kits put high levels of chlorine and algaecide in the water to prepare it for the winter months ahead. Your swimming pool retailer offers ready-made kits for the function; use according to the maker’s instructions. When it comes to bigger swimming pools, you might be directed to supplement the kit with extra quantities of some chemicals, too. DON’T LET YOUR CHEMICALS DAMAGE YOUR SWIMMING POOL. Don’t include tablets or a floater which contains chlorine or bromine– they can harm the devices nearest them. If you currently have chlorine or bromine tablets in your feeder, let them run out so that none continue to be. If you’re adding winterizing chemicals, pour them into a bucket then into the swimming pool. A few of these chemicals advise you to switch on the swimming pool filter while you add the chemicals. Make certain you do, especially if you have a pool with a vinyl liner... read more
Getting the Feel of a Billiards Table

Getting the Feel of a Billiards Table

Billiards tables and playing conditions vary substantially, however we have to have the ability to adapt to whatever conditions we’re faced with, and we have to change rapidly. To change, we simply have to take a look at a few things, and shoot a couple of “Reference Shots.”. We have to deal with huge distinctions in table size, varying from 3 x 6 up to 5 x 10. Big pockets are best Fabric makes a big difference, ranging from really slow and sometimes inaccurate “fuzzy” fabric to really fast and really precise worsted wool “no-nap” cloth. Cloth will be really fast and slippery when brand-new; and, slower and stickier as it is used and as it gets dirty. After all, where do you believe all that chalk goes, every shot? It enters into and under the fabric. The vigor of the cushions affects banks and kicks. Throw influences every cut shot. Here are 4 things to do to rapidly get up to speed for any billiards table: 1. Pocket Size– Pockets vary in size. Larger pockets accept more shot error than smaller pockets. Balls are 2-1/4″ in diameter. Take two balls and hold them in a corner pocket, side by side, simply at the point where they will fall in if you let go of them. How much space exists between the balls and the jaws of the pocket? If the balls jam into the jaws, the pockets are very tight. If there is an inch of area between the balls and the jaws, those pockets are containers. It assists to understand exactly what you actually have. 2. Table... read more
Frequently Asked Questions About Hot Tubs

Frequently Asked Questions About Hot Tubs

We typically get asked a great deal of questions about hot tubs. Here are just a couple of them: Q. Exactly what is the difference between a Jacuzzi , spa, hot tub and whirlpool? A. Generally, the word “health spa” describes any one of a number of jetted, warmed, water-filled tubs. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a health spa is specified as “a well known watering location in Belgium; any location, particularly a resort, having a mineral spring.” A lot of “spas” are constructed of either acrylic or fiberglass. Acrylic spas are, by far, the much better of the 2 types and will offer longer life and service to their owners. “Hot tubs” are made from wood, sometimes with a liner set inside. They can supply you with that “jet action”, but without the contoured seating acrylic spas offer. A “whirlpool”, the way the word is frequently used, describes any spa or hot tub’s circular “water action”. Remember, a “Jacuzzi” is not a generic name for spas. Jacuzzi is a company that makes “whirlpool baths” and spas. Any spa or jacuzzi will offer you this “whirlpool action” of the water. We like to describe all the above units as Hot Tub Spas. This is sort of a catch-all phrase. “Jetted Bathtubs” are typically made of fiberglass or acrylic and can be made use of in either a brand-new building, or to change out existing bathtubs. They usually get set up in the bathroom and have a jet pump attached to them. You fill a Jetted Tub each time you want to utilize it, then switch on the jet pump to... read more
Pool Supplies 101: Comparing Types Of Pool Cleaners

Pool Supplies 101: Comparing Types Of Pool Cleaners

One of the basic pool supplies that every homeowner should have is a pool cleaner. This amazing tool helps pool owners keep their swimming pools clean and clear without putting in a lot of time and effort. Today’s pool cleaners are basically plug and play and range from simple handheld cleaning devices to complex cleaning systems that are controlled electronically by a computer or your smart phone. Because there is a wide range of different pool cleaning devices, you may have difficulties choosing which one is the most suitable for your swimming pool. To help you with this, below is a list of the common pool cleaners and some information about them. • Manual vacuums – These pool supplies generally consist of a vacuum head that is often attached to a telescoping pole to allow the user to be able to reach the bottom of the swimming pool. Manual vacuums use the filtration system of your swimming pool to remove the debris and dirt that it has sucked up. These are often used for aboveground swimming pools and are the most affordable cleaning tool in the market. This is primarily because it does not rely on technology for its operation. Because it is manually operated, it requires time and effort from the user. • Suction-side pool cleaners – These automatic pool cleaners use the suction from your swimming pool’s filtration system to be able to move around the pool. This is why they are referred to as suction-side. Because they are often hooked up to the skimmer basket, they transfer all dirt, sand and other debris that they suck... read more
Schedule of Maintenance For Your Hot Tubs

Schedule of Maintenance For Your Hot Tubs

Proper and regular maintenance of hot tubs is important to prevent damage and repair as well as to extend its lifespan. The good thing about spa maintenance is that it can be done by homeowners without professional assistance. On the other hand, a regular schedule should be strictly followed to ensure proper maintenance and care. Here is a maintenance schedule that you can follow in order to properly take care of your hot tubs. On a daily basis: All you need to do every day with regards to maintaining your spa is to keep it covered when not in use. Aside from preventing fallen leaves and other debris from getting into the water, here are some of the benefits of keeping your spa covered when not in use. Spa covers help maintain the water temperature. As a result, the outdoor spa will no longer need to use electricity in order to maintain the right water temperature. Spa covers protect the tub’s finish from being damaged by sunlight. Covering the spa helps maintain its warranty. Spa covers prevent children and pets from playing near or in the spa, which can result in accidents including drowning. On a weekly basis: At least once a week, experts recommend testing the spa water to make sure the water chemistry is balanced and on the right levels. Keep in mind that similarly with swimming pools, chemicals are added in the right amount and proportions to the water to prevent the growth and development of algae and bacteria. Depending on the frequency of using hot tubs, the water chemistry should be tested at least once... read more
Beginner’s Guide In Effective Maintenance Of Billiard Tables

Beginner’s Guide In Effective Maintenance Of Billiard Tables

Billiard tables are not cheap investments; thus, it is extremely important for owners to learn how to effectively maintain and take care of this type of investment. Although this piece of sport equipment is designed to last for years, proper maintenance will help ensure that owners maximize the table’s lifespan. Moreover, effectively taking care of the table will result in saving money on unnecessary repairs. If you have recently bought a pool table, here is an easy maintenance guide that you should follow to effectively take care of billiard tables. 1. Use a table vacuum instead of a table brush. The most important part of maintaining your pool table is to keep it clean and free from dust and debris all the time. And the best way to do this, according to industry experts such as Elko Spas Billiards & Pools, is to use a table vacuum instead of a table brush. Many would recommend using a brush but in reality, the vacuum is better and safer for your table cloth. The primary reason for this is because the table cloth is very much the same as carpets. And because carpets are better cleaned by vacuums, pool tables are also better cleaned by table vacuums. Note that brushing only moves the chalk dust and other debris all throughout the table. A vacuum, however, effectively removes the dust and all debris on the table. Remember that it is not advised for dust, talc and other debris to accumulate on the pool table. These cause damage to the table over time. Thus, you need to remove them using a vacuum as... read more
Billiard Supplies 101: Billiard Gloves

Billiard Supplies 101: Billiard Gloves

There are many billiard supplies that you need in order to master this sport as well as take care of all your billiard equipment. Keep in mind that proper maintenance also plays a role in allowing you to become successful in playing billiards. One of the many tools and supplies that you likely need is billiard gloves. Many players agree on how useful these gloves are, particularly when playing. It basically keeps their hands dry as they play; thus, eliminating the need to frequently wash and powder their hands. It is indeed extremely convenient for them, allowing them to focus more on their game and not miss anything, which is likely to happen if they need to step away for a while to wash their hands. If you think a pair of billiard gloves is another type of billiard supplies that you do not really need, here are several reasons for you to reconsider. 1. Allows you to focus on the game – As mentioned earlier, wearing gloves already keeps your hands dry. So you no longer need to step away from the game to wash, dry and powder your hands. This, thus, allows you to focus all you concentration on playing the game. Without these unnecessary distractions, you can put all your attention on the game and think about strategies on how to beat the other player. 2. Improves resistance on the pool cue – Pool cues can easily become slippery, especially when not cleaned regularly. This is particularly true for fiberglass cues, which needs thorough cleaning. Keep in mind that dirt and oil from outside sources can... read more
Choosing The Right Pool Chemicals For Your Swimming Pool

Choosing The Right Pool Chemicals For Your Swimming Pool

One of the keys to effectively maintain proper water chemistry is choosing the right pool chemicals. It is important for every pool owner to learn how to properly keep their pool’s chemical balance as this helps to ensure the safety and cleanliness of their swimming pool. As a result, they no longer need to pay for pool repairs. Despite this, not every pool owner knows how to effectively choose the right chemicals for their swimming pool. This article details helpful tips and information to help pool owners choose the right chemicals, primarily chlorine and cyanuric acid. Chlorine to sanitize your swimming pool Chlorine is the most popular among pool chemicals. It is required regardless of the type and size of your swimming pool because chlorine kills bacteria and algae as well as other types of microorganisms that can grow and develop in your swimming pool. Chlorine is available in different forms including 3-inch and 1-inch tablets, granular forms and in sticks. These forms also differ in their active ingredients. Chlorine sticks and tablets contain Trichlor while granular chlorine contains Dichlor. These also differ in price. The most affordable is the 3-inch tablet. It is also the most common and can be used in different types of swimming pool because it dissolves quickly and requires less maintenance. One inch tablet dissolve more quickly as it is smaller. This is why it is more commonly used in smaller sized swimming pools and spas. Chlorine sticks have the longest dissolving time because it is the largest among all chlorine forms. When buying chlorine in stick or tablet form, pool owners should beware... read more

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