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Alarms on Doors that have Access to a Pool

Not the answer you are looking for, but: Loud Alarms are What You Really NEED Assuming that the premise is a sound one, that people need to be warned of unexpected/unauthorized entrance to the pool ...
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Alarms on Doors that have Access to a Pool

Ask your insurer and defense lawyer Lawyering on whether this rule is really a mandate is probably a waste of time. It's a "best practice" and one easily implemented. Which will create civil and ...
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Heat large pool with electric via solar panels?

PV panels are ~15% efficient. Hot water panels are much more, and probably much cheaper. Way more efficient to just heat the water, rather than convert to electric and then to heat. Maybe with the ...
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Can a freestanding pool's poles be cut to accommodate sloped concrete?

Yes, you probably could shorten the poles on the higher side. This might level the top edge of the pool*. However, think for a minute about what you're asking. The bottom of the pool is sloped to ...
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Where to drain pool water

The pipe won't wear out from 20,000 gallons of water, or 2,000,000 gallons, if that's what you're asking. It may take as much as 3 weeks to pump out, though, since you can't exceed the gravity flow ...
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Alarms on Doors that have Access to a Pool

Based on your link, I'm assuming you live in Florida. The relevant statutes are 515.29 Residential swimming pool barrier requirements and 515.27 Residential swimming pool safety feature options; ...
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How to get rid of mosquitos in swimming pool standing water

Mosquito Dunks are a doughnut shaped product for exactly your problem. They contain a bacterium toxic to mosquito larva but not toxic to humans, pets or birds. They will only kill larva. Any adult ...
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How can this pool heater gas line be disconnected?

You are looking at a union, with an elbow to the left and a valve to the right. Put one wrench on the biggest "nut". Put the other wrench on the smaller "nut" immediately to the right of it - you'll ...
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How to get rid of mosquitos in swimming pool standing water

Copper metal. Copper discourages mosquito larvae. I used to think that the copper was directly toxic to the larvae but experiments showed this was not so - adding copper (as metal; a piece of pipe) ...
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How can this pool heater gas line be disconnected?

...natural gas...   ...I'm not sure what the different parts are here... Those two statements together equal "call a gasfitter". Removing the appliance will leave the gas line unsupported, and ...
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Heat large pool with electric via solar panels?

This has already been said in one answer - but I want to say it again so that it is very clear. Generating electricity from solar only to then turn around and run electric heaters for the pool is not ...
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Can a freestanding pool's poles be cut to accommodate sloped concrete?

The problem with cutting the poles is that the liner that goes inside won't fit like it's suppose to. Where the "shorter" poles are, part of the sides of the liner will be on the bottom of ...
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What is the cheapest way to build a temporary pool?

How about you did a 4'x6'x2' hole and then get a 12'x16' waterproof tarp and lay it in the hole. Make sure the neighbors know you're not burying someone. See picture of waterproof tarp below.
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Heat large pool with electric via solar panels?

How much energy do you need? In four months you spend $7500, so assuming you heat using natural gas, that would indicate a consumption of about 19,000 cubic meters. At 10.8 kWh per cubic meter, we're ...
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How to get rid of mosquitos in swimming pool standing water

It is a salt water system, and the pumps & chlorinator obviously cannot be operated with the water drained to this level. Just in case you're not aware, the salt water isn't what keeps your pool ...
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How to get rid of mosquitos in swimming pool standing water

First point : Chemical warfare is the tool of last resort for pool maintenance. Sometimes you end up in a crisis and you need to deal with it, but if you look after the pool correctly it should be ...
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Safety Cover for Decommissioned (Empty) Swimming Pool

If you are really decommissioning it, a truckload of stone (or multiple truckloads of stone) will do nicely and comparatively inexpensively. Ain't nobody going to fall into it or drown in it. If you ...
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Safety Cover for Decommissioned (Empty) Swimming Pool

Probably the easiest method to deal with a swimming pool that is taken out of service and not deconstructed is to fill it up with dirt after opening large holes in the bottom for drainage. Leaving a ...
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Heat large pool with electric via solar panels?

You have a pretty big pool by residential standards but I still am surprised it is costing you that much... almost $2k per month! Assuming a price of $.90 / therm (average in the NY area, according ...
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Inserting probe into pressurized water pipe

The usual way is to use a T with the middle outlet being vertical: With a proper fitting, you screw this hollow adapter in. Ecnerwal says in a comment it is called a "thermowell". Fill ...
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Robot pool vacuum sluggish, slow moving, weak

Posting here because I could not find an answer anywhere, and am hoping this can help somebody else in the future. While the slow moving seems to be tied to pressure, one would think, it was not in my ...
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How to access the ceiling over an indoor swimming pool

Might want to check with your local equipment rental companies as they may have, or know where to direct you to get a transportable Cherry Picker. These machines are not as easily transported as a ...
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Where to drain pool water

If you are concerned about the flow rate: Siphon it out with a thinner hose. Stick the exit of the hose loosely into the waste line. The thinner hose will prevent an flow rate too high for your waste ...
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Safety Cover for Decommissioned (Empty) Swimming Pool

May not suit your needs, but if you could find a trampoline just smaller than the pool, it can be fitted and secured to the concrete. That way bouncers (trampoliners?) could get on without having to ...
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Can I use dedicated pool heat pump for heating water in the house?

There's no free lunch. Really. Saying a heat pump is an over-unity engine ignores why it works: It takes something from something else; i.e. it creates an externality. Ignoring those is a common error ...
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How can i add a 120v outlet to my 240v spa panel

You're gonna need a wider enclosure. You have very big wire bending space problems in this one. It's pushing the breaker out of position and that's going to cause bad contact at the bus stabs, and ...
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Above ground pool on top of disturbed soil

Dig the junk out, remove the wood, rent a compactor, refill a few inches at a time, compacting each layer before adding more. Wood is not fill. If you wanted to wait several years, the "big ...
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POOL HOUSE AND NEC 225.30

One feeder per outbuilding Whoever specified running sixteen circuits to an outbuilding was not qualified to design electrical work. To start with, they wasted a staggering amount of money. Nope, you'...
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how do you replace a pool pump where PVC installation is coupling to coupling?

You have to cut the pipe. When re-installing you should put in unions instead of just couplings so that removing the pump is possible without disturbing the system, as the original installers should ...
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Why is the water in my freshly filled above ground pool green?

If you get a bag or 2 of shock treatment it will help knock the algae out. This time of year I find the toughest to keep my pool clean as the water is warming and it gets away fast shock treatment ...
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