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    Troweling The Pool Base

    By Laci
    When troweling the sand or vermiculite pool base, a minimum of thickness of 1½" must be maintained throughout. Spread the vermiculite out with a flat shovel into roughly 2' X 6' sections. Use a 30'' magnesium Darby or 16" pool trowel to spread and flatten the sand/vermiculite. Get the vermiculite as flat, even, and smooth as possible while spreading the material in several directions.
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    How To Install Coping

    By Laci
    Putting together an inground pool and need help installing the coping? Our guide on how to install pool coping will help get your coping installed quickly and cleanly.
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    Steel vs. Polymer Swimming Pool Kits

    By Justin
    Whether you’re building a pool for the very first time (congrats!) or you’re the designing the custom built pool you’ve been waiting a lifetime for, there’s no business quite like pool business. That’s because when it comes to the wear and tear (and hundreds upon hundreds of hours you’ll enjoy your pool over the years) everything needs to be just right. Which will it be—a steel or polymer pool kit? To determine which one best matches your needs, we’ve broken them down so you can determine the perfect one for your pool.
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    Five Reasons to Build a Pool in the Fall

    By Greg
    Are you tired of heading to the gym every time you want to swim a few laps? Does it seem like a chore to pack up snacks, towels and floaty’s for the kids—just to get an afternoon of swimming in at your public pool? Luckily, there’s a much better way to get your ‘swim on’.
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    What Should I Use To Build My Swimming Pool Bottom?

    By Zan
    Vermiculite:
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    Filling Up Your Swimming Pool

    By Greg
    Filling your swimming pool can be time consuming and will take a considerable amount of water. It is important to make sure that you follow some important steps to ensure that your pool is filled correctly. Not only will this save you time and money, but it will help you to enjoy a beautiful, sparkling, and clean pool.
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    How To Add a Handrail to an Existing Swimming Pool

    By Zan
    There are several ways to install a handrail on your existing pool deck. These options range from labor intensive and expensive to simple and inexpensive.
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    Designing Your Pool Bottom: Shapes and Terms

    By Greg
    Considering a swimming pool this year but aren’t sure what the different pool bottom descriptions mean?  There are a few standard bottoms to choose from, here is a list of those common pool bottoms: Standard, Wedge, Sports, Play, Flat Bottom, and Coved Flat Bottom.
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    Help! How Do I Measure the Corner Radius of My Pool?

    Perhaps you are in the process of measuring your swimming pool, have come across the corners, and you're not sure how to measure them.  Or perhaps you're getting ready to measure your swimming pool and just want to research how to do it.  Either way, this short guide is about how to properly measure the corners and determine the corner radius of your inground swimming pool.
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    Do Freeform Steel Pools Need Bracing at Each Joint?

    I have been asked this question many times over the years, as some online dealers offer freeform pools with bracing only on the reverse radius and not on the radius. This will reduce the cost of and average pool kit by a few hundred dollars, however as a leading dealer of inground swimming pools kits, the risk isn't worth the savings.  At what point does removing braces affect the structural integrity of a pool?  There are many problems you could run into by not installing bracing at each joint on a freeform pool. First, I am not aware of any manufacturer, engineer or building code enforcement that would approve this design. So you could run into permit issues during the building process. Another problem is that you do substantially sacrifice the pool's structural integrity which could potentially cause serious damage resulting in thousands of dollars of damage and the possibility of bodily harm.
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