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Swimming Pools & Water Fountains & Ponds : Home & Garden

Getting a Boost

One of the volumes for the auction of Michael Jackson's Neverland estate features garden statuary and outdoor furniture. While Neverland is nevermore, back in its heyday, the 2,500-acre compound boasted an amusement park, zoo, statuary and patio furniture. On opening day of the Jackson collecti

Aquarium Phosphate Control Filter Media

Phosphates contribute to algae growth in aquariums. One way to combat that is to use a phosphate control filter media, such as one of these.

Microwave Safety Tips

Microwave cooking is a godsend for those who need to make a quick dinner, reheat leftovers or simply boil water. Microwave ovens are among the safest electronic appliances, but there are a few tips that can help keep your microwave oven, and your food, in the best condition possible.

Sharing The Pool Opening Chores

Remember, any job divided is a job completed twice as fast.So one of our recommendations in a previous article holds true for a family approach to pool opening:Start early!

How to Siphon a Swimming Pool

In northern climates where freezing weather is the norm, few homeowners wish to keep a swimming pool filled with water year around. Winter aside, repairs to the pool might also demand that the pool be drained. These factors make draining a pool a basic part of owning one and the cheapest way to drai

How a Salt Pool Works

A salt water pool operates through the use of a chlorine generator, which creates chlorine from regular table salt. These pools eliminate the need to purchase, store and handle chlorine and keep your pool sanitary.

How to Replace an In-Ground Skimmer

Skimmers are parts of a swimming pool that remove foreign materials from the pool water prior to it entering the pump. This important piece of pool equipment occasionally needs replacement. For in-ground pools, skimmers are often buried underground and sometimes covered over with concrete or other m

How to Install Proline Pool Filters

Proline pool pump filters come pre-assembled, so installing the pool filter will be relatively simple compared to installing other types. Proline pool filters use sand dollars, sand and standard filters to filter the water in your pool. The installation will be the same for each model with the excep

How to Plan for a Koi Fish Pond

Building a koi fish pond can be quite demanding. Since koi are fast growing, require good water quality and produce a lot of waste, there are a number of important things to consider before building your koi fish pond. Careful planning will insure that once your koi pond is built, it will be easy

Nitelighter Pool Lights Take the Headache Out of Lighting Your Pool

If you have a pool that didn't come with lights, you might be unpleasantly surprised when you learn the cost of installing them. This is a shock to many who have pools put in without lights, or buy homes that have unlit pools. If you have found yourself in this position, Nitelighter pool lights

How Long Can Water Stay in a Kiddie Pool?

Kiddie pools vary in size but are generally no deeper than 3 feet. They also are no larger than 15 feet across. Kiddie pools are made out of plastic and are set up at home by the adults of the house. The water is added with a garden hose, and then the children are allowed to play in it. The problem

How to Install an Above Gound Pool Skimmer

Pool skimmers are needed to maintain and clean your pool's water. Not only do they help with the appearance of your pool, but they also help maintain efficiency of your pool pump and filter. If you have purchased an above-ground pool, the installation of your skimmer is not difficult. You just need

Instructions for a 120V Polaris Autoclear Salt Chlorinator

If you are sick of an over-chlorinated swimming pool, the remedy is installing an automated chlorinator, such as a Polaris Autoclear Chlorniator. This device is mounted to the side of your pool and uses an internal sensor to measure chlorine levels. When it decides the levels are too low it releases

What You Need to Know When Buying a Hot Tub

If you have a hot tub then it's important that you are able to take proper care of it in order to protect your investment and keep it in the best condition for longer. In fact, this is something that you should have been considering when you were buying a hot tub in the first place, incorporati

Structures to Cover a Swimming Pool

An uncovered pool can usually only be used during the summer.Pool image by apeschi from Fotolia.comKeeping a backyard swimming pool free of debris or protected from the elements is a challenge for pool owners. Fortunately, many different structures are available to cover a pool and keep...

external filter

A definition of the aquarium term external filter

What Is Zinc Sulfate Hydrate?

Zinc sulfate is a crystalline solid at room temperature with the chemical formula ZnSO4. It's typically found in hydrate form, where a set number of molecules of water are present for each formula unit of zinc sulfate.

How to Prime a Swimming Pool Pump That Has Run Dry

The most important component of the pool to maintain is the pool pump. A pool pumps keep the water moving and prevents the build of of bacteria and algae. Pool pumps circulate the water in the pool at a fixed rate over a period of several hours using a motor that creates suction, pulling water throu

How to Hang an Outdoor Clock

Hanging a clock outside can add personality to the exterior of your home as well as serve the practical purpose of tracking time. You may find hanging a clock outside a little harder than expected, though. The exterior of your house serves as a hard shell to protect you and your possessions inside.