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Pools & Spas covers everything from pool selection and installation to landscaping. Includes choosing a pool site, hiring a contractor, and different pool and spa types.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580113915
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis J. Donegan, from Verona, New Jersey, has been an editor and writer in the home improvement field for more than 20 years. Fran has been a staff editor at national home improvement magazines and has produced countless articles as well as a previous book, Paint Your Home (1997, Readers Digest). He is currently the managing editor at Creative Homeowner.

David Short, from Newington, New Hampshire, has been designing and building residential and commercial pools and spas for over 30 years. He is one of the owners of Custom Pools, Inc., a family-owned business and member of the Master Pools Guild. Custom Pools has designed over 3,000 pools - from New England to the Middle East.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

 

Chapter 1: Getting Your Feet Wet

Uses for Your Pool and Spa

Create A Plan

Adding the Pool or Spa on Your Plan

Financing the Project

Hiring a Contractor

 

Chapter 2: Diving In

In-Ground Pools

Aboveground Pools

Spas and Hot Tubs

Indoor Pools and Spas

Pool and Spa Plumbing

Design Ideas for Pools and Spas

 

Chapter 3: Pool Gear

Skimmers, Drains, and Inlets

Pumps

Filters

Heaters

Pool and Spa Covers

 

Chapter 4: Enhancing the Experience

Timers and Remote Controls

Diving Boards and More

Automatic Pool Cleaners

Other Fun Stuff

Pool Lighting

 

Chapter 5: Sparkling Water

Clean Water: The Basics

Water Balance

Other Things in the Water

 

Chapter 6: Creating Your Dream

Concrete Pools

Vinyl Pools

Fiberglass Pools

Aboveground Pools

Spas

Equipment

 

Chapter 7: Pool Keeping

Routine Pool Maintenance

Spa Maintenance

Equipment Maintenance

Opening Your Pool for the Season

Closing Your Pool for the Season

Pool Repairs

 

Chapter 8: Around the Pool

Successful Landscape Design

The Pool Decking

Fences

Patios and Decks

Paths and Their Design

Landscape Lighting

Retaining Walls

Plantings

Trees and Shrubs

Hedges

Ponds

Waterfalls

Fountains

Design Ideas for Pools and Spas

 

Chapter 9: Worry-Free Fun

Safety and Children

Safety for Everyone

 

Chapter 10: Soothing Saunas

Sauna Rooms

Planning Your Sauna

 

Resource Guide

Glossary

Index

Metric Conversion

Photo Credits

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    The definitive guide to a first time pool purchase

    This book was our guide to building our first pool. It is well written, organized and designed for someone just like me - an ignorant but well-meaning guy that finally decided that a pool was what I just had to have. Well, I may be stupid but I'm not ignorant anymore! I now know what to expect, what to demand and what I'm getting myself into and more importantly, why! Great photos, landscaping ideas, design considerations, siting, equipment choices, costs to run/maintain, lighting, and structural issues were all addressed. Now I can meet with a designer and contractor with some hope of not getting my a** handed to me or ending up stuck with something I don't like but can't afford to change. Only buy this if you're serious about a pool - it's not a wish book or a coffee-table item. If you're doing what I'm doing though, it's almost mandatory.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    Pools and Spas full of ideas

    I got this as a gift for my brother who just moved into a home with a pool. He is in the middle of landscaping around and in the pool. He said he loves it and that it has lots of ideas.

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