The Ultimate Guide To Above-Ground Pools / Edition 1

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Overview

Let Terry Tamminen, "poolman to the stars," show you how to have a beautiful, hassle-free pool for thousands of dollars less than commercial installers charge -- by doing it yourself. Pool expert Tamminen helps you purchase, install, repair, maintain, and upgrade above-ground pools. You get parts and tools lists, tricks of the trade for each procedure, and a difficulty rating to help you decide if it's time to call a professional.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071425148
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 3/3/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 458,900
  • Product dimensions: 0.76 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Tamminen is a leading expert on pools and spas. The owner/operator of a Malibu, California pool/spa service business with a star-studded clientele, he has provided technical advice on large-scale water chemistry and pool technology projects for over 25 years. With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Mr. Tamminen founded numerous Waterkeeper programs to protect our nation's rivers and coastlines. He currently serves as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and is also author of The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Manual, published by McGraw-Hill.

Terry Tamminen is a leading expert on pools and spas. The owner/operator of a Malibu, California pool/spa service business with a star-studded clientele, he has provided technical advice on large-scale water chemistry and pool technology projects for over 25 years. With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Mr. Tamminen founded numerous Waterkeeper programs to protect our nation's rivers and coastlines. He currently serves as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and is also author of The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Manual, published by McGraw-Hill.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Chapter 1 The Above-Ground Pool 1
How It Works 1
How Much Water Does It Hold? 2
Square or Rectangular 2
Circular 4
Irregular Shapes 5
Parts per Million 5
How Is It Made? 7
Above-Ground 9
Onground 18
Installing an Above-Ground Pool 23
Typical Onground (Soft-Sided/Framed) Pool Installation 25
Typical Above-Ground (Rigid-Sided) Pool Installation 40
Chapter 2 Basic Above-Ground Pool Plumbing 63
Skimmers 63
Main Drains 66
General Plumbing Guidelines 67
PVC and Flexible PVC Plumbing 71
Plumbing Methods 75
Copper Plumbing 79
Chapter 3 Advanced Plumbing Systems 81
Manual Three-Port Valves 81
Operation 81
Construction 83
Maintenance and Repair 83
Unions 85
Gate and Ball Valves 87
Check Valves 88
Solar Heating Systems 90
Types of Solar Heating Systems 90
Plumbing 91
To Solar or Not to Solar? 94
Installation 96
Maintenance and Repair 98
Chapter 4 Pumps and Motors 101
How They Work 101
Strainer Pot and Basket 103
Volute 106
Impeller 106
Seal Plate and Adapter Bracket 109
Shaft and Shaft Extender 109
Seal 110
Motor 111
Energy-Efficient Motors 112
Voltage 113
Housing Design 113
Turnover Rate 113
Maintenance and Repairs 114
Pump and Motor Health Checklist 115
Strainer Pots 115
Gaskets and O-Rings 116
Pump and/or Motor Removal and Reinstallation 117
New Installation 119
Replacing a Pump or Motor 120
Troubleshooting Motors 122
Priming the Pump 123
Cost of Operation 128
Chapter 5 Filters 131
Types 131
Diatomaceous Earth Filters 131
Sand Filters 135
Cartridge Filters 136
Makes and Models 139
Sizing and Selection 139
Backwash Valves 142
Backwash Hoses 145
Pressure Gauges and Air Relief Valves 146
Repair and Maintenance 147
Installation 147
Filter Cleaning and Media Replacement 149
Skidpacks 161
Chapter 6 Heaters 165
Gas-Fueled Heaters 165
The Millivolt or Standing Pilot Heater 167
The Control Circuit 170
Electronic Ignition Heaters 176
Natural versus Propane Gas 177
Solar-Fueled Heaters 178
Makes and Models 179
Selection 180
Cost of Operation 180
Repairs and Maintenance 181
Basic Start-Up Guide 182
Terry's Troubleshooting Tips 184
Preventative Maintenance 191
A Reminder 192
Chapter 7 Other Equipment and Options 193
Time Clocks 193
Electromechanical Timers 193
Twist Timers 196
Electronic Timers 197
Repairs 197
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters 200
Ladders, Slides, Safety Barriers, and Decks 202
Ladders 202
Slides 205
Safety Barriers 206
Decks 208
Toss Rings 208
Thermometers 208
Automatic Pool Cleaners 211
Electric Robot 212
Booster Pump Systems 212
Boosterless Water Pressure Systems 213
Suction-Side Systems 216
To Buy or Not to Buy? 219
Lighting 221
Covers 223
Bubble Solar Covers 223
Dome Covers 228
Liquid Covers 228
Foam 229
Sheet Vinyl 230
Mesh Covers 231
Chapter 8 Water Chemistry 233
Demand and Balance 233
Components of Water Chemistry 235
Sanitizers: Chlorine 235
Sanitizers: Chlorine Alternatives 243
pH 247
Total Alkalinity 249
Hardness 249
Total Dissolved Solids 250
Conditioner (Cyanuric Acid) 251
Weather 251
Algae 252
General Algae Elimination Guidelines 253
Algicides 254
Common Water Problems and Cures 256
Cloudy Water 256
Colored Water 257
Scale 258
Eye or Skin Irritation 258
Colored Hair, Nails, or Skin 258
Odors 258
Stains Unique to Vinyl-Lined Pools 259
Water Testing 259
Test Methods 259
Chlorine Testing 261
pH Testing 262
Total Alkalinity Testing 262
Hardness Testing 262
Total Dissolved Solids and Heavy Metals Testing 262
Cyanuric Acid Testing 262
General Test Procedures 263
Water Treatment 264
Liquids 265
Granulars 265
Tabs and Floaters 266
Mechanical Delivery Devices 267
Chemical Safety 269
Chapter 9 Cleaning and Servicing 271
Tools 271
Telepoles 271
Leaf Rake 275
Wall Brush 275
Vacuum Head and Hose 276
Leaf Vacuum and Garden Hose 277
Tile Brush and Tile Soap 279
Test Kit and Thermometer 280
Handy Tools 280
Pool Cleaning Procedures 280
Deck and Cover Cleaning 281
Water Level 282
Surface Skimming 282
Cleaning the Waterline 283
Equipment Check 283
Vacuuming 284
Chemical Testing and Application 288
Brushing 289
Cleanup and Closeup 290
Service Schedule 290
Chapter 10 Repairing and Winterizing Above-Ground Pools 293
Draining a Pool 293
Leak Repair 296
Leak Detection Made Easy: Four Tests 297
Repairing the Leak 300
Winterizing 303
Temperate Climates 304
Colder Climates 305
Glossary 315
Reference Sources and Websites 331
Index 337
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