The Ultimate Guide To Above-Ground Pools / Edition 1

The Ultimate Guide To Above-Ground Pools / Edition 1

by Terry Tamminen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0071425144

ISBN-13: 9780071425148

Pub. Date: 03/03/2004

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

Want a beautiful, hassle-free pool? Now you can save thousands of dollars by doing it yourself. Using easy-to-follow examples and illustrations, "Poolman to the Stars" Terry Tamminen shows how to purchase, install, repair, maintain, and upgrade above ground pools. The author includes parts and tools lists, tricks of the trade for each procedure, and a difficulty…  See more details below

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Want a beautiful, hassle-free pool? Now you can save thousands of dollars by doing it yourself. Using easy-to-follow examples and illustrations, "Poolman to the Stars" Terry Tamminen shows how to purchase, install, repair, maintain, and upgrade above ground pools. The author includes parts and tools lists, tricks of the trade for each procedure, and a difficulty rating to help readers decide when it's time to call a professional.

*How to select the best pool for your site, budget, and individual use
* Realistic cost estimates
* Installation and repair
* Heating inexpensively and repairing heaters
* Repairing and replacing liners
* Winterizing
* Decks made easy
* Pool enhancements for added value

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071425148
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
03/03/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
0.76(w) x 7.50(h) x 9.25(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxv
Chapter 1The Above-Ground Pool1
How It Works1
How Much Water Does It Hold?2
Square or Rectangular2
Circular4
Irregular Shapes5
Parts per Million5
How Is It Made?7
Above-Ground9
Onground18
Installing an Above-Ground Pool23
Typical Onground (Soft-Sided/Framed) Pool Installation25
Typical Above-Ground (Rigid-Sided) Pool Installation40
Chapter 2Basic Above-Ground Pool Plumbing63
Skimmers63
Main Drains66
General Plumbing Guidelines67
PVC and Flexible PVC Plumbing71
Plumbing Methods75
Copper Plumbing79
Chapter 3Advanced Plumbing Systems81
Manual Three-Port Valves81
Operation81
Construction83
Maintenance and Repair83
Unions85
Gate and Ball Valves87
Check Valves88
Solar Heating Systems90
Types of Solar Heating Systems90
Plumbing91
To Solar or Not to Solar?94
Installation96
Maintenance and Repair98
Chapter 4Pumps and Motors101
How They Work101
Strainer Pot and Basket103
Volute106
Impeller106
Seal Plate and Adapter Bracket109
Shaft and Shaft Extender109
Seal110
Motor111
Energy-Efficient Motors112
Voltage113
Housing Design113
Turnover Rate113
Maintenance and Repairs114
Pump and Motor Health Checklist115
Strainer Pots115
Gaskets and O-Rings116
Pump and/or Motor Removal and Reinstallation117
New Installation119
Replacing a Pump or Motor120
Troubleshooting Motors122
Priming the Pump123
Cost of Operation128
Chapter 5Filters131
Types131
Diatomaceous Earth Filters131
Sand Filters135
Cartridge Filters136
Makes and Models139
Sizing and Selection139
Backwash Valves142
Backwash Hoses145
Pressure Gauges and Air Relief Valves146
Repair and Maintenance147
Installation147
Filter Cleaning and Media Replacement149
Skidpacks161
Chapter 6Heaters165
Gas-Fueled Heaters165
The Millivolt or Standing Pilot Heater167
The Control Circuit170
Electronic Ignition Heaters176
Natural versus Propane Gas177
Solar-Fueled Heaters178
Makes and Models179
Selection180
Cost of Operation180
Repairs and Maintenance181
Basic Start-Up Guide182
Terry's Troubleshooting Tips184
Preventative Maintenance191
A Reminder192
Chapter 7Other Equipment and Options193
Time Clocks193
Electromechanical Timers193
Twist Timers196
Electronic Timers197
Repairs197
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters200
Ladders, Slides, Safety Barriers, and Decks202
Ladders202
Slides205
Safety Barriers206
Decks208
Toss Rings208
Thermometers208
Automatic Pool Cleaners211
Electric Robot212
Booster Pump Systems212
Boosterless Water Pressure Systems213
Suction-Side Systems216
To Buy or Not to Buy?219
Lighting221
Covers223
Bubble Solar Covers223
Dome Covers228
Liquid Covers228
Foam229
Sheet Vinyl230
Mesh Covers231
Chapter 8Water Chemistry233
Demand and Balance233
Components of Water Chemistry235
Sanitizers: Chlorine235
Sanitizers: Chlorine Alternatives243
pH247
Total Alkalinity249
Hardness249
Total Dissolved Solids250
Conditioner (Cyanuric Acid)251
Weather251
Algae252
General Algae Elimination Guidelines253
Algicides254
Common Water Problems and Cures256
Cloudy Water256
Colored Water257
Scale258
Eye or Skin Irritation258
Colored Hair, Nails, or Skin258
Odors258
Stains Unique to Vinyl-Lined Pools259
Water Testing259
Test Methods259
Chlorine Testing261
pH Testing262
Total Alkalinity Testing262
Hardness Testing262
Total Dissolved Solids and Heavy Metals Testing262
Cyanuric Acid Testing262
General Test Procedures263
Water Treatment264
Liquids265
Granulars265
Tabs and Floaters266
Mechanical Delivery Devices267
Chemical Safety269
Chapter 9Cleaning and Servicing271
Tools271
Telepoles271
Leaf Rake275
Wall Brush275
Vacuum Head and Hose276
Leaf Vacuum and Garden Hose277
Tile Brush and Tile Soap279
Test Kit and Thermometer280
Handy Tools280
Pool Cleaning Procedures280
Deck and Cover Cleaning281
Water Level282
Surface Skimming282
Cleaning the Waterline283
Equipment Check283
Vacuuming284
Chemical Testing and Application288
Brushing289
Cleanup and Closeup290
Service Schedule290
Chapter 10Repairing and Winterizing Above-Ground Pools293
Draining a Pool293
Leak Repair296
Leak Detection Made Easy: Four Tests297
Repairing the Leak300
Winterizing303
Temperate Climates304
Colder Climates305
Glossary315
Reference Sources and Websites331
Index337

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