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The Ultimate Guide to Above-ground Pools - Terry Tamminen

The Ultimate Guide to Above-ground Pools

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Published: 3rd March 2004
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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

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
The Above-Ground Poolp. 1
How It Worksp. 1
How Much Water Does It Hold?p. 2
Square or Rectangularp. 2
Circularp. 4
Irregular Shapesp. 5
Parts per Millionp. 5
How Is It Made?p. 7
Above-Groundp. 9
Ongroundp. 18
Installing an Above-Ground Poolp. 23
Typical Onground (Soft-Sided/Framed) Pool Installationp. 25
Typical Above-Ground (Rigid-Sided) Pool Installationp. 40
Basic Above-Ground Pool Plumbingp. 63
Skimmersp. 63
Main Drainsp. 66
General Plumbing Guidelinesp. 67
PVC and Flexible PVC Plumbingp. 71
Plumbing Methodsp. 75
Copper Plumbingp. 79
Advanced Plumbing Systemsp. 81
Manual Three-Port Valvesp. 81
Operationp. 81
Constructionp. 83
Maintenance and Repairp. 83
Unionsp. 85
Gate and Ball Valvesp. 87
Check Valvesp. 88
Solar Heating Systemsp. 90
Types of Solar Heating Systemsp. 90
Plumbingp. 91
To Solar or Not to Solar?p. 94
Installationp. 96
Maintenance and Repairp. 98
Pumps and Motorsp. 101
How They Workp. 101
Strainer Pot and Basketp. 103
Volutep. 106
Impellerp. 106
Seal Plate and Adapter Bracketp. 109
Shaft and Shaft Extenderp. 109
Sealp. 110
Motorp. 111
Energy-Efficient Motorsp. 112
Voltagep. 113
Housing Designp. 113
Turnover Ratep. 113
Maintenance and Repairsp. 114
Pump and Motor Health Checklistp. 115
Strainer Potsp. 115
Gaskets and O-Ringsp. 116
Pump and/or Motor Removal and Reinstallationp. 117
New Installationp. 119
Replacing a Pump or Motorp. 120
Troubleshooting Motorsp. 122
Priming the Pumpp. 123
Cost of Operationp. 128
Filtersp. 131
Typesp. 131
Diatomaceous Earth Filtersp. 131
Sand Filtersp. 135
Cartridge Filtersp. 136
Makes and Modelsp. 139
Sizing and Selectionp. 139
Backwash Valvesp. 142
Backwash Hosesp. 145
Pressure Gauges and Air Relief Valvesp. 146
Repair and Maintenancep. 147
Installationp. 147
Filter Cleaning and Media Replacementp. 149
Skidpacksp. 161
Heatersp. 165
Gas-Fueled Heatersp. 165
The Millivolt or Standing Pilot Heaterp. 167
The Control Circuitp. 170
Electronic Ignition Heatersp. 176
Natural versus Propane Gasp. 177
Solar-Fueled Heatersp. 178
Makes and Modelsp. 179
Selectionp. 180
Cost of Operationp. 180
Repairs and Maintenancep. 181
Basic Start-Up Guidep. 182
Terry's Troubleshooting Tipsp. 184
Preventative Maintenancep. 191
A Reminderp. 192
Other Equipment and Optionsp. 193
Time Clocksp. 193
Electromechanical Timersp. 193
Twist Timersp. 196
Electronic Timersp. 197
Repairsp. 197
Ground Fault Circuit Interruptersp. 200
Ladders, Slides, Safety Barriers, and Decksp. 202
Laddersp. 202
Slidesp. 205
Safety Barriersp. 206
Decksp. 208
Toss Ringsp. 208
Thermometersp. 208
Automatic Pool Cleanersp. 211
Electric Robotp. 212
Booster Pump Systemsp. 212
Boosterless Water Pressure Systemsp. 213
Suction-Side Systemsp. 216
To Buy or Not to Buy?p. 219
Lightingp. 221
Coversp. 223
Bubble Solar Coversp. 223
Dome Coversp. 228
Liquid Coversp. 228
Foamp. 229
Sheet Vinylp. 230
Mesh Coversp. 231
Water Chemistryp. 233
Demand and Balancep. 233
Components of Water Chemistryp. 235
Sanitizers: Chlorinep. 235
Sanitizers: Chlorine Alternativesp. 243
pHp. 247
Total Alkalinityp. 249
Hardnessp. 249
Total Dissolved Solidsp. 250
Conditioner (Cyanuric Acid)p. 251
Weatherp. 251
Algaep. 252
General Algae Elimination Guidelinesp. 253
Algicidesp. 254
Common Water Problems and Curesp. 256
Cloudy Waterp. 256
Colored Waterp. 257
Scalep. 258
Eye or Skin Irritationp. 258
Colored Hair, Nails, or Skinp. 258
Odorsp. 258
Stains Unique to Vinyl-Lined Poolsp. 259
Water Testingp. 259
Test Methodsp. 259
Chlorine Testingp. 261
pH Testingp. 262
Total Alkalinity Testingp. 262
Hardness Testingp. 262
Total Dissolved Solids and Heavy Metals Testingp. 262
Cyanuric Acid Testingp. 262
General Test Proceduresp. 263
Water Treatmentp. 264
Liquidsp. 265
Granularsp. 265
Tabs and Floatersp. 266
Mechanical Delivery Devicesp. 267
Chemical Safetyp. 269
Cleaning and Servicingp. 271
Toolsp. 271
Telepolesp. 271
Leaf Rakep. 275
Wall Brushp. 275
Vacuum Head and Hosep. 276
Leaf Vacuum and Garden Hosep. 277
Tile Brush and Tile Soapp. 279
Test Kit and Thermometerp. 280
Handy Toolsp. 280
Pool Cleaning Proceduresp. 280
Deck and Cover Cleaningp. 281
Water Levelp. 282
Surface Skimmingp. 282
Cleaning the Waterlinep. 283
Equipment Checkp. 283
Vacuumingp. 284
Chemical Testing and Applicationp. 288
Brushingp. 289
Cleanup and Closeupp. 290
Service Schedulep. 290
Repairing and Winterizing Above-Ground Poolsp. 293
Draining a Poolp. 293
Leak Repairp. 296
Leak Detection Made Easy: Four Testsp. 297
Repairing the Leakp. 300
Winterizingp. 303
Temperate Climatesp. 304
Colder Climatesp. 305
Glossaryp. 315
Reference Sources and Websitesp. 331
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780071425148
ISBN-10: 0071425144
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 3rd March 2004
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.1  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.62