Category: Pool (Page 3 of 3)

3 Quick Thoughts on Saturday, July 29, 2017

  • The pool robot is working out very nicely. I was able to put it in the pool earlier this week and by the time I was done mowing and trimming the side yard and watering all my plants, the pool was clean.  I took advantage of the clean pool and went swimming!  I needed to cool off – we’ve had temperatures in the high 90s all week, along with heat indexes of 104 – 109.
  • I’m sad to report that the SlingTV is not working out as well as I had hoped. It does fine on most shows, but anything that is live, such as a news show or, most importantly, the race, it pixilates a lot, which causes headaches.  Not good.  It is uncertain if it will improve by upping our internet speed, and that’s something that Bill needs to handle, as he has some concerns about what they need to send a technician out to do here at the house. Until he gets those answers (and has the time to pursue the whole issue), I think we’re going to be stuck with continuing to use DirecTv.
  • I’m not sure if I’m brave or foolhardy, but I started reading a Diana Gabaldon book yesterday, Seven Stones To Stand Or Fall. I am two books behind in reading her Outlander series and all of the short stories and novellas included in this collection are about the Outlander world in some fashion.  I’ve put off reading anything by her for several years because I knew once I began, I would not want to stop.  I’ll end up reading the whole Outlander series from start to finish.  The last time I did that was in 2007 and it took me a full year – and there’s two more full length novels added since then!  Wish me luck!

Just a Moment – Twenty-Seven

Friday ritual inspired by other blogs. A single photo from this past week…. few to no words…. just a moment captured in time. If you feel inspired to share…. leave a link in the comments with your moment.

This is our latest find, sitting outside the neighbor’s house two doors down with a “Free!” sign on it.   The table has some of the edging broken away, so Bill put some black tubing around the rough areas.  We’re debating whether to break off the rest of the edging and just put the tubing all the way around.  All the pieces need cleaning and the metal needs spray painting, but now we have more seating around the pool for guests!

patio set

Making The Pool Warmer

In an attempt to make our pool warmer – just a wee bit warmer! – Bill has devised a solar heating system using black hose and a circulating pump.

First the fence needed covering with linseed oil, the last remaining piece of our fence project last year.  We covered it with two coats over two afternoon/evenings.  It looks really nice!

linseed oil covered fence

Next up, twenty thousand trips to Lowe’s, Harbor Freight, and Home Depot for the necessary pieces and parts.  And then frantic working Saturday and Sunday morning to get it all done – Bill seemed to have some sort of internal time table that required completing the job by race time Sunday afternoon.

So we now have tubing along two sides of our fence.

black tubingmore black tubing


Then there’s a pump around the corner of the house, with an intake hose coming from the pool.


circulating pump


As you can see, the pump is electrical, so we also have an extension cord running along the edge of the house to the outside plug located on the other side of the back door.

outflow hose


And finally there is another hose letting the water flow back into the pool.


Bill has done some more reading and decided that we probably don’t have nearly the amount of hose surface area that we actually need.  We only need to raise the temperature three or four degrees, though, based on last year’s experience.  First, though, we need sunshine!  Ten days ago the pool temperature was 74.  Today it is 68.  We’re going in the wrong direction!

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