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  • Happy Holidays from Poolsandstuff.com!

    'Tis the season for family gatherings, trips to grandma's house, for cooking feasts and sharing gifts with loved ones. Everyone here at Poolsandstuff.com would like to wish you and yours a very happy and safe holiday this week.

    Helpful Holiday Tips

    A few things to think about this holiday week:

    • If you are traveling to visit friends and family, remember to winterize your pool properly and cover it up. Expecting snow? Make sure to use weights or aqua blocks to ensure the cover stays in place. Check out our pool closing kits if you need anything.
    • Visiting family with a pool? Remember to pack pool alarm wristbands for children if there are uncovered pools at any houses you are visiting.
    • If you are in a sunny location for the holidays (lucky you!), remember that alcohol and swimming don't mix! Swim first, drink later--this will ensure a happier holiday for everyone!
    • Need a last minute gift? Pick up a gift card and let the recipient do the shopping.

    Let us know if you need anything or have any questions about how to make this a great holiday!

  • Announcing Saunasandstuff.ca!


    Everyone here at Poolsandstuff.com is excited to announce a new member to our Storesandstuff.com family: please welcome our new website Saunasandstuff.ca!

    We've been selling saunas online since 2005, and we are so pleased to now be expanding into Canada. The new website will serve our Canadian friends by providing quality saunas at great prices. We'll offer a selection of top-of-the-line sauna rooms, pre-built and pre-cut sauna kits, heaters, and other other accessories. We are pleased to offer free shipping, just as we do with our US customers.

    Connect With Us!

    If you have friends or family in Canada, please send them our way! Be sure to join us on our website, blog, and social media outlets. Please share our links! We love connecting with our customers.

    We look forward to being Canada's foremost supplier of quality, affordable saunas and sauna supplies. Thanks to all of our customers, everywhere. We couldn't do any of this without you!

  • APSP Honors Top Pool Designs

    On November 12, 2013, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) honored the best in swimming pool designs at the 43rd annual International Awards of Excellence at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino's LIGHT Nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada. Eighty-eight awards were presented in forty categories, five of which spotlighted international installations. There were over a hundred entries from six countries.

    "This year's winning installations showcase our members' superior ability to transform backyards into magnificent environments that cultivate lifelong memories of fun and family. Consumers seeking ideas as they consider building their own aquatic oasis will be able to view the 2013 winners, and even past recipients’ installations, via APSP.org's new Inspiration Gallery coming this winter." -- APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald.

    Some of the highlights we liked most here at Poolsandstuff.com include Caribbean Blue Pools & Spas' amazing multi-tiered pool with slide; Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping's cello-shaped pool; Claffey Pools' cliff terrace pool; and Silver Fox Contracting's stunning pool and hot tub in Dubai.

    See the award winners here in this video:

    Getting any ideas for your own home pool or hot tub design?


    * http://www.newsday.com/business/press-releases/apsp-celebrates-the-finest-in-pool-spa-hot-tub-design-1.6540506

  • Holiday Gift Ideas from Poolsandstuff.com

    The holidays are in full swing and there's not much time left to order gifts for your loved ones! Poolsandstuff.com has some really great gift ideas for everyone. With our great discounted prices and free shipping, make us part of your holidays this year!

    Gift Ideas for Everyone

    Holiday Gift Ideas from Poolsandstuff.com

    ProSeries™ 15' Round, 48" Soft-Sided Pool ($650) -- Not even joking. Maybe you live in an area where you can set this up and use it right away, maybe you'd have to wait for the summer to roll back around. Regardless, this easy-to-assemble pool would make a great gift for the family. And the price is ridiculously affordable.

    Shot Kind Sisal Dart Board ($61) -- Did you know we carry in-home games as well? We do! Made of superior grade self-healing sisal fibers, this tournament-style board features a moveable metal number ring so you can easily rotate your board and extend playing life.

    Carmelli™ Hoops Dual Electronic Basketball Game ($254) -- Beat the competition in the comfort of your own home. Unlike other basketball games, this game is built to last with a rugged steel frame and a solid wooden backboard.

    Holiday Gift Ideas from Poolsandstuff.com

    Carmelli® Deluxe Shuffleboard Table ($969) -- Enjoy this pub style shuffleboard table fun in the comfort of your home. Our shuffleboard tables are packed with quality features and are offered in rich cherry or walnut finish.

    Click here to check out our full selection of indoor games, including table tennis tables, air hockey tables, pool tables, and more!

    Click here to check out our full selection of fun winter toys, including really awesome inflatable sledding toys, many of which can also be used in the pool during the summer!

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  • Should You Convert to a Saltwater Pool?

    Should You Convert to a Saltwater Pool?

    The topic of saltwater (or saline) pools versus chlorine pools is one that triggers hot debate among swimming pool enthusiasts. Certainly, there are pros and cons to each. At the end of the day, it's all about your preferences and your family's lifestyle.

    I Don't Even Know What a Saltwater Pool is.

    Everyone is pretty familiar with the traditional chlorine swimming pool, as well as with the red eyes, frizzled hair, and itchy skin the pool chemicals can cause. Saltwater pools are a very different experience, one you should try before you make the decision to convert or not to convert.

    The biggest downside to saltwater pools is that salt creates greater wear and tear on everything in and around the pool. It can also leave a white, dusty residue around the pool area. There are lots of benefits, too. Here are just a few:

    • The water in a saltwater pool feels softer and silkier, making for a luxurious swimming experience.
    • There are no harsh chemicals in the water, so there will be no red eyes or itchy skin after swimming.
    • You'll find that you float more easily in saltwater.
    • It is much easier and cheaper to maintain a clean saltwater pool. No more algae blooms!
    • The annual savings on chemicals and cleaners is considerable.
    • They are environmentally friendly.

    The Saltron Conversion System

    Adding a mild salt solution to your pool changes the salt ions in the the water and, when used in conjunction with a chlorine generator, to sanitizes your pool. Salt levels are nearly undetectable and the concentration is less than in human tears.  A conversion system like the Saltron® system makes switching to saltwater easy, as it retro-fits onto almost any above-ground and in-ground pool up to 20,000 gallons. Constructed of commercial-grade components, its operation is efficient and affordable. It arrives at your home with a power cord and a pool-safe transformer and it can be wired for 110V or 220V. The Saltron® system also comes with a 1-year warranty.

    We offer Saltron Saltwater Chlorine Generators for the low price of $289 with fast and free shipping to the lower 48 states. If you have any questions about saltwater systems, please contact us and we'd be happy to assist you.


  • Pool Safety--Make it a Priority!

    Pool Safety -- Make it a Priority!

    Swimming pools should be fun, but above all else they should be safe. The Center for Disease Control reports that about 10 people die everyday, and two of those people are children aged 14 and under. Most of these deaths occur in residential pools, turning a fun family play area into a scene of tragedy. By taking a few simple precautions and with the aid of a few affordable products, you can greatly decrease the chances of a tragic accident and increase overall pool safety.

    Tips to Maximize Pool Safety

    • Install a fence around the pool area, whether you have an above-ground or in-ground pool. This will prevent people from using the pool without your knowledge and keep small children and animals out. This one step is the priciest on our list, but it alone can be the greatest safety precaution you take.
    • Never leave small children unsupervised in or around the pool, not even for a minute. This is worth repeating: never leave small children unsupervised in or around the pool. This means any child 14 years of age or under. Small children can drown in just seconds, so there should always be an adult who can swim actively supervising.
    • Keep children away from pool filters. The suction may injure them or prevent them from reaching the surface.
    • Be sure all pool users know how to swim. Teach children to swim as early as possible. Children can learn to swim as early as age 1. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend teaching children before age 1 due to development issues. Teach small children how to get to the nearest steps or where they should go if they accidentally fall in. Supervising adults should absolutely know how to swim.
    • Implement a buddy system: no one swims alone, ever.
    • Don't allow anyone who has been drinking alcohol or is otherwise inebriated to swim in the pool.
    • Never dive into an above-ground pool. Always check the water depth before plunging into an in-ground pool. Obey all pool rules about diving and running.
    • Don’t allow glass containers in the pool area.
    • Keep radios, CD players, blow dryers, and other electrical devices away from the pool.
    • Everyone in the home aged 14 years and older should take basic first aid and CPR training. These are often offered through local community programs. Check your local library for nearby classes.

    Products to Maximize Pool Safety

    • Door alarms, locks, and safety covers create a barrier of protection around the pool. These are all useful in alerting you if a child is trying to get out to the pool area.
    • Keep a secure cover on the pool during the off-season. We carry covers for above-ground pools and in-ground pools.
    • Keep a first aid kit, ring buoys, and reaching poles near the pool in case of emergency.
    • Have very small children wear pool alarms like this Safety Turtle alarm. The moment it is immersed in water, it activates a very loud alarm.
    • Invest in an anti-entrapment system to prevent small children from becoming trapped by drain and filter suction.
    • Have small children wear life vests in the pool.

    If you have any questions or concerns about your pool's safety, give us a call! We'd love to help you find resources and products that will keep you and your family safe.

    * Check out this great site on pool safety: http://www.poolsafely.gov/
  • Pool and Hot Tub Safety Code Reaffirmed

    Pool and Hot Tub Safety Code Reaffirmed

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced on October 30, 2013, the reaffirmation of American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/APSP/International Code Council (ICC)-8 2005 (Revised 2013) Standard for Model Barrier Code for Residential Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs. The Standard protects children from accidental drowning by limiting or delaying unintended access to swimming pools and hot tubs through layers of protection.

    The first and most important layer of protection to keep everyone safe around a pool, spa or hot tub is constant, adult supervision. This Standard provides the layer of protection options in easy to understand language and illustrations for the builder, the code official, and the consumer to ensure safe and responsible swimming and soaking. -- APSP Senior Director Technical & Standards Carvin DiGiovanni

    ANSI/APSP/ICC-8 2013 provides the most up-to-date layers of protection for incorporation into national or regional building codes and for adoption by state and local jurisdictions. The Standard contains a complete description of the layers of protection with annotated pictures of their application. The Standard can be purchased and downloaded in the APSP store. For more information about APSP’s standards, parties may contact DiGiovanni at 703-838-0083 Ext. 149.

    At Poolsandstuff.com, we are dedicated to keeping you and your family safe while you enjoy your pool. That's why we stock so many products that will help keep your pool environment safe, including the following:

    Please let us know if you have any questions about the reaffirmed Standard or about pool safety. Happy Swimming!

  • Swimming Pool Exercises: Water Walking

    Swimming Pool Exercises: Water Walking

    Water walking in a pool can provide an excellent aerobic workout. It is a great option for those with an injury, pregnant women, or for older folks who want to increase their activity level without putting stress on their joints. Water provides gentle resistance to your movements, which helps strengthen and build muscle. Over time, you can increase your endurance while enjoying this low-stress exercise.

    Water walking is simple: stand in water that is at least waist-deep, with your abdominal muscles firm and flexed, shoulders back, and chest lifted in a neutral position. Walking in chest-deep water provides even more resistance and a more strenuous workout for those wanting to work a little harder.

    You then walk as you would on land, placing your heel down first and following through with the ball of your foot. Try not to walk on your tiptoes, but instead walk normally as you would if you were walking on the street. Remember to keep your back straight and your stomach muscles tight. You can also walk backwards to work different muscle groups. Press your palms against the water to also work your arms.

    While no equipment is necessary, there are some products that can assist you in your water walking workout. Poolsandstuff.com offers great accessories for water walking, such as The Underwater Walker. Constructed of durable PVC tubing and stainless steel swivel casters with solid rubber wheels, it's designed to assist the injured or elderly who need additional assistance walking and remaining upright. It also has armrest cradles that provide extra support and can be attached or removed. We also have an aquatic floatation aid (shown above) for adults who can support themselves in the water in an upright position but need assistance to walk.

    If you have any questions about water walking, or are looking for products that can help you exercise this way, please contact us! We can get you in the water and working out in no time.


  • Above Ground Pool Installation: Things to Consider

    Above Ground Pool Intallation: Things to Consider

    Even though the temperatures are dropping across the nation, now might be the perfect time to start thinking about your new above-ground pool. By the time the weather begins warming up again, you'll be all ready to go and can get the pool installed in time to enjoy every minute of summer.

    There are several important things to consider before you buy an above-ground pool. Consider the points below:

    • Water and Electric – Both are nice to have close to where you would like to assemble the pool. For most pools, it works the best if you run an underground conduit from your house outlet to where the pump and filter will be located. This also makes sense if you want to add a pool light or cleaner, as you do not want to have cords running across the yard. You may also want to extend an underground water pipe if your pool will be more than 50 feet from the water source. That will give you a cleaner look than having a garden hose stretched out over the lawn.
    • Visibility from the House – You might want to be able to enjoy the view of the pool from your house, especially if you have younger kids and want to keep a close eye on them. Do not leave small children unattended. Be prepared and safe with pool alarms and safety equipment. Conversely, you may want the pool to be hidden from view, in order to preserve the appearance of landscaping from the house.
    • Level is Key – The ground beneath your pool will need to be absolutely level before you begin to assemble your above-ground pool. This is so important to ensure the structural integrity of the pool and to have a nice even water line when the pool is full. A badly lopsided pool is a safety hazard--at best, it could fall over and flood the backyard; at worst, it could fall over and injure a swimmer.
    • Access to the Pool – You want to be able to jump into the pool quickly on a really hot, sweltering day, or run back into the house at rapid speed on a cold night. You also want to make sure there is quick access for emergency personnel, in case there is an emergency. You should also verify local government regulations for how far away a pool must be from the house. Keep a buffer zone around the pool so it is easier to walk around and clean once assembled.
    • Let there be Sun – Finally, you really want to consider where in the backyard the sun and shade exists during different times of the day. You might prefer partial shade, or want to make sure your pool is in the sunniest part of the yard. If you live in a really hot location, the sun might make the pool too warm in the middle of summer. We also suggest not placing your pool under a large tree, as the leaves might make cleaning the pool a major challenge.

    Poolsandstuff.com has a great selection of the top-brand above-ground pools. Check out our selection and contact us to help you determine the best option and style for you and your family.

  • Is Your Pool ADA Compliant?


    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stipulated that all public accommodations including hotels, resorts, timeshares, and more must bring certain elements of their facilities into compliance with the 2010 ADA standards as of March 15, 2012. Elements of these new standards include that any commercial pool under 300 feet must have a sloped entry or a pool lift. Commercial pools larger than 300 linear feet need two forms of access, one of which must be a sloped entry or pool lift.

    Pool lifts come in all different shapes and sizes, and the options available to you depend on how large your pool is and if you have multiple bodies of water or just one. You can purchase a portable option like the Patriot Portable Lift or a stationary lift like the Pro Pool and Spa Lift. There are options for both in ground and above ground pools, while some lifts might be for one or the other.

    You can also look into purchasing pool access wheelchairs or beach access wheelchairs to cater to those that need assistance. We also have flotation and training aides available.

    If you want more details on the complete ADA compliance regulations, please visit http://www.ada.gov/.

    PoolsAndStuff.com has a variety of options for ADA pool lifts and aquatic wheelchairs for all of your ADA compliance needs. Our qualified staff can help figure out the best option for your pool set up, as well as offer free shipping in the 48 states.



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