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Pools & spas : ideas for planning, designing, and landscaping
Donegan, Fran J.
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Publication Information:
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Creative Homeowner Press, [2003]

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223 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
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TH4763 .D66 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH4763 .D66 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH4763 .D66 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH4763 .D66 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Pools & Spas: Ideas for Planning, Designing, and Landscaping , offers ideas and advice through the complete process from pool/spa selection to creating an attractive landscaping environment. Over 300 inviting color photos and illustrations show the many options from infinity-edge pools to indoor swim spas; from built-ins to attractive above-ground pools. Valuable advice is included on site selection, materials, financing, and more.

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Owning a swimming pool is a popular fantasy for many people, albeit one that requires a fairly large expenditure and a great deal of ongoing maintenance. Donegan, a writer and editor on home improvement, and Short, a pool designer and builder, show readers the many types of pools and spas that are available, as well as what is required to design, build, and maintain them. There is more to building a pool than digging a hole: it must be carefully situated, with factors like sun and wind direction (not just aesthetics) taken into account; and the type of pool must be determined, whether in-ground (concrete, fiberglass, or vinyl), above-ground, spa, or hot tub. The authors show many available designs and describe what additional equipment (such as pumps or filters) is needed. Pool maintenance and chemistry are covered in detail since pools require regular upkeep. Other topics include safety, landscaping, and somewhat related subjects like ponds and saunas. Colorful photos supplement every section of this informative title. Recommended for all public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Pools & Spas
Introductionp. 8
Planning Your Pool and Spa
Getting Your Feet Wetp. 12
Uses for Your Pool and Spap. 14
A Recreation Center
An Exercise Center
A Relaxation Center Create a Planp. 17
Survey Maps
Items to Include in a Plan Adding the Pool or Spa on your Planp. 25
Practical Realities Financing the Projectp. 32
Other Cost Considerations
Getting the Money Hiring a Contractorp. 32
Ask Friends for References
Find Your Own
Check Them Out
Collect Estimates
The Contract Pool and Spa Styles
Diving Inp. 38
In-Ground Poolsp. 40
Fiberglass Aboveground Poolsp. 44
Spas and Hot Tubsp. 45
In-Ground Spas
Aboveground Spas
Spa Installation Considerations
Hot Tubs
Buying a Spa or Hot Tub
Swim Spas Pool and Spa Plumbingp. 52
Working with PVC Piping Pool and Spa Equipment
Pool Gearp. 54
Skimmers, Drains, and Inletsp. 56
Main Drain Pumpsp. 59
Sizing the Pump Filtersp. 60
Cartridge Filters
Diatomaceous Earth Filters
Sand Filters
Sizing Filters Heatersp. 66
Gas Heaters
Heat Pumps
Solar Heaters
Electric-Resistance and Oil Heaters
Sizing Heaters for Pools
Sizing Heaters for Spas Pool and Spa Coversp. 70
Maintenance Covers
Safety Covers
Spa Covers Accessories and Fun Stuff
Enhancing The Experiencep. 76
Timers and Remote Controlsp. 78
Electromechanical and Mechanical Timers
Remote Controls Diving Boards and Morep. 80
Ladders and Rails Automatic Pool Cleanersp. 82
Booster Pump Systems
Skimmer Systems
In-Floor Systems Other Fun Stuffp. 84
Pool Lightingp. 86
Standard Voltage
Low-Voltage and Fiber Optics Pool Chemistry Made Easy
Sparkling Waterp. 88
Clean Water: The Basicsp. 90
Other Ways to Disinfect Your Pool or Spa Water Balancep. 96
pH Levels
Total Alkalinity
Calcium Hardness
Total Dissolved Solids Other Things in the Waterp. 100
The ABCs of Building Pools and Spas