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Swimming Pool Filtration, Sanitation, and Lighting
Project: Storm-Ready Design, Episode 12, Part 1
Starting with the code-compliant pool cage, Bob watches the crew construct an aluminum frame built from blueprints and attach it to permanent structural roof gutters on the house and structural load-bearing columns screwed into the concrete pool deck. This fully screened, aluminum pool cage is engineered to withstand a wind load of 130 mile per hour (mph). Bob Reeves from Blue Haven Pools shows Bob the state-of-the-art microban filtration system that combats mold and fungal growth and lasts up to five years with annual cleaning. The copper and silver sanitation system kills bacteria and germs through oxidation and is 80 percent free of chlorine. The completed pool has an LED lighting system with five colors and multiple light shows. The Baby Barrier Pool Fence is removable when children are not visiting, easily stored, child-resistant, and designed to withstand up to 80 pounds of pressure against it. Finally, the lanai is made hurricane-proof with geosynthetic textile fabric from Armor Screen attached with bolts and clips at the top and bottom. This screen will reduce 100 mph winds to 3 mph behind the screen. With rain, wind and debris are completely blocked, making the lanai a hurricane-safe space that satisfies code requirements.
- Part 1: Swimming Pool Filtration, Sanitation, and Lighting
- The pool cage is being constructed at the Punta Gorda home. This screened, aluminum structure is rated to withstand a wind load of 130 miles per hour. A construction blueprint shows how beams and support members will be attached. All pieces are custom cut at the factory. Structural gutters on the house receive the beams in reinforcing channels. The strength of the structure comes from the shapes that distribute the weight load to load-bearing columns drilled into the concrete deck. Cross-bracing on the panels is done with aluminum gusset plates and screws. The doors are checked to be sure they hang right before the screen is inserted. Keeping the screen square to the door frame will allow screening or rescreening to go smoothly and look good. When inserting the screen with the splining tool, hold the screen fabric taut and square to ensure that there are no bubbles on the screened surface. Bob Reeves from Blue Haven Pools joins Bob to review the advanced pool cleaning and filtration systems. The 450 square foot microban filtration system has four paper cartridges for a longer cleaning cycle. The filters need only be cleaned once per year rather than monthly. The sanitation system is a copper-silver device that is virtually chlorine free. Trace amounts of chlorine are required to activate the system, but it cleans the water by killing bacterial, oxidizing the solids and dispersing them. A heat pump is also installed to allow cool-weather swimming. The electric heating unit has advanced heat exhangers for efficient operation. The LED pool-lighting system has five different colors and multiple lighting scenes for evening light shows.
- Part 2: Removable Swimming Pool Safety Fencing
- Part 3: Hurricane Protection for Porches, Windows, and Doors
When hurricanes strike again and again, as they did in Florida in 2004, the effects are devastating. Bob Vila and crew work to completely rebuild a damaged house, using new standards for storm-ready housing. Along the way, Bob investigates a home's vulnerabilities in extreme weather and learns why some building systems fail and others succeed.
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