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Planning Guide: Backyard Ponds
Just to be clear, the kind of pond we’re referring to doesn’t involve swimming, fishing, or boating. We’re talking ab...
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How To: Close Your Pool for the Winter
Of all homeowner responsibilities, few so clearly indicate the end of summer as closing the swimming pool. Properly d...
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Swimming Pools 101
An in-ground pool is the ultimate in backyard upgrades. If you’ve always wanted one, now may be the time. Prices have...
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Ways to Save Water in Your Garden
Water has now become one of the world's most precious commodities, so we all need to become more water-wise. However,...
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Pool Fencing for Improved Safety
Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under five in the United States. Most deaths occur in fami...
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Building a Concrete Pool Deck
Textures and coatings can give you a lasting concrete pool deck to match your needs and weather challenges.  Creating...
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Perk Up Your Pool: Resurfacing in Fiberglass or Plaster
Ah, pools. Whether humble aboveground 15-footers or elaborately designed in-ground beauties, swimming pools are refre...
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10 "Dream Worthy" Swimming Pools
Swimming anyone? Here are ten of our top picks for "dream-worthy" pools.
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Swimming with the Stars: 12 Celebrities' Cool Pools
Dream a little with these 12 extraordinary celebrity pools—each one more spectacular than the next.
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Water, Water Everywhere: Installing a Small Backyard Pond
Nothing quite soothes the soul like the sound of burbling water. Even though we have a long and narrow backyard, we a...
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Top Tips for Adding a Garden Fountain
I don’t meditate and I don’t go for weekly massages to unwind. Years ago, I discovered something much more cost-effec...
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Save Money with an Irrigation Well
The development where we chose to build our house is about 2 miles from the beach. We can ride our bikes to the state...
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Garden Fountains: 10 Water Features to Beautify Any Yard
Adding a water feature to your patio, garden, or yard is easy, particularly if you consider one of the ten products shown here.
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Swimming Pools: Pump Woes
Living in the northeast and being a "pool-free" homeowner, I rarely think about the luxury enjoyed by countless homeo...
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Building a Gunite Cement Swimming Pool
Bob joins Tom McNealy to excavate and pour a gunite cement swimming pool.
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Color Staining a Concrete Floor
Tom Moorad joins Bob to satin a concrete floor.
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Spraying On and Painting a Heat-Reflective Pool Deck
Don Humphrey is spraying a cement and polymer mix onto the pool edge.
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Swimming Pool Filtration, Sanitation, and Lighting
Bob watches as a pool cage is constructed. It is rated to withstand a wind load of 130 miles per hour
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Removable Swimming Pool Safety Fencing
Bill Jasper joins Bob for the installation of a removable Baby Barrier pool fence.
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Swimming Pool Construction
Larry Long (from Anthony & Sylvan Pools) explains the excavation and preliminary work of building a new pool. Reinforcing rods are used to help the concrete hold ...
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Project Plans for the Porch and Pool Deck
Bob outlines the building plans for the new back porch and pool deck at the Studio City, CA project house.
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Plastering the Swimming Pool
In the final step of the pool's contruction, the basin is washed and vacuumed before plastering begins. Bob discusses the materials and the mixing ratio used in t...
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Tour of the Home's Remodeled Exterior
Bob tours the home's exterior, noting that the crowned gates are complete and that a locking latch has been added to secure the pool. Bob also remarks on the land...
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Discussing Swimming Pool Design
Bob discusses the addition of a swimming pool with the project architect.
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Plans for the Swimming Pool
Bob and Pete, the foreman of the swimming pool construction crew, survey the property and review the installation plans.
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Gunite Cement in Swimming Pool Construction
Bob observes as gunite is poured over rebar to form the bottom and sides of the swimming pool cavity.
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Tiling the Swimming Pool
Bob discusses tile and its process of application with the foreman of the pool installation contracting crew.
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Final Tour of the Porch, Swimming Pool, and Interior
Bob tours the finished porch and pool area, and exchanges comments on the beautiful completed project with the architect.
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