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8 Important Things to Know Before Putting a Hot Tub on Your Deck
Installing a hot tub on a deck can certainly kick your outdoor living space up a notch. Adding this oasis for relaxat...
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How Much Does a Home Water Filtration System Cost?
Typical Range: $1,000 to $4,000 National Average: $2,078Whether a home has municipal water or well water, the wate...
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10 Perfectly Good Pond Plants You Should Be Buying at Your Local Nursery
Backyard water features enhance the beauty and tranquility of a landscape, making a yard more visually interesting an...
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The Best Pond Liners of 2022
Every man-made pond needs a liner to ensure the water doesn’t leak out into the surrounding soil. Shopping for the be...
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Water Restrictions Are Expanding—What That Means for Your Home and Garden
As wildfires rage, droughts persist, and heat waves impact much of the country, water restrictions are becoming more ...
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7 Important Things to Know About Above-Ground Pool Maintenance
Whether you already have an above-ground pool in your backyard or are looking to set one up soon, it’s important to k...
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Prime Day's Pool Deals Are Up to 72% Off Inflatable Pools and More
Amazon Prime Day continues through the end of today, July 13, and the deals are still coming in hot—including those o...
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The Best Water Coolers of 2022
A water cooler offers easy access to a plentiful supply of cold, refreshing water. This convenient appliance is usefu...
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The Best Suction Pool Cleaners of 2022
Although it is possible to use a brush and manual vacuum to clean your pool, it's not a task many pool owners have th...
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The Best Pool Algaecides of 2022
Backyard pools are a great place to exercise, relax, and have fun with family and friends. However, algae can get in ...
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How Much Does a Water Softener System Cost to Install?
Typical Range: $500 to $6,000 National Average: $1,500You don’t often consider anything about the water in your ho...
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10 Rain Garden Plants That Can Help Reduce Runoff
Does excess rainwater cause problems for your landscape? Corral it to make a right-as-rain garden for pollinators.
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Solved! What is a Rain Chain?
Q: I want to replace my unattractive downspouts with something just as functional, only created for beauty—both visua...
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The Best Above Ground Pool Filters of 2022
An above-ground pool can offer summertime fun and a relief from the heat, but only if the water is free from harmful ...
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How to: Make a Rain Chain
Rain chains bring a little bit of charm to the landscape and can function as beautiful alternatives to traditional gu...
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The Best Pond Pumps of 2022
Moving water is enchanting. Any backyard pond helps create a calming atmosphere and adds visual value to the landscap...
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The Best Under Sink Water Filters of 2022
Common tap water may contain contaminants due to the pipes it travels through and chemicals used in the municipal fil...
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The Best Pool Floats for Lounging in the Water
Floats are a must for keeping your pool party interesting and lively. Depending on the size of your pool and your zea...
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The Best Battery Backup Sump Pumps of 2022
Basements are subject to flooding because they’re below grade. If water trickles in, it has no place to go. Many base...
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The Best Reverse Osmosis Systems of 2022
To reduce contaminants from drinking water or improve the taste and smell of tap water, water filters in refrigerator...
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10 Water Features to Make Any Backyard Landscape Complete
From koi ponds to waterfalls, birdbaths to garden streams, we've gathered together our favorite backyard bubblers, gurglers, and soothers.
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The Best Robotic Pool Cleaners of 2022
Few people enjoy vacuuming their swimming pool, but it’s an important maintenance task that limits the growth of alga...
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11 of the Best Backyard Swimming Pools We've Ever Seen
From waterfalls to waterslides, dream big with these out-of-this-world swimming pools.
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How to Replace a Sprinkler Head on an In-Ground Sprinkler System
A working sprinkler head can be key to maintaining a healthy and well-watered landscape. Your lush lawn demands regul...
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9 Dangers Lurking in Your Home’s Water Supply
Water that contains any of the following contaminants could pose a risk to your family’s health and the lifespan of your home’s plumbing and fixtures. Learn what ...
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Want to DIY a Stock Tank Pool? Read This First
If you've spent any time at all on social media these past few years, you've probably heard stories about homeowners ...
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All You Need to Know About Pool Decking
For refreshing summer fun, nothing beats a backyard swimming pool. While the water is the main focus, it’s the deckin...
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All You Need to Know About Rain Gardens
A rain garden is an excavated depression, surrounded on one or more sides by an earthen berm for water retention, and...
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Dive Into These 12 Luxurious Pools
A pool is a perk many homeowners long for, and most imagine soaking up the sun while dipping their toes in the water. But indoor pools bring a whole new level of ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Prepping the Pool
‘Bet you’re good and ready for your first plunge in your beloved backyard pool. Before you start splashing, though, y...
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So, You Want to... Build a Pond
Water brings a touch of enchantment, transforming an ordinary landscape into something magical. Whether you yearn to ...
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How To: Winterize Your Sprinkler System
You rely on your sprinklers to keep your lawn looking great most of the year, but when autumn rolls along, you need t...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Swimming Pool Maintenance
Nothing says summer like a refreshing swim in the backyard pool. But your swimming pool does need care—and doses of t...
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Are You Spending Way Too Much to Operate Your Swimming Pool?
For those who are lucky enough to own a swimming pool, this is the best time of year. But as you soak in the sun, you...
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10 Inventive Designs for a DIY Garden Fountain
The soothing sound of flowing water has long been a feature of celebrated gardens around the world. Not only does a fountain add welcome beauty to an outdoor spac...
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10 Energy-Wise Ways to Lower Your Pool Maintenance Costs
Whether you're building a new swimming pool or retrofitting your existing one, be proactive in pursuing the many new methods and technologies that can help you ke...
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10 Reasons to Reconsider the Above-Ground Pool
Above-ground pools have never been known for high style. Still, they remain a popular and budget-friendly option for those unable—or unwilling—to shell out a fort...
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Planning Guide: Above-Ground Swimming Pools
Nothing epitomizes leisure more than a swimming pool. For some it is a symbol of affluence, but for others a pool is ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Backyard Bubbles
The sound of running water can be very soothing—that is, as long as it’s not coming from a broken pipe in the middle ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Backyard Ponds
The sense of serenity you get relaxing in your yard can be enhanced by the sound of a babbling brook or waterfall, bu...
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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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9 Incredibly Cool Pool Houses
Waterfront property sells at a hefty premium. But don't be discouraged if you're landlocked. You can create your own home-by-the-sea environment with a pool house...
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How To: Close a 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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10 Fun Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Water Park
These clever water games and activities will have everybody cooled down and perked up faster than you can say "cannonball!"
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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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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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All You Need to Know About Concrete Pool Decks
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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Top Tips for 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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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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Is Your Swimming Pool Pump Up to Speed?
Living in the northeast and being a "pool-free" homeowner, I rarely think about the luxury enjoyed by countless homeo...
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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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Color Staining a Concrete Floor
Tom Moorad joins Bob to satin a concrete floor.
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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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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 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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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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