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    The circulation system of a pool plays a major role in cleaning, sanitizing and heating the water. Above ground or inground, temporary or permanent, simple or fancy, all pools have a circulation system and they are all remarkably similar. Water is pulled from the pool via one or more skimmers and sometimes one or more main drains by an electric pump. The pump provides pressure to push the water through a filter, and other water treatment or heating devices, then back into the pool via one or more returns.
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    While most people know that a filter is a key component of a swimming pool's filtration system, quite a few do not realize that the filter needs to be cleaned periodically to insure proper equipment performance and cleanliness of the pool water. This article will discuss why maintenance cleaning is a good idea, then tell how to clean each of the 3 types of filters; cartridge (or cart), sand and finally both types of the Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters.
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    Overview

    A salt water chlorine generator (SWG) uses electricity to convert salt into chlorine. As the chlorine gets used up, it turns back into salt, ready to be reused. With a SWG, you are still using chlorine, the SWG simply takes care of adding the chlorine for you.
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    There are many ways to winterize a pool, varying both by how far North/South you are and by personal preference. This is what I do for my in ground vinyl liner pool in Maryland.
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    With a heavy heart, it's time to put your jacket on and trudge out to the pool and start preparing her for the winter. Keep those great summer days in your mind as you use this checklist to make sure you have done a good job of protecting your valuable equipment for the winter. Spring is only months away!!
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    Digging out the pool equipment with spring in the air is one of the most rewarding times of the year. Your procedure may vary depending on your equipment but review the points below and use them as a checklist to get your pool in tip-top shape.
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    Automatic Pool Cleaners are one of the most labor-saving (and expensive) accessories for your pool. Why do some cleaners cost $99.00 and some cost $3000+? Which one is correct for your pool?

    Essentially, you pay for cleaning horsepower. The bigger and faster the cleaner, the more you will pay. Smaller pools do fine with smaller (less expensive) cleaners. A big pool does best with a big, powerful vacuum.

    In order of cleaning power (and price), here are the three basic types:
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    Bonding and grounding are two very different things that are often confused. Grounding serves two purposes. First, a ground conductor provides a low resistance path to conduct lightning strikes to the earth. Second, grounding provides a low resistance path for hot wire shorts to conduct enough power back to the main panel to trip the circuit breaker. Bonding is about making sure that any electrical current that is present around the pool goes through the bonding wire instead of going through you.
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