Recent content by Marlahoutex

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    Spring TV Upgrade for Backyard/Pool

    My kids bought me a TV Shield for Christmas. It’s a waterproof tv enclosure. Of course, we didn’t have an outdoor tv to put into it so we had to buy one! Ended up with a 65” TCL, which we got on sale.
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    Old backyard new pool!!!

    Thanks! I have a high phosphate fertilizer but haven’t been feeding them as often as you do. Will try that. Still looking for a stop with enough sun to put them in the ground...
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    Old backyard new pool!!!

    Are your plumerias in the ground? I have 3 in pots so I can bring them in when it gets too cold. But mine have never rebloomed since given to me. I have fed them, but maybe not often enough? What fertilizer do you use? They get south and west sun.
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    Call me crazy ....

    I thought you just had to pay someone hundreds of thousands of dollars to do that... ?
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    Is Mulch or Bark near pool OK?

    We have natural hardwood mulch on 2 sides of the pool. It contains no dyes and seems to stay put more so than any other kind we’ve had. Occasionally it gets into the pool, but less so after we put a row of river rock next to the coping. Just my 2 cents...
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    How cold of water will you swim in?

    Around 80 although it depends on ambient air temp. Anything lower will require the heater!
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    Pre-Planning New Build in Houston Need Advice

    I think the cost that people are quoting will be close, esp if you build off season. It also depends on all the extras you add, which is easy to do! I sent you the name of our builder, who we were very happy with. I had a difficult time finding PBs who would build inside the loop. Maybe that has...
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    Chlorinator & SWG

    Ditto to what Yippee said.
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    How does this look-New pool build in Mckinney Texas

    I would make your pool at least wider if possible. Dirk’s idea about staking out the pool is dead on. I think you’ll find you’ll want it bigger. Our pool is only about 18’ wide, and it’s fine because that’s all the room we had! But since you have the space, go bigger! But that’s just my opinion.
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    Hurricane prep tips

    Make sure you have plenty of bleach and if needed pool salt. After Harvey, bleach was one of the first things to fly off the grocery shelves and pool salt was even harder to find. I ended up using water softener salt, just the plain kind, but it took forever to dissolve. Or maybe I was just...
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    Preparation for hurricane/tropical storm

    Stock up on bleach and if you have a SWG pool salt. Those will be hard to find later.
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    Possible hurricane on the way any tips

    Stock up on bleach and if you have a SWG, pool salt.
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    Another small pool build League City TX

    I would suggest getting a heater. It can and will extend your swim season. I don’t find ours adds much to the gas bill at all. And in the fall/winter we crank it up to 90 (I like it warm!).
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    First Time Pool Owner (Houston Pool Build)

    The pool water doesn’t seem to bother our hostas and geraniums nor our citrus trees. They are only about 4-5 ft away. The biggest issue was keeping the mulch out of the pool. Solved that problem by edging the bed next to the pavers (hostas/geraniums) and the other bed next to the travertine...
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    Building a small pool

    Hey Kim! Thanks for thinking of me and sharing my pool!