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    Micah's (4 year old) Swim Epic

    Here is the camera used for that video: Amazon.com : Action Camera Davola 1080P WiFi Sports Camera 12MP Underwater Waterproof Camera with Wide-Angle Lens and Mounting Accessory Kits : Camera & Photo I'll warn you though, at $27 it's a great camera, but was very hard to transfer the video for...
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    Micah's (4 year old) Swim Epic

    It's the looploc luminous soul. We like it.
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    No room to add a heater

    I'm going to measure everything today. One of the issues is that the middle AC compressor sits under a portion of the house that sticks out a bit, so if the heater needs exhaust clearance, that won't work. Additionally, the corner of the pad that seems free is closest to the pool's control...
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    No room to add a heater

    I want a propane heater to extend our season. There is no room on the pad, but I was thinking that if I could have the HVAC units moved further to the right, then pour another slab and move the pool equipment to the right, the heater can be to the left, closest to the propane tank and feed back...
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    Micah's (4 year old) Swim Epic

    We aren't there yet for him, but our pool isn't that deep so there isn't much concern. We were supposed to go freediving / snorkeling this week in Florida, but our trip was canceled because of the storm. I was going to teach the kids those things in deeper waters. I remember when I was a kid...
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    Micah's (4 year old) Swim Epic

    He turned 4 in May. When I was a kid, there was a public pool we used to spend almost every day of the summer at. One of the reasons we built this pool is that given my work, proximity to a public pool and our largish family, the kids would never be able to experience what I did as a kid apart...
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    Micah's (4 year old) Swim Epic

    This was our first pool year. Our youngest boy started the season needing a float vest, but now asks to wear weight belts to practice freediving like his dad and brothers.
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    Goo-B-Gone on Vinyl Liner?

    I ended up not. The bottle says not to use it on that material. Every once in a while, when I'm in a productive mood in the pool I tackle one whole section. It comes off by rubbing with your finger, especially after a few months soaking in the sun.
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    Bug Mystery

    Anyway, they were burrowing under the concrete decking and coming in through the corners of the pool... coming through the liner track.
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    Bug Mystery

    I have solved this mystery, but intended to post it a while back for detective fun. Can anyone guess where the ants are coming from? We had a very strange situation where hundreds of ants (winged and unwinged) were showing up in the skimmer. I discovered that they would first appear in the...
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    Storm: Gazebo in the Pool

    Pool already cleared up. No more haze. After work I'll put on my diving belt and do an extensive inspection of the pool floor. So far water level has remained pretty constant even with 100F temps right now
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    Storm: Gazebo in the Pool

    Honestly, I don't know if homeowners insurance is useful for anything. We had a washing machine malfunction on the second floor that dumped water, destroyed carpets on the second floor, leaked into first floor and did damage there as well. Home Owners insurance said they'd cover it, but when I...
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    Storm: Gazebo in the Pool

    Couple neighbors helped remove the gazebo. There were a few dents at the bottom of the pool, we'll wait to see if there are any leaks. If there is, I imagine there is no patching without draining the pool (it's on the floor)... and if we are going to drain the pool entirely, we'll just get a new...
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    Storm: Gazebo in the Pool

    I need a few neighbors to help me. I was in the pool to assess the damage and it seems it dented the floors vermiculite in a few places, but the liner did not get ripped. Any thoughts? Should I just overlook it and be thankful? There is one section that is dented pretty good. I could push my...
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    Night pools

    Old Fashion.. 2oz bourbon, .5oz Grand Marnier, drop of agave syrup, few dashes orange bitters, ice..... Mmmmmmmmm