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    Anyone enjoy landscape design?

    Okay, so I gave up and bought some landscaping software, and am so very glad I did. I used Realtime Landscaping Pro, and at $99 it was worth every penny. There is a cheaper Plus version that doesn't include the water features for pools, and the Pro version which also lets you design pools...
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    Poolside Planters - show them off!

    Update time! My planters are doing great, and growing in really nicely. I worried about the saltwater splash, but it hasn't been an issue at all. Also worried about the tipping, but even with a pool full of teenage boys it hasn't been an issue, not even a close call. We filled the bottom with...
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    Anyone enjoy landscape design?

    My son makes me a stepping stone every year for Mother's Day and they need a good home, so I was going to use those. When we eventually actually dig down to make a dry creek we'll add some large rocks as needed. In theory. We actually want the wisteria to take over the gazebo, inspiration...
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    Anyone enjoy landscape design?

    So everyone here is so great and seems to enjoy assisting with design work, I was hoping that there might be a few folks who love landscape design as well. Now that the pool is in we're trying to define the rest of the yard and I'm really struggling to get it to look right. I did all of the pool...
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    Dead Opossum

    When I was like 12 or something I went out to the back patio to call for my kitty and bring her in for the night. I moved towards what I THOUGHT was my sweet cat to pet it, and the most horrible hissing sharp toothed fanged red eyed opossum was there and it scarred me for life because my...
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    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Okay, prototype seems like it will be a success. We had nothing to cap the other returns with, so we improvised with saran wrap until a permanent solution can be found. We took the suggestion to put a valve on the end to be able to adjust the flow and/or just turn it off without removing it...
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    Outdoor Shower Drainage

    I worry about the wet wood as well. We're also trying to make this as economically as possible, and that wood sounds expensive. As for the rocks, agreed, our only solution was to make the teenager dig a bigger hold than we needed to take that into account. He couldn't go to football practice...
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    What the heck do you do with your solar cover?

    You are in good company! I call realizing your inherent flaws and accepting that you will not change and planning accordingly wisdom. I knew it would kill the grass, I just didn't think it would be that fast. Our lawn is a battle as it is and this was definitely a setback, but it's beginning...
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    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    A couple of reasons, some of which may be incorrect conclusions for sure. Appreciate you helping me talk through it. I should preface by saying I don't want to have to continually put these in and out. Too much effort. I wanted to set them up and just leave them in unless we're having a party...
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    New Gazebo underway! Curtains/rod suggestions?

    I love bougie patio curtains! I got these rods from Amazon: Kenney KN75796V1 Seville Standard Decorative Window Curtain Rod, 48-86", Matte Black And these curtains: Sun Zero Valencia Grommet Curtain Panel, 54" x 95", Khaki I used light clips to attach these magnetic tie backs on the support...
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    What the heck do you do with your solar cover?

    We put ours on a reel, and it was well worth it. We've accepted we're inherently lazy people, and if it's not easy to do we won't do it. With the reel it was easy to roll on and off, so we actually used it routinely and kept the pool cleaner and warmer. Now that it's hot we put it out on the...
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    Need to decide ASAP...Changing mind from Sport to Deep end... thoughts? 18x36 Rectangle Auto Cover Indiana

    Our pool is similar. 16 X 36 for the main pool, but 18 across in the deep end with the bench. We went with a 9' depth and even though I'm not a great swimmer I love the deep end. Personal preference wins out at the end of the day, but I feel like a deep end gives you more options. Our shallow...
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    what's a really good pool thermometer?

    I'm having the same problem. We've had the pool less than a year and been through four thermometers. It's ridiculous. The idea of one built into the skimmer seems great, do you think the temperature reading is more accurate with the water shielded from the sun? That wireless one looks nice...
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    Outdoor Shower Drainage

    So we're getting ready to try to install the outdoor shower. Our master bath is upstairs and I really want a place to just rinse off after swimming because I am lazy and upstairs is very very far away. I'd also like us to be able to rinse off before jumping in the spa. We had water run over to...
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    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Just got back from Lowe's, attempting to install one of these tonight. After just a few days of straight 100+ weather and overnight lows in the low 70s our full sun all day pool is already feeling swampy and the last two night we didn't even want to get in, which is just so sad. Will update with...