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    What's your current pool temp?

    56 today when we took the ladder out and put the micro mesh cover on. :eek: 🥶
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    Continuation of an odyssey

    Depending on the yard situation, sometimes good drainage does feel like a gift from above. ;)
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    Continuation of an odyssey

    Wow, I bet that's nice! Straight from the hose here is COLD, even in the summer. Noodles and beach balls filled with sparkly confetti are the teen favorites here. So is screaming. I don't understand that part, but there's always a lot of screaming when her friends/teammates are in the pool...
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    Continuation of an odyssey

    Oh that's a pretty color! 😍 How old is your daughter? Last year my (now) 13yr old and a friend were in the pool before the fill water had a chance to warm up too. Their lips turned blue pretty quickly and they came back out, but there was no way they were going to not get in that pool once it...
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    What's your current pool temp?

    96 for our evening swim yesterday after the husband and teen (and her friends) cranked up the heater up tp "spa" apparently 🤪 - way too warm, kind of gross. I turned off the heater at 6pm last night and it's down to 84 this morning. If it wasn't so cool and windy out right now, I'd hop in.
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    "Temporary" AGPs + Northern winters. Can they survive?

    We did this with a 15ft Intex Ultra one winter (2017/18), after the ones we took down and stored kept coming out of storage with leaks. We drained below the returns, drained and brought in all the equipment/pipes, and covered it with the Intex cover it came with... which blew off roughly a month...
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    Would you get a pool again?

    In MN it doesn't seem to add value. Houses with pools seem to sit at right about the same prices (maybe a touch higher) as similar houses without pools, but it can make the house harder to sell. Our season is short, and filling an inground in if you don't want it is expensive. We did an above...
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    Now that Labour day is upon us....

    Ours was still at 72 this morning after not heating all week (we did finally cover it though). As it stands now, we'll heat for Sunday and Monday (sadly Sunday is starting to look a bit iffy), and then we're probably done too. I'm still kind of hoping for a rebound heatwave later in the month...
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    bugs in my skimmer

    We use socks and hairnets, so I bent a metal coat hanger and use that to fish the basket out of our skimmer. All it took was one spider running up my arm for me to decide to not stick my hand in there ever again. :eek: I just leave the hanger in the cabinet with our robot and grab it when I...
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    FINALLY!! All the hard work and crying paid off!! *pics!*

    Yeah, we do need it. I think we over use it, but our bills haven't been too bad. I had to laugh last night when we were watching some ultimate resort pool show. They kept talking about how the resorts keep the pools at a "balmy 85 degrees" or "the water is 84 all year long!" My 13yr old was not...
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    FINALLY!! All the hard work and crying paid off!! *pics!*

    It beats our week. We're going to warm up a bit here - back to 77 tomorrow, then Sun/75, Mon/77, Tue/78, with 50s/low 60s for overnights. Ugh, I hope it gets better after that because not swimming every day is making me sad. At least we have a heater - I wish it could help with the air temps. ☺
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    What does your pool paradise look like?

    Thanks, I'm looking forward to them too! 🤪 Ugh, we're still a month out, and I'm SO TIRED of the mess we still have. We were hoping to keep the pool open for one last gathering once the yard was done, but if it the temps trend the way they've been going, we'll be closed before the landscaper...
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    FINALLY!! All the hard work and crying paid off!! *pics!*

    We finally broke down and put our solar cover on this week after leaving it off all summer. I don't know if they help to gain heat, but they do help hold it once you have it. There's also less dirt in the pool when we use it, so that's a bonus.
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    New Owner, Old VERY Neglected Pool

    With a tan liner, you should end up with a really pretty aqua. I do so wish we could get a tan liner for our pool - they're SO pretty! 😍
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    Sink deck posts in concrete or up on blocks?

    I don't know about pool stability issues, but we're putting our deck addition on blocks and not attaching it to the existing deck so we don't have to pull permits (freestanding vs attached to the house - your city may have different requirements). We also have some drainage and frost heave...
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    Reef liner by Latham

    Ooh, that's pretty! 😍 I wish we could get something like that for ours.
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    Official 2019 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Yes, but they still had the beer aftertaste, so I stayed a wine cooler girl. ☺ Everyone here is seriously making me rethink the whole "leave the grilling to the husband" thing. I just might have to figure some of this out, because your meals look awesome! 😍
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    Coleman/Bestway leaking windows warrantied without a receipt

    Bummer about your season, but so glad they're replacing it for you! It's a cool idea, but on top of the leaking issue, the amount of "Mom, look at me!" that would come with it here would do me in. 🤪 I do like their exterior pattern though. I wonder if that came after all the pics of people...
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    What does your pool paradise look like?

    Oops, missed that, thank you - it's beautiful! It looks a bit like the bluestone pics our landscaper sent over.
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    What does your pool paradise look like?

    Love it! What is your decking/patio?
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    Any Transplant Pool Owners?

    Yes, this, and hugs to you and yours! As for swimming when the pool is in the shade, that is truly my favorite time to be in ours. There's something so restful and relaxing about swimming without the glare and the sun beating down - love it! :love:
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    What does your pool paradise look like?

    Your plants are GORGEOUS and make me wish I lived in a warmer climate! :love: Our paradise, aka "post pool install landscaping," is scheduled for late Sept/early Oct, but it will be a north woods look, so not at all tropical. It's what we decided to do instead of buying out our family's cabin...
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    Something You Wish You had Done was...

    Yes, that, along with putting it somewhere else, and going bigger for the actual pool. Our neighbors had a bigger pool and complained about it, saying they wish they'd gone smaller. They have three kids to our one, so we listened and went with smaller. We use ours so much more than they use...
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    FINALLY!! All the hard work and crying paid off!! *pics!*

    I'm right there with you. So. Many. Floats! They're just too cute! 😂 No one here actually uses them though. We all end up on noodles so we can be in the water instead of on it, and the floats just float around getting in the way until someone throws them out of the pool. The noodles, glitter...
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    Sun Fiberglass Pools

    I don't know anything about fiberglass pools, but this? This is totally normal, and it probably won't be the last time you feel this way. Don't worry though, it'll all be great when it's done. (y) I hope you'll share pics as it goes in.
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    Edit: Another paver question lol

    Yes, that. We put ours on the tarp (back when we had Intex pools), and it did collect water. I ended up going around the pool with a knife, trimming the tarp back to get the water to drain out. Also, don't worry, pool builds of any kind seem to bring out the frustration and anxiety in all of...
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    AGP how long last? How big to go?

    Yes, and if the pool store says they have a favorite or preferred installer, WAIT for that one. We didn't and had a horrible experience. It wasn't worth the extra 3 weeks of swimming. If I had it to do over again, I would've stayed far, far away from our guy. I still keep the preferred guy's...
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    My Dad's Pool

    So very sorry for your loss, Casey - sending love and hugs to you and yours. 💐 I hope with time the pain eases, and the memories bring happiness instead. 💕
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    Boatmen and/or backswimmers

    My husband smashes them with a rock while they're still on the net, then flicks them out in to the yard. I guess he learned that from our neighbor? Yuck. We always send him out a bit before my daughter and I are ready to swim so he can clear them out if we have them. :p He got 20 the other day...
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    AGP how long last? How big to go?

    LOL, that sounds about right! :p We have a 28 ft round with a deep area. It's super roomy, but I sometimes wish we went even bigger (when we're in it ;) ). Don't worry about the size of your kids now, unless you're planning to move and leave it behind in a couple years. They will grow so much...