Contractor's Tip # 001
Dove Henson: Dove's been involved in pool construction since the late 50's; when pools were dug by hand, concrete was packed by hand, marcite was mixed by hand.
The incredible thing about working with Dove is that there's no problem I've ever run into (or created) that he hasn't already seen and knows three ways to repair.
Dove is a true gentleman of both the South and the construction industry. Generous with his experience, gracious with his wit; I look forward to any day we work together. Dove lives in Winter Park with his wife, Margaret.
Here is one of his gems:
Whether you're moving landscape or building materials, a heavily laden wheelbarrow will track even a cured Kool Deck or acrylic surface. These ugly tire marks are often impossible to remove .
Solving this problem is as simple as applying a few circumferential strips of duct tape to a dry tire.
Wheelbarrows are all- terrain vehicles, but don't travel far. The tape will last at least half a dozen jobs
I've never been a big fan of the in-line chlorinator, but have to agree to its convenience. But, maybe that convenience comes with a higher price than you might imagine. In Pool School, we point out three good reasons for using your chlorinator only as a 'vacation feeder'. Now, here's something I've long been aware of, but did not fully understand until a sharp pool pro pointed it out.
This offering comes from alert reader Kathy Hope of Blue Lagoon Pool Supply in Lake Mary, FL.
Kathy feels that her customers right to know what can hurt their pool equipment supersedes an industry's right to make money.
Everyone's aware of the rusty pinholes that eventually erupt on the skins of stainless steel filter canisters; not everyone understands why.
Typically, your filtering system is 'off' more than it's 'on'. During this idle time, damp chlorine cakes continue to boil away inside the chlorinator chamber.
As your filter systems get older, its ability to hold water and prevent air from seeping in is lost. When water runs out, air flows in; all above ground pipes, pump and filter are emptied. Inline chlorinators are then free to release corrosive chlorine gas to prowl about your filtering system.
Chlorine gas is heavier than air. By looping the black feeder tubes (photo; left), you create a 'pea trap' capable of holding all that deadly gas in the canister. This works only on free standing' chlorinators, of course; for those of you with in- line chlorinators, it's another good reason to cut the ugly beast out of your plumbing system.
Osgood Pools of Orlando took a preemptive, well intended tact during construction (photo at right) involving placing a 4" 'T' next to the in- line feeder with an 18" drop line to 'trap' the heavier chlorine gas before it can seep about and digest its own filtering system.
An anonymous contractor 'loops' the return line to prevent chlorine gas from escaping into the plumbing system.
A problem I see with this installation is that whomever opens the chlorinator to fill it will always be faced with water run- off. If the chlorinator is opened before the pump starts for the day and flushes it, the chlorine gas level may very well be lethal.
Scott's Note: Never... Never... Never chlorinate your pool or spa by placing chlorine tablets in your skimmer basket. The results of this practice can be seen on the Pool School CD.
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