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The most educational swimming pool blog in the country, providing fiberglass pool articles and videos, as well as information on inground concrete and liner pools.

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11 Simple Ways to Enhance the Look of Your Backyard Swimming Pool Oasis

Although there are certainly many ways to dress up an inground swimming pool, I wanted to write a brief list showing 11 things (just about all of which are shown in the video) you may consider to dress up the overall appearance of your backyard ‘poolscape’. Keep in mind that as you read the following ideas they are just that—ideas, and by no means a requisite to having a beautiful pool in your backyard. As I always say, it’s better to have a pool in your backyard without all the options you wanted, than it is to have a beautiful pool with every option you ever dreamed of...in your head…and not in your backyard.

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Attention Fiberglass Pool Shoppers: 26 Things You Must Know Before Breaking Ground!

If you want a crash course on the finer details of a fiberglass pool installation then you've come to the right place.  Contained in this article are points of a fiberglass pool project that are NOT frequently covered on the internet, or possibly even in your backyard with your contractor, but are absolutely essential to a successful installation.  These are the things you absolutely should know before the first piece of equipment shows up. 

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Comparing Fiberglass, Concrete, and Vinyl Liner Pools in the Modern Age Ebook.

Comparing Fiberglass, Concrete, and Vinyl Liner Pools in the Modern Age

Don't blindly wonder if a fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl liner pool is right for you. Our educational ebook does a deep-dive comparison of the 3 types, all while noting the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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The Top 6 Hidden Costs of a Swimming Pool Project

Last night, my appointment with a potential pool owner reminded me of the important, as well as frustrating, theme of this article. To make a long story short, the homeowners had received a couple of quotes for their swimming pool, and despite the fact that they obviously needed a small retaining wall on one side of their pool, none of the other companies had mentioned this relevant fact.

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7 Deadly Sins of Fiberglass Pool Installations!

My life in the pool industry began at age 15 as a humble laborer in a small family owned pool business. The term “green-horn” doesn’t even begin to describe my naiveté at the time. I realized I had a lot to learn when one day, on an above-ground pool installation, my boss sent me to find the “wall stretcher” behind the seat of the truck. I returned after thirty minutes of tearing the truck apart looking for the thing to find my two comrades rolling on the ground with laughter. It was then I realized the stupid tool didn’t even exist. Well, some things never change; I still have a lot to learn. But since my partners and I started River Pools and Spas in 2001, we have added over 1,000 inground fiberglass pool customers to our reference list. One thing’s for sure: we’ve seen plenty of the good, the bad, and the ugly of fiberglass pool installations.

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Patio and Coping  |  Pool Videos  |  Retaining Walls, Fence, and Landscaping

Inexpensive Retaining Walls for Swimming Pools (Video)

If someone is considering the purchase of a swimming pool and their yard is not flat, then there is a good chance they may need a retaining wall. Retaining walls come in many different forms and materials, such as railroad ties, centerblock, brick, landscape blocks, and poured concrete. A retaining wall made of concrete, also known as a turn-down slab, is very cost-effective.

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Will Your Pool Fence Pass Code?

To see more swimming pool videos, visit our video gallery!

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Retaining Walls, Fence, and Landscaping

Choosing the right Swimming Pool Fence

Pool fences have evolved over the years in many ways.  In the past 10-15 years emphasis has been placed on regulating and enforcing fence requirements across the country.  This has been a great thing, and has saved many lives, but it has also limited the fence options available to the consumer.  There are currently three prominent types of fence used around pools today.  This article will give a brief introduction to each of these three styles as well as discuss their inherent advantages and disadvantages.   

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