Dog hydrotherapy pool?

Has anyone attempted to make their own hydrotherapy pool for a dog? The vet has one--it's a big boxy thing, portable (in theory), and has water jets to simulate a lap pool/endless pool. I want to try to make one myself...any suggestions?

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Clear Pool Table

Not only is this pool table pretty amazing for being see-through and having the same action as a regular pool table, it's also a senior project that has been turned into a real business. Personally, I'm still a sucker for the felt and not being distracted by all the slick rails underneath. Also, at AUS $40,000 it's deep in luxury territory.I still hem and haw about dropping a few bucks to play on a nice, clean table at a parlor and only get a few games a year in at a friend's house (thanks, Jeff!). But if you have pools full of cash, here's one for you. Link

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Burning barrel in the pool

Questions for you scientific types. Would this work: I have a 3,000 gallon inground pool and no heater. If I took a barrel, stuck it in the shallow end just a half inch above being totally submerged, and lit a fire inside it it would it work to heat the water around it and eventually heat up the pool?

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Outdoor Pool Table?

There are lots of used pool tables for sale for under $250. Any ideas for how to convert them for outdoor use? I'm thinking of just spraying the whole thing, except the felt, with a few coats of marine varnish. Then just keeping it covered. I live in the NW and of course it's mostly drizzly around here in the winter time. The big thing is keeping expansion and contraction to a minimum and sealing the wood. This doesn't have to be tournament grade, just something to entertain the kids for a few years.

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diy pool heater

I have tried so many different ways to heat my pool water and have had little luck. One way I did it was to take about three hundred feet of black 1/2" drip line and run it around the pool rim. I supplied cold water from a smalloutlet attached to the return line,using the power of the filtration pump to move the water from the pool through thecoil and I adjusted the flow to about half of the normal, then at the end I had the heated water re-enter the pool. Iwould say the water got to about 100 degrees, by the time it went through the drip line. The problem is that it wasn'tefficient enough to have any real effect on the pool water temperature which stays at about 60-65 even on the hottest days. I live in the Sacramento area of California, and we get pretty hot summers, usually about 90-105. Any suggestions on how I could make this idea more efficient? My pool water temp is always too cold to swim in, and I have a capacity of 12,000 gallons.

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I didn't know I had a swimming pool?

The first thing anybody does on Google Maps is find their own house.  I realised that I had failed in this tradition, and discovered that I have a swimming pool! Actually, it's a blue tarpaulin I was using to suppress weeds when I was turning a jungle into a lawn...

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I need help heating my inground gunnite pool

We live in new england and just opened our pool over memorial day weekend. the problem is our pool never gets above 65! We need some help on getting our pool to be warm enough so we dont get sick every time we go in it! we have tried lining the inside of the pool with a thin black plastic but that doesnt seem to be helping. could you please help us with some CHEAP ideas becasue money is tight and our pool is freezing.!

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Wallowing in the Depths of my Pool

I have a home in Las Vegas,NV that was given 2 us by my grandparents. PROBLEM- !2ft pool, empty 10 yrs!! Where do I start, what do I need, what do I do¿ plaster, sandblast, paint, or just fill it up, help me out. On top of that, I want to make this as inexpensive as possible

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Inflatible pool water heater?

I have one of those inflatable pools that is 12'-0 x 3'-0. It is in a partially shaded yard and the water does not get very warm. Any ideas on how to warm up the water??? I have thought about using black pvc pipe and mounting that on top of our roof and possibly getting a larger pump to cycle the water. Please help

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Led Pool Lights How/Ideas???

I want to make some underwater LED lights. Any ideas on DIY? thanks

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Makeshift floating/inflatable island/pool ?

Hi there, so a bunch of us are going camping at a lake and would like to make a makeshift inflatable island?  Out of blow up pools perhaps, another question would a blow up pool hold several of us in it on water? Haha

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How to fix an underground pool leak?

I've heard there is a new way to fix leaks between the pump and the jets.Something about an insert for the existing pipe.Is this true or do I still have to dig up my yard?

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Pool cooler.... List of parts and instructions.

I really like the concept of the pool cooler cooling tower and am interested in building one of my own.... I tend to need "recipes" with unfamiliar projects and I didn't find any real instructions or material list with this post. Have any of you built this project?? If so any hints on what supplies I will need ect......?

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large magnifying glasses to heat swimming pool?

Why cant you use the large magnifying glasses if seen used to melt metal etc. to heat a pool by pointing them at the water instead of all the solar panels and black pipe?

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how do you winterize an inground swimming pool?

I am trying to save some money here and would like to know how to winterize my in ground swimming pool. Can any one give me some advice?

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How do I Keep a Swimming Pool Clean?

I have a pool in my yard that nobody has used for years.  I would love to backfill it with dirt but my wife says no.  I am getting sick and tired of using "human safe" chemicals to keep it clean, especially as it still gets algae during our hot Las Vegas summers. I am looking for some chemical(s) are are EPA legal but so powerful that nobody should swim in them.  Essentially, what I want is something that will kill everything in the water and keep it dead for a significant period of time.

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Will painting a swimmimg pool a dark color promote algae to grow more than a light colored painted pool?

I am picking a new color for my inground swimming pool with filter no heater. Wanted to change to color from a basic light blue to a more modern darker color.  Was told dark colors allow algae to grow more than light colors.  Any truth to that statement?  Also because the pool is not heated which color would help keep the water warm?  I am guessing that a dark bottom pool would be warmer than a light bottom pool.

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Swimming pool cleaner/filter

Hello, I have an old (about 50 years) 50.000 liters (13 208.6026 US gallons) swimming poll that doesn't have any kind of cleaning or filtering machinery (if you know what I mean) so it's just like buried water tank :). The problem is that it's often filled with grass, leaves and bugs that sink to the bottom of the pool and I don't know how to get rid of them. I have a water pump that I use to empty the pool that takes about 2 liters/second that I'd like to use to "vacum" clean the pool floor but I don't really know how Any ideias? thanks!

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Burning Barrel Pool Heater

I have a 3,000 gallon inground pool and no heater. If I took a barrel, stuck it in the shallow end just a half inch above being totally submerged, and lit a fire inside it it would it work to heat the water around it and eventually heat up the pool?

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Pool Table playing fied

Hi! I'm about to build a pool table (billiard table) and I wonder what material I should use for the ''field'' where you play. I wondered about plywood or something similiar. On all quality tutorials they want some stone or something (I don't really know) So what's the best and cheapest solution?

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Professor Splash Pool Dive

Watch and prepare your self...

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Dumpster Pools Invade Brooklyn

Over in Brooklyn, some overheated and dedicated folks have turned some dumpsters into pools for their very own urban pool party. Not too shabby for a budget of a few thousand bucks. I wonder if they can connect them together to get a proper bit of space to swim in.via Treehugger

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Making a solar pool heater?

I am planning to make a solar water heater for my kids little pool and am wondering if I could use PVC piping and Plexiglass or will it get to hot and melt them?

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how to connect a m7000 swimming pool pump to a above the ground intex pool?

I have a intex pool and the pump quit working. a friend gave me a m7000 pump, the old pump only had 2 hoses to connect to the pool and the m7000 has 3. what is the 3rd hose for and how do I connect it to my pool

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how to connect a m7000 swimming pool pump to my intex easy setup above the ground pool?

I have a intex swimming pool and the pump that came with it qite working.someone gave me a m7000 swimming pool pump. the only problem is that my other pump only had 2 hoses to connect to the pool and this new pump looks to have 3. i just need instructions on how to hook this pump to my pool.

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Closed system-conductive heating of pool with solar

Hi clever folks, We've been reading the Instructables for making solar hot water systems to heat a swimming pool (4000 litres) in our very shaded backyard (in Australia). We like the idea of using a coil of black poly pipe or garden hose laid out in the sun to heat up and then pumping this through the pool during the day, but the thought of bacteria building up in the pipe has struck fear in us! Sooooo....we may need another plan. I've read way too much on Legionalla and now think it would be safer to have a closed system. What we had in mind is a network of thin poly pipe either in 2D or 3D that would float (or be weighted slightly to sit in a good portion of the water "column"in the pool) and connect this to a long length of black polypipe that would receive solar heating. Obviously this would be a heating system that takes place when no one is using the pool (i.e. when the kids are at school). We'd keep a pool blanket on to insulate it too. When someone wants to use the pool, which would typically be in the evening for us, we'd remove this so-called radiator. Hopefully it would not be too heavy as the thin poly pipe network will be filled with water. Hmmm...so tempting to try it this weekend. We just would love to hear from folks that have knowledge to share on these topics. Thank you, Elise

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Is it possible to clean and reuse pool filter sand rather than replace it?

I know pool filter sand is not a major investment. However, I hate throwing the sand away & replacing it if I don't need to. Is it possible to simply remove the sand, clean it, dry it, return it to the filter AND have it work properly?

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looking to hook up pvc pipe to intex pool pump?

Having problems with water leaks from a intex pool pump.would like to go to an all pfc pipe system ,rather then those weak hoses.Fitting seem to be the problem.Would love to hear from those who have solved this problem.I have tried solving this problem by buying plumbing parts but does not work very well.Thanks

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how do i make pool cue tips with ground up leather?

Most cue tip are made of ground leather but what binding agent should and could be used ?

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domed screened pool cover plans using poly water pipes for support?

Installing an above ground pool, but need an inexpensive way to keep bugs and leaves out.  Also, since I am 70 also need something lightweight that I can build.   Has anyone built or have plans for a structure  using the white water pipes as rafters. 

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What is the best color to paint my swimming pool so it will be warmer? I assumed dark blue, but would silver be better?

My pool is an inground fill & drain with no filter, pump, or pool cover. The edge of the pool is about 2 feet above ground.

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Any one know the pros and cons of a salt water system for an aboveground pool? Answered

I have an above ground pool 16' by 4' and I need to know if I should or should not use a saltwater system. Things I need to know: Is it... cheaper (than a chlorine based system) easier (than a chlorine based system) how expensive the unit is a few specific brands to look at any other tips you guys have

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What is the best color to paint my swimming pool so it will be warmer? I assumed dark blue, but would silver be better?

My pool is an inground fill & drain with no filter, pump, or pool cover. The edge of the pool is about 2 feet above ground.

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How do I lower the water level in my pool without removing salt at the same time?

Every year to winterize my pool I lower the water level below the skimmer by pumping water out of the pool.  Since I switched to salt, this means I will be pumping about 120kg of salt out as well which I would like to save for economic and environmental reasons. How do I drop the water level but retain the salt in the remaining water in the pool? Reverse Osmosis? Large black tarp that will allow evaporation of the water and trap the salt? Get creative.

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wood burning heater idea and questions.

Hey guys, I hear alot about not using copper pipe in chloronated water and rather to use 316 stainless steel, it's just the price difference between copper and that grade steel is vast... so is there anyone that tried copper in chloronated water? And is their any other alternative tubing to copper and steel. Another design i was thinking about was maybe using a barrol, fill the barrel with water, heat the barrol to get water to near boiling, have coiled polypipe in the barrol where the pool water will run through, what you guys think?

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anyone come up with a diy solar blanket for a pool?

Anyone come up with a diy solar blanket for a pool?

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how to design a home swimming pool Answered

A pool that one can set up and dismantle.

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How can I recycle the water from my pool cover? Answered

Spring is coming soon (i hope) and I want to know what to do with the water from my pool cover, other than just draining it into the street. Can I save it somehow to water the garden in the summer? Can I filter it an put it back in the pool? It's just so much water, I don't want to waste it.

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Can I use Gorilla Tape to Mend a Pool Liner?

I've found the tear....finally...but now I need to fix it. Right now the water is down below the rip so it's dry. Does anyone know if Gorilla Tape will hold or is there something better?? I've used Gorilla Tape to mend my Bean boot in the winter....that's tough stuff!!

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What kind of materials will pool chlorine oxidize?

I know that pool chlorine is an oxidizer,it is easily found but I want to know what kind of materials will it oxidize?Sugar?

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what chemicals aside from bicarb soda are present in pool ph buffer? Answered

Hello i just went to the dump shop and picked up a 4kg bag of bicarb soda as ph buffer for free, and when i got home, i noticed it smelt of ammonia, so i though it might have some ammonium carbonate, so i figured i could get rid of it by adding some water to the ph buffer and then boiling it. however, i have noticed that it turned my hands blue, and although the blue washed off, i am now hazardous as to what else may be in thr ph buffer, although it states sodium bicarbonate is the active ingredient. i plan on dividing it, selling 2kg on my site in 250g batches for $2 each, and the other i plan to use as a sodium source for my sodium reduction cell. i need to know though, what the other chemicals in the pool buffer are so i can state the purity of the ph buffer. also will anything lebeled as "soda ash" be pure sodium carbonate?

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How to make an aquatic plant water filter?

I'm making the kids a wading pool out of a poly water trough. I want to filter the water through a separate trough filled with aquatic plants with probably shale as the base. Not too sure how to set up the filter though. I want to recycle the water through both. I don't want to use chemicals and this will also be a proto-type for a chemical-free swimming pool when they are older. Help please!?

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