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How To Install Swimming Pool Equipment

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Pool equipment installation tips

As a pool owner it can be difficult to find definitive information about how to install your pool equipment as well as which materials you should use and in which order you should install the equipment. In the following pages Swimming Pool Steve talks about many of the common installation materials and processes used to professionally install swimming pool equipment. Installing your equipment incorrectly can damage the equipment, void your warranty and potentially even be dangerous so be sure to review these sections before installing your own equipment.

Pipe materials - Learn from Swimming Pool Steve the difference between pipe materials for swimming pools, which to use when installing your equipment, and how to properly work with each material type. This includes rigid PVC, flex PVC, CPVC, poly pipe, ABS and drainage hose.

Glue and primer - With grey, clear, blue, yellow, orange and other colors of glue how do you know which one to use for each application? By reading this section from Swimming Pool Steve on how to select the right glue for any swimming pool equipment installation, that's how!

Threaded connections - When it comes to swimming pool equipment installation you will need to deal with at least a few threaded pipe connections. This section will teach you which materials to use for making connections to your equipment, but more importantly which thread sealants you should NEVER use on pool equipment.

Common pipe fittings - Knowing all of the different kinds of plumbing fittings that you will need to install pool equipment is something that comes with experience. If you are installing your own pool equipment this page on commonly used plumbing fittings in the pool and spa industry will be extremely helpful.

Valves and unions - The valves and unions that you use when installing your pool equipment will determine how easy it is to operate your system forever. Spend some time on this page learning about the commonly used valves and unions as well as their orientation as part of your pool equipment mechanical installation.

Pool Equipment Installation Reviews

Video reviews for pool equipment installations
In this ongoing series Swimming Pool Steve looks at some existing pool equipment installations and discusses some of the common installation errors that are encountered in the pool and spa industry. Learn from these mistakes how to properly install your equipment for ease of use, functionality, and longevity. As you will see in these videos there are some mistakes that are very common but easy to avoid if you know what you are doing.

Through this series of video reviews you will learn a lot about the common deficiencies you will find with pool equipment installations. What might seem like a small technical detail could mean the difference between equipment longevity or a reduced service life for your pump, filter or heater. What you will see through this extensive video series is that it is more common to have serious deficiencies with your pool equipment than it is to have decent, quality installations. This is why pool owners need to be very careful when choosing pool equipment, installing it, and when choosing pool industry professionals to work with. Asking for references is very important for pool workers. You can read more about this in this article about how to ask for references for pool workers.

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This video shows deficiencies with a salt water cell installation in relation to a Raypak heater as well as minor flow restrictions and imperfections with the plumbing configuration. Poorly installed salt cells are a common reason for heaters to fail early. Check out these other reasons pool heaters fail early.

This video details some issues with winterization of the equipment, as well as flow dynamics errors in plumbing and leaking threaded connections. As with many of these videos there is no check valve in between the salt chlorinator cell and the gas heater. Also discussed is bonding of the heater and pump casing. This pool winterization video series shows how to winterize each component of the swimming pool. You can also find out more about the use of check valves with salt chlorinators.

Bad glue joints, improperly repaired leaks (using electrical tape), restrictions in flow and no check valves in between the heater and the offline chlorinator. Also Swimming Pool Steve talks about bonding, grounding and galvanic corrosion in swimming pools. Check out these common pool equipment problems and solutions.

A sizing problem between the pump and the filter and a brief explanation of how colloidal silver injection systems work, like the Nature 2 system. Highlighted in this video is a VERY poor salt water cell installation that is certain to damage the heater in this video. You can read this article to learn more about properly installing a salt water chlorinator and the importance of using a check valve.

Terrible glue joints, poor sizing between the pump and the filter and a potentially dangerous filter. Tips on leaking filter band clamps and no check valve between the inline chlorinator and the gas heater. Read more about pool plumbing leaks and how to fix them. Replacing a filter may be necessary if leaking so helpful information on choosing a new filter can be found here.

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- Swimming Pool Steve

Basecrete flexible bondcoat

I can not stress enough the importance of using a waterproofing solution for concrete swimming pools. When it comes to the technical process of waterproofing concrete pools Basecrete is the most effective product that I know of. I strongly endorse the use of Basecrete products to all concrete pool owners.

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LightStream swimming pool financing

Pool installations can be very expensive especially when you start to add optional extras. Building a pool is a once in a lifetime event for most people and it is important to get the pool you want. Swimming pool financing can help you get the pool you want and make sure you have the money you need to do it right the first time.

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Pool Supplies Canada

When it comes to ordering pool and spa supplies online in Canada www.PoolSuppliesCanada.ca is by far the best option. They carry everything from chemicals to replacement pumps to entire pool kits, with free shipping options and more "in stock" items than any other Canadian online retailer.

- Swimming Pool Steve