# PSC Ep. 51: Can I use a standard liner in a dish-bottom pool?

In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:

• Can a regular (non-expandable) liner be installed in a dish-bottom pool?

# PSC Ep. 50: Can I use an expandable liner with my oval pool?

In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:

• Can I add a deep end to an oval above ground pool?

# Above Ground Pool Deep Ends

I am often asked about an above ground swimming pool’s depth. Above grounds come in three main wall heights: 48”, 52”, and 54”. Some of the really inexpensive models are also available as a 42” height wall (which is much lower), but I’m not going to include them because they are really cheap and don’t last very long. Now for those of you who can’t read a tape, the 48” is the same as four feet; the 52” wall is four feet and four inches; and the 54” wall is four and a half feet tall. Already too much math? Sorry, but here’s more.

Now the above numbers are the height of the actual pool’s wall and NOT the real depth of the water. An above ground pool has a top structure and a skimmer and the water level is not meant to reach the very top of its structure. In general then, the water level will be about six inches below the top of the pool. So, the average water level is going to range from 3’,6” to 4’ deep. The next question that usually comes to mind is, “Is this pool deep enough for me and my family?” Some shorter people or people with small children will ask if this is too deep.

# Dogs and Above Ground Pools

Every swim season I get a lot of questions about dogs and above ground pools. For some, their canine pets are a big part of the family and they want them to experience everything the family experiences. If they go on vacation, the dog comes along. If they have a cookout, the dog eats some barbeque. Outdoor concert? The dog goes too. So with so much puppy love going on in the world, it’s no wonder that owners want their pets to swim with them in their new above ground pool. Below is some info on the topic. (more…)

# Help There is Grass Growing in My Pool!

This isn’t a fun pool moment. Picture the scene. You’re happily cleaning your fairly new above ground swimming pool getting it ready for the weekend. As you run the vacuum across the pool, you notice something sticking to the bottom. You try to suck it up, but it is stuck. Then you look closer. “What is that? That looks like a blade of grass. Is that growing through the liner?” You let the water settle to get an even better look. “That IS a blade of grass growing through my pool liner!” Your happiness is replaced with a sinking stomach and your mind explores the worst possible scenario with questions like, “How did this happen? Is grass going to grow everywhere in my pool? Can this be fixed? Am I going to need a new liner? Will I have to drain the pool?” With the adrenaline pumping slightly, you stop cleaning the pool and quickly go on the Internet. Through searching the web you eventually find this blog and when you read the next heading, you breathe your first sigh of relief.