Should I use an a-frame ladder or steps for my above ground pool?

Choosing a Ladder or Steps for an Above Ground Pool

Unless they are buried, above ground pools sit above the ground. Other than this being the most obvious thing I’ve ever said, it means that swimmers will have to climb over the wall to get into the water. For this and other reasons, a pool ladder is an important decision when getting an above ground pool.

There are about a dozen main choices when it comes to getting a ladder or steps for an above ground pool. Pool packages almost always come with a standard A-frame type that will work well for able-bodied people to get in and out of the pool. Though, some have different wants and needs so it’s worth spending some time learning about the different options that are available. (more…)

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how to replace a multiport valve diverter assembly

Poolside Chat Episode #23: Broken Multiport Diverter

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • Should I replace my multiport valve diverter or the whole key seal assembly?

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.


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How do I build an inground pool?

Build Your Own Pool

Can I build my own pool? Yes, you can! Subcontracting the build of your own swimming pool is not rocket science. At, we have seen a huge trend in homeowners building their own swimming pools. When most people think of building their own pool, they think that they would be like the professional pool contractor out digging the hole for the pool, doing the plumbing and electrical, etc.- but this is not the case. Most pool contractors do not do the actual labor of building the pool themselves. Pool builders act as general contractors (GC) and subcontract the building of the pool to various subcontractors (subs), so when you purchase a pool from your local pool company, they are organizing the build of your pool through subs.


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How to calculate head for pool pump?

How Do I Calculate Feet of Head for My Pool?

OK, riddle me this, you’re standing in a pool store’s showroom and you’re in awe of all the shiny new pumps. You finally make your decision on the model you want and have a hunch it will work well in your 20 000-gallon pool, but the salesperson drops a bomb on your plans by asking the simple question, “What is your feet of head?” Wait a minute, what? My head is about 10 inches. but I’ve never actually measured my own skull…

Wrong head.

Total Dynamic Head (TDH) refers to the total equivalent height that a fluid will be pumped by taking into consideration any friction losses in the pipe. Essentially “dynamic head” is the measurement of resistance working against your pool pump as it pulls water from your basin and pushes it back to the pool. The total sum of the pipes’ lengths, rise in elevation and addition of 45-degree /90-degree turns will affect the feet of head number. All the aforementioned plumbing quirks add up to more friction the water accrues as it travels. The more friction, the harder the pump must work to push the water through the pipe, which demands that you go to a higher HP or use a larger pipe. If you need to install a new pump or replace your filter, you need to calculate the system’s feet of head to determine the best fit. A pump’s flow rate is dependent on the feet of head.


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How Do I Convert My Pool From Baquacil to Chlorine? 

Although we do not recommend biguanides, we understand that there are special circumstances that might warrant a family to choose this option over chlorine. Still, biguanide pools are something we do not see very often but when we do, pool owners have the same question:

How do I convert my pool from Baquacil to chlorine? 

If you find yourself in this same predicament, don’t fret. INYO put together a step by step solution that helps pool owners convert their pool back to chlorine.

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