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Sue G

swimming pools

Thinking of getting the children a pool for the garden, not one of those little paddling pool.

These ones are 3.66 metre wide and 95 cm deep.

My question is, Does anyone have one??
Do you have to buy the products to keep the water clean?

Guy in the shop was insiting (sp) that i need them, (cost more than the pool)
Told him i would think about it & come back.

Could just keep changing the water even though it takes quite a lot.

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Expat Badger

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hi Sue

we have a hot tub - not quite the same, but not that different

you HAVE to put chemicals in to keep the water nice and clean and clear.

We (that's a Royal We)have to chuck stuff in every other day - chlorine, PH/alkalinity balancer.

Then once a week there is a longer chemical 'process' that has to be done. Chuck a spoon of one chemical in, wait 6 hours, chuck something else in...etc. There is even stuff that oxidises particles into the air - that one is very important apparently.

if you don't the water will go cloudy and yuk VERY quickly, even if you don't use it.

If you do it right you only need change the water every 4-6 months

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Biggles !

Swimming pools


Hi Sue, what a marvellous idea if you pursue it. My neighbours have one of those above ground jobbies which I don't think look very nice, but they are very practical, Actually, neighbours are building a platform and surround to make it look nicer. Other friends have 'proper' pools and without exception everybody does the chemical thing, and it is not cheap. Downside to a smaller pool is that the water can get too hot in the summer. I've heard people complain about this :0(

I'd love a pool but I think it is too much work, well for me, and we have soooo many frogs in the garden I wouldn't fancy sharing the pool with them :0)

If you have any specific questions I can ask these people and report back :0)

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Sue G

swimming pools

Thanks for the advice,

might just have a double check with hubby,

Never thought about the frogs, neigbour has a pond and have seen frogs or toads before in the garden.
Now having a think, might be fun for the kids but it is going to be such a pain to cut the grass, can't cut in a straight line, so how am i going to go around in a circle without bashing it.

Might have to go for the wildlife look, grass up to your knee's frogs, green water, not forgetting the birds using it as a bird bath.

Slowly going off the idea.

Should make myself a note, not to mention ideas to the children without thinking it through first.

Have just spent last two weeks of the Easter holidays making dinosaurs for Luca's bedroom wall. (another bright idea)
Next week making Dolphins and sea creatures for Maya.

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Expat Badger

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hot tub is right next to the deck (so you can step into it) and is covered with a lid that we lift off so no frog issues for us! Phew! We do have a mouse eating the insulation tho.

we have a foot or so of pebbles round the outside, and then the grass, so easy to go round with mower/strimmer to do the edges of the lawn.

it is a lot of work and you have to remember to dose it up regularly...and when you do empty/refill it what will you do with the old water???

Ours is 1300 litres and we ran a hose down the side of the house and into the basement window and into the bath!! Took about 3 hours to empty

Chlorine water burns grass apparently and you might flood your house!

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Expat Badger

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having said that - nothing beats climbing in on a Friday night after a hard week with a big glass of wine...!!

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Lind

Pools

Sue,

I have a pool. You definitely have to do the whole chemical thing. Very expensive and time consuming.

Lind

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French J

Swimming pools

We have a pool (above ground) and I thought it was going to be a waste of money but how wrong. It is worth it just to see the children in it and they love it. Ours has been so well used by them and we live in the north of France and the last 5 summers have not all been hot. Children are only young for such a short time so I think it is worth making the effort with chemicals etc for them as it gives them such pleasure. Chemicals much cheaper in supermarket than swimming pool shops. I now however only go in the pool once or twice a year as it never seems to be warm enough for me (it has to be over 28°). Don't be put off!

 
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