Friday, October 13, 2006

Owning a Pool

Seemed like a good idea at the time.

Today is Friday. Tuesday it rained, a lot. Lots of leaves were blown into the pool. Wednesday I scooped most of these leaves out, because you do not want organic material decaying in your pool, and then shocked the pool with the last bit of chlorine the previous owners left. Thursday I bought two types of chlorine (more shock and some slow release stuff that you leave in a skimmer), a PH balance testing kit and an algae brush. The pool ready for humans I was looking forward to the weekend.

Tonight it's going to be 62° F (16° C). Tomorrow - more thunderstorms. Which means more leaves. Which means more chlorine. I have been in this pool once, for about 5 minutes, compared to a couple of hours cleaning it and now Winter's coming in. I need to get the heater fixed, or else I may just kidnap a penguin from the zoo and build him a little igloo over by the pump house.

9 comments:

Alex said...

Sounds like you need to get the pool heater sorted and get one of those nets that go over the top of the pool. No you really do, otherwise where am I gonna drink my Bucks Fizz on Xmas morning?

Love the fridge by the way, you need a small inline pump:

http://www.whalepumps.com/caravan_RV/product_list/16/87/

Ian said...

Now that sounds like a top notch Xmas morning. Don't worry, it'll definitely be sorted by then. Thanks for the tip on the pump, I'll check it out.

Jen said...

P.S. Don't keep your pool chemicals by any of your vehicles (or in any room that has something of value). Bad idea. If, by chance, you decide to not head this advice, you might find that with time your vehicle is decaying rapidly before your eyes with no known reason . . . . Pool chemicals eat stuff which then causes ruin.

Weird thought: we can jump into a pool full of this stuff & nothing seems to happen tu us humans, but leave it next to any sort of vehicle/metal and damage, man! Damage!

Warranties do not cover said type of damage either. Just in case you was wondering.

Ian said...

Hmm, maybe I shouldn't have left my pool chemicals sitting on top of the dryer in the garage then. There's a wee house outside that I probably need to move them all into

Jen said...

Naw. It won't hurt for a day or two. It will though, if you leave them there for any length of time. However, it is a good idea to keep them seperated from your garage/home. It's probably what the wee little house out back is for.

:)

I'm going to start painting today. Say good-bye to the "Pony Room" (where you and Nikki stayed). I'm jut going to say right now and get it over with and to quote, "Seemed like a good idea at the time. . . ."

This is due to the fact that it's already much more work that previously anticipated and I'm only on unscrewing & removing switch plates. . . . .

Ugh. Stay tuned.

Vikki said...

Stop moaning about the pool stuff!! I swim twice a week and have to dodge the OAPs and kiddies at our decrepit leisure centre. Keep up the maintenance and we'll maybe make an appearance in a few years and drink some Bucks Fizz if you're offering ;-)

Ian said...

True, it's one of those things you can't really complain about and expect any sympathy for isn't it? "Oh, my yacht is so big, it's a real pain to clean the barnacles off"

Alex said...

Ah, calcium hypochlorite... use a small amount for sterilising water and a slightly larger amount for killing humans and generally corroding everything!! Good stuff for cleaning those coffee mugs.

Ian said...

Well, now it's going to kill my lawn 'cos it's been raining all night and the pool is about to overflow into the garden. I'm going to try and drain it a bit.