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Old 01-28-2013, 12:12 PM   #41
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The three things not to have...a pack of dogs...a boat too big to trailer...and a swimming pool.
This might be the best piece of advice I hear all year. And I have all but the pool, dang it!
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If you have young kids do it. Otherwise run away from this idea.

Live in Dallas. We have a pool. My kids are grown. We don't use it. It's not that hard to maintain but it does cost, particularly on my electric bill. After our first summer we hardly ever use it. OTOH, our dog loves it.
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This might be the best piece of advice I hear all year. And I have all but the pool, dang it!
Show up at a pool-owning neighbor's house with either
a) a fresh baked chocolate cake,
OR
b) a case of beer,
as their particular taste dictates.

Bonus points if the beer is already on ice in a cooler.
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Show up at a pool-owning neighbor's house with either
a) a fresh baked chocolate cake,
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b) a case of beer,
as their particular taste dictates.

Bonus points if the beer is already on ice in a cooler.

Good plan! We've used the pool at the marina where we keep our boat, and it is mighty convenient for sure! I've thought a couple of times about digging a pond, but alas, even the maintenance on that is too much for us.
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Good plan! We've used the pool at the marina where we keep our boat, and it is mighty convenient for sure! I've thought a couple of times about digging a pond, but alas, even the maintenance on that is too much for us.
Um...um...look here

There Are Alligators in Charleston South Carolina

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Haha, exactly! Here's a photo I took of one a few years ago. He was a monster!
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For the people that have pools but don't use them anymore...how about raising catfish in them? Put up some solar panels to power the aeration. Then you could get an Agricultural Exemption and get money from the Govt for a Green Business! Marty...we have it all figured out for your retirement!

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For the people that have pools but don't use them anymore...how about raising catfish in them? Put up some solar panels to power the aeration. Then you could get an Agricultural Exemption and get money from the Govt for a Green Business! Marty...we have it all figured out for your retirement!

Just KIDDING!
Another re-use idea ? Family reunions could take on a more peaceful tone if swimming being pushed in with these fish was used as a threat for a punishment for poor behavior.

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Ahhhhh...Freebird yer killin' me! Haaaaaa...

And Sarah could raise baby alligators in the community pool...just don't have a flood and turn them loose...

Sorry Marty for your thread degenerating, but you needed help...
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I have heard pool and boat owners say the same thing, that the 2 best days of owning either are the day you get it and the day you get rid of it..........

I have owned several boats, and can agree with the above sentiment. However, I still seem to go out & buy another boat, once I sell the previous one.
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Another re-use idea ? Family reunions could take on a more peaceful tone if swimming being pushed in with these fish was used as a threat for a punishment for poor behavior.


Yeah....that's what I'm talkin' about!
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About the pool expenses, if you do not use the pool at all, then why bother? But think of the time you will use it with your grand kids. How does one put a price on that?

As for me, as mentioned in an earlier post, I will look to use my pool more, now that my children are grown, and we will not have grand children for a long time, if ever. Still, no regrets, considering the fun we had when my children were little.
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This is the pool in question.
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There you go! Fill up the chlorine float, set up the pump timer, then hop on the hammock with a beer. What's there to do?

By the way, that's an interesting "tree" that the hammock hangs from. I would build a treehouse or a platform for the kids on that tree.
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There you go! Fill up the chlorine float, set up the pump timer, then hop on the hammock with a beer. What's there to do?

By the way, that's an interesting "tree" that the hammock hangs from. I would build a treehouse or a platform for the kids on that tree.

It "was" a tree, until the owner installed the pool and found out about large trees next to and overhanging the end of the pool, and all the leaves that go along with that scenario. He cut the tree down to what you see in the pic, then built the hut-roof-thing, bought the grass material for the top on ebay (said it required 3 60ft. rolls. He's really quite a do-it-yourselfer. If I buy the house, I'd sure like for him to stick around the area...unfortunately he's moving to Michigan. Still undecided about buying the house at this point.

You can see it's not a real big pool. Maybe it would be easier than a larger one to maintain, clean etc?
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I rented a house for 1 year that had a pool and the expense and time for maintenance (yard had too many trees) were enough to convince me that I never want a pool again.

In addition (ome argue that the data is taken out of context) Chap 5 of Freakonomics states that home pools are more dangerous than guns:

But according to the data, their choice isn’t smart at all. In a given year, there is one drowning of a child for every 11,000 residential pools in the United States. (In a country with 6 million pools, this means that roughly 550 children under the age of ten drown each year.) Meanwhile, there is 1 child killed by a gun for every 1 million-plus guns. (In a country with an estimated 200 million guns, this means that roughly 175 children under ten die each year from guns.) The likelihood of death by pool (1 in 11,000) versus death by gun (1 in 1 million-plus) isn’t even close: Molly is roughly 100 times more likely to die in a swimming accident at Imani’s house than in gunplay at Amy’s.
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I had to go out to measure my pool in the dark. Might as well, as I never knew its exact size. It is rectangular in size at 17' X 37', and takes up nearly all of the back yard, leaving only the side yard for a lawn and swing set for the kids when young.

I have fruit trees in the side yard now, but they are downwind. Most of the maintenance of the pool comes from leaves off neighbor's trees that are upwind. Thought about spraying them trees with something... Other than that, maintenance is not bad, less than what a nice lawn requires, I would say. But then, one does not need a lawn either, and can do low-maintenance xeriscape. YMMV, as usual.

PS. Also measured the depth at the diving board end. It is 9 ft. So, I looked up the Web and learned that's the minimum depth for diving.

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, the danger of a child drowning is very real, and enough for my state to institute a law mandating fences around a pool. I will repeat that post here.

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About pool safety, it's my state law that a pool must have a fence around it. I may be wrong, but the requirement can be met if the back door from the house to the pool is self-closing, and cannot be opened by a child under so many feet tall.

With residential pools being so common here, we learned of tragic stories every year of children drowning. Quite often, a family moved in from out-of-state, and while the adults were throwing a party, a child slipped out to the pool and drowned in the few minutes that people inside the home overlooked.

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I rented a house for 1 year that had a pool and the expense and time for maintenance (yard had too many trees) were enough to convince me that I never want a pool again.

In addition (ome argue that the data is taken out of context) Chap 5 of Freakonomics states that home pools are more dangerous than guns: ...
I cannot comment about the expenses. If one does not use something, then its expense is wasted. It applies to not just pool, but also gym membership, RVs, etc...

But the pool safety must be taken very religiously. When my children were young, and so were their cousins when they came for a swimming party, I made a rule with my wife that one of us had to be at the pool constantly. No going into the house to get a drink or to pick up the phone. One of us had to be there, all the time.

Note that we do not expect or ask our adult guests to stand watch. Either I or my wife had to be there. No exception!
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Pool is like a pet but more expensive and harder to get rid of. I can't wait to divest of the stinking fountain in the backyard :-)
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