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Summer Fun and Structural Integrity

So I'm the proud owner of a new above-ground swimming pool. I set it up in the corner of my building's rooftop and filled it with water. Everything's perfect, but there's one nagging thought: should I be worried about the floor not holding up? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jun 27, 2014 - 28 answers

Looking for reference of high end / exclusive Pool Halls…

I'm looking for some examples of high end or exclusive Pool Halls or even potentially sports bars for a research project. However, as I'm based in the UK – it's quite difficult for me to research in person (not to mention knowing nothing about the sport). Any suggestions are welcomed!
posted by stackhaus23 on Mar 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Disguising our backyard eyesore

We have an above ground pool in our New England backyard. Can you help with strategies for hiding it? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jan 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Where should I go to stretch after swimming?

I'm having a terrible time figuring out where to do my 10-15 minute full-body stretch after swimming. I feel like an alien visitor to Planet Gym, and I have been trying determine where it is culturally acceptable to do this activity, but remain unsure. [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Oct 16, 2013 - 16 answers

looking for kung-fu film with underground temple with boiling pool

OK, this is deep in the level of cheezy memories. In the 1970s or early 1980s they used to broadcast totally rotten kung fu movies on television on Saturday mornings. I'm trying to remember a specific one. I know there are like millions of these that were churned out, so this may be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but here goes. It should limit the search that it was 1) in color 2) probably made between 1960 to 1981 3) included an intense fight scene that took place in a kind of underground temple (maybe?) that had as its central feature a pool of water (or acid?) that was boiling and had a kind of statue or something in the middle of it 4) there was a kind of dwarf or midget who had a prominent role. Can anyone remember this crazy film?
posted by cmp4Meta on Oct 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Where can I swim laps in Seoul?

Can you recommend a clean, reasonably priced pool for lap swimming in Seoul? [more inside]
posted by KevCed on Oct 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Why do non-swimmers hang out by the pool at my gym?

I can't believe I'm wasting my question on this, but I've been wondering about it for months. So at my gym, there is a "wet area" with a lap pool, a sauna, a steam room and a jacuzzi. What puzzles me is that there are people (usually men) who sit for long periods of time on the bench in the wet area. Some of them are still in their gym clothes, which makes me think they're not, like, taking intervals between sauna and steam or whatever. They definitely do not swim. They just sit there on the bench. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Sep 25, 2013 - 19 answers

What amount of pool hypochlorite would damage an adjacent lawn?

My neighbor believes I am killing his lawn by emptying small amounts of pool water into a pond on my property which borders his property. I do wish he would stop yelling at me. How much pool chemistry (say, calcium hypochlorite) would I need to add per gallon to my pool to damage his lawn? [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Sep 11, 2013 - 13 answers

What Should I Know About My New In-Ground Pool?

So we just bought a house with an in-ground chlorine pool. And we know basically NOTHING about pool maintenance. Can you help school us? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Jul 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Returning to the gym after staph?

I'm recovering from a staph infection. When will it be safe for me to return to the gym/pool? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 18, 2013 - 5 answers

You are invited to a pool party...at some point in the future

Last Fall, we bought an awesome house. Now we want a pool, hot tub and new landscaping. Who is the correct professional to help us design a multi-year project that involves some construction, a lot of landscaping (both hard and soft) and a pool? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on May 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Is it worth thousands of dollars to fix an inground pool?

Is it worth thousands of dollars to fix an inground pool? I've own my home in northern Delaware for less than a year. One of the reasons I bought this house was it had a pool. I bought the house when it was in foreclosure, so I knew there would be many repairs to do to the house, pool included. The inground pool is about 30ft by 10ft by about 7ft deep. Estimates to repair the pool liner and large filter are in the neighborhood of 5-6k. [more inside]
posted by meshoppe on Mar 21, 2013 - 21 answers

How to escelate this too cool pool problem?

My gym is lying about the temperature of the pool. The manager is consistently unavailable. I'm tired of being lied to / being given the run around. How can I escalate this? [more inside]
posted by OsoMeaty on Feb 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Biohazards and swimming pools

Sorry for the squick factor but I'm curious. What happens if someone bleeds, vomits or poops in a public swimming pool? Do they just fish out the solids and let the rest disperse? Or does it all get emptied out?
posted by peter1982peter on Jan 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Throw 'em in the pool

Looking for a decent motel around San Francisco/Santa Cruz with a heated pool and lots of teens/preteens hanging out (I have 12 and 15 year old daughters). Also good: inexpensive, no bed bugs, wifi. But the pool and other kids are really all they care about.
posted by msalt on Nov 18, 2012 - 8 answers

What's better: salt water or chlorine pool?

I'm planning to have an in-ground pool installed in my backyard. Which would be better: a chlorine system or a salt water system? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Oct 3, 2012 - 16 answers

What's a reasonable price range for a basic in-ground swimming pool?

What's a reasonable price range for a basic in-ground swimming pool (rectangularly shaped, 3-5ft deep, chlorine or salt water)?
posted by starkraven on Sep 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Will a swim shirt help keep me warm in the pool?

Is there a swim shirt that will help keep me warm in the pool? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Pool Solar Cover Reel Recomendation

Can anyone recommend a good Solar Cover Reel for an 18'x36' size pool? All the reviews seem bad and the industry as a whole doesn't seem on the up and up. I'm currently looking for one that will go over my low profile diving board and have found the following one for $399 that seems the best one I can find. - "http://www.solarcovers.com/product/solar-cover-reels/commercial-reels/commercial-grade-reel/commercial-grade-solar-reel-for-pools-up-to-20-ft-wide-locking-casters-included" - Can you let me know what you recommend for a different one or what your opinion is of the one I found? I hate to spend sooo much money on something that might not be up to par. Thanks!
posted by kmurray24 on Aug 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Who is responsible for rental pool damage?

Who is responsible for rental pool damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Where can I sunbathe & swim in Durham, NC?

Where to sunbathe / splash around in Durham, NC? [more inside]
posted by soundproof on Jun 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Pool vacuum broke. Alternatives?

Long story short but there was a dishonest home seller & realtor and the house we purchased has a pool with leaking skimmer line. No suction for vacuuming. We have a temporary garden hose vacuum for the big stuff. Any idea how I can get the little stuff until this is repaired? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on May 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Where is this (probably imaginary) swimming pool.

My wife, as a very small child, lived in Ealing and claims to remember a swimming pool with a giant glass wall so you could watch people diving into it from the side. Have you heard of anything like this? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Apr 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Taking the random out of racking

After tens of thousands of games of pool, every time I rack the balls I seem to switch about half of them around. I know I'm wasting time. So, I want to know exactly how many balls I should normally expect to swap (the median), and what is the most I should ever have to swap. For those of you who aren't pool nerds like me, I've explained the 8-ball racking process inside. [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Apr 4, 2012 - 19 answers

Are there ideal numbers to have in a basketball "Square pool"?

Math/sports question! I entered a "Square pool" (purely theoretical money at stake :) ), for the NCAA basketball tournament. I am curious if there are better numbers to have, and why that would be the case. More information inside. [more inside]
posted by JoeGoblin on Mar 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Dry swimming pool?

Will leaving a swimming pool dry damage it? [more inside]
posted by txmon on Mar 7, 2012 - 10 answers

I don't want to be a lap swimming jerk

I'm keen to add lap swimming to my fitness routine, but I haven't done it before and don't know the etiquette. Help me not commit any lap swimming faux pas. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Feb 20, 2012 - 27 answers

What is the order of naked, suiting up, showering for a pool visit?

What is the correct order of operations when it comes to getting into the pool (in terms of showering and putting on your suit)? [more inside]
posted by sperose on Feb 16, 2012 - 21 answers

VIP and pool bar manchester

Manchester UK, VIP bar with pool table? [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Jan 31, 2012 - 0 answers

It's long, thin & you poke balls into holes with it. And I need one quick

Where can I find a 3 piece Snooker Cue (similar to a Pool Cue but thinner and longer) that will deliver before Dec. 27th and is not that expensive? [more inside]
posted by DaftMythic on Dec 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Temporary Fencing Options for Small Dogs

We recently purchased a home with a large backyard and a pool. The yard is fenced. I need a temporary fence for my dogs until it warms up and we can fix any spots the littlest dog can slip through. What should I get for a temporary fence? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Nov 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Is this very expensive robotic pool cleaner worth it?

We have a pool and we need a pool cleaner. The pool shop has recommended this Pandora robotic cleaner. It costs a lot – A LOT – of money. And I can’t find any consumer reviews telling me if it’s worth the almost $2000 AUD. Does anyone have any experience with either this particular model, or the other models of robotic pool cleaners that are a step up from the Kreepy Krawly or Baracuda-style suction cleaners, but a step below a commercial pool cleaner? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Oct 26, 2011 - 1 answer

How many swimming pool permits did the state of Hawaii issue in 2010?

How many swimming pool permits did the state of Hawaii issue in 2010?
posted by Exchequer on Oct 12, 2011 - 1 answer

It's more of an ecosystem than a pool at this point

Mr. M. and I have a gunite pool that was installed at our house by a previous owner. We haven't opened it in the 7 years we've lived here. I want to have it renovated so that we can actually use it, but I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by Maisie on Jul 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Stuck in Phoenix, seeking pool..

Travel-snafu-filter... I'm going to be in Phoenix, AZ for about 5 hours between flights today - is there a good place to hang out near the airport? In the best of all possible worlds it would involve an outdoor pool and some drinks :)
posted by oreonax on Jul 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Poolside service in San Francisco Bay (ideally peninsula) area.

Looking for a swimming pool where we can relax in a lounge chair, order snacks and drinks, and take a dip. In the San Francisco Bay area (ideally in the peninsula). Like in a resort hotel, but without having to stay for a night. [more inside]
posted by ccl6yl on Jul 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Are swimming pools worth it?

Should we get rid of our new-to-us above ground pool? [more inside]
posted by marylucycraft on Jul 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Inflatable pool care

Inflatable kids pool - best way to warm the water and keep it clean over a long weekend. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Jul 4, 2011 - 8 answers

i really can't afford this pool repair, darnit

Uh oh. Our pool seems to have sprunk a leak. Now what? Need ideas for identifying the leak and/or what? Re-lining the pool? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Orthodox Ritual Bathing?

Orthodox-in-JerusalemFilter: I watched Eyes Wide Open last night and found it, unexpectedly, quite moving. I'd like to know more about a central image and I'm not finding it online, so I hope an Orthodox and/or Israeli MeFite can shed some light. Dip in, for more details... [more inside]
posted by OneMonkeysUncle on Jun 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Why does the water make me tired?

Why do I get so tired after going in the water? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 29, 2011 - 10 answers

keep your chemicals to yourself please

What can I do if my neighbor's pool leaks into my yard? (USA, VA) [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Apr 16, 2011 - 20 answers

Come on in the water's fine

Help me remember this movie: a stereotypical 80's comedy/horror that takes place during a party in a large house. One of the rooms has a giant swimming pool where couples keep sneaking away for some privacy. There's a monster at the bottom of the pool that can use the heads of previous victims to talk to and entrap new victims. I distinctly remember the pool being warm and somewhat dirty but each successive visitor just couldn't resist. [more inside]
posted by RhymesWithToaster on Mar 24, 2011 - 7 answers

A life-guard for my dog?

Where should I leave my puppy in my house? Swimming pools and dogs. [more inside]
posted by Flood on Feb 20, 2011 - 26 answers

Tips and tricks for joining a gym without getting swindled, please!

How do you get a good deal on a gym membership? Is now a good time or a bad time to join a gym? [more inside]
posted by palegirl on Jan 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Please help me find swimming goggles that won't leave marks under my eyes.

Please help me find swimming goggles that won't turn me into a raccoon! [more inside]
posted by funkiwan on Dec 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Why does swimming make my body freak out?

90% of times I go to the pool I experience something akin to a panic attack/shock. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by vlsd on Dec 9, 2010 - 20 answers

Help me organise an excellent Melbourne Cup sweep

How can I make my office's Melbourne Cup sweep interesting? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Oct 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Private water retreat, carpe diem?

IndoorPoolFilter In addition to heating cost, what issues should I be aware of when considering buying a house with an indoor in-ground pool. [more inside]
posted by aroberge on Sep 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Pool Media to one directory?

Is there a way I can make Vegas Pro 9.0 Pool all media used in a project into a single directory? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Sep 15, 2010 - 2 answers

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