This year, we had a customer call and say that their goat had gotten loose and got into their in-ground pool. The goat got out easily but they were concerned about sanitation. I explained that we weren’t used to dealing with goats in pools. Sure, we’ve dealt with ducks, geese, and the occasional deer, but no goats. I recommended a little super-chlorination, non-stop filtration, and a strong beverage of choice while waiting for the chlorine level to drop to swimmable levels.
As it turns out, a goat in the pool is nothing compared to what happens in Morocco. The Argania tree is admittedly one ugly tree but it bears a fruit that attracts goats. Farmers put fences around the trees until the fruit is ripe, then remove the fences so the goats can get to the trees and the fruit. It’s sort of a climb & dine. This photo is not photo-shopped. These goats really climb the trees!
Can you imagine walking out in your back yard, staring up at your apple tree, only to see a goat staring back at you! Personally, I’d rather see a goat than a snake.—Max
A customer told me that once and I told them “Congratulations! Your pool has character.” They didn’t find any humor in my comment.
Let’s see if we can help you avoid the August green-pool syndrome. It can happen for several reasons but here are the Big 3:
- pH is off. Low pH leads to hyperactive chlorine activity. In short, a low pH will have you burn through chlorine much quicker than if it is in range. Conversely, a high pH is just the opposite. You may test and see a lot of chlorine in your pool, but the chlorine isn’t ‘releasing’. Briefly, a proper pH will go a long way in keep algae away.
- Stabilizer is low. With all the rain we had this summer, there has been a lot of pumping water out of the pool. When you drain water, you take the stabilizer with it. On a traditional above ground pool, you probably drained as much as 15-20” of water out this summer. That’s nearly half your stabilizer too. Stabilizer adds life to chlorine and minimizes the chances of chlorine.
- Water temperature. As water temperature rises, you need more chlorine because it gets more active the hotter the water. Here’s the rule of thumb: For every 10 degrees of water temperature rise, you need 25% more chlorine. What worked at 70 degrees won’t work at 80…0r 90. You constantly need to adjust your chlorine input and if you combine this with points 1 & 2, it spells trouble.
Bring us a water sample and we’ll be grad to do a free water test and keep you on the straight and narrow. –Max
What is the most popular way to jump into a pool?? That’s right it is the classic Cannonball
The average person swims in a pool at least 6 times a year
An hour of swimming can burn 650 calories
Do you know who invented swim fins????? This might surprise people but it was Ben Franklin
The deepest pool in the world is 113 feet deep and it is located in Brussels Belgium
The turbo pump on the Space Shuttle would drain an average size pool in 25 seconds!! Think about that!!
July 4th is just around the corner, we will be open on July 4th from 10 am to 4pm. So if you need to get some last minute toys or chemicals to gear up for the holiday we will be hear. We will be back to normal business hours on Sunday July 5th.
After several months of planning, preparation, editing, and whittling down of 250+ pages into a manageable format, the new improved eastgatepools.com is on-line!
There is an all new format and design and we hope you enjoy what we feel is a great new look that still contains tons of valuable information about our products and our services.
And if you find a little typo or error, please let us know as it is still a work-in-progress.
Thanks again to everyone out there that visits the site and our store. You make us run and keep our tanks full. –Max
Do you know what I want to see in the next Olympic swimming competition? Goggles. Not those little things they wear now that are about as big around as their eyeballs. I’m talking full face masks…with snorkels too! Now that would be interesting to watch.
Did I mention that we carry goggles? Both styles. So get in training for the next Olympics and go for the gold. –Max
…We have reached the time of year that if you call during business hours and get a recording, it just means that we are all with customers or are on the phone. Please call back or leave us a message on the main line. We will get back to you as quickly as possible.
We apologize for any inconvenience but please know that we are working hard to take care of everyone. –Max
…Wendell Thurber, our 35th Anniversary Sale Grand Prize winner. Wendell is pictured with his $500 Eastgate Pools Shopping Spree Gift Card, presented to him by Max West, Vice President of Eastgate Pools & Spas. Wendell’s entry was drawn at random from our drawing box that contained hundreds of entries.
Congratulations Wendell! Have fun!!
We have a lot of fun here at Eastgate Pools thinking about off-the-wall things. Here’s one of my favorites. We’ve built nearly 3400 in-ground pools over the years with an average water volume of about 25,000 gallons each. That means to fill all the pools we’ve built over the last third of a century, you would need 85 MILLION gallons of water. That’s a body of water almost 4 miles long, 25 feet wide, and six feet deep. That’s a lot of water and a lot of pools. Let us get you included in the next 85 million gallons.
I recently read an article in one of our trade magazines. It dealt with fraudulent swimming pool contractors in the state of California. A sting turned up about two-dozen illegal contractors—no license, no insurance…and no business doing business in peoples’ back yards. In New Jersey, a fraudulent contractor was recently given some shiny new jewelry—stainless steel handcuffs and an inclusive 3 year vacation in a state-run medium security prison. I think that’s called three hots and a cot. And it was just a couple years ago that an allegedly experienced pool builder here in Cincinnati turned up with an ad in the paper. I had never heard of him so I googled his business address. It turns out it was a storage facility. Amazingly, that person was in business a few months before pulling a David Copperfield—disappearing.
Don’t get me wrong. There are some well-established, reputable, quality pool builders out there besides us. But we are the area’s ONLY in-ground builder that is a member of the Aqua 100 Hall of Fame. That’s a pretty good starting point when you are searching for a pool contractor. We’ve been in business for over a third of a century and are open year round for all your convenience. –Max
On May 30 1431, French soldier and heroine Joan of Arc was found guilty of heresy. Her crime…? Donning men’s clothing after agreeing in a court of law not to do so. For her ‘crime’, she was burned at the stake. Wow! She was a national heroine but that didn’t matter. Nobody can argue that by today’s standards, the punishment certainly didn’t match the crime. Twenty-five years later, she was retried and found innocent and was cleared of all charges. Kind of a ‘do-over’ although it really didn’t help her much, did it.
Anyway, we’re glad that times have changed. Everyone is welcome at Eastgate Pools, no matter how you are dressed. –Max
Eastgate Pools & Spas offers two options for easy Hot Tub cover removal. Both will keep the cover off the rough concrete that could scratch or tear it, off the deck that is showing signs of age, and out of the dirt and grime. The Rock-It pivots the cover off with a minimum of effort, while the Cover Valet features a hydraulic assist that lets you flip the cover up with minimum effort…using just a couple of fingers. Checkout the video on our web site for a complete demonstration of these great accessory items that no hot tub owner should be without! –Max
Ever notice the curvature that graces the front of our store? The brief history of this building is that it used to be an 84 Lumber and the curved area outlined an open-air overhang. We did an addition twenty years ago and enclosed that overhang area. The old wall used to be where the row of four pillars are that separate the billiard from hot tub departments and the front counter from the furniture areas. And the entrance to the store was right in the middle where the Kamado grills are currently located. If you came to Eastgate Pools before the addition, you would find a series of above ground swimming pools under the front overhang. In fact, the front desk areas and big sections of the billiard departments were underwater at one time because these pools were filled.
Perhaps you even shopped at the old 84 Lumber before we were here and remember our original store about a half-mile away. It was next to the Midas right off 32. Tiny! My have times changed. —Max
No dictionary has ever been able to satisfactorily define the difference between “complete” and “finished.” However, during a recent linguistic conference, held in London, England, and attended by some of the best linguists in the world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese linguist, was the presenter when he was asked to make that very distinction.
The question put to him by a colleague in the erudite audience was this: “Some say there is no difference between ‘complete’ and ‘finished.’ Please explain the difference in a way that is easy to understand.”
Mr. Balgobin’s response: “When you marry the right woman, you are ‘complete.’ If you marry the wrong woman, you are ‘finished.’ And, if the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are ‘completely finished.’”
His answer received a five-minute standing ovation. –Max
Robotic cleaners now dominate the inground pool market for automatic cleaners, but they have always lagged behind a little on the aboveground side. This year we have a new a powerful solution for that void. The Cyclone Scrubber can clean your aboveground pool in two hours or less and it works completely independent of the filter system. Brushes scrub down your pool surface and collect debris in a large filter bag. Complete with a two year warranty, the Cyclone Scrubber is a reasonable and reliable cleaning system for any size aboveground pool and all in stock units also come complete with a caddy system for easy storage and cord maintenance. If you’re tired of sweeping your aboveground pool we have the perfect solution for you.