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.
No, I’m not talking about the alien movie featuring Will Smith.
I’m talking about a day for us Americans to rejoice in our freedom! Fire up the grills, set off your fireworks, and FLY YOUR AMERICAN FLAGS!
President Eisenhower submitted the official standard for the flag that we use today in 1959. Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
Show your American pride this Fourth of July and fly those flags!!!
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!!
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
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
It’s not often that someone waxes poetically in regards to thread seal tape. For a pool or spa technician, or a homeowner that owns either item this little jewel can be a sanity saver. Let’s start first with the question regarding the name tape. This “tape” has no adhesive properties what so ever, so then why call it tape? None the less this is the number 1 leak stopper when it comes to sealing in water and sealing out air on plastic to plastic threads. There is also another benefit to working with thread seal tape, which is the ability to allow the threads to glide more smoothly than without. This comes in especially handy when the water gets cooler, and the plastic is less pliable than it is when warm. My other tip is to always have more than one roll on hand. It never fails that the roll that you know exactly where it is, inevitably grows legs and walks off. Keep a second in one of the most obscure locations that you can think of
to hide a second roll. —-Chris
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.
If you are having people over to your house for a pool party, you are going to need some chaise lounges! Where do you think all those people are going to sit? Luckily for you, Eastgate Pools has chaise lounges hanging from the ceiling and at very reasonable prices. Our chaise lounges start at just over $100, so you can load up the side of that pool and not bust the budget and we have a large selection to match your outdoor look. Please stop by and take a look!
Once the pools start opening up in the Spring and early Summer we get plenty of customers coming in looking for new liners for their pools. On inground pools we always sell new faceplates and gaskets, but for whatever reason aboveground liner customers don’t always get new gaskets. Since the skimmer panel is traditionally the most likely area to fail on a pool wall, it is the most critical area to protect. The best way to protect this panel is make sure there isn’t any leaking at the skimmer or return. For a small add-on you can protect your investment and keep your pool standing for years to come.—Craig
I am excited about the new Star Wars movie coming out later this year. We have a robot that runs around in our inground pool outside that I have named R2Z2. It’s real name is the Aquabot Z2 and like R2D2, it can help you out of a jam when things appear to be at it’s most hopeless. R2D2 has little saws the pop out and cuts rope and ways to tap into the Death Star main frame computer and shut down giant garbage compactors. Well, the Aquabot Z2 drives up vertical walls, operates independently from the main filtration system and maps out and memorizes your pool, to ensure that your entire pool is crystal clear. ??Step up and recognize the future and embrace our robotic over lords, and buy R2Z2 and take him home with you! Resistance is futile and a lot more work.