Spring Is Here!

Spring is here. Must be here right? The season ending football game is over, pitchers and catchers are getting ready to report to spring training, and I even saw the beginnings of daffodils poking up through the ground. Even though meteorological spring doesn’t begin until March 1st, and the Vernal Equinox is not until March 21st, spring is basically upon us. This is the time to remember the nagging little things that were driving you to the brink of insanity last fall, like that little drip coming out of the backwash line when the filter was running. Remembering these small things now, and making the fix prior to the season just makes life that much easier when you are up and running.

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Pool Table Felt…Cloth

Okay–I have always called it ‘felt’ and have been corrected many times. What I called
‘felt’ is more accurately ‘cloth’. Whatever it is called, if you are considering
putting new on your pool table (or is that ‘billiard table’?), we carry a nice selection
for people that have an 8′ table or smaller. Winter is a good time to change it out so
stop and see us and we can tell you how to do the work.

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It May Be Winter But…

It is not too early to think ahead to the upcoming pool season. If your in-ground pool’s liner is looking ragged and is at the end of it’s life, think about stopping in this month and picking a new one out.
We can get it ordered, made, and in-stock for when the weather breaks. An early spring install
means not having to do it in the middle of the summer when you’d rather be swimming instead
of looking at a drained pool that is awaiting a new liner.

Stop in and see the two dozen designs that we have available.

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As 2016 Winds Down, Some food For Thought…

Age old questions abound, such as “Why do we park in a driveway and drive on a parkway?” But why are cobwebs called cobwebs? They look nothing like a cob. And why does sour cream have an expiration date? For 2017, I’d like to have these things answered. –Max

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For Whatever You Celebrate, We Wish You The Best!

Personally, I’ve never gotten upset when someone wishes me ‘Happy Holidays’. I don’t understand why some people get all riled up when someone communicates this sentiment. But I also don’t know why anyone would get upset when someone say ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah’. Folks, if someone wants to send me tidings of comfort and joy, then rock on! So from all of us here at Eastgate Pools & Spas, enjoy this time of year when we celebrate…life! Merry Christholidaymasukah to you.

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The Perfect Blog

One of my esteemed colleagues informed me today that he had written the world’s most perfect blog. Upon reading it I have decided that it is not the world’s most perfect blog as he didn’t mention anything at all about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or getting drunk. It was at that time that he informed me that he was not writing the perfect country and western song, but instead the perfect blog. I guess they are not the same thing. Who knew?

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A Shameless Sales Pitch

Okay…I talked our outdoor furniture manager into buying something and now I need you to buy it so I don’t end up with egg or my face. It is a clip-on umbrella and personally, I think it is a great idea.

Skip ahead to summer. It’s hot and the sun is beating down on you. You grab a book and plot down in your chaise, right beside the pool. But the sun is too bright and you really can’t read or even relax. Oh for a little temporary shade!

Thus, the beauty of the clip-on umbrella. It attaches to the back of the chaise and in seconds, presto…instant shade! How can you exist without one or two of these.

Did I mention that they are just $9.99 (shameless sales pitch), and that they would make a great little present for the pool owner that has everything except a clip-on umbrella for instant shade? It might be the greatest present that person will ever get and it costs far less than a new car. There’s no down side to this present.

Okay. That’s all. Except for the fact that we have several designer colors to choose from.

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It’s not too early to look ahead to the 2017 baseball season

Okay…I know it’s football season but let’s talk a little Reds baseball for a change.

The Reds are still in rebuild mode. They do not have as many players with contracts expiring soon, nor do they have a lot of “dead money” left on the books (Homer Bailey and Brandon Phillips are a different story).

My Off Season Predictions:

-There’s nothing the Reds can do but hope that Homer Bailey returns to form and maybe hurls another no-hitter.

-Sign Neftali Feliz to at least a 2 year contract This move could help the bullpen, as the bullpen was horrible last year.

-If they could trade Phillips and get something decent in return. Not a trade involving Aaron Hill, which was proposed by the Diamondbacks last year, but maybe a prospect or two in return and the other team takes BP’s full salary as he will become free agent after this season. In my opinion, trading BP is more about shedding payroll. I still think he can be productive player (.291/11Hr), but you are able to get Jose Peraza more playing time or even Dilson Herrera (picked up in the Bruce trade).

-Trade Zach Cozart to the Mariners or the Padres for a prospect. The Reds may even have to give up another player from the farm system to pick up a top 30 prospect from one of these teams, from the Mariners top 30 try and pry Alex Jackson, OF, Luiz Gohara, LHP (this was the player rumored in the trade talks before the deadline), Richie Schaffer, INF, or Tyler Marlette, C. From the Padres top 30 look at, Logan Allen, P, Nick Torres, OF, Austin Allen, C, or Austin Smith, P. This is a long shot to get a top 30 prospect, but if you throw in a player from single or double A, I think they can get a decent prospect.

-If they trade Phillips and or Cozart, I think a good value move would be to sign Gordon Beckham, INF, this is a cheap depth move.

-Sign pitcher Jarrod Parker. Yes, he has had three surgeries on his throwing arm but try to buy low with a potential upside, none the less another starter in triple A.

-Sign Peter Bourgous, as last years 4th outfielder Tyler Holt is a free agent. Yes, Jesse Winker is on the brink of cracking the majors, but will his power show up?  I think you sign another outfielder in case the Reds feel that it is best to put Winker in Triple A to start the season.

-Another depth move is, sign Hank Conger or Steve Clevenger in case Devin can’t come back right away.

None of these moves will take the Reds to the World Series but I think it allows some players to continue to develop in the minors before being thrown in the ring of fire. (As, well as getting younger, cheaper, and hopefully more competitive for the years to come.)

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Information and mis-information

Sometimes we have customers come in with “information” from another pool and spa store that leaves us scratching our heads. For those of you who have owned your pool for an extended period of time you know that the information that you were just given could not make less sense. I’ve heard in the past that the copper in a customer’s water was being leached out from the liner, which obviously is impossible because there is no copper in a liner. Another was that the best way to kill algae is with muriatic acid, now granted you can kill algae in this fashion by lowering the pH so far that nothing can live in the water, but for the sake of your equipment I would not advise it. My point is this, if the advice seems out of the realm of normalcy then get a second opinion. You wouldn’t have your hand amputated under doctor’s orders for a hangnail without getting a second opinion, so if it sounds off or extreme just get a second opinion.

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We give Thanks.

2016 is winding down and one of the major holidays we celebrate is Thanksgiving. On behalf of everyone here at Eastgate Pools & Spas, we would like to personally thank everyone that has helped make this year one of our best ever. Our friends flocked to the store and left with swimming pools, hot tubs, outdoor furniture, grills, and just about everything that wasn’t tacked down. We ran out of things that we have never run out of before.

Business success aside, we as a company would like to publicly express our thanks for the many friendships that grew and were renewed this year. You folks are the best and we look forward to seeing you back in the store for many years to come.

On a personal note, I’d also like to thank the associates I work with. These are some of the hardest working, most talented people in the pool industry. The knowledge they possess is due to lots of work, study,  and an ongoing effort to be better. ‘Average’ is not acceptable and it shows.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Eat well and be careful in your travels.

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How many in one year

If the pundits are to be believed then 2 teams in Cincinnati will be looking for new coaches at the end of their seasons, and if there is no change, possibly a third. Tommy Tuberville has done nothing to endear himself to the Bearcat faithful, with either his words or scoreboard results. It has been a good run for Marvin Lewis, but this may be his last in Cincinnati. 13 years as a head coach in any professional sport is an impressive run, but due to the fact that there have been no playoff wins under the current regime in those 13 years it may signal that it’s time for a change. With all of this said where does it leave Bryan Price on this coaching carousel? It is understood that the cupboard is bare because the Red’s went sort of all in for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, but where does managerial skill start to become questioned? Could be an interesting time at the end of the seasons.

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Happy Spalidays

As the merry days keep ringing, happy spalidays to you! There is nothing to get you in the Christmas spirit like a hot tub on a cold December day. Imagine a cold December evening. The neighborhood is decorated in lights for the impending Christmas season and you are taking a little “me” time in your new hot tub. You take note of the clear winter sky with only the stars to keep you company. You ease your way into the hot and soothing tub and lay your head back and close your eyes to the immensity of the evening sky. After a few relaxing minutes you notice a bead of sweat accumulating and then running down the side of your brow. This time is yours. Peace on Earth and good will to men, with many relaxing days that lay ahead.

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Whooda Thunk it!

Well…the end of the world must be near as BOTH the Cubs AND Indians have reached the World Series. For decades, these two teams have been the face of futility for long-suffering fans everywhere. But times change and both teams have captured the pennant from their respective leagues.

 

To put a little perspective into the story, the Indians last won the Series in 1948 when Harry Truman was president. That’s nothing compared to the Cubs though. By the time the Indians won in 1948, the Cubs were already 40 years into a 108-year drought. Their last World Series win came in 1908 and Teddy Roosevelt was president. And the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote…? It was still 12 years from being ratified.

 

In short, one of these teams will end their streak while the other will go on in infamy. But the future looks bright for both franchises and the one that loses may not have long to wait to get another shot at a title. Then again, the 1908 Cubs represented a team that was making their third straight trip to the Series and they were considered a dynasty. So, let’s assume nothing and just enjoy the ride

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The right temperature for your hot tub is…

Who knows?

But if you’re are new to the joys of hot tubs, keep the temperature down around 98-99 and if that proves too chilly, add a degree or two until you find what is right for you. You may be one of those people that can handle 104 water but remember that children are more susceptible to an internal temperature rise so don’t overheat them. If you have questions, consult with your family physician. –Max

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Pump it Off

Every year we hear different stories from our customers about what they do or do not do about water on their pool cover.  Regardless of what you might normally do, you should absolutely get any accumulating water off of the top of your pool cover.  Leaving a small amount of water on the cover will help to prevent wind from flapping the cover up and down, but any extra water is likely to create issues.  Excess water on your pool cover can wear your cover out more quickly or keep it so tight that you develop rub marks along the rails of the pool.  In the worst scenarios, the cover can actually damage the pool frame.  There are plenty of easy automatic cover pump options to help maintain the water level on your cover, but there are other easy and inexpensive means to protect your investment.  Do yourself a favor and stop by to let us show you how to prolong the life of your cover and your pool.  –Craig

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