Pool winterizing tip #1.

If you are in the process of winterizing your pool, here is a tip: Don’t heavily shock or chlorinate your pool. Chlorine is an oxidizer and when it gasses off, the chlorine gas is trapped between the water and the bottom of the cover. The chlorine weakens the cover and dramatically reduces its life. It can even cause the cover to fail, dropping whatever is on top of the cover into the water below. We recommend using specially formulated winterizing kits that will not harm your cover and add life to the cover.  –Max

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Your Grandkids Will Thank You…

Baby boomers have gone pool crazy! You want to know why? Grandkids. Baby Boomers are starting to retire and with a lifetime of hard work and saving, you know what they want to do? They want to spend time with their grandchildren. I can’t think of a better reason to own a pool quite frankly. It makes sense as well. Without a pool when the grandchildren come over, what do they have to do? They love and kiss on their grandparents and then sit around and watch tv or play games and end up listless and bored. That won’t happen when you get a pool. The question grandkids ask when the grandparents have a pool is, when do we get to go over and have a swim? And, can you blame them? Children love pools, they love their grandparents and you add them both together and it equals a happy family and some great memories.

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Sometimes you’ve got to break some eggs

Every year I have customers call in regarding their pool installations, and stating that their yard is not in the same condition that it was when we arrived. This statement I agree with wholeheartedly, the yard is different when we leave than it was when we arrive, you now have a pool. Yes there is dirt piled in the yard, and yes there are tracks from where the equipment has accessed, and moved around the pool during the excavation/installation process. We absolutely do our best to minimize any additional damage to yards, but let’s be honest this is a major construction project that is happening in your yard, and you will see evidence of our being there.

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Grand Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Ed Flannery of the Ripley area!  Ed was our Anniversary Sale grand prize winner. Here we are presenting him with his $500 Eastgate Pools Gift card. Ripley is about an hour away but in his case, the drive was well worth it!


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And they’re off

That’s right it’s that time of year again. Not talking about the ponies that make their run the first Saturday of May, I’m specifically referencing pool covers. To some people it seems too early to open the pool, and that the proper time to take the cover off is for the Memorial Day holiday. Admittedly there may not be much, if any swimming done between the first and last week of May but it is a safer bet to do it now. If there are any unforeseen water quality, or mechanical issues it is better to find it now rather than trying to scramble at the last minute.

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Options Abound!!!

A few months ago we introduced our new line of Island Grills, Outdoor Fireplaces, and Pergolas from Housewarmings Outdoor.  Well, they have already improved their offerings in their Island Grills.  Originally we were only able to offer two granite finishes for the island surfaces, but there are now a number of unique tile options, as well.  Because they buy a large volume of granite you can buy it for just a small upgrade from the tile, but we love the versatility of giving our customers more choices.  If you haven’t already seen these new offerings do yourself a favor and check them out.  With more and more families expanding their living space to the outdoors, it just made sense to make sure we could meet the needs of our customers.  It is also great to have something manufactured in a controlled environment that is engineered to last.  Come take a look at the new display and I think you’ll love what you see…and you can have any of these products without having landscapers move into your yard for the better part of a month!

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They Like Their Pools Bigger in Chile…

I was just wondering the other day about the largest pool ever built.  Turns out this mammoth man made lagoon at San Alfonso del Mar is the world’s largest pool and nothing else even comes close.  The pool takes up 20 acres and contains 66 million gallons of water.  That would only need 6600 gallons of liquid shock a week.  Take a look at this video for some additional facts and some amazing views of this spectacular body of water.


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The Big Weekend is Almost Here!

Our 36th Annual Anniversary Sale will held April 29th , 30th, and May 1st. Most of you know already know about the great deals on pool chemicals and supplies but for those of you new to the event, it is our biggest sale of the year with guaranteed lowest prices of the year on pool chemicals and accessory items. The first 50 people through the door each days will get a free gift and we will have hourly door prize drawings. The Grand Prize is a $500 store shopping spree. Also, we will have the grill fired up and will be serving free hot dogs, bratwurst, and metts each day beginning at noon. There may also be some sweet things fired up on our Big Green Egg grill too.

Check your mail soon for our world famous yellow sales flyer. It will be arriving sometime next week to a mailbox near yours.  Well…hopefully to yours actually

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More Baseball Fun


Who said it? Here are the answers from Tuesday’s blog.


1.  “Bench me or trade me!” (Chico Ruiz, after getting extended playing time due to other players’ injuries.)


 2. “I just want to say…”We’ve got the rings, we’ve got the money, we’ve got everything!”  (Chris Sabo in his victory speech on Fountain Square after the Reds won the 1990 World Series.)


 3. “Marty, do you have your shirt on?” (Adam Dunn spoofing Mary Brennaman on the Banana Phone.)


4. “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.” (Pete Rose.)


5. “Slumps are like a soft bed. They’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.” (Johnny Bench.)


6. “I only had a high school education and believe me, I had to cheat to get that.” (Sparky Anderson.)


7. “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.” (Yogi Berra.)


8. “Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues, I wasn’t even the best catcher on my street!” (Joe Garagiola, when asked how he compared to Yogi Berra.)


9. “I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.” (Babe Ruth, when asked why he deserved a higher salary than the President–$80,000 a year compared to the President’s $75,000.)


 10. “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” (Lou Gehrig’s goodbye speech at Yankee Stadium.)

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More Baseball Fun


Who said it? (Answers will follow in a few days.)


1. “Bench me or trade me!”


 2. “I just want to say…”We’ve got the rings, we’ve got the money, we’ve got everything!” 


 3. “Marty, do you have your shirt on?”


4. “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.”


5. “Slumps are like a soft bed. They’re easy to get into and hard to get out of.”


6. “I only had a high school education and believe me, I had to cheat to get that.”


7. “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.”


8. “Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues, I wasn’t even the best catcher on my street!”


9. “I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.”


10.  “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break   I got.   Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

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Play Ball!

In honor of the start of the 2016 baseball season, how many of you out there remember this former major leaguer? While his baseball career wasn’t long, his ‘other’ career was certainly a success. For those that may know know who this is, note his nickname.  Or perhaps you know him simply as Lucas McCain.  (Information courtesy of Baseballreference.com).  –Max

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Chuck Connors

Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors (The Rifleman)

Position: First Baseman
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6′ 5″, Weight: 190 lb.

Born: April 10, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY
High School: Adelphia Academy (Brooklyn, NY)
School: Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1940.
Debut: May 1, 1949 (Age 28.021, 8,189th in MLB history)   vs. PHI 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1951 season Rookie Status is lost when during a previous season or seasons
the player exceeded 130AB, 50IP, or 45 days of service.

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Teams (by GP): Cubs/Dodgers 1949-1951

Last Game: September 30, 1951 (Age 30.173)   vs. STL 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: November 10, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA (Aged 71.214)
Buried: San Fernando Mission Burial Park, Mission Hills, CA

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It Has To Be Here

Spring that is. I should need nothing more than to look at my lawn to determine this, but every year there are sports related items that confirm spring’s arrival. The NCAA tournament, first pitch of the season, NHL and NBA teams vying for final playoff spots. I know that hope springs eternal, but there is I fear no hope for our hometown redlegs this year. I will wait however for the end of the month to see what the Bengals pick up in the draft for their run up to the Super Bowl this season.

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Peyton Manning

One of the greatest players of all time, retired a few days ago, Peyton Manning.  After 18 years in the NFL Peyton is walking away from the sport he gave so much to.  I’m glad I got to watch Manning’s career as I grew up playing pee wee football, this future NFL Hall of inductee has just about every record in the book. Some records most likely will never be broken. His retirement speech was well prepared and thoughtful and you could tell who means the world to Peyton. And he could have not ended the speech any better.  His last word before walking off stage was “Omaha”.

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Filet Mignon

Here’s an interesting little recipe I ran across for your Green Egg or Kamado Joe.


4 beef Tenderloin Steaks, cut 1-inch thick (about 6 ounces each)

1 tablespoon butter

11?2 cups assorted mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, straw, cremini, button or chanterelle), whole or cut in half if large

1?4 cup minced shallots

11?2 cups beef broth

1?2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1?4 teaspoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon water



Set the EGG to direct cooking 600°F/316°C.

Cook steaks 2 minutes, flip, cook 2 more minutes, then flip one last time and cook for 2 additional minutes. Check internal temperature with food thermometer for doneness. Remove to platter, season with salt and pepper, as desired. Keep warm.

Set the EGG to indirect cooking at 350°F/177°C.

In a Stir Fry and Paella Pan, heat butter until melted. Add mushrooms and shallots; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and browned. Add beef broth and thyme to pan, stirring until browned bits attached to bottom of pan are dissolved; bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water in small bowl; stir into mushroom mixture. Cook 2 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.

Serve steaks with sauce.

Makes 4 servings.

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Tents Are Up!

Are you looking for a new outdoor patio set, a couple of chairs, or maybe just a table?  I encourage you to stop in and check out all the furniture we have in stock or what we can special order. With that said the tents are up, loaded with lots of patio furniture including closeouts, floor models, and brand new 2016 sets.  There are some ridiculous savings under the tents and in our showrooms right now.

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