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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Being A Responsible Pool Owner

Pin It On Labor Day I noticed that all of the summer items at a local SuperStore were being clearanced. Well, we have always wanted one of those backyard pools, so I decided to splurge and buy one. At half-off, it really couldn't be passed up - and there are sure to be at least a few more opportunities to use it before the real autumn weather hits.

Before setting the pool up I read over the instruction sheet that came with it.
The first thing that caught my eye were the warnings:
I was going to have to remember to tell my kids these things. Especially the No Diving rule. I actually considered laminating the entire sheet and posting it near the pool for future reference.

However, as I continued to read, I became increasingly confused.
If I keep a working phone near the pool... well, isn't that sort of an electrical appliance?

And then...
Fencing? I had no idea I was going to need fencing. This pool was turning out to be more expensive than I thought. And time consuming as well since I need to call the city and find out what the local codes for swimming pools are.

I went ahead and got the pool all set up so that the building inspectors could see for themselves that I knew what I was doing. I figured I could get some fencing later. I also took the liberty of filling the pool all the way to the top since the instructions said that was okay.
Can I tell you a secret? We cheated a little bit. We went ahead and used the pool on Labor Day because the city offices were closed and we couldn't get a building inspector to come make sure we were following city codes until later this week.

The kids loved it - although I had to remind them a few times about the No Diving rule.

I am so glad that someone would go to all of the effort to print out that instruction sheet. Without it, I'm not sure the installation would have gone so smoothly.

May I present: The Pool!

Don't be jealous.

12 comments:

Rachel said...

I get the biggest kick out of those warning labels. You did a great job on this post Gerb!! Love it!

We've wanted to get a pool for quite some time now but that whole fence thing...... obnoxious!

dalene said...

Love it!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Did u add liability insurance to your homeowners? So were u designated lifeguard

Rebecca said...

Hey, if you would like the Family & Friends discount on an automatic swimming pool cover, I'd be happy to work my magic. ;) It's a great way to extend the life of your investment, plus it's very safe.

Danielle said...

That's just plain awesome. I think that you need to get an inspector out there anyway and show him the instructions and tell him that you were just following the rules...

Corine said...

LOL - Gerb... you've done it! You've just written anothe great post! PS I'll try not to be too jealousof your pool!! ;D

Shannon said...

You seriously had me going for a bit there - you are too much!

Teachinfourth said...

Wow.

That's all I can say…

Wow.

Mel said...

Awesome...with a little good safety sense mixed in.

Richard & Natalie said...

I'm so glad that they told you that the maximum filling height is the top of the pool! I'm sure you couldn't have figured that out yourself...especially when the water started spilling over the sides. They should've labeled those instructions "Swimming Pools for Dummies".

PS- I am jealous of your pool. We want one for Ashton's tortoise, but I am too cheap to pay full price for one for a turtle. So since you got yours for 1/2 price I'm green with envy.

Farscaper said...

If you dig a hole and put it inside.... you would be even more envied. A BELOW ground POOL!!!!

Lori said...

Bwahahahahahaaha!!! This was hilarious, Gerb! I thought it was a "big" pool.

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