Aboveground Pools and Decks

Welcome to Aboveground Pools and Decks! On this site you will find resources for all aboveground pools. I have owned an aboveground pool for 25 years and have only had to replace the liner twice. I switched to a Salt Chlorine Generator three seasons ago and it was the best thing I ever did. I will pay for the salt system in three years with the money I am saving on chemicals. Find out how to repair the metal side wall of your pool on this site. Find out how to make your own solar panels for less then $25.00 and each panel is 4 feet by 8 feet. Gain 10 degrees a day from three or less panels.  Push the Pool Maintenance button on the left to see more tips and Hints.






Calculating Pool Volume Before you can determine the correct dosage of any chemical you are going to add, it is important to know how much water your pool holds. Make all your measurements in feet. Example: use 25.5 instead of 25′ 6″. 1. Figure out the average depth of your pool. (deep end depth) feet + (shallow end depth) feet = _______ feet / 2 = (average depth) feet. 2. Calculate your pool’s capacity using one of the formulas below.

Pool Shape
» Rectangular or square: (length) feet x (width) feet x (average depth) feet x 7.5 = (pool capacity) gallons
» Oval: (maximum length) feet x (maximum width) feet x (average depth) feet x 5.9 = (pool capacity) gallons
» Circular: (diameter) feet x (diameter) feet x (average depth) feet x 5.9 = (pool capacity) gallons

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Pumps; single speed vs. double


Pump and Filter

Pool #1 – The Traditional Approach Cost: $51.90 per month.

This 25,000 gallon pool has a normal 1.5 HP pool pump. It runs 8 hours per day. It pumps about 80 gallons per minute, which means that it circulates 38,400 gallons each day. The pump draws 9.0 amps at 240 volts. At a cost of 10 cents per kilowatt hour, that translates to a cost of $1.73 per day or $51.90 per month to operate the pool.

Pool #2 – The 2 Speed Approach Cost: 19.50 per month.

This 25,000 gallon pool has a two speed 1.5 HP pool pump. It runs 12 hours per day in low speed. In low speed it pumps about 40 gallons per minute which means that it circulates 28,800 gallons each day. (Remember that the pool only needs to turn the water over once each day). The pump draws 2.25 amps at 240 volts in low speed. At a cost of 10 cents per kilowatt hour, that translates to a cost of $0.65 per day or $19.50 per month to operate the pool. The only time you really need to turn it to high speed is for back washing or vacuuming, or if you need to increase the flow rate temporarily.

In this example you are moving less water, but the reality is that most pumps are over sized and as a result the pools are over-circulated. The 2 Speed pump provides just the circulation that your pool needs at a fraction of the cost. Keeping the pool circulating a longer period of time each day has a couple of advantages: The longer periods of circulation will help to reduce the occurrence of algae. If you have a salt system, you can run the system many more hours per day and get increased chlorine production if needed.

Quietness of Operation

The 1.5 HP pump will typically make quite a bit of noise. This is partly the result of pump noise but more the result of water flowing through the pump and the piping.
The 1.5 HP Two Speed pump on low speed will make very little noise, just a low hum. This is because it is working under much less pressure and the turbulence in the piping is non-existent.


The water in a salt water pool is approximately 1/7th the saltiness of sea water and about the same level of saltiness as the human body. Salt water pool systems definitely do not create any build-up of any kind in a swimming pool and do not harm gunite or any other pool surface. Incidentally, for a vinyl-lined pool, salt water systems are much better for the liner than adding chlorine. Salt water systems are better for pools and for the people who use them – No toxic chemicals to be stored or handled; no chlorine smell nor stinging eyes; and lower maintenance.

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