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Prevent Holiday Drowing

Prevent Holiday Drowing

Prevent Holiday Drowning Spending time in and by the pool is a 4th of July tradition for many families. Unfortunately, the popularity of this activity coincides with an increase in drowning reports during this time of the year. PoolSafety.gov was created to educate...

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Worse than Second-Hand Smoke?

Worse than Second-Hand Smoke?

Here's a convincing argument for chlorine-free pools: Children who spent more than 100 hours swimming in chlorinated pools are up to six times at risk of having asthma and allergies as other teens. "There is little doubt that pool chlorine is an important factor...

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Moving Back Home

Moving Back Home

Builder Online recently reported that roughly one-third of Americans between the ages of 18 and 49 are moving back in with their parents or their in-laws or are reverting back to a lifestyle with roommates due to ripple effects from the recession.Based on a recent...

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Great-Looking Natural Swimming Pools

Great-Looking Natural Swimming Pools

I've written about the growing popularity of chlorine-free swimming pools before. Now, TheDailyGreen.com has a photo collection of 23 breathtaking natural swimming pools to inspire you to join the movement. Natural pools, if maintained properly, use almost no...

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The Foreclosure Mosquito Problem

The Foreclosure Mosquito Problem

A vexing problem with the foreclosure wave sweeping the nation is abandoned swimming pools are becoming breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which can carry deadly diseases. Now many towns in foreclosure epicenters such as Florida, Arizona and California are turning to a...

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Tapping the Power of the Summer Sun

Tapping the Power of the Summer Sun

Nothing goes hand in hand quite like sunlight and swimming pools. That's why this solar powered pool skimmer from Hammacher Schlemmer makes almost too much sense. Two solar panels power the device as it continuously paddles the pool, scooping up debris. This is one...

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Great Swimming Pool Design

Great Swimming Pool Design

Click this link to see the coolest swimming pool I've ever seen. It's found on the 10th floor in a building being converted to a five-star hotel in Dallas. When this hotel opens, there's going to be a mile-long line of people waiting to swim in it. I wish that I could...

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Size Limit: Your Imagination

Size Limit: Your Imagination

If you want to build a vacation resort where the ocean water is cold and inhospitable, you'd better come up with something incredible to attract people. That's exactly what Chilean developer Fernando Fischmann did with his kilometer-long artificial lagoon. Equivalent...

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Protect Your Pet

Protect Your Pet

I've got a real soft spot in my heart for animals. So the thought of a family pet accidentally falling into a swimming pool and swimming around in circles trying to find a way out, until they start to tire and...well, it's tough to take. Dogs can't see pool steps and...

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