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While it’s safe to say that many manufacturers in the industry have stuck to their guns the past few years with many of their product lines, there are some great new things on the market for 2013 as well as some tried and true classics here at Swimtown Pool Supplies that you’re going to want to take a close look at.

Grand Entry Wedding Cake Pool Steps – wedding cake pool stepshttp://www.swimtownpools.com/Grand-Entrance-Pool-Step-For-In-Ground-Pool-p/ne1085.htm Easy to make a level install with these fabulous steps. Resin handrails are sturdy and water flow through stops ugly algae growth.

saltron retro chlorinator

Saltron Retrohttp://www.swimtownpools.com/Saltron-Retro-Saltwater-Chlorinator-p/nc3063.htm There are a lot of advantages to moving to a saltwater pool but many people we talk to are scared off thinking it will be difficult to make the switch. Whether you have an above ground or an in ground pool, though, the Saltron Retro Chlorinator makes it a relative snap to enjoy the benefits of a saltwater pool.

Stabilized chloring tablets – http://www.swimtownpools.com/Protech-3-Stabilized-Chlorine-Tabs-Wrapped-50Lb-p/668101397.htm – Want to know what we sell the most of? This stuff. These things have 90% active chlorine and dissolve slowly. A slow dissolve can be helpful when you get blistering hot temperatures like we have last summer. Our site was flooded with people trying to figure out why their pool water was so cloudy and the biggest cause was the heat evaporating all the chlorine. If the summer starts out hot, you’ll want to stock up.

Pro Series Poolsnot intex, this is a pro series poolhttp://www.swimtownpools.com/proseries-metal-frame-pools-s/1468.htm  The launch of Intex and other metal frame pools have lowered the entry level of cost for people looking to beat the heat this pool season. With several options and upgrades available, the Pro Series offers a sturdy entry level pool for some good ol’ fashioned family fun.

A new solar coverhttp://www.swimtownpools.com/solar-pool-covers-s/292.htm  Especially if you have an above ground pool, it’s worth avoiding the hassle and eyesore of throwing your old beaten, torn up solar cover back on the pool. Trust us, your neighbors are judging you.

Hayward Shark Vac (w/caddy)shark vac
http://www.swimtownpools.com/Hayward-Shark-Vac-Pool-Cleaner-W-Caddy-p/rc9742.htm
– “Robotic pool cleaners are SOOOOOO expensive.” Not all of them. The Shark Vac gets the job done at an entery level price point. You’ll be impressed with what you get for the cost.

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You’re used to shopping for your pool supplies on our website, but now we’re giving you a new way to shop – on Ebay.

Up for some auctioning?

Check out Swimtown Pool Supplies on Ebay

English: President George H. W. Bush signs the...

English: President George H. W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 into law.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you own a business with a pool or work at a facility with a pool it’s most likely you’ve learned about the ADA pool accessibility regulations that need to be complied with By January 31, 2013. If not, well, you better take note, as the penalty for failing to meet these regulations could land you a whopping $55,000 fine. Needless to say, that might be a tough start to 2013 that you don’t want to have to deal with.

Assuming you’ve got plans to buy an ADA compliant pool lift, the other thing you’re going to need to figure out is who’s going to install it.

We’ve fielded thousands of phone calls on this issue, and one thing we keep hearing is that it’s difficult to find an installer for a pool lift. So, being the good Samaritans that we are, we’ve come up with a solution – The Pool Lift Installer Directory.

We’ll be reaching out to companies in the coming weeks to be listed, but in the meantime, if you yourself are an installer or know someone who is, please add them to our directory.

Thanks for your help!

aquabot t2 turbo

Your next pool cleaner?

The Aquabot T2 Turbo is an incredibly popular product these days, and for those of you who have decided to take the plunge into the world of automatic pool cleaners (or for those of you who are just looking for something new), we figured we’d assemble a bunch of information for you (unbiased…seriously) so you can get a better feel for the product without having to go to 4,000 different sites to separate fact from fiction. So our crack research team has pulled together the following just for you!

From the Amazon (the website, not the rainforested area of South America)

For fear of infuriating the folks at Amazon, we’ll just throw down some general observations from the reviews there:
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (after 28 reviews)
  • Most often cited pros:
    • Does a very good job cleaning. Probably a good thing since it is, y’know, a pool cleaner.
    • Quiet.
    • Light.
    • Solid construction.
  • Most often cited cons:
    • Maintenance. Changing and cleaning the filter seemed to be problematic for some users.
    • Confusing manual.
Additional Reviews
  • This review goes in depth about the functionality of the Aquabot Turbo T2. In particular the need to alternate the cleaning pattern from clockwise to counter clockwise (something that didn’t sit well with some Amazon reviewers either). But also says the cleaner does a great job climbing the walls and again, that it does an excellent job of cleaning the pool since it filters items down to 2 microns. Once again, though, some mild complaints about cleaning the filter, though the review is for the most part very positive.
  • The reviews at In The Swim tell an even more divided love/hate story with multiple one star and five star reviews. There people complain about poor construction, parts wearing out and outdated support manuals and materials. At the same time the five star reviews trumpet the incredible cleaning power and say it’s substantially better than the very popular Kreepy Krauly.
 Video of T2 In Action

Summer Gear We Like

View Tinside Pool in Plymouth, UK from the roa...

View Tinside Pool in Plymouth, UK . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, it hasn’t completely warmed up across the country just yet, but aside from just pool supplies, we get the feeling there are a lot of other goodies we can get you guys set up with depending on who you are, where you’re from and what sort of stuff you like. For example! (We’re starting with pools because that’s what we know, so leave us alone!) Okay, for your pool and/or back yard:

  1. Item number one, a salt water pool system (available here). Seriously, it’s a bit of an expense up front but in the long haul it saves you a ton of money on additional chemicals and a lot of work. Highly recommended.
  2. ProSeries Pool (buy one here). Don’t want the expense of an in ground pool? Intex Pools too flimsy? ProSeries pools are sturdy, inexpensive, and still keeps you and the kids cool.
  3. How about a blisteringly fast pontoon boat? Someone on our staff saw the videos on the site of Manitou Boats and we were shocked at how fast these things go (see the videos here, this stuff is bananas!)
  4. Helicopter. Just seems like a convenient way to beat traffic. I googled “helicopter for sale” and this was the first thing that came up: http://www.globalplanesearch.com/view/all/AllHE.htm If you get a two for one deal, we’ll take the freebie.

So that’s everything. Those are literally the only things you’ll need to get through the summer. If you think we missed something, you’d be wrong, but you’re welcome to let us know in a comment below! 😉