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When do u open your Pool?

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We keep ours open year round and have a pool service weekly. That said, I've only been in it three times in four years!


OMG! What a waste!!!
 

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That sounds pretty standard for florida pool owners. .

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What's the point then? I would be in in every day. I love being in water. When we are away you can usually find me in the pool- for hours and I mean I literally will stay in the water for at least an hour at a time.
 

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My youngest daughter's birthday is April 30 and she typically makes the ceremonial "plunge" then. On the other hand, Memorial Day was the signal day for the rest of the kids (and parents, too) since school was out and daytime temps were approaching 100. Me? Maybe late June. My husband bought us a spa for Christmas so, I'm good for 104 degrees just about anytime!:whoopie: As a side note, opening and closing a pool (in most areas) is necessary to maintain water chemistry and head off damage. We bought one of those Pentair Variable speed pumps last year- I love it (and I pay the electric bill)!!
 

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What's the point then? I would be in in every day. I love being in water. When we are away you can usually find me in the pool- for hours and I mean I literally will stay in the water for at least an hour at a time.
Life gets in the way.....

When you wake up at 5am, are driving kids to daycare, going to work, and comming home around 5 to 7pm..making dinner etc.. time isn't available to go to pool except at night. ...

On weekends kids activities and errands get in way..

Almost every middle class home in south florida has a pool. .. it..like the white picket fence is a dream... during the summer I am lucky if I get to use it one or 2 times a week.. I think when kids get older it mine will probably be used more...but when something is always there, you arnt really pressured to use it..and it isn't very special. .

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Right now the water is 52 degrees, and the air temperature is 57 degrees - it is really deceiving.

Yep - we live in the Phoenix area and the same goes for us. The pool looks great in our back yard and the pop-ups are cleaning it right now, but I will not be in it until Memorial Day if we put the solar cover on it in April. That will help heat it and keep the heat from evaporating. I am pretty much done by mid-October too. I personally like the water warmer - more like 85. That feels great with it is 110 outside.

We do not heat ours either. It costs a bunch to keep 15,000+ gallons of water at 80+ degrees even if you put the cover on it - we have had several 33 degree nights since mid-December. When you have the cover on, you have to take it off to get in and put it back on when you get out. :(

We do have a great area with chaise lounges in the sun where you can look at the pool and get some sun while reading and sipping your favorite beverage. :) That works just about as well for me - kind of like sitting at a resort pool in the afternoon! :cool:
 
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We don't have a pool in our current home but we use the pools nearby (rec center and gym). Many pools are open year-round for lap swimming. The warmer casual pools that are outdoors are open May-Sept usually and the indoor ounces are year-round. Many casinos/resorts outdoor pools are open year-round but they're not heated. We usually swim once every week or two week year-round. Summers we swim more often.
 

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Life gets in the way.....

When you wake up at 5am, are driving kids to daycare, going to work, and comming home around 5 to 7pm..making dinner etc.. time isn't available to go to pool except at night. ...

On weekends kids activities and errands get in way..

Almost every middle class home in south florida has a pool. .. it..like the white picket fence is a dream... during the summer I am lucky if I get to use it one or 2 times a week.. I think when kids get older it mine will probably be used more...but when something is always there, you arnt really pressured to use it..and it isn't very special. .

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I get it. Been doing it all my life- except got up at 4am and still do at 60. Like I said- it's a waste if you can't use it.
 

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I get it. Been doing it all my life- except got up at 4am and still do at 60. Like I said- it's a waste if you can't use it.
The dw gets up at 4.. I chose to sleep in..

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The dw gets up at 4.. I chose to sleep in..

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LOL! My husband gets up at 5 and leaves for work at 6:30. I get up at 4am and leave for work late every day- not until 8:30/9:00 or so. I should leave around 7:30 am. I start to get involved doing a few things and the time flies!

If I had a pool, I'd probably take a swim before work, too! LOL! For sure I would be late!

I have no time to work!! Ha! Ha!
 

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We use our pool just about every day from April through October. We have had our pool for 13 years.

We also had a pool when we lived in Florida but didn't use it nearly as much.
 

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We open around Memorial Day and close mid-September. I swim almost every weekday when it's open, usually first thing in the morning and again late afternoon plus night swimming during heat waves. Weekends there can be anywhere from 2 to 25 of us using it all day into the night. By the time summer is winding down it's a relief to get the cover on and not have to think about it.
 

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Memorial day, takes a few days to get the chemicals in balance. Even though it is open, I wont go into the pool until early June. I like to water temp to be at least 80, preferably about 85. Why do I open early.. makes the backyard look so much more pleasant. We like sitting in the Gazebo. Makes us feel like we are on vacation.


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Were out of the water till around mid april... Using a solar cover and solar panels gets temps cranked up to about 85.

Pets enjoy it even more than we do.
 
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OMG! What a waste!!!

For me, perhaps. But my husband goes in a couple of times a week during our hot summers in Charleston. My granddaughter used to go in often but has reached 14 and doesn't come around as often. Her father uses it a good bit in the summer with one of his friends. I start out with good intentions and then find reasons not to.
 

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The point...

What's the point then? I would be in in every day. I love being in water. When we are away you can usually find me in the pool- for hours and I mean I literally will stay in the water for at least an hour at a time.

It's beautiful to look at. The back of our house (kitchen and den) has french doors all the way across. We spend the majority of our time in this area, facing outdoors. The doors look out on to an old Charleston brick walled-in courtyard with pool, garden house, beds of plants and flowers, and an outdoor kitchen. The courtyard floor is bluestone. It's a tranquil setting to look out on.

When we bought the house the pool was already there though we have re-surfaced and tweaked it a bit. This is the second home with a pool we have owned. At this point in our lives I'd prefer that our next home not have one.
 

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Memorial day, takes a few days to get the chemicals in balance. Even though it is open, I wont go into the pool until early June. I like to water temp to be at least 80, preferably about 85. Why do I open early.. makes the backyard look so much more pleasant. We like sitting in the Gazebo. Makes us feel like we are on vacation.


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You've got your own resort right there!
 

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It's beautiful to look at. The back of our house (kitchen and den) has french doors all the way across. We spend the majority of our time in this area, facing outdoors. The doors look out on to an old Charleston brick walled-in courtyard with pool, garden house, beds of plants and flowers, and an outdoor kitchen. The courtyard floor is bluestone. It's a tranquil setting to look out on.

When we bought the house the pool was already there though we have re-surfaced and tweaked it a bit. This is the second home with a pool we have owned. At this point in our lives I'd prefer that our next home not have one.

Well, at least some of your family members use it. I guess you can look at it as am expensive "view".

I occasionally look at retirement community literature and if there is no pool that is one big strike against them. Problem is I am looking in new Hampshire and I want an OUTDOOR pool! LOL! Might have to just take day trips to our timeshare there to use one.

If we can't sell our house here in NY when we retire, I might spring for small above ground one.
 

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Well, at least some of your family members use it. I guess you can look at it as am expensive "view".

I occasionally look at retirement community literature and if there is no pool that is one big strike against them. Problem is I am looking in new Hampshire and I want an OUTDOOR pool! LOL! Might have to just take day trips to our timeshare there to use one.

If we can't sell our house here in NY when we retire, I might spring for small above ground one.

Just be sure your NH property has a heated pool then. Our pool is not heated.

I'm just glad that I don't have to take care of this one as I did the last! It's a lot of work though salt is easier than chlorine. That would really ruin having it for me. Always worrying about the chemical balance, removing leaves, keeping the above water tiles clean, vacuuming, etc. As retirees there may come a time we could not handle these chores at all. Now my husband does the in-between service work daily. One day in the not so far future we're going to be ready for an all on one level condo! A pool will not be a priority for us.
 

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Our "pool" is a small pond (too small for swimming, but low maintenance). It's "open" when the Spring Peepers say it's open, loudly and clearly, in early April. ;)
 

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Our "pool" is a small pond (too small for swimming, but low maintenance). It's "open" when the Spring Peepers say it's open, loudly and clearly, in early April. ;)
Reminds me of Caddyshack.

We have a pool in our sub. Opens on memorial day and closes on labor day. Zero maintenance for me!

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I'll be jumping into my indoor heated pool in about two hours for my water aerobics class. It's open every day all year long. Of course, I do have to share it with hundreds of other folks but I don't have to do any of the maintenance since that's covered by our homeowners' dues here at Sun City Anthem.

It surely beats having a pool in our backyard like we used to have before we moved here.
 

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Nice in-ground pools in these posts.

We have an above ground. We usually open it on or close to Memorial Day Weekend.

Regardless where I am, I like the water to be at least 80/82 degrees before going in. I take an hour to get in, once in, I like to stay in :D
 

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Nice in-ground pools in these posts.

We have an above ground. We usually open it on or close to Memorial Day Weekend.

Regardless where I am, I like the water to be at least 80/82 degrees before going in. I take an hour to get in, once in, I like to stay in :D


An hour to get onto a pool that is 82 degrees! Hell- I would just jump right in!
 

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I like my pool to be clear for Memorial Day weekend. We aggressively heat it, so our regulars expect it to be at least 82 in the day and we like having it drift up over 86 for evenings. Usage gets sparce by the final week of September as the nights cool it off too much and keeping the leaves out becomes harder.
On weekdays I will let it get as low as about 78, but know that by Saturday it has to be the above temperatures. We have NFL Ticket out in the yard, so those football weeks are a blast......college at end of August and NFL for the first 3 weeks of the season. Those can be some large gatherings! Haven't been able to muster up the money for a hot tub yet. We would heat a lot less if we had the hot tub to escape to for the evening.
 
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