Bob's Cool Pool Tips and Tools | AQUA Magazine

Bob's Cool Pool Tips and Tools

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Service pros face a challenging job, and compared with other occupations, there's a limited set of instructions and commercially available tools. The basics are there — your wits, your wrenches — but there are relatively few specialized devices and specific procedures to cope with everything you can expect to encounter on an average day. So they must be invented.

And they are, constantly. With cunning, ingenuity and a little bit of backyard engineering, service pros are creating thousands of personal hacks and unique tools, even as we speak. Here, we present a few of Pool Bob's creations and useful ideas, along with an invitation to other backyard inventors to send in their own, to be included in a future issue. Take a picture, give me a brief description, and send them to: scott@aquamagazine.com.

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Make your own PVC skimmer basket handle to keep your fingers out of the gopher stew!Make your own PVC skimmer basket handle to keep your fingers out of the gopher stew!

Put the filter tank clamp on with the bolt pointing away from work spaces. Put a piece of vinyl tubing on the bolt end to prevent snags or operator puncture hazard.Put the filter tank clamp on with the bolt pointing away from work spaces. Put a piece of vinyl tubing on the bolt end to prevent snags or operator puncture hazard.

In this case, the tool is a sharpie, used to make handy reference marks on all kinds of things. Here, index marks on the tank top and bottom show where to line up when reassembling. The plastics have a memory, and it seals best if reassembled in the same place.In this case, the tool is a sharpie, used to make handy reference marks on all kinds of things. Here, index marks on the tank top and bottom show where to line up when reassembling. The plastics have a memory, and it seals best if reassembled in the same place.


Robert (Pool Bob) Blade operates Aloha Pool and Spa and is a 20-plus year member of the Monterey Coast IPSSA chapter, past president, Region 10 secretary and PIE Show museum curator.

This article first appeared in the January 2022 issue of AQUA Magazine — the top resource for retailers, builders and service pros in the pool and spa industry. Subscriptions to the print magazine are free to all industry professionals. Click here to subscribe.

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