Does anyone have a pool?

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Does anyone have a pool?
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Mon, 04-22-2013 - 9:24am

Just curious if anyone has a pool? We're in Louisiana and I'm always so tempted to get one but the maintenance seems daunting- both price and time wise. But maybe I'm imagining it to be worse than it is? We do "join" a neighborhood pool in the summer but the membership price seems to go up each year...sigh.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 04-22-2013 - 11:40am

We don't, but living in Texas I often wish we had one to go and just relax at night after work in the heat, but then like you, I think ugh, I do not want the maintenance and upkeep, let alone making sure no one gets into the pool and drowns when we aren't home, etc.  My brother in Michigan has an in ground pool, it came with the house when he bought it, its in a fenced in backyard and he has no kids.  He opens it around Memorial day and closes it close to labor day.  Because they pay for water in tiers, his water bill almost triples in the summer when the pool is open.

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Fri, 04-26-2013 - 12:37pm

We inhereted an above ground pool when we bought the house 10 years ago and we used it for maybe 2 summers TOPS. Maintaince is a PITA. DH used to work weekends so it was sometimes July before he had time to get it ready to open, plus it doesn't get warm her until mid june and no one services above ground pools around our area or for a reasonable price. Then my neighbors tree caused issues, it shades it so it never warms up and then it turned the water color (something about tree sap I forget) Plus older DS was TERRIFIED of water. Its been an eye sore in my back yard I have tried for THREE years to have removed. Its costly and we can't afford but now its causing a hazzard since we can't get it to turn on so we can't circulate the water and its a breeding pool for misiqetos (got the nice um are you guys getting ride of that thing from teh neighbor last week).

If I didn't work full time and was home more in the summer it wouldn't have been such a waste now the both my boys LOVE the water but I also have a cousin that drowned so I was never keen on being alone with them when they swim. We do have a pool we can use at my mom's and we belong to the Y and we have a free city pool too. In a perfect world it would be nice but it just didn't work for us. I had one growing up, it was in ground and we did use it but as my sister and I got older we used it less and then it broke. there was a leak in a pipe under ground but my parents would need to dig the entire yard to find the leak so my dad just covered it after my mom moved out. Its actually hurting his resale value.

Pools can be good if you can keep them well maintained and if you are going to be home to get the use out of them

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Registered: 06-27-2006
Sat, 04-27-2013 - 9:48pm
We bought a small above the ground pool last year. We will attempt to put it up again this year. We're in Texas and if it doesn't revolve around water, any outdoor activity is pretty much out.

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Mon, 04-29-2013 - 1:50pm

<<We're in Texas and if it doesn't revolve around water, any outdoor activity is pretty much out.>>

LOL, we can totally relate to this! Thanks for sharing all of your experiences- if I'm being honest, I can totally see ourselves not keeping up with the maintenace very well so maybe it's best that we don't get one. Ah, to be rich and have an (easy on the eyes) pool guy! Wink

Lisa 

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Registered: 06-27-2006
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 7:32pm

Ah, to be rich and have an (easy on the eyes) pool guy! Wink

Baaahaaa!