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Terry Tamminen
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Book Description

1 May 2007

Harness All the Latest Technology, Equipment, and Methods Needed to Keep Any Pool or Spa in Top Condition!

The Ultimate Guide to Pool Maintenance provides complete guidance on all the maintenance and repair tasks required to keep pools and spas working at peak efficiency. This Third Edition now contains information on the latest technology and equipment, together with Quick Start Guides and difficulty ratings for each procedure.

Filled with hundreds of detailed illustrations, this updated classic features:

  • A step-by-step explanation of each pool maintenance procedure with easy-to-follow photos
  • Quick Start Guides to help readers start and finish each task quickly
  • Tricks of the Trade to make each procedure easier
  • Tools of the Trade highlighting parts and tools for each job
  • An Easy, Advanced, or Pro difficulty rating for every task
  • The following new material: new information on chlorine alternatives; a new section on maintaining saltwater pools; expanded coverage of pools with built-in spas

Inside This Updated Pool Maintenance “Bible”

• The Pool and Spa • Basic Plumbing Systems • Advanced Plumbing Systems • Pumps and Motors _ Filters • Heaters • Additional Equipment • Water Chemistry • Cleaning and Servicing • Special Procedures • Water Features • Commercial Pools • Winterizing • Basic Electricity • The Toolbox • 50 Things Your Pool and Spa Can Do for Our Environment • Facts and Formulas • Typical Pool and Spa Health, Safety, and Building Codes

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Product details

  • Paperback: 580 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 3 edition (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071470174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071470179
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harness All the Latest Technology, Equipment, and Methods Needed to Keep Any Pool or Spa in Top Condition!

The Ultimate Guide to Pool Maintenance provides complete guidance on all the maintenance and repair tasks required to keep pools and spas working at peak efficiency. This Third Edition now contains information on the latest technology and equipment, together with Quick Start Guides and difficulty ratings for each procedure.

Filled with hundreds of detailed illustrations, this updated classic features:

A step-by-step explanation of each pool maintenance procedure with easy-to-follow photos Quick Start Guides to help readers start and finish each task quickly Tricks of the Trade to make each procedure easier Tools of the Trade highlighting parts and tools for each job An Easy, Advanced, or Pro difficulty rating for every task The following new material: new information on chlorine alternatives; a new section on maintaining saltwater pools; expanded coverage of pools with built-in spas Inside This Updated Pool Maintenance "Bible"

* The Pool and Spa * Basic Plumbing Systems * Advanced Plumbing Systems * Pumps and Motors _ Filters * Heaters * Additional Equipment * Water Chemistry * Cleaning and Servicing * Special Procedures * Water Features * Commercial Pools * Winterizing * Basic Electricity * The Toolbox * 50 Things Your Pool and Spa Can Do for Our Environment * Facts and Formulas * Typical Pool and Spa Health, Safety, and Building Codes

About the Author

Terry Tamminen is a leading expert on pools and spas, serving as technical advisor on a variety of water chemistry and pool technology projects for over 25 years, and as owner/operator of a pool/spa service business in California. He is the founder of the Santa Monica Bay Keeper and the San Diego Bay Keeper, activist organizations dedicated to preserving and protecting coastal resources in California. He is the author of several books, including The Ultimate Guide to Spas and Hot Tubs and Ultimate Guide to Above-Ground Pools published by McGraw-Hill.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All you'll need to maintain your pool 21 April 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I hunted high and low for a book like this. I live in France, and the various manuals which came with the pool are in French techno-speak and pretty impenetrable. All I wanted was a simple manual which told me how to filter the pool, how to maintain the various chemical balances, how to use the pool blanket, and how often to do things. My first shot at a pool maintenance book was a fairly old tome from a California publisher. It turned out to be more an evangelistic tract than a handbook. By the time I'd read it, I was in no doubt that owning a pool was one of life's higher aspirations. As for what to do about it when you actually reached nirvana, the first book left me none the wiser. Terry Tamminen's Ultimate Guide To Pool Maintenance is a very different proposition. It lives up to its title. It is written at two levels. On the one hand, it is a perfectly comprehensible and comprehensive guide for first time owners like me. It answers all the questions I wanted to ask, and in a way that I could understand and act on. On the other hand it would be a good primer for a pool maintenance professional, who could crib from it convincingly in order to blind customers with science. (After you've read it, you will be fully armed against this kind of con.)

My only complaint is about the very first paragraph of the introduction, which lists a mere few of the Hollywood celebrities who have availed themselves of Terry Tamminen's pool services over the years. If you want your pool maintained in the same style as Dustin Hoffman, Madonna, Roy Orbison, Barbra Streisand and so on, this is definitely the book for you, though what the celebrity names have to do with anything is a mystery to me. Happily, if all you want is a clearly written mug's account of what to do with the monster in the back garden, it's still the right book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very US orientated 18 Aug 2008
By Chris G
Format:Paperback
I bought this book a while ago, when I acquired a house with a pool in France. I have since learned how to take care of my pool, but I have to say most of my knowledge has been acquired not from this book, but by laboriously hunting around on the internet. The author clearly has loads of experience with plaster pools in the US, but things seem to work rather differently with a typical liner pool here in France. The American names for many chemicals are different from those we use in British English, and the products and equipment commonly available here are rather different than those described in the book. The book gave no insight whatsoever into managing water chemistry with a salt chlorinator. Given how common they are now, that was very surprising, and a major omission, as the water chemistry does seem to behave very differently with a chlorinator installed. All in all, this book didn't really help me very much.

An update, August 2012: It's now 4 years since I wrote that review. I have continued to research and learn about pool chemistry, and I feel I know the subject quite well now. One of the most surprising things about that learning process has been the amount of information around that is just so completely wrong. It's in books, on websites, and on the side of pool products. This book is no exception. The section on chemistry is worse than useless - if you follow the advice given, you will end up with a green swamp because (among other things) it completely fails to discuss the relationship between the cyanuric acid level and the necessary free chlorine level, and fails to mention the long-term problems of using solid chlorine tablets. New pool owners should not buy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Never Judge a Book by It's Cover 5 Sep 2011
By Maria
Format:Paperback
I have found this book to be useless, it's more about the author's opinion of himself and showing off about his clients. I can't believe that such a large book can have so little information. The indexing is rubbish, so you can't just look up your problem and sort it. There's virtually no information on pool chemistry. I just wanted a book with all of the basics and this did not cover it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Detailed 19 Jun 2011
By D. Bush
Format:Paperback
This is a really detailed book that may be a bit much for a normal pool owner. It has many sections including how to build a pool
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5.0 out of 5 stars pool guy 9 May 2014
By c brown
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent knowledge of pool theory .
Good practical advice in clear and easy advice
From building a pool to how to maintain them
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