Monday, November 12, 2018

Prevent Your Pump From Getting clogged up with the NEW Hole in One Basket!

I am proud to announce my first pool product! The Hole in One Basket! It took about 3 years to bring it to the market, but I think you will see the need for the product and really appreciate how well it works.

To order:

The Hole in One Basket: Keeping the Flow with the Hole in One Basket!
The Hole in One Basket solves the problem of your pump basket clogging up with debris when you attach a Suction Side Automatic Cleaner at your skimmer. The idea is simple. The hole in the bottom allows the cleaner hose to slide through the basket and connect to the skimmer line. All surface debris is trapped in the Hole in One Basket just like a standard skimmer basket. A simple solution to a big problem. Keep the flow.

You would use the same skimmer adapter or regulator that came with your cleaner. So, installation of the Hole in One Basket is easy. No complicated adjustments to get the right fit. No Vacuum Plates to adjust or install. Just line it up so that the hole is over the automatic cleaner’s skimmer adapter and put the lead cleaner hose through the hole.
The Hole in One Basket is designed to work in an in-ground swimming pool where you have a Suction side Automatic Cleaner connected at the skimmer.

The Hole in One Basket will:
Prevent Debris from clogging up your pool’s pump basket and filter
Will prevent debris from clogging up your Automatic Cleaner Skimmer Adapter
Will keep for pool water flowing at the correct rate all week long
Will prevent equipment damage caused by a clogged pump

How it works:
The design is very simple yet effective. The basket has a hole in the bottom that is designed for a 1 1/2″ Automatic Cleaner hose to slide through allowing you to retain the function of a skimmer basket while connecting your cleaner at the pool skimmer. Without the Hole in One Basket debris will flow freely into the pump basket since you need to remove your existing skimmer basket to connect the cleaner to the suction hole at the bottom of the skimmer. You can’t connect your cleaner without completely removing the skimmer basket.
So, you would connect your Suction Side Cleaner with the included skimmer adapter as usual, but the Hole in One Basket will function as if your pool’s skimmer basket is still in the skimmer.

Turn off the pool pump.
Insert your cleaner’s skimmer adapter as per the cleaner’s instructions.
Place the Hole in One Basket with the hole in the basket over the skimmer adapter.
Feed the first cleaner hose through the skimmer over the weir gate.
Place the cleaner hose through the hole in the basket and connect it to the skimmer adapter.
Turn on the pool pump.
If there is too much suction going to the cleaner turn off the pump.
Remove the cleaner hose.
Remove the Hole in One Basket.
Adjust the cleaner’s skimmer adapter per the owner’s manual to reduce the cleaner suction and increase skimmer suction.
Install the Hole in One Basket and Cleaner Hose.
Turn on pump and check cleaner suction and speed again.
Use these same steps to increase cleaner suction if it is moving too slow.

The Hole in One Basket uses a simple design which allows you to run your suction side cleaner from your skimmer without worrying about your pump getting clogged with debris. It eliminates the need for complicated vacuum plates and Vac Mates. It is a simple solution for a complicated and annoying problem – how to connect a cleaner to your pool skimmer and have the pump run effectively without a skimmer basket trapping the surface debris.

The basket:
Constructed from very strong plastic with the hole custom molded in the bottom. The basket is designed to last for years and comes with a one year no questions asked warranty.

When you want to remove your cleaner and run your pool without it, you can simply store the Hole in One Basket with your cleaner and insert your pool’s original skimmer basket in its place.

Will it Fit?
The Hole in One Basket will fit most standard skimmers. There are some exceptions so if you are unsure please contact us for assistance.
Basket Dimensions:
Bottom width: 5.56 inches
Basket Depth: 5.20 inches
Top width: 8.20 inches
Hole will fit a standard 1 ½” hose through it.
Direct Replacement for these skimmer baskets:
Hayward SPX1070E, Sta-Rite 086500007, Pentair 85014600, Pentair 85014500, Pentair 516112, Waterway WW5423240 or any skimmer basket measuring 5 ¾” X 5 3/16” X 8 ½”

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Living Debt Free is the Way to Go!

My Pool Guy and Gal Coaching Site and being debt free are two thing that I am very proud of. The coaching site came about two years ago when I was thinking of a way to connect one to one with other pool professionals besides emailing and posting comments on YouTube. I saw a need in the industry that needed to be filled and being debt free allowed me the time and resources to pursue and create the coaching program.

Being financially independent frees me to create my content and work on my sites without the time constraints of a 9 to 5 job. I don’t have a mortgage debt, a credit card debt, a car loan or any other kind of financial burden that would take my focus from the job of creating my content. Outside of my weekly pool route this allows me to have the time and resources that I need to host something like my coaching program. I get many text messages and phone calls each day and I am available to help those in the program in real time with their questions and problems.

We took our journey to become debt free over 10 years ago and we used the plan set up by Dave Ramsey. His method is so simple and straight forward and if you really work the program you can pay off all your debts. Being debt free is the best way to live. You are not beholden to any bank or financial institution. I had my moment of clarity one morning as I was getting ready for work. Putting on my boots at 6 am I realized that all my hard work was going to the bank. My mortgage, car payment and credit cards were being paid for by my hard work. The fruits of my labor were that I was making the banks richer and richer.

Think about it for a minute. Add up all the interest payments for your home, car, credit cards and student loans. If you were like me the amount was surprisingly staggering. If I remember correctly mine was close to $30,000 a year. So, I was essentially getting up everyday and going to work to pay the bank. I didn’t own my house. I didn’t own my car. The bank owed them, and I was paying the bank to lived in and use those things.  It was quite a turning point for us to realize that we didn’t own anything.  If we stopped paying the bank would come and take everything from us.
So, we got extremely focused and started to pay off everything as fast as possible. We started a written budget every month.  To jump start our attack on our debt we stopped taking vacations for the first 3 years. It was quite a battle and we had a lot of obstacles in front of us, but we did it! After almost 10 years of working the plan we finally finished, and we were debt free with 3 paid for houses.  So, I am telling you that it can be done. You just need to get started.

Back to the coaching program that evolved out of my other online sites. With the free time that I have and the work experience that I carry, I am able to spend my time helping others expand and improve their pool service business.  The rates for the program are extremely low, for $10 a month you can text me in real time and for $20 a month you call me in real time. I am able to keep the rates so low because of my financial situation. But I can’t work for free since the information and experience I am passing on has value.  You can learn more and sign up for my coaching program here:

Not only am I available to help you with your service business but I can also help you with the business end. Marketing, how to set up your invoicing and more, and if you need advice on your finances I am here to help.

Being debt free is the best way to live. Give it a shot. Try it for 6 months and if you don’t like it, you can stop and continue to work for the banks.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Riptide SL Revised Vacuum System

This is the new updated and revised version of the Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System. The Riptide vacuum uses a 30 lbs. thrust motor to spin a propeller on top and suck large debris into the debris bag on top. I have been using the Riptide SL on my pool route and for over 2 years now and it works exceptionally well.

The Riptide Vacuum System is an essential tool if you service pools that get destroyed by the winds, or if work in an area where the pools get a lot of large debris all season long. For the homeowner or service tech who doesn't want or need the SL cart, you can now order the Riptide Vacuum Head with just a Battery Box, the Riptide XP.

Riptide has recently revamped the power switch and plug on the SL Cart and the XP Battery Box. To say that the power switch and plug has been upgraded would be an understatement. The new design has been tested thousands of times making it the most reliable plug in the industry. I doubt if the switch or plug will wear out for years, it is that good. It literally takes both hands to plug the vacuum in, I feel like Dr. Frankenstein starting up the reactor every time I plug the vacuum in – “It’s alive!” You can rest assured that whenever you plug the vacuum in it will turn on and it will never get pulled out when vacuuming a pool.

The Riptide SL is a great vacuum system and the manufacturer is always looking for ways to make it better. The Riptide now comes standard with the Steering Knuckle. This makes the Riptide Vacuum much more maneuverable in a pool and it will allow you to easily turn and pivot the vacuum head while pushing it along the bottom or on the step area of a pool.  The Steering Knuckle takes the Riptide to the next level.

The SL Cart can hold up to a class 27 100 Ah battery which gives you about 6-8 hours of vacuuming time with the Riptide. I prefer a 55 Ah or a 35 Ah battery to make the cart a bit lighter. You will get less vacuuming time but the battery is easy to charge each day so it is not a major drawback to use a smaller battery.

The cart also features large rugged rubber wheels that are ideal for rough yards and step areas. This is a very light weight cart and even with the battery in the bottom, the wheels make it effortless to pull the cart over any terrain. It is also very well balanced and even pulling it up hills it is very steady. The handle on top is adjustable, so you can turn it at an angle for different heights, making it even easier to pull.  

I think a vacuum system is essential if you are servicing a full pool route. It will save you so much time in your pool route that it will pay for itself in just a year or two in time savings. With more time you can service more pools and a vacuum system like the Riptide will allow you to service pools that other companies would pass on. Those accounts with a lot of leaves each week on the bottom are no problem for the Riptide. I think purchasing equipment that will save you time and make your job easier is well worth the investment.

Riptide Videos:
Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System Review & Overview:
Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System Set Up Video:
Riptide Battery Box: Riptide XP Optional Accessory or Stand Alone Purchase with Vacuum Head:
Fastest Way to Vacuum up Leaf Debris on Your Pool Route: Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

All About Swimming Pool Tips & How To YouTube Channel

I started my YouTube Channel back in March of 2012 basically to help people with their pool care needs. It has grown organically to 54,000 Subscribers and 30 million video views over the years. I have over 800 videos and this library is growing each year. If you haven’t subscribed to my Channel, subscribe today to receive more great content each week.

When I started in the business YouTube of course didn’t exist. It is a great resource for pool owners and pool pros. To have videos on how to care for a pool is really awesome and I hope you find my videos helpful. I spend a lot of time on YouTube myself whenever I have a problem with my computer or something around my house.  Most of the time I can find the solution which is great and also a great a money saver. So, I put a lot of time working on each video to make sure it is edited and contains the content that you need for your problem or question.

One of the resources that I have created along the way is my YouTube Video Index where I list all of my YouTube videos in alphabetical order so that you can easily find the video you are looking for.  With over 800 videos I am sure I have filmed what you are looking for, you just need an easy way to find it.

Here is the link to the video index:

So, my videos cover every subject in the pool industry from chemistry to equipment and product reviews. No one pays me to review their products and I don’t work for any manufacturer, so I try to keep my reviews as unbiased as possible. One thing that I also do is that if I get a product that doesn’t work as described I will not film it. I let the manufacturer know and they usually appreciate the feedback and make changes. I have also done beta testing for many manufacturers and with my testing they have really improved on their product.

I really like filming the how-to videos and I think I have the most extensive online library of filter cleaning videos, pump repair videos and automatic cleaner repair videos. I also have filmed many videos on programming your automated system and other pool devices. If you’re a pool owner I think you can learn everything about pool care from my videos. For the pool professional you can basically start your business by just watching my videos. It has been done many times from the feedback I have gotten.

Another great benefit of my YouTube Videos is the chance to ask me a question directly in the comment section. If you are leaving good clean decent feedback or ask a legitimate question I will answer you. I make it a point to answer every question that is posted by a viewer on YouTube. So, if you watch a video and need more help I am here to help you.

If you have any video ideas for me for future content feel free to post it here and I will be sure to film something for you. There are so many aspects of pool care that it can be overwhelming. But the basics still apply for each pool, keep the water balanced, keep the pool and filter clean and you will be fine all season long. I know that sounds easy and with the help of my videos it can be done.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Contixo F20 Quadcopter (Drone) Review and Features

The Contixo F20 is an all-around great drone. It is compact, responsive and comes with loads of features. There is a lot to like about this drone and I really like the fact that it comes with a carrying/storage case. Here is a look at some of the features of the F20 from the manufacturer.

Follow Me, Automatic Hovering (Auto Hover) / Altitude Hold, First Person View (FPV), 1-Key Takeoff & Landing / Auto Return, TapFly (Fly by Tapping via Smartphone & App), Point of Interest (360° Following Rotation, Auto Hover in Circular Rotation), Fail-Safe Return To Home, & More.

BUILT-IN, INTEGRATED 1080P HD WiFi CAMERA - Allows you to both take photos or record live video. Use your smartphone and free downloadable app to fly and operate your Contixo F20 RC Remote & App Controlled drone, live stream video during flight for First Person View (FPV), Bird's Eye View, etc. Comes with adjustable 5.8 GHz 1080P 30fps Wi-Fi HD camera (300m,  984 ft FPV distance). Works with both iPhone iOS and Google Android devices.
PRE-ASSEMBLED & COMPACT DESIGN - No need to assemble or put together the drone. It is ready to fly right out of the box. The small, compact, and extremely portable design makes it fun to take it anywhere and everywhere you go.

INCLUDES PLATINUM SILVER-COLORED CUSTOM STORAGE CARRYING CASE - Made for the Contixo F20 RC quadcopter drone, this exclusive carrying case allows you to safely store and transport your new hobby toy. Never worry about removing and/or uninstalling the propellers or disassembling the drone again. This carrying case makes it safe and very convenient to carry your flying RC vehicle around.
US-BASED CUSTOMER SERVICE & TECHNICAL SUPPORT - Should you ever run into any problems or need assistance, we are here to help! We offer 24/7 e-mail support and are available for phone calls Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 am - 4 pm PST. Providing outstanding customer service is our number one priority. Includes 1-Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty against defects.

One of the best features is the camera on front that can be tilted in flight so that you can get footage directly in front of the drone all the way to directly under the drone. This is a pretty advanced feature for a drone in with this price point and a great upgrade over standard fixed camera drones.

I also love the carrying case which holds everything and the drone with the blades on. I have several drones with cases and the F20 is the best since it fits in the case without removing the blades. So right out of the case it is ready to fly. This makes taking the F20 with you to wherever you go easy, so you will always have a great camera drone within reach.

The 1080p camera is superb. It takes very crisp and clear videos and the fact that you can tilt it to get footage below the drone while in flight is an excellent feature. Having full control of the camera with the ability to move it up and down makes capturing great footage easy. Unlike most drones in this category with a fixed camera, this sets the F20 in a category of it’s own.

If your looking for a portable, easy to fly drone that is loaded with features with a great price point, the F20 is for you. 

Buy the F20 today!:

What's in the Box?

  • 1 Preassembled Contixo F20 RC Quadcopter Drone
  • 1 1080p 5 GHz WiFi Camera (smartphone must support 5 GHz frequency band; 802.11 a/ac/n)
  • 1 x 7.4V 1800mAh Li-po Battery
  • 1 x Transmitter
  • 1 x Pair of Spare Propeller
  • 1 x Phone Holder
  • 1 x Screwdriver Tool set
  • 1 x USB Plug and Balance Charger
  • 1 x Sticker
  • 1 x User Manual

Thursday, October 25, 2018

How to Get Started in the Pool Service Business

I think the pool industry offers a great opportunity for anyone who is willing to work hard and dedicate themselves to the business. Service business in general is a booming industry with many opportunities from plumbing, electrical and of course pool service. As people age in this country and as people get busier and have more disposable income they will hire gardeners, house cleaners and again pool service companies to do the tasks that they don’t want to do anymore.

Getting started in the business can seem challenging since there is a big learning curve if you have never serviced a pool before. There is also a lot of different systems and equipment out there as well as chemistry and other issues that you may run into like algae and a green pool. So even if you have the motivation you may give up simply because there is no where to get the training to get started.
I hope to fill this gap with my vast YouTube Video library as well as my eBook, Print Book, Blog and other online platforms to help you gain that knowledge. One thing that I have created is my coaching site. In my coaching program you get to be part of a large group of other pool professionals and for $10 a month you can text me in real time and for $20 a month you can call me. The coaching group is a great way gain the knowledge you need quickly and easily.

To learn more, you can visit my coaching site:

Having the right attitude is half the battle when you get started. Going into the pool service industry with realistic expectations and goals is important. You are not going to get 50 accounts in 2 months and learning how to build up your route is a crucial part of the equation. How will you advertise your services in your area? What is the best way to get new clients? Where do I begin? These are all questions you should be asking, and I can help you with all of this.

How are you going to set up the business end? Will you use a pool route software or just Excel or Quick Books? Will you do an all-inclusive billing or itemize for chemicals and filter cleaning? How much will you charge each month for service? Will you offer only full service or chemical only service also? This is very important because once you set up your billing and service rates they are not easily adjusted later.  So, think long and hard on how you will set up your billing and rates.
What will you call your pool service? This is important and securing the website name is equally important.  I suggest checking on the domain name concurrently with the business name and registering both at the same time. A website is crucial to make your business look legitimate and to also get leads for your business. Again, changing this later is hard and confusing so do it right from the get-go.

What equipment do I need to get started? What should I expect to spend each month on chemicals? What is essential? Getting the right equipment and chemicals is also a must when you are starting. A Vacuum System like the Riptide is a luxury item for sure but one you should be aiming for quickly. Using the PoolRx at the beginning of the season in all your accounts is also a great idea. What is essential is a pole, net, brush and manual vacuum.  This will get you started along with a small budget for chlorine and acid.

You can see there are a lot of things to really think about when you are getting started and if you need help feel free to contact me.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Swimming Pool Learning FREE App!

This is the Swimming Pool Learning App which is a free App for your phone or device. It brings all my resources and more under one easy to navigate App. While you are in the App you can navigate between my videos, website, Blog, Podcast and more seamlessly.

Here is a list of the home buttons in the App:

SPL: These are my most popular Website Pages on one screen for you to access. Including a page for my eBook and print book, Top Suction Cleaners, Top Robotic Cleaners and more.

YouTube: You can go to my English or Spanish Channel fro
m here. You can also view the YouTube Video Index that I have created with over 800 videos listed here in alphabetical order. So, if you are watching a video and need to look up another video you can do all of this in the app.

Podcast: This button takes you to a list of sites that carry my Pool Guy Podcast Show. Including iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and the Podcast hosting site BuzzSprout. You can listen to my Podcast from any of these sites. There is also a link to my Podcast Website to learn more about my podcast.

Blogger: This button takes you to my popular Blogger with over 1 million Page Views and growing. There is also a link for the YouTube Vidoe Index which is hosted on my Blog.

Coaching: I offer coaching to pool service professionals and also homeowners. Here you can find the link to join my coaching site, a link to my caching website and a link to my Pool Service Professional Group SPSPA.

Facebook: This button takes you directly to my Facebook page where you can like and comment on my posts.

Twitter: This button takes you to my Twitter Feed

Find a Pool Pro: From this button you can find a pool service provider in your area. I have the companies that I endorse listed by State and city. Simply click on the city in your area to find a trusted local pool service.

SPSPA Forum: This is an online forum that I have created where you can post questions and comments and have a pool service professional give you solid advice to solve your problem. Join today and start posting.

INYOPools: This link will take you to my partner pool store where you can safely shop for over 50,000 pool parts.

Chem Dosage: Here I have three of the popular sites where you can check how much chemicals to add to balance your swimming pool or spa. They are the Pool Calculator, Orenda and AquaChek. Use any of the three to help balance your pool water.

Resources: This button takes you to some of the popular resources for your pool care and pool service business.

They include
SPPA General Liability Insurance
National Pool Route Sales
CPO Certification
LSI Calculator
Website Builder
Pool Size Calculator
Pool Route Management Software

Manufacturers: Here is a list of manufacturers and small pool product companies that I endorse. This button will take you to their websites, so you can learn more about each company.

They Include
Advantage Manufacturing
Water Tech
Remington Solar
Mako Bags

Contact: From here you can send me an email or visit my main website.

So, you can see that this is a powerful free App that can help you with both your pool care and your pool service business. I wanted to keep it free for you to use so I am absorbing all of the cost of hosting and creating the app. The annual cost is over $500 for the App and hosting but as long as there are enough users downloading and using the App I will continue to keep it up in all of the App Stores. Show your appreciation by sharing the link and having your friends download it as well.

To download the Free App go here: