Turn your pool into a sunken patio

While I love having a swimming pool in the garden, with the kids all grown up and the time and cost to keep the pool looking good I am beginning to wonder if it is worth it. Filling in a pool, converting a pool into a natural pool, use it for rain water harvesting, or even transforming the pool into a sunken patio are trends that appear to be growing in popularity.


Concrete leaf ornament or water feature

I have previously featured a similar projects using a hypertufa mixture, but a cement leaf is far more durable and less likely to crumble over time. The light grey colour of the finished cement leaf provides a wonderful contrast in the garden.


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Build a dream swimming pool from scratch

This is the story of how a homeowner decided to build his own swimming pool from the ground up to create an entire entertainment area in his back garden. The installation includes a gorgeous swimming pool with rock waterfall, and a splash pool, a braai area. 


Cool water feature for a hot garden

I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in Gauteng the temperature is steadily rising towards hot, hot. hot ! What nicer way to cool down the garden but to add a small water feature, and this water feature is super easy to make.


Fix cracked or broken pool pipe

Sometimes accidents happen, in this case a pipe from the swimming pool to the pump was broken in one place and cracked in another. This is an easy fix if you have a length of PVC pipe and some Tangit PVC-U adhesive, and the problem can be fixed so your pool is ready for action in 24 hours! 


FREE solar heating for your swimming pool

If you have a swimming pool, you will find this idea for a way to heat up the pool for free very interesting, because who wouldn't want to add free solar heating to warm up a swimming pool. It's an inexpensive project that allows you to use your swimming pool for longer - for free!


DIY concrete water feature

Buying a simple water feature can cost anywhere from R800 upwards depending on the size. Or you could make your own custom concrete water feature with a few basic supplies that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse and a cardboard carpet tube.


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Garden pond or water feature from an old tyre

While you may not have an old tyre lying around, when you do get a tyre change or pop new tyres onto your card, here's a unique way to use an old tyre to make a tranquil water feature or pond for the garden or a balcony.


How to remedy algae or a green pool

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try or how often you maintain your pool, nature manages to gain control and you end up with a algae on the sides of the pool. This occurs more often after thunderstorms and heavy rains, which wreak havoc on the pH of swimming pool water.


A sparkling swimming pool for summer

As we head towards the hot summer months, those of us with swimming pools are looking forward to refreshingly cool dips throughout the season. Here are a few tips to keep your swimming pool sparkling and clean.


Put in a lap pool

Homeowners are realising the benefits of installing lap pool as opposed to a conventional swimming pool. As more people look for healthy lifestyle options, the value of installing a lap pool allows you to exercise at home to improve both health and fitness. Stretch your planned swimming pool into a lap pool and reap the rewards of a pool that offers both fun and exercise.


Maintain a Kreepy Krauly

Whilst giving my swimming pool and equipment a quick going over, I noticed that the Kreepy wasn't sucking properly. There could be many reasons for this, but one that is simple to sort out is to replace the diaphragm. You can purchase a replacement Kreepy diaphragm at your local Builders Warehouse, and it only takes about 30 seconds to replace.


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How to replace a pool pump

Like most things you buy these days, pool pumps have a life expectancy. The average pool pump will probably last about 4 to 5 years, maybe longer if you are lucky. But sooner or later you are going to have to replace the pool pump.


Pool conversion to aquaculture and fish pond

This is a handyman guide to a swimming pool conversion to aquaponics. I thought I'd write this up so others thinking of doing the same thing could see what might work and what not.



Pool makeover with Cemcrete PoolCrete

During the winter of 2010 I gave our pool a makeover using Cemcrete. The pool was previously painted with epoxy paint that, due to incorrect application, only lasted six months. I am not blaming the epoxy pool paint, only the idiot that applied it.


Does your pool look like a swamp?

If your swimming pool is starting to look like a crocodile infested swamp - it's time to get take remedial action. The first step is to identify the problem: Stains in a swimming pool can be caused by metals in the pool water, or by algae and the best clue to the source of the problem is the colour of the stain.


Design a small water feature

Enjoy the benefits of a water feature in your garden without spending a lot of time or money



Quick and easy water feature

This fountain is made from one deep pot and one shallow pot. Each pot has a single drain hole in its bottom.



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Mill stone water fountain

This little fountain, modelled after an old millstone, is the perfect size to tuck into a spot near your patio.



Splashing water feature

Add interest to a boring courtyard or small garden with this attractive eye-catching water feature.



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