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The latest on replacement pool liners

When you think about it, swimming pool liners are pretty amazing. Custom-made to fit your pool, they’re strong, smooth, long-lasting and ultimately make owning a pool pretty darn easy and affordable. But standard liners also have their issues. Basic ones aren’t too thick. They have seams. And as your liner ages, these seams become more visible, and can often become the weak point should any issues develop over time.

But new developments in liner technology have eliminated this problem. Latham Ultra-Seam Liners feature virtually invisible seams for a line-free appearance, plus they’re stronger than typical welded seams, eliminating the usual worries about seam degradation over time.

These liners are made from virgin vinyl, and treated with fungicide to keep them free of bacteria. (After all, who wants a nasty pool liner – or a nasty pool?) Plus, UV inhibitors mean your liner is highly resistant to fading. Ultra-Seam liners are available in 30- and 40-gauge vinyl so they’re strong, and come in solid colors and more than 30 eye-catching designs.

If your pool needs a new liner, consider a Latham Ultra-Seam. It’s the biggest innovation in pool liners since designer patterns were first introduced in the 1990s. Wondering what it takes to replace a pool liner? Just watch. And when you’re ready to learn more, come see us.

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Cook up some summer fun during our Dough for Doughboy event

Baseball and apple pie. Backyard cookouts. Fireworks on the Fourth of July. Neighborhood games of tag under the glow from the streetlamps.

Some things just say “summer.”

But there’s one thing that quintessentially expresses the season. One thing that, when you see it,  when you hear it – you just KNOW summertime fun is about to be had.

A backyard pool!

And now, thanks to the Dough from Doughboy event, getting that backyard pool is easier than ever! With a $100 deposit, you can save $500 on a complete Doughboy above ground pool package. That’s the pool, liner, pump AND filter – everything you need to enjoy months of belly flops, Marco Polo, splashing-and-relaxing summer fun.

Plus, with a Doughboy you know you’ll be enjoying that pool every summer for years and years to come. Just read what Doughboy owners have to say! Some people still have the same American-made pool they bought in the 70’s! (How crazy is that!?!)

Are you ready to take your summer fun to the next level? Call or come by today to take advantage of the Dough for Doughboy offer!

Close your eyes for a moment and just imagine it. When you look back 20 years from now, what will be your favorite memory …

Your son’s 13th birthday party. Sure, they could have played video games, but instead, everyone spent the entire afternoon in and out of the pool. The boys had the time of their lives while you grilled up more hot dogs and burgers than you ever thought possible. Your son still talks about that day sometimes.

That big Labor Day party, when all your friends came over and Dave fell in. (He was alright). You made that delicious pulled pork, and everyone brought a dish. Remember Nancy’s “Hawaiian Delight” dessert? Even she isn’t quite sure what was in it.

How about your daughter’s sleepover right before the girls all headed off to different colleges? They spent all day in the sun, and all night in their sleeping bags in the backyard. The weather was perfect.

Don’t let another summer go by before you start making memories of your own. Come by the showroom and get Dough for your new Doughboy today!

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2018 Open House

OPEN HOUSE

May 5, 2018

9AM – 5PM

This year is also the 30th Anniversary of Brothers Pool. That means 30 years of serving all of our wonderful customers in the Wallingford area! Now that is something to celebrate! So, we have planned our largest sale of the year and you won’t want to miss it!

The fun starts 9:00 with factory reps and special promos from several of our vendors. There will be freebies and a shop local raffle that will offer something for everyone.

Throughout the day we will be having swim school for both above ground and in-ground pools, so you can learn all of our best tips for keeping your water crystal clear and your pool in peak condition.

For those that come out in the morning, we will be providing refreshments. Then we have a pizza truck coming to provide lunch for our fun pass holders!

Don’t forget to bring the kids, we have free face painting just for them!

Our annual open house is one event that no one in the family will want to miss! Can’t wait to see you there!

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Hosting spring parties on your patio

Your beautiful backyard with all of its blooming flowers is the perfect backdrop for hosting all of your spring events. Easter brunch, Mother’s day and graduation parties are all just around the corner. Investing in new furniture for your outdoor living space gives you the perfect space to host all of these events outdoors and will make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood.

Outdoor Eating

No matter which event you are hosting, you will likely be serving food so you will certainly want to have a beautifully set patio table with chairs for people to enjoy your food. Choose a color pallet for your flowers and table decorations that will complement your event and highlight your new patio furniture. Yellow is a fantastic choice for your color scheme. It is cheerful and compliments any style of furniture. Whether you choose wood furniture, white furniture, or a modern color, yellow will likely be a perfect accent color. It is also easy to find gorgeous yellow spring flowers, from sunflowers to daisies and tulips, they all make for fun accents to your patio table setting. Hosting outdoors does tend to limit the amount of space you have for serving food. Tiered trays are very trendy and are a great way to maximize your space. With a few bouquets a couple of well-placed tiered trays, your table will be ready to greet your guests.

Outdoor Lounging

Now that your table is all set, you can turn your attention to an outdoor lounge area. We carry a huge selection of outdoor couches and loveseats, adirondack and rocking chairs, side tables, and coffee tables. The possibilities are endless for creating a relaxing lounge area for your guests to enjoy drinks, appetizers, desserts or good conversations. You will want your color scheme and decorating ideas to flow from your eating area over into your lounge area, so flower arrangements that compliment or match the one from your dining table can be placed on the coffee table and side tables in your lounge area. For a totally coordinated look, fun accent pillows can be purchased to place on your outdoor couch or rocking chairs. Your whole look will be tied together and the flow through your outdoor living space will be perfect.

The right outdoor furniture can make or break your outdoor parties. At Brothers Pool, our huge selection of outdoor furniture is sure to hold the perfect patio and lounge pieces to make hosting all of your spring events fun and easy. Stop by today and let our staff help you design the perfect outdoor living space that will make your backyard the talk of the neighborhood!

We are excited to host our first ever Hot Tub V.I.P. Night!

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This is an exclusive event with only fifty spots available.  You must RSVP to confirm your spot as this event will be at capacity and only confirmed guests will be allowed in. RSVP by calling 203.265.5980 or email Info@brotherspool.com.

 

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

5:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Catered by Liuzzi’s of North Haven

Confections by Blondies

Live Music

 

Service Department Hands-on Training

*Proper Fill w/ hose fillers ( variety )

*Cartridge Cleaning Chemically

*Cleaning a Hot Tub screen / Tips

*Removing and cleaning Hot Tub pillows

*Cleaning & Conditioning Hot Tub Cover (cost of a new cover 500.00+, let’s take good care of it)

*Floating HT Covers save you

*Purge & Drain, why

 

Whether you are searching for a spa or are a seasoned spa owner this event is for you.

 

This will be a relaxing night as well as an educational experience for those who wish to learn spa insider tips. Be the first to hear what is new and happening in 2018.

 

We will have exclusive discounts and giveaways for confirmed guests. RSVP quickly so you won’t miss your opportunity!

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Activities for your above ground pool

Imagine yourself spending your summer relaxing poolside, while your kids enjoy splashing around with their friends. Now, imagine that scene without having to endure a lengthy pool building project. That carefree feeling is exactly what you will get when you invest in a Doughboy above ground pool. Don’t worry, skipping out on the building project doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the fun. Above ground pools still offer fun activities that are available to you with in-ground pools.

Water Activities

Many people think that the size of an above ground pool will limit what can be done in the pool. We beg to differ. Doughboy pools come in sizes up to 41’x21’ that can accommodate pretty much any activity you can think of. If sports are your thing, you can get a floating basketball goal or volleyball net that can instantly turn your pool into the court of your choice. Want something with a little slower pace? Get a floating ping pong table and show off your mad ping pong skills in the pool. Floating tables and waterproof cards can make your above ground pool the perfect place for a poker night. Lap swimming more your style? Doughboy pools can be special ordered in a couple of sizes specifically designed for lap swimming. What more could you want from a pool?

Poolside Activities

We’ve convinced you that the water activities are the same, but what about poolside activities? After all, sunbathing while you stare at a pool wall definitely doesn’t give you the same vibe as laying right next to the crystal blue water of an in-ground pool.

Fortunately, there are some great options for your poolside activities. The main way that you can accommodate these activities is with proper decking. Well-planned decking around your Doughboy Pool can provide the same pool surround space that you would get from an in-ground pool patio. You can have a space for your lounge chairs and pool toys. You can even create a great flow from your pool area to your Kamado Joe and your outdoor eating area.

If the raised decking of an above ground pool is still not speaking to you, there is another option. Recessed pools are becoming more popular. Basically, part of your pool is set in a dug out area of your yard and the other part is still exposed. Think of a walkout basement design but for your pool. It is a great option if you have a sloped backyard. The recessed pool gives you a smaller, less expensive building project, when compared to an in-ground pool, but still allows you to have an even elevation across all of your outdoor areas.

No matter what option you choose, an above ground Doughboy pool is sure to deliver all of the fun and relaxation that your family is looking for along with superior quality and durability. Best of all, you get to spend your summer enjoying your pool, rather than stressing over a building project. Our skilled staff at Brothers Pool would be happy to help you design the perfect pool for your family.

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Easter Lunch on the Kamado Joe

Easter is the perfect holiday to spend outdoors. The crisp Spring air gets everybody in the mood for summer. Unfortunately, the one who is in charge of the Easter meal usually gets stuck inside slaving away while the rest of the family enjoys the fun in the backyard. That is, until this year. Why not cook Easter lunch on your Kamado Joe? The chef gets to enjoy more family time and the family will love the rich flavors of food fixed on the Kamado Joe. We’ve put together a couple of recipes to get you started.

Standing Rib Roast

INGREDIENTS:
12-pound bone-in rib roast
12 cloves garlic
1/3 cup canola oil
Leaves from 3 sprigs fresh rosemary – chopped
Kosher Salt
Freshly cracked or ground pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:
Purchase a 12-pound bone-in Choice rib roast. (Where I buy my rib roasts, the bone is cut from the meat, then tied back on.) I let it age for 4 days in the refrigerator.
About an hour before I put it on:
Start the fire and set up for indirect heat
1. Chop up a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and add to about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of canola oil
2. Cut the twine tying the meat and bones
3. Pierce the roast about six times on both sides and insert a clove of garlic into the hole as far as you can push it
3. Tie the bones back onto the meat
4. Brush the roast with the oil / rosemary
5. Season liberally with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Bring the temp in the Kamado Joe to about 325°.
Throw on a chunk of pecan (soaked it for about an hour)
Roast on – add another chunk of pecan after about an hour
Try to keep temp between 325 – 350°
Cook until internal temp is 125° – right at 2 hours
Let it rest, cover with foil, for about 30 minutes

Smoked Mac and Cheese

INGREDIENTS:
6 cups uncooked macaroni
1 1/2 sticks butter
3 1/2 cups milk
6 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
8-10 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1-2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat your Kamado Joe to 350°. Add a couple smoke wood chunks (apple is fantastic for this.)

Cook the macaroni noodles per the instructions on the box in salted water and then drain. Add the butter and stir to melt into the macaroni noodles. Add the milk, beaten eggs, and chipotle chili powder and stir to mix. Add six cups of shredded cheddar cheese and mix well. Place the macaroni mixture into a deep 9×13 baking pan. Sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese (or however much desired) on top of the macaroni mixture. Sprinkle the shredded parmesan cheese on top of the cheddar cheese. Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper on top.

Place the dish on the Kamado Joe and let cook at 350° for 30-35 minutes. At the 30 minute mark, open your vents to bring the temperature up to 425-450° to brown the top a little. Let stand for 10 minutes and serve hot

If fixing Easter Lunch outdoors sounds perfect, but your old grill just can’t keep up with the demand, then stop by and visit us at Brothers Pool. We can get you set up with a brand new Kamado Joe so you will be up and grilling long before Easter.

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How to choose the perfect diving board

Sit back, close your eyes, and think back to all your favorite summertime swimming pool memories …

  • Your favorite song playing on the radio (Maybe even on cassette tape!)
  • The smell of tanning oil in the air (Who thought about sunscreen in those days?)
  • Sipping on a soda while your friends swim and play, competing to see who can make the biggest splash jumping off the diving board.

That’s right – a diving board. It wasn’t all that long ago that nearly every backyard pool had one. But these days, they’ve become hard to find. Pool trends and concerns about safety (even though fewer than 10 percent of all pool diving injuries involve a diving board) are mostly to blame. But now, diving boards are beginning to make a come back. If you’re thinking about including a diving board in your pool project, here are some things to think about.

Not all types of diving boards work with all types of pools. Or all types of divers.

The type of board – its size, shape and “springiness,” must be appropriately matched with the dimensions of your pool. So, too, must it be matched with the divers who’ll be using it. For example – small children probably won’t have the necessary coordination to use an exceptionally springy board with success. Divers who are quite tall or those with excellent diving skills may need a diving platform instead, to lessen the chance that they’ll come in contact with the pool bottom.

Types of diving boards

Diving Platforms – these are rigid boards on rigid stands that provide no bounce. Platforms are a good choice for divers who don’t want (or don’t need) the extra thrust a “springy” board provides when they enter the water. They may also be a good option for pools that don’t quite have the specific dimensions of a true diving well that a bouncy diving board requires.  

Diving Boards – diving boards are flexible boards on rigid stands. They may be made of aluminum or wood, and the board provides a small amount spring.

Flexible Diving Boards/Jump Boards – these flexible boards on flexible stands provide a significant amount of spring. They should be used exclusively for jumping, or only by experienced divers in pools built to accommodate them.

As you’re planning your backyard oasis, we can help you plan your pool to accommodate the diving board you want most. Then, you can start re-creating those summertime memories with your own family. Cassette player not included.

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Cold Weather Hot Tub Tips

Living in the north probably means that you are fairly accustomed to extreme cold and a soak in the hot tub during these bitter winter days might actually sound heavenly, but the logistics of a soak can seem a bit daunting. Fortunately, you don’t have to miss out, with some extra precautions during the winter months, you can make sure that you are safe while you enjoy your hot tub in the cold. There are two main concerns safety concerns when it comes to hot tubbing in the winter.

Dry Hands

The first goes back to that old double dog dare found in the movie The Christmas Story when things can stick to cold metal. When you get out of your hot tub, you will want to make sure that your hands are completely dry before you touch anything metal, including doorknobs, cover lifters, and other metal surfaces. Keeping this safety precaution in mind will definitely save your skin after that winter hot tub soak.

Body Temperature

The second precaution is even more of a concern, keeping your internal body temperature from getting too hot. The extreme cold can sometimes play tricks on your internal temperature alarm. It is never recommended to have your water temperature above 104°F, actually, during the winter it is safer to turn that temperature down to 100°F. Because the temperature outside is so chilly, the water should still feel plenty warm even if it is a few degrees cooler. It is also recommended that you limit your soaks to 15 minutes rather than the usual 20-30 minutes. With your body submerged in warm water and your head and shoulders still exposed to the elements your sense of body temperature can be very skewed. This can easily lead to you becoming overheated without you even realizing it. Limiting your hot tub time and lowering your water temperature will help to ensure that you do not overheat. Wearing a stocking cap while hot tubbing in the winter, may not be a great fashion statement, but it is a great way to regulate your body temperature when it is extremely cold.

Keeping these winter weather tips in mind this season will keep you safe so you can continue to enjoy your hot tub even in the extreme cold. If a warm soak on a cold day sounds great, but you haven’t invested in a hot tub yet, come out to our showroom and let our staff at Brother’s Pool show you what you have been missing out on.

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5 Strokes you can practice in your swim spa

If you have been thinking about investing in a Marquis Swim Spa, but just aren’t sure if you will have enough room to do what you want to do, let us put your mind at ease. A swim spa may not be big enough to practice a dive entrance or flip turns, but they are certainly large enough to provide a great workout for anyone from a beginner to an avid swimmer. Here are 5 strokes that you can practice with plenty of room in your Marquis Swim Spa:

Front Crawl

The front crawl is a great stroke to use when targeting your arms. Although there is some movement from your legs, the majority of the work comes from bringing your arms out of the water then pushing back against the water to propel yourself forward. The front crawl can also be used to increase speed and strength, when trying to improve your overall swimming ability.

Backstroke

Most images that you see of people using a swim spa, shows them using some kind of forward stroke with their head in the water, but swim spas are also great for doing the backstroke. The backstroke is a perfect resting stroke because you move at a slower pace and your head is out of the water. You are still working your arms, as well as, your back muscles, but it is not as intense. Because it is not as intense of a stroke as many others you will want to turn down the swim jets when you switch to the back stroke.

Breaststroke

The breaststroke is another stroke that you will want to keep the swim jets low for. It is a slower stroke but it works the legs as well as the arms, as you move both in a circular motion to propel yourself forward. The key to a good breaststroke is to not break the surface tension.

Sidestroke

Sidestroke is also not known for its speed, but it is a great way to work out the sides of your core. In addition you are working both your arms and your legs during this stroke, the only thing you need to watch for is to make sure that you are spending an equal amount of time on each side.

Butterfly Stroke

This is more of an advanced swimming stroke that does require more room for its wide range of motion, but there is certainly plenty of room for it in your Marquis Swim Spa. Like the breaststroke you are moving your arms in a circular motion, but unlike the breaststroke you are using such force and large motion that your chest is actually lifted out of the water with each stroke. It is a fast stroke that definitely adds an anaerobic element in addition to the intense workout for your arms and core.

As you can see, there are plenty of strokes that fit perfectly into a Marquis Swim Spa making them an ideal choice for those who enjoy swimming for leisure or for intense workout. Marquis Swim Spas also offer those nice relaxing spa seats, so you can get a full recovery after your workout. Still not sure? Stop by to visit us at Brothers Pool and let our team show you all of the amazing features on a Marquis Swim Spa.

 

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Brothers Pool

250 Main Street. (RT 150)
Wallingford Connecticut 06492
P: (203) 265-5980
F: (203) 294-1601
E: info@brotherspool.com

Driving Directions

In Connecticut take I-91 North or South to exit 15. Take Route 68 West towards Wallingford and Cheshire. Turn left at the intersection of 68 and 150 (Main Street). Brothers Pool is about 1 mile on the left.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 3pm

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