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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta t THE LETHMIDGE HEJIALD Tuetdoy, Jufy 24, 1973 An increasing number of Lethbridge residents are dis- covering an easy way to beat the heat, keep the kids at home and avoid the frustra- tions of crowded highways and congested swimming areas during the summer. They are getting their own swimming pools. The days of residential swimming pools being avail- able to only the affluent are gone. Prefabricated walls, plastic liners and do-it-yourself kits are bringing swimming pools within the financial reach of more people than ever be- fore. Major department stores in the city offer metal sided above ground swimming pools up to four-feet deep in a variety of shapes and sizes for prices ranging from slightly more than to 600. The most expensive pool outfits -of this type- are ovals, roughly 30-feet long by 15-feet wide. Prices range from 050 to complete with pump, filters, ladders and other accessories. 1 Then there are decks which can be purchased to go around the entire pool provid- ing sunning areas. They cost between and and can be 'made of aluminum or red cedar. There are other four-foot, metal-sided vinyl pools in the round shape ranging in dia- meter from 10 feet to 24 feet and in price, for complete kits, from to Prices vary according to manufacturer, type of mate- rial used in walls, the amount of wall bracing, thickness of pool liner, types of filters and other accessories. Simple tools The department store pools can be put together with sim- ple hand tools. Most can be left up for the winter. There are also several metal vinyl pools of lesser depths ranging in price from 980 to for complete kits. For residents who find the department store pools not to their liking because of cost or construction materials, they can always do like Dr. Tom Melling, 506 20th St. S. He built his own out of wood for less than The four-foot deep, 18-foot diameter pool consists of 14 sections of four-foot square half-inch plywood sections re- inforced with two by sixes. The sections are bolted to- gether, forming a circle. Two three eighths inch cables with turnbuckles encircle the plywood walls. A viny liner purchased from a department store and a pump and'filter complete the requirements. Painted walls help spruce up and protect the walls. Dr. Melling said it takes about a week to build such a pool. If it is dismantled in the winter it takes about two hours to erect the next sum- mer. Getting away from the de- partment store swimming pools and into the more "pro- fessional" sunken pool need not be an overly expensive business either. Walt Glover, 2308 9th Ave. N., is the local agent for Can- swim swimming pools manu- factored in Toronto. He can provide a 16 by 32-foot pool kit for The kit includes a 30 mill nylon liner, reinforced steel walls, ladder, water testing kits, pool vacuum, leaf skim- mer, hose for filling and draining pool and filter. Mr. Glover says it takes two people about- 10 days, working part time, to erect the pool. Besides purchasing the kit, it could cost up to for the actual installation. Biggest expense here is having the pool hole excavated. Once the excavation is completed, sand fe spread over the pool bot- tom area, the steel walls are bolted together, and six inch- es of concrete is poured around the base of the four- foot reinforced walls. H o s e s are connected in the right places, the liner is installed, dirt is put back around the walls and the pool is filled. For less than a per- son could have 16 by 32-foot swimming pool in his backyard, complete with heater for the cooler days and poolside decking. Heater Mr. Glover estimates the cost of. keeping a pool is about 50 cents a day. Costs include a year for chemi- cals and about for'heat- ing the water. A decent heater will raise the water temperature 30 degrees above the outside temperature, he says. The only tools needed to erect the pool, other than digging the hole, are a crescent wrench, screw driver, shovel and ce- ment trowel to smooth the sand beneath the liner. Kits can be provided in any size from 12 by 24-feet up. Depths can range from three feet at one end to nine feet at the other. The pools never have to be drained in winter and could be used as a skat- Ing rink. Water is filtered three times a day. Mr. Glover recently instal- led a gallon, 14 by 28- foot pool in his backyard. Mike Bennison, 1417 St. An-' drews, Road, decided to go one better. He excavated half his backyard, installed a 16 by 32-foot pool in 'the last year and now is building it in with cinderblock walls so he will have a year-round pool with access from his bouse. Mr. Glover says pool sales have been slow in Letfcbridge so far (there's only two in the city) but he feels that nay change. Pools are much more common in the east. Once a person has a pool and realizes its advantages, he'd never be-without one if he could help it, sayr Mr. Glover. Another- supplier of pre- fabricated pools in Lethbridge is Paul's Plumbing which of- fers the Hallmark fibregjas pool in any size or shape. A 12 by 28-foot pool, fair example, would cost complete with heater, circu- lating filter pump, ladder, skimmer, underwater lights, three foot concrete waflc around the pool, diving board and installation. Construction features four- foot sectionalized fSwegas walls and a special poured concrete bottom, A safety Backyard 'beach' adds splash to life Plastic pool provides pleasure for less than Agent Wait Glover has installed a 14 x 28' Can-swim pool behind his bowse situated at 2308 9th ft The kit Mr. Clover used comes from Toronto and takes two people working part-time about 10 days to ;