Last but not least

NoAlgaeLastly, BioGuard’s Algaecides really are the way to go when you’re up against stubborn algae. Algae All 60 is a tremendously effective algaecide because it prevents all types of algae – green, yellow, blue-green, black and pink. Algae All 60 won’t alter your pH levels and it doesn’t turn your pool into a foaming mess of a bubble bath. (In case you didn’t know, foaming is a concern with other algaecides.) Algae All 60 doesn’t stain and it hinders algae from making itself at home in YOUR pool. We also love BioGuard’s Backup, a handy (and immensely popular) algae preventative to have in your arsenal. Backup is like a super hero, specially licensed for penetrating nooks and crannies where algae hide out. Though Backup doesn’t show up at your pool with a mask and cape, it’s a first class solution for preventing and killing algae. Being that you love clear water, we know you’ll call on Backup to keep algae out of your neighborhood.

 Gary Thull Pools is proud to offer you the best products for keeping your pool in tip-top shape. From chlorinators to algaecides, you can trust us to provide you with effective tools to make your swim season fantastic. Call us today to order your BioGuard products. Perhaps you didn’t know that we’ll deliver for free with a purchase of $50 or more. Not only do we stock the best products, but we also offer outstanding and convenient service.


Memorial Day Pool Party Inspirations!

Memorial Day Pool Party Inspiration

Everybody knows that Memorial Day is the official kickoff for swim season. The weather forecast looks terrific and there’s plenty of time to round up folks for a pool party at your place. We’ve got a few ideas to make your party swell.

Crazy for Crust shares this Red Velvet Fruit Pizza. With fresh summer flavor and fabulous patriotic appeal, it definitely needs to be on your picnic table on Monday!

MD pizza How ‘bout a cute craft for the kiddos in attendance? On Pin Me, Pin Me Not Gretchen showcases these sweet little t-shirts that are easy AND fun to make.

t-shirts5-2015For an easy, no-sew table runner, try tying 5 bandanas together. Easy and patriotic in three minutes flat!

(Photo inspiration that plastic ware corralled with these cute red, white and blue cans, complete with Dollar Store flags, an idea shared by Stockpiling Moms. another cool dessert idea? How ‘bout a S’mores Bar? Young and old alike will enjoy roasting marshmallows and creating their own sweet treats after the sun has set., don’t forget to decorate… even in your pool!

FlagPoolMat5-2015 Get everyone in the pool for a crowd-pleasing game of Swimming Pool Scrabble! rounds up our ideas for your Memorial Day Pool Party. Make a splash, have a blast and swim, swim, swim!

Happy Memorial Day from your Gary Thull Pools family.


Thirdly, Pool Balancers

Bio GuardThirdly, it’s important to have products on hand that adjust pH and total alkalinity. You’ve got scale, metallic stains and mineral imbalances to prevent as well. Are you dizzy? Don’t be! Just take a look at BioGuard’s balancers. For pH concerns, we recommend Balance Pak 200. You won’t have to worry about equipment corrosion or liner wrinkling with this in your repertoire. In the alkalinity department, Balance Pak 100 is the product for you! This product will keep your water comfortable for your family and fight equipment corrosion or liner wrinkling from incorrect alkalinity levels. Stabilizer 100 is another great choice. Did you know that chlorine can be lost because of sunlight? This product vigilantly fights that chlorine loss. Using Stabilizer 100 will help keep your maintenance costs down by controlling how much chlorine you’re using. Now, that’s a win! We know nobody likes swimming in cloudy water, so we love Balance Pak 300. It dissolves quickly as it raises calcium hardness and fights corrosion in all your equipment and pool surfaces. For adjusting pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, stabilizer, and so on… BioGuard’s Balancers will serve you and your family well.


Featured Product – Take 2

Bio GuardSecondly, we’re big fans of BioGuard’s Burn Out 73. It’s an oxidizer that packs the biggest shock power on the market because of its high percentage of calcium hypochlorite. In layman’s terms, that means that Burnout 73 is THE product to destroy organic contaminants. It works hard to bring the sparkle and shine back into your pool water. Burn Out 73 is a great product for the off night during heavy pool usage weeks. This super-chlorinator dissolves quickly to make your pool water clear and inviting. That’s what you’re shooting for, right?


Featured Products

Bio GuardIt’s not enough to have a beautiful pool and splendid landscaping, because that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have a pleasant swim season. Our BioGuard products are the key to making the best of this summer with your family. Granular chlorine, oxidizers, balancers and algaecides will keep your pool in pristine condition, making your pool a joy, rather than a burden. Gary Thull Pools recommends only the best for you!

First, we can’t say enough about BioGuard’s Silk Tabs. Silk Tabs are really not a traditional chlorine product. They are unique because of the SilkGuard technology they contain. Silk Tabs include a forward thinking ingredient that binds itself to hard water and metals. This super smart sanitizing product’s number one purpose is smooth, soft pool water, which produces a divine swim experience. And, you can swim with peace of mind, knowing that BioGuard’s Silk Tabs will fight scaling and corrosion. There won’t be any metal staining either. You’ll rest easy knowing your pool equipment will last longer too! You know that algae are tough characters, so be glad that these terrific Silk Tabs will fight algae tooth and nail and battle bacteria like a true veteran. BioGuard’s Silk Tabs ought to be your sanitizer of choice!

Stay tuned for more BioGuard product info!

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Life Lately

Life Lately

If this were a personal blog, perhaps you’d occasionally stop in to see what our family has been up to lately. Hey, you can still check in to see what the Gary Thull Pools family has been doing. So, sit tight, it’s “Life Lately,” a blogging staple in the virtual world and now here, too!

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Over in Port Matilda, the hole for a Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass pool has been dug. It’s a 16’x33’ Sunburst style. (And, it’s a real beaut!) We’ve sweated while setting the base and Tuesday was the big day! We’ve got our ducks in a row and all hands are on deck, the pool has been set. We are so excited about the fiberglass pool option. There are beautiful styles available, with sizes for every family’s needs.

The guys have been busy installing a new Pentair Master Temp heater on another project in State College. Elsewhere, they dug a trench for water and electrical lines on a renovation project in  the Valley Vista area. We love taking well-loved pools and giving them a new lease on life. Over in Gettysburg, the crew is putting the finishing touches on another campground pool. We can’t wait to share pictures of that finished project!

It’s only a few weeks into Spring and we’ve been BUSY. The excitement is mounting, just like the temperatures!

Think SWIM with Gary Thull Pools!

It’s In The Details

The Details: O-Rings

beach_ballDetails. They’ll get you every time. We all gotta take care of the little details in the big jobs, right? It’s the time of year when we feel the warm sunshine on our shoulders and start thinking about handling that getting-the-pool-opened job. There’s so much to think about when opening your pool, but the importance of giving attention to your filtration system cannot be stressed enough to you, friends. Seemingly insignificant rubber or rubber-like seals do their best to facilitate a thoroughly efficient filtration process. O-rings are vital for keeping things air and water tight throughout your entire filtration system. Take a peek inside your pump lid. An O-ring probably resides there. Check the filter belly band and chlorinator lid as well. O-rings will greet you and thank you for a little TLC twice a year or so. While Vaseline probably comes to mind the moment we say “lubricant,” we don’t recommend it for the best interests of your O-rings. It’s a petroleum based lubricant which can eat away at your O-rings over time, thus shortening the lifespan of your O-ring and leaking air and water in the process. Generally, silicone and Teflon lubricants are considered a wise alternative to petroleum based products. Magic Lube or Lube Tube are both affordable solutions to help create that water and air tight seal we’re looking to achieve. While there are many lubricants on the market, it’s important to discern the type of lubricant before applying it to your O-rings. Just a little swab of the right kind of lubricant on your O-rings when you open your pool will go a long way toward filtration system efficiency. Then, you can rest easy, knowing you’ve got the details covered.

Have questions?  Contact us!

SwimmingTop Ten Reasons to Swim with your Kids

 If you’re swimming with your kids:

 #1 – You know where they are.

#2 – You know that you are investing in your family.

#3 – You know you are influencing them for good.

#4 – You can rest assured that your kids will be comfortable in the water.

#5 – You can have analog time – no technology!

#6 – You all can get some good Vitamin D, i.e. Sunshine!

#7 – You can teach your teenager how to check the water.

#8 – You will be using your pool investment wisely.

#9 – You will all be getting good exercise.

#10 – You can finally beat your teenager at something – a cannon ball contest or water basketball.

 There you have it. Get your pool opened so you can get swimming with your kids!

Dream, Dream, Dream

Daydreaming in Spring

It’s spring time, a tease of warmth, with the chill of winter still hanging on.  With the increasing sunshine, our thoughts are turning toward the swim season.  We’d better get planning, so tonight, cozy up in your favorite chair with your favorite “cuppa” and let’s daydream a little.  Let’s put our imaginations to work for what we want from our pool this year.

  • Is this the year that your family is hosting the big Fourth of July bash?  
  • Are you going to put a little more oomph into your exercise routine by swimming regularly?  
  • How about helping your children get some good, solid practice of their water safety skills?  
  • Is a stay-cation in your summer plans?  
  • Are you hoping to do a little more spontaneous entertaining?  
  • Does mom want to try out some water aerobics routines?
  • Will you be gathering your family poolside more often this summer?  
  • Are you hoping to get your teen moving by embarking on regular neighborhood pool volleyball/basketball games?

Gary Thull Pools wants to be a part of your year!  It’s time to call us.  Let’s talk plans.  Let’s dream about your back yard.  Let’s make your daydreams reality.  We can make it happen!  Contact us today.


Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Most folks find the holidays to be an excellent time for reflection.  With the advent of Thanksgiving, we at Gary Thull Pools have been counting our manifold blessings.  Firstly, we are most thankful for our faith, which is something that sustains us through every season of life and business.  In addition, gratitude overcomes us as we think of our family, our employees, our suppliers, our customers and all the brilliant people that pitch in day after day.  We value people here at Gary Thull Pools and we value their time and the knowledge they share with us.  Every day we encounter people brimming with creativity, people bursting with innovation and people doggedly determined to get the job done right.  It is that zestful perseverance that makes Gary Thull Pools a thriving company.  We’re thankful for all those that claim a part in that.  So, for people, for growth, for lessons learned and for every part of this journey, we’re so grateful.  Happy Thanksgiving to you, from the Gary Thull Pools family!