There seems to be a lot of questions recently about pools. Generally speaking, are these considered on-topic for the site? Or is it a matter of specifics?

My thoughts are that questions about pool care (ie: quantities of chemicals to use, how often to run a pump) should be off topic but questions like "How can I install my own heater" (just made that up, not a specific example) should be considered on-topic as they are DIY.

  • Do you have any arguments for why they should or should not be on topic? Jun 19, 2012 at 22:02
  • Added more details to question with examples.
    – Steven
    Jun 19, 2012 at 22:08
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    There are 31 questions tagged pool (most of which remain open), one of the oldest was asked November of 2010. I have no opinion either way, but it appears (at least at a very quick glance) that the community is not opposed to pool questions.
    – Tester101
    Jun 20, 2012 at 15:55

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In the What kind of questions can I ask here? section of the FAQ we have the following line:

Installation, maintenance and repair of major appliances.

I would say that a swimming pool (or at least the pumps, heaters etc) falls into this category.

I would also say that questions about digging the hole for pool, making it watertight, tiling it, etc. are all on topic - as long as you are doing the job yourself (or at least making the decision whether to do it yourself or employ someone).

  • So would this be off topic?
    – Steven
    Jun 20, 2012 at 0:25
  • @Steven - hmm, tricky that one.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jun 20, 2012 at 7:40

I see no problem with the mechanical or chemical maintenance of the equipment. I disagree with the digging part, especially if the local codes that would be different from other places. I'm sure there is a big difference in codes in the desert where I live and in Minnesota because of temperatures and earth composition.

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