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Brits in Crete :: A Guide to Living in Crete, Greece for British and Irish Ex-pats. Exploring the reality of Life on Crete, from finding a job, purchase a home, retire, how to handle the Greek bureaucracy plus day-to-dy information. The BritsinCrete.gr



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Building a Pool

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

Building A Concrete Swimming Pool

Crete Real Estate Developments: Swimming Pool Construction


If you are planning to have a concrete swimming pool designed and built in your garden at your dream home in Crete, another part of Greece or Cyprus then this page is for you.

Based on experiences - mainly in Crete, the general advice would be that you will need to consider the key question: Is the expense to build a swimming pool worth it? You need to weigh up the running costs versus how much of the time the pool will be utilised.

To build an outdoor swimming pool in a private Greek land plot is straight forward from an architect's and real estate developer's point of view. Across Greece there are a number of local specialist construction companies to take on the job of cement, tiling and installing the water pump and filter systems for foreign buyers.

Importantly, you need to take the decision to include a pool for a new house at the outset, regardless if your future house is your holiday or retirement home. The obvious reason is related to building costs, but there are other considerations - mainly the local government bureaucracy and tax implications. The later are most important if you intend to use your dream home to generate income for short term rental to holiday makers. In that case an EOT License is required. (See page bottom for link).

This article from the Brits in Crete team sets out some of the pros and cons of adding a private swimming pool at your residence on the island of Crete. It also applies to anywhere else in Greece.

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Picture right: Foreign resident, John Westover's standard sized swimming pool with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Olive Groves and the Mediterranean Sea beyond. 

Photo: Johnwestover1, Member of Brits in Crete Forum. With Permission

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Closing a Pool in Winter

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Close Your Swimming Pool for the Winter in Greece and Cyprus

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit


Here is a check list of things to do before closing your pool for the winter. By properly closing your pool for the Winter, you spend less time and money opening your pool in the Spring. You will eliminate additional electrical costs, chemicals, cleaning and avoid possible freeze damage to equipment and plumbing. Close your pool properly in the Autumn and Spring, start up will be a snap. This advice applies to any swimming pool to fit in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. With climate change, be prepared for more extremes in temperature and that includes wintertime. Allow for wide temperature range when you plan also the landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks for an eco-friendly environment, and yet still needs to be pleasing to look at.

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Decorating with Stamp Concrete

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Decorate Pool Areas With Stamp Concrete in Greece and Cyprus from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit Decorative or stamp concrete is an attractive and economical alternative to natural paving materials or plain poured concrete. You can achieve many different looks, and with advance planning, will be able to get just the right look for the project. NB: The following practical advice applies to any swimming pool that fits in the garden of your ex-pat home in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. Apart from all the advice on the upkeep of a pool, landscaping with decorative stamp concrete, helps to maintain an eco-friendly environment that is pleasing to look at throughout the long hot summer. Practical Steps Step 1: Choose a colour and texture of concrete that complements the natural surroundings and adjacent structures. Special consideration should be given to the orientation of grout lines, particularly in repetitive patterns such as running bond, brick, or cobblestone. Generally, the area should be stamped so that long lines of the pattern run perpendicular to the length of the project. This will help reduce straight-line errors and provide a more pleasant and aesthetic overall appearance. Typically texture should run in straight lines, even when walks or drives are curved. Always perform a trial run, placing mats in the area prior to the pour. The crew should know ahead of time where the first mat will be placed, as well as aware of areas where a standard mat won't fit, and in what direction stamping will proceed. Always plan accordingly to ensure best results. It is very important to bear in mind the location of expansion and control joints(the thin lines you see in just about everything concrete). These will be required and may disrupt the visual pattern you had planned for. Your installer can direct you more with the options. Step 2: Place the concrete. Follow normal procedures with a sub-grade and concrete base that meets the planned specifications and local requirements for mix, depth and reinforcement. A normal, or retarded-set, water-reducing admixture, can be used, but admixtures must not contain Calcium Chloride. Yet, non-chloride accelerators and air-retaining admixtures can still be used. Refer to the admixture manufacturer for recommendations on the type and amount of admixture to use. (Please note: Some admixtures may affect colour.) The concrete should be no less than four inches (10cms) in thickness. Step 3: colour the concrete.There are two basic techniques: Integral colour: Liquid colour into the ready mix truck. This procedure combines the colour with the mix prior to the pour and the slab is coloured throughout, or: Broadcast Method: Apply colour hardener powder directly to the freshly poured concrete surface. colour hardener will penetrate the top of the concrete slab 1/8" (3 -4 mm) and colour thoroughly. Remember after initial floating and all excess bleed water has been absorbed, you should broadcast colour hardener using a wide sweeping arm movement with the intention of covering as much concrete as possible with each throw. Allow the hardener to be absorbed for several minutes until it has moistened sufficiently to work the colour in with a wood or magnesium float. One pass with the float should be sufficient; do not overwork the concrete. If necessary, repeat this process in areas where natural concrete is showing through. When you are satisfied with the colour, finish with a fresno or steel trowel. Apply the colour release agent. Texture mats will not work without the use of a release agent. This specially formulated powder prevents mats from sticking to freshly placed concrete. Generally 3.5 lbs. of material is required per 100 square feet (1.5 kilos per 9-10 square metres). As the slab approaches its optimum set for texturing, the release agent should be applied. It should be brushed onto the mats and broadcast across the surface of the concrete. There should be a uniform laye[...]



How to Diagnose and Clear Cloudy Swimming Pool Water

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Diagnose and Clear Cloudy Swimming

Pool Water in Greece/Cyprus

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

A swimming pool requires a large investment of time and money from a pool owner, who is usually trying to create his/her own relaxing backyard paradise such is the case as in living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. Water problems that take away the pristine attractiveness from this lavish backyard getaway, such as cloudy water, can be very frustrating Cloudy or dull pool water is caused by improper chemical balance or fine debris suspended in the pool water. Use the following five easy and practical steps to quickly diagnose and resolve this problem.

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Installing Solar Panel Pool Heating

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Install Solar Panels to Heat a Pool
in Greece and Cyprus

 

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit


Heating a pool in Greece or Cyprus with inexpensive, unglazed plastic solar panels can be a relatively easy and low cost project you can do yourself. Although these black plastic solar panels are less efficient per square foot (psf) than high-cost, high-efficiency solar panels, they may require less energy to manufacture and transport than panels using steel, aluminum, glass, or copper. Certainly the heat gain per euro spent in investment and ease of installation are compelling benefits. This advice applies to any swimming pool to fit in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. The type and quality of pool is enhanced with solar panel heating. Don't forget to plan carefully the need for landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks for an eco-friendly environment which needs to be pleasing to look at.

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Lanscaping an Above Ground Pool

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Landscape an Above Ground Pool
in Greece and Cyprus

 

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

The following practical advice applies to any swimming pool above the ground that fits in the garden of your ex-pat home living in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. Apart from all the advice on the upkeep of the pool, there is the question of landscaping, adding outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks to maintain an eco-friendly environment, to be pleasing to look at throughout the long hot summer.

Do you have an above ground pool? Are you interested in making that pool blend in with your back yard rather that stick out like a sore thumb? Well, check out these useful tips.

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Lowering Chlorine

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Lower Chlorine in a Pool in

Greece/Cyprus

 

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

This practical advice on Lowering Chlorine applies to any swimming pool that fits in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. It's not hard, or time-consuming, to lower chlorine concentration in a pool. Follow these steps and you'll be done soon.

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Pool Water Chemistry

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Properly Maintain Swimming Pool

Water Chemistry in Greece and Cyprus

 

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Properly maintaining pool water chemistry is perhaps the most important aspect of maintaining a swimming pool in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete or on Mainland Greece/Cyprus. Then you need to have good landscaping, related outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks for an eco-friendly environment which needs to be pleasing to look at. Proper water chemistry is required to keep a swimming pool safe and clean for swimmers. Maintaining a swimming pool's chemicals can save pool owners hundreds of dollars per year, and endless hours of time. Armed with a basic understanding of swimming pool chemistry, and by following a few simple steps, any pool owner can maintain their own swimming pool with the same results as the high priced professionals.

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Preventing and Eliminating Algae

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Prevent and Eliminate Green Algae

in a Swimming Pool in Greece and Cyprus

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

This practical advice applies to any swimming pool that fits in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. Problems with green algae? After taking care of the algae look after the landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks to maintain an eco-friendly environment, to be pleasing to look at throughout the long hot summer.

Green algae is a common swimming pool problem, which may appear as a greenish growth on the floor and walls of a swimming pool, a green tint to the pool water, or greenish material suspended in the pool water. The only swimming pool chemical that will kill an algae growth is chlorine based swimming pool "shock". Shock is a granular form of highly concentrated chlorine, which quickly raises the chlorine level of the swimming pool water. The elevated chlorine level makes the pool water conditions unlivable for anything organic, and algae quickly dies.

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Re-Opening a Pool

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Re-Open a Swimming Pool

for Summer in Greece and Cyprus

 

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

This article provides a basic rundown of tips to opening a swimming pool for a new season. This practical advice applies to any swimming pool that fits in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. This is general advice for re-opening your pool. It is a good idea to check over your landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks to maintain an eco-friendly environment through long dry summers.

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Repairing a Vinyl Pool Liner

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Repair a Swimming Pool Vinyl Liner

in Greece and Cyprus

 

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

The following practical advice applies to any swimming pool that fits in the garden of your ex-pat home living in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. After winter is over, look after repairing a pool vinyl liner and attend to the landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks to maintain an eco-friendly environment, to be pleasing to look at throughout the long hot summer.

A familiar sight each season for many vinyl-liner pool owners is sags or gaps at the track that holds the liner in place. Constant fluctuations in temperature over the winter can cause the vinyl to stretch and pop out at certain spots - most often at corners or where there is plastic trim in a concrete deck that meets with the pool coping. In many cases, the vinyl can be pulled up and snapped back into place in just a few minutes. Dive in!

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Replacing a Pool Liner

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Choose the Correct Replacement Liner for Above Ground Pools in Greece and Cyprus   from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit Above ground swimming pool liners are a functional part of the swimming pool, but also add style and character. Above ground pool liners are available in an amazing selection of attractive patterns and styles, and often set the décor for the entire swimming pool area. This practical advice applies to any swimming pool that fits in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. Not just the swimming pool needs looking for a build up of algae. But look after the landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks to maintain an eco-friendly environment, to be pleasing to look at throughout the long hot summer. Practical Steps Step 1: Determine what type of pool liner you need, an overlap style liner, or a beaded style liner. The difference between them is the way the liner is held in place inside the swimming pool. Step 2: Beaded style liners have a very small groove, or lip, at the top edge of the liner. This small lip is snapped into a track all the way around the inside of the swimming pool at the very top of the pool wall, to hold the pool liner in place. If your swimming pool requires a beaded pool liner, you will be able to see this track by looking under the top rail on the inside of the above ground swimming pool. Step 3: Overlap style liners are folded over the wall of the swimming pool, and held in place underneath the top rail of the above ground swimming pool. If your swimming pool requires an overlap style liner, you can see a small amount of the pool liner under the top rail on the outside of the swimming pool. Step 4: Determine what grade (thickness) of pool liner you require. The thickness generally indicates how durable the pool liner is, and how long it might last inside a swimming pool. The thicker the pool liner material is, the more durable (and more expensive) it will be. Step 5: Choose your design. While most new pools come with a standard blue liner, replacement liners are available in a wide assortment of colors and patterns. Practical Tip The pool liner included with most new above ground swimming pools is plain blue color, and a 20-gauge thickness. This is a standard pool liner, and will perform well and look geat for years. Warnings Installing a replacement pool liner yourself can be much more complicated than it might seem. If not handled carefully during installation, or if not installed properly, your beautiful new pool liner might quickly tear or leak. If you have never seen or helped with the liner replacement process or the installation of a new swimming pool your should pay a professional to install your new liner this time. Watch closely and ask questions, and you will be prepared for next time! Replacement swimming pool liners can be found in thicknesses up to 30-gauge, but be aware that this is only a measure of the thickness of the pool wall material. The floor of the pool liner will always be thinner material. This is a re-worked article tailor made for the BritsinCrete audience and living on one of the Greek Islands such as Crete or mainland Greece/Cyprus as an ex-pat. Original Article is to be found at wikiHow, a wiki how-to manual. Original Author credits are found at the original wikiHow article on How to Choose the Correct Replacement Liner for Above Ground Pools. All content on wikiHow can be shared under a wikiHow. Further reading on swimming pools if you plan to rent out your property in Crete to be found on our "Getting a Greek Government approved EOT License" page. Experiences of foreign residents of Building Swimming Pools in Greece and their[...]



Swimming Pool Above Ground

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Put In an Above Ground Pool in Greece and Cyprus

 

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit


Much of the Greek Island of Crete and mainland Greece has hard bedrock. If it is too difficult to construct a concrete pool, consider an above ground pool and how to do it.

There are many above ground swimming pools on the market today that would fit in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete or on Mainland Greece and Cyprus that offer hours of family fun and good excercise when the weather is just too hot for other activities. How to put an above ground pool in depends on the type and quality you choose along with good landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks for an eco-friendly environment which needs to be pleasing to look at.

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Swimmingpools :: Introduction - NEW

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

In Crete, Greece, Cyprus - Everything About Swimming Pools From Building a Pool to Pool Maintenance, Landscaping and More   Building a Concrete Swimming Pool In Greece (Main Swimming Pool Article) If you are determined to include a concrete swimming pool at your dream home in Crete, Greece or Cyprus which will be designed and built for your garden area then you are at the right web site. BritsinCrete addresses the questions related to the need to be realistic about running costs of a swimming pool in your dream home versus how much of the time the pool will be utilised!  Whether it is manageable on a fixed income? Will its contribution boost your house price? and, Whether having a pool at all is an ego trip or life long dream!   Further Useful Articles: How to Properly Maintain Swimming Pool Water Chemistry in Greece and Cyprus Learn about properly maintaining pool water chemistry is perhaps the most important aspect of keeping a swimming pool in the garden of your dream home when you are living as an ex-pat in the Greek Island of Crete or on Mainland Greece or even Cyprus. More on pool Water Chemistry. How to Put In an Above Ground Pool in Greece and Cyprus Much of the Greek Island of Crete and mainland Greece has hard bedrock. If it is too difficult to construct a concrete pool, consider an above ground pool and know how to do it. More on a Swimming Pool Above Ground How to Use Solar Energy to Heat a Pool in Greece and Cyprus The success of heating your swimming pool with sunlight (solar energy) will vary depending on how much sun your pool will get; how big and cold the pool is, and how much you are prepared to pay to buy a dark-colored hose. Hose aside, you have to be concerned with how you will maximise heating your pool yet build and landscape an attractive pool side area. More on Using Solar Energy :: Heat a Pool How to Install Solar Panels to Heat a Pool in Greece and Cyprus Heating a pool in Greece with inexpensive, unglazed plastic solar panels can be a relatively easy and low cost project you can do yourself. More on Installing Solar Panel Pool Heating How to Close Your Swimming Pool for the Winter in Greece and Cyprus By properly closing your pool for the Winter, you will spend less time and money opening your pool again in the Spring. Short cuts and tips are provided. More on what is required to closing a Pool in Winter How to Re-Open a Swimming Pool for Summer in Greece and Cyprus A basic rundown of tips to opening a swimming pool for a new summer season. This practical advice applies to any swimming pool that fits in the garden of your home in the Greek Island of Crete and elsewhere in Greece or Cyprus. More on Reopening a Pool for the Summer season. How to Eliminate and Prevent Green Algae in a Swimming Pool in Greece and Cyprus How to cope with problems with green algae in your dream home's swimming pool on a Greek Island, other places in Greece or Cyprus. More on Preventing and Eliminating Algae How to Diagnose and Clear Cloudy Swimming Pool Water in Greece/Cyprus Five easy and practical steps to quickly diagnose and resolve the problem of cloudy water in your pool as it applies to the Greek islands, mainland Greece and Cyprus. More on How to Diagnose and Clear Cloudy Swimming Pool Water How to Lower Chlorine in a Pool in Greece/Cyprus Advice on how to lower the Chorine levels in your swimming pool in sunny Crete, Greece and Cyprus. More on Lowering Chlorine How to Choose the Correct Replacement Liner for Above Ground Pools in Greece and Cyprus What replacement Liners are to be chosen for an above ground swimming pool. They have to be a functional part of the swimming pool as they need to add color, style and character.[...]



Using Solar Energy :: Heat a Pool

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Use Solar Energy to Heat a Pool

in Greece and Cyprus

 

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

The success of heating your swimming pool with sunlight (solar energy) will vary depending on how much sun you get, how big and cold the pool is, and how much dark-colored hose you are prepared to buy - but some increase in temperature is feasible for most people. But bear in mind that winter sunshine into your home's garden area, may be limited, a problem due to too much cloud. Caste aside the notion that living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete or on Mainland Greece, that winter sunshine may be limited. Putting aside the wintertime solar energy issue, you have to be concerned with how you landscape the surrounding area, place outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks to ensure an eco-friendly environment yet maximise heating your pool.

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Using Solar Powered Lights

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

How to Landscape With Solar Lighting

in Greece and Cyprus


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit


Solar landscape lights are very popular for lighting yards, gardens and pool areas. They are virtually maintenance free, easy to install, and cost nothing to run. The only drawback for solar landscape lighting is that they must be placed in an area which receives a lot of sunlight during the day. That is easy in Greek island of Crete, mainland Greece and Cyprus, except for some of the days in winter. Apart from solar landscaping, it is also a positive idea to add outdoor buildings, walls, fences and decks to maintain a pleasing eco-friendly environment

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