Pool How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our pool step-by-step tips & ideas.

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Best Pool Lights (2024 Guide)

To get more use out of your pool, lights allow you to swim at light. In this review, we look at the best pool lights available this summer.

How to Install a Shipping Container Pool

House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse takes her backyard project to new heights with a container pool installation.

How to Fix a Hot Tub Leak

Hot tub leaks are tough to track down, and the confined quarters make them tough to fix. But, with a game plan and the right tools and products, you can go from stressing out over your hot tub to relaxing in it.

How to Move a Hot Tub

Whether you’re moving into a new home across town or simply renovating your backyard, read on to learn how to move a hot tub by yourself.

Hot Tub Installation 101

Backyard hot tubs help soak away stress and provides relief for muscle aches and joint pain. Before you set up your little oasis, here are a few things to note.

How to Drain a Pool

There’s more to draining a pool than pulling a plug or starting a siphon. If you do it wrong, you could damage your pool, yard, and even your neighbor’s property. These tips on how to drain a pool will help.

How to Winterize a Pool

When summer days start to fade away, it’s time to start prepping your pool for the cooler months. Read this guide to learn the steps for winterizing in-ground and above-ground pools.

Tips for Building a Deck Around Your Above-Ground Pool

What you should know before building a deck around your above-ground pool

How to Heat a Swimming Pool with an Air Conditioner

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a device that will heat a pool with the heat produced by an air conditioner.

Building a Cabana

Nothing says Hollywood pool like a cabana. Add glamour with this easy-to-build variety.