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Type/Location Dehum. Settings Notes
Basement Set to 60% or below. 45-50% are good settings to use. To control mold, keep below 60% humidity. Be sure to observe dehumidifier. If running continuously, check for air leakage allowing outside humidity to enter basement. Don’t use dehumidifier at low temperatures (ex.: winter)
Home/Living areas Set to 30-60% for desired comfort range. 45% is a great target for most people. Set dehumidifier to 50% and below to keep dust mites from thriving. Adjust to below 50% based on comfort level. use 45% as a general guide, as is suitable for many people. Reduce use in winter as humidity will drop with cold or when heat is in use.

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Little Giant Manual Pool Cover Pump PCP 550

Little Giant Manual Pool Cover Pump PCP550 Review

Pool cover pumps are an important part of pool maintenance for above ground pools as well as inground pools.  Keeping the pool cover free of excessive water and debris will greatly enhance the lifespan of your expensive pool cover tarp.

It’s also necessary to remove water when opening the pool in spring to avoid the cover being ripped and damaged.

While it is possible to remove water just with a garden hose this can take days if it’s just being siphoned off. Sooner or later most pool owners purchase a pool cover pump for this purpose.

In this review, we’ll have a closer look at the Little Giant PCP 550.

What buyers have to say about the PCP 550

Above ground pool cover pump

The PCP550 is a manual pool cover pump with a capacity to pump 550 gallons per hour. It’s not overly fast but it does the job in time without clogging. It will definitely remove water a lot faster compared to just siphoning it off.

The pump can be easily connected to a bog standard 3/4-inch garden hose. It is then placed and submerged on the cover, plug into a socket and it starts pumping away.

Buyers keep being impressed by the high quality at this budget price. High quality means the pump is very reliable, the housing is sturdy and durable and it doesn’t get clogged up thanks to a cone-shaped cage at the intake. Especially great for above ground pool covers with tarp style covers. 

What I don’t like

Mainly it comes down to two things: Sometimes buyers aren’t aware that this is NOT an automatic pump which means the user has to decide when to plug the pump in and when to switch it off. If you want a complete set and forget pump have a look at the Little Giant APCP-1700 here.

Secondly, they would sometimes wish the pump would have a bigger flow rate for faster water removal.

So, as long as you expect a plug in and pump away device with a decent flow rate and know that the pump needs to be plugged in and off manually this is for you, especially considering how well it is made and lasts for this price.

Features and Tech Spec of the PCP550

Feature Note
Type: Manual Pool cover pump Manual means that it is not an automatic pump but needs to be manually plugged in or off to operate. It does require power for the pump
3/4-inch garden hose connection A 3/4 inch is the most common diameter for garden hoses. No extra fittings required.
Flow rate of 550 GPH A flow rate of 550 gallons per water is one of the best values for pumps under $70 and it’s by far faster than siphoning.  To give an example of what to expect:

draining 6″ off the cover of an 18 ft round pool takes 4-5 hours

8 foot shutoff It is unlikely that your pool cover will ever be under that much water. 8 feet is a very generous limit considering the purpose of the pump.
Removable intake screen Little Giant PCP 550 Intake Leaf ScreenThe cone shape of the intake screen does a brilliant job of preventing leaves and bigger debris to get stuck and clogging up the pump. Easy to remove and clean if required when the pool is full of leaves or big debris.
25 foot cord Enough length for most pool owners if a socket is nearby. Otherwise, an extension might be needed.

FAQs about the Little Giant PCP550

To what water level does the pump work?

The pump is designed to pump water while the intake is submerged in water. Once it starts to be exposed to air it will still pump water until there is about 2-3 inches of water on the cover.

If laid on its side it can pump to a slightly lower level.

After it is unplugged, the pump will continue to remove water until it drains below the cone-shaped intake screen as it acts as a siphon when the power is turned off provided the end of your hose is lower than the pump. This is useful when you want the water to drain without supervision and don’t want it to burn through once it has reached the minimum water level.

As the remaining water and the pump are pushing the cover down the pump will sit at the deepest bit of the cover. This means 2-3 inches in that area isn’t very much overall and is little enough for you to pull the cover off.

Can you leave the pump on the pool cover in freezing temperatures?

If the pump is submerged UNDER ice it will just pump normally. However, it is not recommended to leave the pump out in wintry conditions where it might freeze in. 

The manual states: “Remove pump when conditions will cause water to freeze. Freezing water may result in rupture to pump and could result in possible electrical short.”

Do you need any other accessories for it to work?

A standard ¾ inch diameter garden hose is required. It needs to be long enough to bridge the distance from the pump to where you want to drain the water.

No other parts or accessories are necessary.

How well is it made?

Even though the housing including the elbow for the hose is made of plastic it is very durable and solid.

Does it switch off automatically?

No, the pump will keep operating until it is unplugged. It is a very robust pump people have reportedly let it run dry without damaging it. However, it is highly recommended to unplug it as soon as it starts to suck air i.e. at 2-3 inches water left.

Review summary – is it a good buy?

It’s a definite yes. It’s one of the best manual pool cover pumps in its price range.

Small, easy to use, and effective, it’s a great pump to keep that water off your pool cover in the winter. Not suitable for extreme amounts off water as that would take too long.

It needs to be switched on and off manually.

It’s a great choice! Head over now and  see the current price and great buyer reviews for the Little Giant PCP550 at Amazon.

Additional reading

If you need a pool cover pump that removes water you definitely should check out my review of the best pool cover pumps including automatic models.

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4 Of The Best Pool Volleyball Nets – Pool Fun For All Your Needs

Ball games never get boring. Kids and adults quickly forget time while playing and having fun. Adults also appreciate the workout and kids have a blast while playing with friends and family.

In this article, I’ll cover several different pool volleyball nets and designs from cheap inflatables to tried and tested portable sets.

This includes in-deck mounted sets and also included an industrial-strength volleyball net built to last practically forever.

I’m sure you’ll find a water volleyball game best suited for your budget and requirements.

★ The best pool volleyball net sets ★

Our top picks at a glance

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sample-table__image★ Top Pick! ★Dunnrite Watervolly Portable
  • Regulation-size set for use with residental and comm. pools. Adjustable height
  • 2 sturdy poles and heavy-duty net.
  • Includes great soft touch water ball. 3 yr warranty.
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sample-table__imageDunnriter Pro Volly Kit
  • Retrofit kit for existing holes/anchors. Fits 1.5"/1.90" inserts & anchors
  • 24ft adjustable net for custom fit. Power-coasted posts last long
  • Brass & stainless durable hardware
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sample-table__imageFirst Team SP-Aqua Net
  • Super-strong 3 1/2" powder coated aluminum posts
  • High-quality full size net with tensioner system
  • Includes all hardware including ground sockets
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sample-table__imageUnder $15Intext Infaltable Net
  • 94"x25"x36" of affordable fun! Includes repair kit
  • Includes weight bags for staying put
  • Sturdy 10 ga vinyl. Includes vinyl ball
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1. DUNN RITE Watervolly Portable Pool Volleyball Set V400 – A great value portable set!

★ Best value portable set ★

Dunnrite Watervolly Portable Pool Volleyball Set V400

Dunn Rite has been manufacturing pool products since 1988 and were the first to create a commercial grade pool basketball hoop which we have reviewed. The Watervolly Set continues their line of sturdy, long-lasting pool products. This regulation-size water volleyball set is designed for residential and equally suitable for more commercial use.

Poles: It includes two sturdy 48″ x 1.90″ aluminium posts. (NOTE: a stainless steel set is also available)

Bases: These are large! Made of white molded plastic and are easy to put into place when empty and weigh 110 lbs each when filled with water holding the poles firmly in place.

The set comes with a high-quality volleyball for real (pool) court action.

The heavy-duty net can be adjusted in width to fit your pool. It will cover a maximum of 24 feet as that is the width of the net. Should you need more than that  there are a few inches of rope used to tie the net to the poles, so you have a little more room there or could even add some more rope.

However, the longer you go the more likely it is for the net to sag.

The volleyball is regulation size and has a nice soft feel to it, too! Ready to Play?

Don’t waste any time (or money!) getting lesser quality or paying too much. Check out the the many happy buyers and current price at Amazon.

#2 DUNN RITE Pro Volly Retrofit volleyball kit – A solid choice for installation use.

Dunnrite Pro Volly net kit product imageThis retrofit kit with powder-coated aluminum poles comes in two sizes and quality levels. It installs in your existing 1.5″ PVC pole insets or 1.90″ ladder anchors.

It’s a great set, too, coming in at under $125. For that, you get an extensive 24 foot custom-adjustable net for a real court volleyball setup.

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The Dunnrite Pro Volly set offers a great net that fits nearly any pool – just stretch to the right size for yours and fasten as needed. Customer support is available, too, if you need help.

While the water ball isn’t as good as more expensive options (it’s a bit more plain), it’s a great set overall and one of the best if you don’t need surface anchors. This gives you that real volleyball net experience without the worry of tipping them over.

Don’t miss out! Start enjoying real pool sports fun at your leisure just like all the other happy buyers.

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3. First Team Stellar Aqua-SP – Go pro level!

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First Team specializes in sports equipment for commercial places including water parks.  You can rest assured that everything is truly competition grade. It’s also American-made!

There’s no way around it, this kind of superior quality comes with a serious price tag.

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With it you’ll get:

  • 3 1/2″ diameter aluminum posts and a powder coat finish – These are solid and the powder coat finish will withstand hot sun and pool water for years to come.
  • Hinged ground sockets for easy installation and removal when opening or closing the pool. When the posts are removed, the hinged lid covers the sleeve and provides a nice finished look.
  • Customized Competition grade volleyball net for lasting quality. First Team provides the net in the right length for your pool.
  • Wormgear net tensioning crank – There is no other pool volleyball net that allows you to tighten the net like that. No more sagging, drooping volleyball nets, the Stellar Aqua will remain bowstring tight
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty

At close to $2,000 it’s not a “budget” net set by any means – however, if you’re wanting true professional-level quality that you’ll get years of amazing fun from, it’s you first choice.

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4. INTEX Pool Volleyball Game – Affordable family fun for anyone.

Intex is well known for its range of small and large inflatable pool toys. In fact, the Intex inflatable pool basketball hoop is listed as best in its category.

This inflatable volleyball game set is also perfect for fun family games.

The net needs to be inflated and held in place by anchor weights.  It works best if you put larger rocks or bricks in the weight bags to avoid for the net to be blown out of the pool.

The ball is a lightweight inflatable water ball but does work fairly well. 

Buyers are happy with the quality for the price and are often surprised how big it is. So please check the measurements: 94″ X 25″ X 36″.

Get fantastic fun for months for less than the price of a steak dinner!  Take a moment and see the many happy buyers and super low price at Amazon.

Advice for pool volleyballs (the balls themselves)

The main point for better players is to have a softer than normal volleyball for pool games. It does pay off to have a waterproof, soft-touch ball. Your forearms will thank you.

Younger players quickly lose enthusiasm with a ball that’s too heavy. A simple inflatable water ball is best to start with.

Here’s a list of some of the top recommended sellers

How To Play Pool Volleyball

Pool volleyball doesn’t come with any official rules and it’s best to agree on guidelines before start. How detailed these are will depend on age and skills of participants. Generally, the more competitive and skilled the players are, the more they will want to have a set of rules to adhere to.

Find an overview of how to play pool volleyball here.

More pool sports recommended products

I hope you’ve found my information helpful! If you’re still unsure, why not have a look at my list of basketball/ volleyball combo sets?

Thinking about basketball instead? Check out my list of the best portable pool basketball hoops.

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The Best Swimming Pool Cover Pumps For 2020

A pool cover pump is an essential part of your winterizing kit. Opening a pool for the season can become impossible if the water that accumulates over time on a tarp and solid pool covers on above and in-ground pools isn’t removed.

★ The 5 best pool cover pumps ★

Top picks at a glance

Image Product Details
sample-table__image★ Top pick ★Little Giant APCP-1700
  • Removable intake screen for easy cleaning and maintenance
  • Integrated float switch for reliable automatic operation
  • Built in handle. 25' power cord. Activates in 2" water
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sample-table__imageWayne WAPC250
  • Plug in and leave the pump unattended for worry-free water removal
  • Strainer base filters debris to minimize clogging and keep pump from tipping over
  • Automatic freeze protection 
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sample-table__imageLittle Giant 5-APCP
  •  Pump is submersible and can operate in automatic or manual modes
  • Powerful 1200 gal/hr flow rate. 25' cord included
  •  Includes a stabilizing plate and automatic switch. 2 yr warranty
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sample-table__imageLittle Giant PCP550
  •  Removable intake screen for easy cleaning and maintenance
  • Manual pump with 550 gal./hr flow rate
  • 25' power cord + 3/4" garden hose connect.
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sample-table__imageUnder $65Superior Pump 91250 Utility
  • 1/4 HP Utility pump moves up to 1,800 gallons per hour
  • Removable suction screen and handles up to 1/8 inch solids
  • Built to Last, engineered with quality components and are 100% factory tested
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Each and every pool cover pump has different strengths. The ones shown above, are those that sell really well.

Not only do they sell really well, but they have also maintained excellent buyer reviews, on a consistent and steady basis.  You’ll find more information on each, or you can click through to the full review.

Detailed pool cover pump reviews

1. Little Giant APCP-1700

Little Giant APCP-1700 pool cover pump

The company Little Giant specializes in pumps and has a range of very good swimming pool cover pumps. In fact, three of these made it into our top 5.

The APCP-1700 is an automated pool cover pump that has proven to be a very reliable, valuable piece of winterizing kit. It has received even higher average customer ratings on Amazon than the WACP250 (close second in our reviews) and offers high quality at this price.

Technical Data and Specifications

Feature Notes
Max Flow Rate 1700 GPH A maximum flow rate of 1700 GPH is possible with a 1” discharge hose but the standard diameter is ¾” resulting in a lower output.
Automatic On: 2”
OFF: .50″-1.50″
The minimum water level for the pump to kick in is 2″ and down to .50″-1.50″ to switch off. This removes enough water to safely remove a pool cover especially considering that the pump is quite heavy and pushes the cover down to form a valley.
Sideways discharge Hose ¾” This means you can use your standard garden hose which most people already own. No need for extra adapter fittings. Sideways outlet reduces the risk of kinks in the hose.
Submersible The pump is sealed to work properly when fully submerged.
Weight of Pump: 12 lb This is heavy but still easy to carry and move about thanks to the built-in handle. The weight helps to push a flexible cover down to sit at the deepest point for pumping.

User Feedback

High ratings are earned because of the pump’s high flow rate, ease of handling and reliability. It’s often used successfully in freeze/ thaw regions, even though it is not recommended to leave the pump out in freezing temperatures.

Even so, it usually comes back to life after freezing up.

Reliability

The pump comes with a 3 year warranty but has proven to be very robust and the float switch works well to prevent the pump from burning through when the water level has decreased.

The APCP 1700 is best for:

  • Medium and large above-ground tarp covers
  • In-ground tarp and automated solid/ mesh covers.

Not suitable for:

  • Small tarp pool covers (due to its weight)
  • Performance might be overkill

My honest opinion? It’s a definite best buy pool cover pump!

An automated, set and forget pool cover pump that can remove water quickly and is certainly well suited for larger pool covers. It’s reliable, durable, and spare parts are readily available.

A 3 year limited warranty adds extra peace of mind – and I really like that.

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2. WAYNE WAPC250 1/4 HP Automatic

WAYNE WAPC250 pool cover pump

Wayne Inc is based in Ohio where it manufactures and assembles its own pumps. High efficiency, output and reliability as well as the fact that it’s a set and forget pump thanks to its built in anti-freeze protection made this automatic cover pump THE BEST SELLER for cover pumps on Amazon.

Specifications and Technical Data:

Feature Notes
Max Flow rate: 3000 GPH With a maximum flow rate is 3000 gallons per hour using 3000 GPH with a 1-1/4″ drain hose this pump easily leads the field and allows fast removal of water even in heavy rains or when a lot of water has already accumulated.
¼ HP Achieving that kind of output with ¼ HP pump stands for high efficiency.
Automatic ON / OFF The WAPC250 automatically switches on when the water level reaches a little above 2” (2 1/2” to be precise) and turn off by itself when the level drops below 3/4”, not quite as low as the Little Giant ACPC 1700
Submersible Yes

User Feedback

A lot of people buy it after their old pump has given up – in many cases an old (now discontinued) Rule 1800 or a cheaper cover pump.

People are happy with the sturdy construction and amount of water it can transfer. It’s easy to use and moved about thanks to the pull to shore cable.

This is especially true for solid + mesh covers. Pool owners also like that it’s amazingly quiet considering its power.

Reliability

The pump comes with a 3 year limited warranty. Customer service is pretty good and helpful too. The strainer at the bottom prevents clogging even when there are lots of leaves.

However, the most common issue is frequent on and off switching when the vent hole is clogged up thereby preventing priming of the pump. This is usually caused by a clogged up vent hole and can be easily rectified.

The WAPC250 is best for:

  • Large above ground pools and automatic solid and mesh covers
  • In-ground pools thanks to its performance, reliability, and more

…and not suitable for:

  • Smaller tarp pool covers: due to its weight and the flow rate may be overkill
  • Small areas and amounts of water.

It’s a great automatic pool cover pump with one of the highest flow rates money can buy!

It’s also a snap to use once it’s set up, too. An automated, set and forget pool cover pump that gets rid of water build-up fast. Excellent for larger pool covers and heavy rain or snowfall.

You get a fantastic 3 year limited warranty for extra peace of mind.

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3. Little Giant 5-APCP Automatic

Little Giant 5-APCP Automatic pool cover pump

This is the second Little Giant automatic pool cover pump making it into the top 5. You will also find this under item number 505600 on the internet. This has been on the market for more than 15 years and still going strong.

The Little Giant doesn’t reach the pump capacity of the APCP 1700 or the WACP250 I covered earlier, but it’s by no means short on performance!

Thanks to its much lower weight it’s great for smaller pool covers as well as a utility pump to empty hot tubs and spas.

Specifications and Technical Data

Feature Notes
Max Flow rate: 1200 GPH This was one of the strongest cover pumps before the arrival of the APCP-1700 and WACP250. 1200GPH is only reached with a 1” hose.

Smaller hose diameters will reduce the flow rate but normal circumstances like a ¾” hose and overcoming heights of 1’ to 3’ will still deliver flow rates capable of dealing with heavy rainfalls.

Automatic Mode ON and
OFF
For automatic operation, the pump is plugged into a piggyback receptacle, which then plugs into the power outlet. Switches ON at 2 ½” and OFF under 1″
Manual Mode For manual operation, plug the pump plug directly into a properly grounded outlet. Manual means the pump runs continuously until the plug is pulled.

Needs supervision to avoid the pump running dry and getting damaged.

Weight of unit: 2.64lb A light-weight coupled with a large footprint makes this a stable pump for smaller tarp pool covers.
Submersible Yes

User Feedback

This pump is often purchased by repeat customers who had this for several years and are happy with how durable and effective the 5-APCP is.

So much so they are happy to buy a replacement when it does wear out eventually after several years of usage.

Reliability

As mentioned above, reliability and durability is the biggest strength of this automatic pump.

My opinion? It’s a great choice thanks to its proven design that delivers lasting midrange flow rates. Perfect for medium and smaller sized pool covers.

(The choice of manual and automatic mode make it popular for versatile maintenance and utility pump use too.)

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4. Little Giant Pool PCP 550

Little Giant Pool PCP 550 pool cover pumpIf you don’t need an automatic pool cover pump the PCP 550 might be just the ticket. It’s not overly fast but it does the job in time without clogging. It’ll definitely remove water a lot faster compared to just siphoning it off.

Specifications and Technical Data:

Feature Notes
Max Flow rate: 550 GPH As said above, this flow rate was measured with a 1” hose. In reality, there will be friction loss with the recommended ¾” standard sized garden hose.

It will remove water fairly fast; much, much faster compared to siphoning it off.

Manual Manual means that it is not an automatic pump but needs to be manually plugged in or off to operate. It does require power for the pump.

You can also switch the pump on to get going and then switch off and let the water be siphoned off without using electricity, just takes longer.

¾” garden hose Manual means that it is not an automatic pump but needs to be manually plugged in or off to operate. It does require power for the pump.

You can also switch the pump on to get going and then switch off and let the water be siphoned off without using electricity. It just takes longer.

Weight: 3.45 lbs Small and easy to handle. No muss, no fuss operation too.
Submersible Yes

User Feedback

Buyers keep being impressed by the high quality at this price (under $70). High quality means the pump is very reliable, the housing is sturdy and durable and it doesn’t get clogged up thanks to a cone shaped cage at the intake.
The pump comes with a 1 year limited warranty.

PCP 550 is best for

  • Above ground pools and spas.

…and not for

  • Large pool covers and unsupervised operations

For us, it’s a great budget by for manual pool cover pumps with a decent flow rate. It’s really affordable, too, as I’ve seen it selling for less than $50.

Simple, cheap, and reliable – what more can you ask for?

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5. Superior Pump 91250, 1/4 HP Multipurpose

Superior Pump 91250 pool cover pump

There are a few lower-priced manual pool cover pumps available, but most of these turn out to be just slightly better than a siphon. The Superior pump, on the other hand, stands out for its impressive power, workmanship, and reliability.

Strictly speaking, it’s not just a pool cover pump but a utility pump suitable to remove and transfer water elsewhere in and around the house.

Specifications and Technical Data

Feature Notes
¼ HP, Max Flow rate: 1800 GPH This is with a large 1 ¼” hose. A standard ¾” hose will reduce the capacity.
Manual Mode The pump plugs directly into a properly grounded outlet. Please be aware of the relatively short length of the cord. Manual means the pump runs continuously until the plug is pulled.

Needs supervision to avoid the pump burn when running dry.

Submersible Yes
Lowest remaining water level: ⅛” Works with water down to 1/8″ but needs to be closely watched around that level to make sure the pump doesn’t draw air.
Cord length 10’ Quite short compared to other pumps that come with a 25’ cord.

User Feedback

Buyers have repeatedly commented on the high quality (Stainless Steel impellors) and high volume pump for its size.

It does a very good job on pool covers as it pumps down to a very low level compared to other pool cover pumps.

However, the center of gravity is quite high in the pump. Coupled with a small footprint this makes for slight instability and the pump can tip over fairly easily and risks of running dry and burning the pump.

So be prepared to DIY a solution if you have a flexible pool cover.

The Superior Pump 91250 is best for:

  • Smaller pools
  • Spas
  • Various applications around the house

…and not for

  • Large areas and volumes of water
  • Frozen/freezing temperature areas

Verdict for Superior Pump 91250
Good buy.

High-quality material and sealing ensure longevity. Although it’s not the most powerful compared to automated pumps it does deliver a decent flow rate to remove water from a tarp pool cover within a reasonable few hours.

It’s a smart choice if you’re looking for a nice all-around utility pump rather than a dedicated pool cover pump.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The basics of pool cover water pumps – why do I need one?

Removing water from the cover is also necessary to prevent rips and tears in the pool cover and damage from freezing or when removing the pool cover.

If you live in an area with freezing temperatures you’ll have the added problem of ice threatening to damage the cover and add big extra costs to replace or repair a damaged cover.

That’s true for solid as well as tarp and mesh pool covers.

A water pump for a pool cover is placed on top of the cover of above or in-ground pools or hot tubs. When the water reaches a certain level the water is pumped away and discharged via a hose.

As a result, stress and weight on the cover get relieved and removal becomes a lot easier.

Do I really need a pool cover pump?

You do have to remove water and debris from the cover before opening the pool. Otherwise, you’ll risk damaging the pool cover. There is a slow, no-cost solution.

You can just take a garden hose, put one end into the standing water on the pool cover, suck on the other end to get a flow going and let physics do the rest. So you could siphon the water off that way. This is S L O W and can take days and would be downright silly to consider for larger pools.

That’s where a pool cover pump comes in. The larger the pump flow rate, the faster this happens.

Which pool cover pump is the best?

Right now my favorite is the Little Giant APCP-1700 Automatic. See our table below for a look at the rest of our Top 5 :)

Do I need to remove all of the water on the pool cover?

There is no pump that can remove the water completely without risking the pump burning up (in the case of non-automatic pumps). Automatic pumps will switch off at a certain level, somewhere around 1″.

This is low enough to then remove the cover safely.

Manual vs automatic pool cover pump differences

Automatic pool cover pumps will detect when the water level has reached a certain depth and start pumping. Likewise, once the water level has decreased the pump will switch off.

For manual pumps, it’s up to the user to switch the device on and off. These are therefore more suited for occasional use and smaller pools.

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Great Buy: Little Giant APCP-1700 Pool Cover Pump Review

Regardless of whether you winterized and covered an above or in-ground swimming pool or a spa tub, used a flexible or automated solid pool cover, you want to make sure you keep the pool cover free of excess water and debris. Failing to do so will not just look ugly but greatly reduce the lifespan of your expensive cover.

There are a handful of pool cover pumps available but not all live up to expectations. Pool owners are often frustrated when an expensive pump fails after a short time.

Others want to make the switch from manual pumps to automated but aren’t sure which one to go for.

This review looks at the Little Giant APCP-1700, an automated pool cover pump that has proven to be a very reliable and valuable piece of winterizing kit.

Good things to know about the APCP-1700

People often buy this after their previous pool cover pump of a different make has died much sooner than expected. The APCP-1700 offers high quality at this price.

It’s being used everywhere where there is a need to drain water out of the pool when it rains or have a melting snow situation. It certainly does well in frequent freeze/thaw regions in the winter. Intake screen APCP 1700

This pump doesn’t clog up and on the rare occasions that it does it can be easily cleaned.

It’s popular on different kinds of pool covers: on above ground Intex pools, in-ground pools with a tarp or automated covers, saltwater in-ground pools on mesh cover and spas, even sitting on the second step to keep water levels in check.

The pump rate is impressive. It does pump a lot of water and does so very quietly. It is designed to do well when submerged.

To give you an idea how quickly it pumps imagine a 6″ of rainwater on a 50’x25′ electric automatic roll-up pool cover, and this pump with a 15′ garden hose attached to it, evacuated all the water in about 3.5 hours, leaving just a thin layer of water that is no problem to open the cover.

More features you’ll like

It’s great not having to worry about switching it on and off. The integrated float switch operates very reliably and turns the pump on or off when the water level reaches about 2”.

This pump weighs in at a solid 12lb. Despite the weight, it’s easy to move around thanks to the built-in handle. Most people find it easy to put this on their pool cover and move to the right spot – see video below.

When it is sat on a pool cover it stays upright and doesn’t fall over. Some above ground pool covers might be an exception when sagging so much causing the pump to tip over when angled too much. A solution could be to find a crate or similar for the pump to sit in and have a wider base.

Usually, though, it sits like a rock.

Users also like that it doesn’t have rusting parts that would stain a pool cover and a standard 3/4“ hose can easily be connected to, no custom parts requiring special accessories.

Features and Tech Spec of the APCP 1700

Features Notes
Type: Automatic Pool cover pump Submersible pool cover pump Little giant float switchAutomatic means the pump switches ON/OFF depending on the water level. The pump can be set and forget and will operate when needed. No supervision required.

Switch ON water level: 2″
Switch OFF water level: .50″-1.50″

3/4-inch garden hose connection A 3/4 inch is the most common diameter for garden hoses. No extra fittings required.
Sideways discharge The output on the side greatly reduces the chance of kinks in the discharge hose. 
Flow rate 1700 GPH Flow rate 1700 GPHSkip this if you don’t like…numbers, numbers, numbers… The APCP 1700 instructions explain: ‘ Using a 3/4″ garden hose 50′ long reduces this performance to approximately 500 gallons per hour due to friction losses in the hose. If your area frequently has heavy rainfalls, (1″ – 2″ per hour), it may be necessary to use 1″ tubing. This should be available in most pool supply stores. ‘So what does that mean for your pool?

According to Little Giant, a 16′ x 32′ pool cover would COLLECT 319 gallons (16 x 32 x
.6234 = 319) in 1 hour, in 1″ per hour rain.
A 20′ x 40′ pool cover would collect 499 gallons (20 x 40 x .6234 = 499) in 1 hour, in 1″ per hour rain.

So even with reduced capacity due to a 3/4 inch hose the pump would still pump water out as quickly as it comes in during an average rainfall – if there is such a thing. A pool user reports: ‘6″ of rainwater on a 50’x25′ electric automatic roll-up pool cover, and this pump evacuated all the water in about 3.5 hours’

Removable intake screen Works well preventing leaves and bigger debris to get stuck and clogging up the pump. Easy to remove and clean
25 foot cord Counts as an extended cord, for easy household use.

FAQs about the Little Giant APCP-1700

How much water does it leave before turning off?

The pump is set to switch off when the water level has reached .50″-1.50″. This means it leaves only very little water on tarp covers as the pump sits in a little valley due to its weight. It pumps enough water away to make opening the pool a cinch.

On solid automated pool covers enough water is drained to let the rest of the water on the cover be pushed out when opening the pool.

Will it be too heavy on an in-ground pool cover that is secured by 4X4′ timber and bricks or waterbags?

Even though this pump ways in at a quite hefty 12lbs you should be fine. Many users have reported they are using the pump successfully on a pool cover secured by waterbags.

How does the pump handle leaves?

Lots of leaves will be sucked towards the pump. Eventually, this will reduce the flow of water quite a lot although the pump itself is known for doing a good job of NOT clogging up.

That’s because the holes in the bottom screen most of the debris.

If there are many leaves to deal with you could place the pump into a crate or vessel with holes in to keep the leaves away from the pump but let water in.

How do I safely get such a heavy pound pump to the center of a cover?

Get the pump ready by attaching the discharge hose. To make handling easier attach a rope on the handle. The rope should be long enough to reach the opposite end of the pool.

Place the pump on edge of pool then use rope, hose and electric cord to pull the pump to where you want it to be, ideally with two people. You’ll find that the pump slides quite easily despite its weight.

For shorter distances, you could use the rubber end of a pool brush pole to guide the pump where you want it to sit.

Is this pump ok to be outside in freezing temperatures?

Even though there are plenty of reports where users have let their pump run through the winter with no problem, it’s not recommended to let the pump run in freezing conditions.

Not so much because the pump doesn’t work but because the discharge hose will freeze up with ice. When the pump keeps running under these conditions it will burn out.

Will it stop automatically when the water is drained?

Yes! The built-in float switch causes the pump to start when water levels reach about 2″ and to stop when the water is down to about half to 1.50″.  A great set and forget feature.

Is this pump fully submersible?

Yes, it is perfectly fine to use when fully submerged.

Review summary – is it a good buy?

My honest opinion? Yep, it’s a good choice and well worth the money spent.

An automated, set and forget pool cover pump that can remove water quickly and is well suited for larger pool covers makes your life much easier. It’s also proven to be reliable, durable, and spare parts are readily available.

In my opinion, the 3 year warranty really seals the deal and gives you that extra peace of mind you need.

Don’t waste any more time – get started today! Head over now and see the current price details for the Little Giant APCP-1700 at Amazon.

More to read

If it’s not the one you need, don’t fret! Check out my article on the best pool cover pumps here too.

 

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The Best Floating and Inflatable Basketball Hoops For Your Pool (2020 Edition)

There is a good variety of floating and inflatable basketball hoop games around. You might even have spotted one in your local Walmart.

Have a look at what options there are available online and how much you’ll have to spend for a good quality inflatable basketball game and what ages they’re right for.

★ The best floating basketball hoops ★

Our top picks at a glance

Image Product Details
sample-table__image★ Top Pick! ★GoSports Splash Hoop 360
  • Includes 2 balls and pump! New modern design
  • Sturdy frame beats inflatable designs
  • Takes only seconds to assemble! Lasts for years
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sample-table__imageIntex Floating Hoops Basketball
  • Super affordable - under $16
  • Durable 10 ga vinyl
  • Base fills w/ water for added stability
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sample-table__imageEasy storageCOOP Hydro Springs Hoop
  • Awesome bright color design. Springs open for fast use
  • Twist-n-fold makes storage a snap!
  • Includes storage bag and foam ball
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sample-table__imageHuge size!Swimline Giant Shootball
  • Whopping 45" x 36" size is a blast to use.
  • Mutiple ports for more shooting fun
  • Smarty vinyl design. Includes long-lasting ball
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1. GoSports Splash Hoop 360 Floating Pool Basketball Game

GoSports Splash Hoop 360 Floating Pool Game

Let’s start with the winner. The GoSports Splash Hoop 360 ticks all the boxes for a pool game. It’s very easy to assemble, no tools required and it’s especially handy if you don’t like having to blow up inflatables with your mouth and don’t want to worry about air leaks and punctures over time.

It does seem slightly on the expensive side but what you pay for is a sturdy, well made floating basketball hoop that won’t topple over in the slightest breeze or splash.

The basketballs are about 7″ in diameter and can be inflated with the included pump.

My top recommended floating basketball hoop – you’ll love it!

Don’t miss out on tons of pool fun! Find out now why it's one of the greatest pool basketball games you'll find at Amazon.

2. Intex floating hoop

Intex floating basketball game example playingThe Intex Floating Basketball Hoop in yellow and green is easy to spot in the pool. It’s a great little toy hoop! Don’t expect too much, though. It is quite light and will float and move about in the slightest breeze.

It’s best for parent/child play. Ideally, you’ll want to use your own, slightly heavier ball to play as it is more like a mini beach ball, very light and difficult to aim with.

You can fill the base with water to prevent it from tipping over. Very cool!

Great buy as an inflatable toy that can ALSO be used for basketball. You’ll find kids start using this first as a ball game and then invent other games: diving under it, turning it over to use as a chair, a raft…you get the picture.

An inexpensive, versatile fun toy at this price. At under $25 (and even cheaper at Amazon!) it’s a great buy for anyone.

Head over now and see why it's one of the most popular affordable hoops today.

3. SwimWays Hydro Spring floating hoop

Swimways Hydro floating pool basketball hoopIf you want something more substantial and better made than the Intex toy above have a look at the Hydro Spring Basketball by SwimWays.

I like the textured feel of the fabric that covers the base. It’s well thought designed with its plastic base providing enough weight to keep it upright. It’s a cinch to set up and inflate.

It’s a really good value for the money, too!

Find out now why it's one of the best-selling (and most affordable!) pool hoops at Amazon.

4. SwimLine GIANT Swimming Pool Basketball Hoop Set

Swimline 90285 giant floating pool basketball hoopIn case you didn’t notice: you’re in for GIANT fun!

Inflated it stands at a whopping height of 45″ tall by 36″ (3 feet) wide. Ideally you’ll want to get your motorized pump out so you don’t faint before the game even starts.

The hoop is made of strong vinyl and will last several summers – you’ll get years of fun for your money. Even though it’s tall it doesn’t tip over thanks to its weight and large base.

I like the score numbers on top of the side ports and big side ports themselves. Competitive older kids and adults will soon spot these and invent new games. The side ports also allow younger kids to join in and score.

It comes with one basketball. Highly recommended – check the awesome buyer reviews! Great for ages 7 and up.

Want HUGE pool fun for a small price? Check out the enormous Swimline floating pool hoop over at Amazon.

What to look for when shopping

  • Is the height appropriate for players?
  • Does the hoop stay upright after a hit or topple over easily?
  • Good quality & build will last over time
  • Are the basketballs heavy enough for good play and not too slippery?

More advice about floating pool hoops

The biggest disadvantage of inflatable hoops is the possibility of air leaks. So make sure you inflate as soon as possible after purchase to check for any manufacturing errors and to be able to send your purchase back to get your money back if need be.

On the other hand, as long as they don’t leak they’ll be used over and over again. Kids will quickly find other uses for them.

Thinking about a more grownup poolside basketball hoop? Read more here:

Best Pool Basketball Hoops for the Swimming Pool

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How to Decorate Your Swimming Pool For Halloween

Halloween Pool Party Decorations Ideas

The swimming pool can easily be converted into a creepy haunted place with a few bought or DIY props. Check out our best ideas.

Blood Red Swimming Pool Halloween

Another great idea: filling the pool with “blood.”

For an easy, dramatic effect add some pool dye to your swimming pool. Half of an 8 oz bottle turns a 15,000 gallon pool a nice blood red for a Halloween party.

And don’t worry, this stuff won’t stain the pool liner, either fiberglass or vinyl. It does filter out within a few days.

Then add some floating skeletons or body parts and watch your guests admiring the effect.

(PS: Any leftover dye could come in handy for a pink birthday party.)

Floating Halloween Decorations

From floating pumpkins, flickering candle lights to glowing body parts, eerie skeletons and ghosts there are various possibilities to create a gruesomely spooky scene at your pool.

Halloween Pool Party decoration gloves glowsticksGlowing hands

Cheap, easy and effective: Get a box of latex surgical or household gloves, insert glow sticks, inflate and presto you have a good number of glowing dead hands to float in your pool. Works well with clear and dyed pool water.

Spooky Decorations For A Haunted Pool

Best to bear in mind who the party is for. If there are younger children to hold back on bloody body parts but go for Jack-o-lanterns and party halloween decorations. Less realistic is perfect for this age group. In fact, most young children will enjoy dressing up and party fun more than being scared.

If your party is for teenagers and/or adults the more realistic and creepy the better. Most people think of decorations to drape over trees and arrange in the garden.

But a truly haunted house will have strange lights and emanate eerie sounds and surprising, scary effects. 

Here are some ideas for a haunted feel, especially at night

  • Glowsticks – green or white, put into latex gloves or balloons for ghost lights
  • Flickering lights from real candles in lanterns
  • Real carved pumpkins with tealights inside
  • Flameless LED light candles with moving flames look incredibly realistic and are safe to use
  • Ground fog machine – not as expensive as you might think but so effective, especially when combined with glowsticks or spotlights
  • Large cobwebs
  • Animated decorations like ghosts, skeletons, witches with spooky movements and flashing lights and haunted voices or noises
  • Creepy cloth draped over furniture, trees or doors for a ‘taken over by ghosts and creatures’ feel
  • Sound Tracks of haunted music or even a story (see below for inspiration)

Just make sure to arrange everything with safety in mind, especially around the pool area. Make sure your guests don’t trip or fall into the pool at night.

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Halloween decorating is all about creativity and anything spooky, creepy and scary goes!

Fake tombstones, giant cobwebs, glowing pathways, bodyparts, strange noises. If it is all cloaked in mysterious fog even better.

Spooky effect of glow in the dark pathways

Low, dimmed light is hugely effective to create a spooky atmosphere.

Jack-o-lanterns shouldn’t be left out. Spread them out around the pool edge or, better still put them in the pool. Even though they are heavy they will float because they are hollow.

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Not a pool decoration but a wonderful FREE way to HAUNT ANY POOL and have great fun doing so: Music and stories: Take the time and listen to these.

You could also let this run on a loop in the background somewhere. Then see how people stop in their tracks mesmerized to follow the haunting voice.

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2020’s Best Pool Basketball Volleyball Combo Game Sets – Water Sports Fun!

What better way to add value and activity to your pool than by adding both a basketball hoop and a volleyball net. Don’t be surprised if this pulls in your kid’s friends and see some epic basketball dunks and energetic games.

Have a look to see what game sets are available and get playing!

I’ve put together a list of the best pool basketball volleyball 2-in-1 combo game sets you’re going to love.

Feel free to browse and read our in-depth reviews further down as well as perhaps consider buying a separate basketball hoop and volleyball net that can stay there all the time saving you having to swap over.

★ The best pool basketball & volleyball combo sets ★

Our top picks at a glance

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sample-table__image★ Top pick! ★Dunnrite Pool Sport 2-in-1
  • Easily converts to either game without tools. Base weighs 115 lbs filled w/ water
  • Vinyl coated 13.5 inch stainless steel rim. Stainless steel hardware
  • 16' volleyball net for up to 22' pool. 3 yr warranty
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sample-table__imageSwimways 2-in-1
  • Easily switch between your favorite pool games.
  • Water filled base and plastic material provides strong stability during play
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE: No tools are required for setup.
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sample-table__imagePoolmaster Pro Rebounder
  • Specially designed for in-ground pools. Durable all-weather hard backboard
  • Game bases can be filled with water or sand for weighted stability
  • Includes 2 balls and inflating needle
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sample-table__imageEasy usePool Jam In Ground
  • Insta-snap conversion from basketball to volleyball. Super easy changeover!
  • Hardbody design with super-sized basketball backboard
  • Quick and easy to assemble
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Product details & reviews

1. Dunnrite PoolSport 2 in 1 basketball + volleyball hoop set

Dunnrite Products Pool Sport 2-in-1 Swimming Basketball Hoop and Volleyball Combo Set

The Dunnrite Pool Sport 2-in-1 is a popular choice for many people thanks to its pleasing design, durability, and ease of use. You get all of that for a reasonable price (around $200 or so).

Switching from one game set up to the other is easy and you don’t need any tools! 

Volleyball

  • 22 foot volleyball net
  • Basketball

The rim sits at a fixed height 36 inches above the deck while the hoop is a 13.5″ junior size (still just the right size for a fun pool game).

The set includes a basketball, a pink volleyball. and a ball pump.

You can’t expect stainless steel at this price and there is a tendency for the rim to rust unless you grab a can of Rustoleum at the beginning of each season and give the rim a nice clear coat to protect it.

Alternatively, there’s a replacement stainless steel hoop available, too!

It’s a great set you can’t pass up. Find out now why it's one of the best-selling pool sports game sets at Amazon.

2. SwimWays 2 in 1 Game

SwimWays 2 In 1 Pool Sport Combo Set

Nice for both adults and kids, the Swimways 2-in-1 came combo has a lot to offer. Let’s start with the good: It’s all plastic which means there aren’t any parts that can rust.

Just like with other combo sets it offers set up for either basketball or volleyball. Seems obvious but some people are not aware that the posts can either be used for volleyball or basketball, not both at the same time.

Changing over doesn’t require any tools and is snap to do!

The volleyball net size is a nice 24 feet. The basketball is well design and easy to move, too, but not adjustable. It’s well designed and stable: the water-filled base and plastic material provides strong stability during play.

Set includes both a basketball and volleyball along with 1 basketball hoop and 1 volleyball net.

It’s a nice one, and I’m really happy with how simple it is to use. Check out the great buyer reviews and low price (under $150) at Amazon.

3. Poolmaster 72775 Volleyball/Basketball COMBO Inground Pools

Poolmaster Pro Rebounder combo set

The Pro Rebounder Combo set is the only one that allows you to have your pool ready for volleyball and basketball at the same time. No parts to change between games – you’re always ready to go!

The volleyball net can be used for pools up to 38′ in width.  It’s well made for the money (under $150).

The volleyball has a nice feel, weight, and size for family fun games. The included net is 16’ x 30’’ and extends to 38’

One of the best rated portable sets today, the Pro Rebounder set is one of the toughest also thanks to the weather-resistant hard backboard.  The rim isn’t adjustable, though, as it sits at a fixed height above the deck

(Don’t play volleyball? See my review of the Pro Rebounder hoop here.)

You’ll get a basketball, volleyball, 1 basketball hoop and backboard and base, 1 volleyball net, inflatable vinyl ball, volleyball net, volleyball game bases, poles, and inflatable deluxe game ball with inflating needle

It’s not just one of the best looking around but also one of the best in quality!

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4. Swimline 9190 Pool Jam In-ground combo

Swimline Pool Jam In Ground Valleyball Basketball Net Combo

It’s easy to set up right out of the box, just slot in the pieces and fill the base with water using a garden hose pipe.

It’s an all-plastic set so there are no parts to worry about rusting. There’s a nicely designed basketball hoop base to keep it steady during your great 3 point shots as well.

Want that professional sports feel from the fun of your pool? You’ll get all that and a price that’s under $150.

No headaches when setting it up or when it’s time to swap up the fun: changing over doesn’t require any tools.

You get a 15 foot volleyball net and the basketball rim sits at a fixed height above the deck. Since the base features a more compact design than others, it’s a great match for many decks or pool surrounds.

The set includes both a basketball,  volleyball, 1 basketball hoop and 1 volleyball net.

It’s a well made, hassle-free way to get fantastic pool sports fun. Take a moment and see the great features and cool design at Amazon.

Great pool basketball & volleyball sets to combine

Most 2-in-1 sets have one big disadvantage: You can only play either one or the other games. Either basketball or volleyball and it always requires some reassembly.

If you like to have both available all the time have a look at these 2 great combinations of game sets that are similar in style.

Dunn-Rite Aqua Volly + Splash & Shoot – 2 portable poolside basketball & volleyball games

Dunn-Rite AQUAVOLLY

The AquaVolly includes 2 white heavy-duty plastic bases with sturdy no rust aluminum posts. The net spans pools up to 24 feet wide but you can shorten it if needed.

The Splash and Shoot basketball hoop made by Dunnrite is a great game all on its own. It looks good at the poolside, doesn’t budge and the hoop height can be adjusted.
A big plus is a no-rust hardware feature: stainless steel rim and bolts ensure a long life.

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…works great with…

Dunnrite Splash and Shoot pool basketball hoop

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Dunn-Rite Clear Hoop – 2 DECK MOUNTED Pool Basketball Volleyball Games

Dunnrite Clear Hoop Swimming Pool Basketball Hoop

Ready to go for a stylish looking addition to your pool? If you like to keep your pool environment tidy this is one of the best combinations money can buy.

The Dunnrite Junior clear basketball hoop is sturdy and just like playing with pro-level backboards costing several times more.

The great looks add a touch of style and design. Stainless steel and brass hardware throughout ensures years of exciting fun that looks great, too.

It’s for higher-end budgets, by the way (near $550 for the Dunnrite Junior clear).

The volleyball posts are also made of stainless steel and include escutcheon rings to cover up rails prior to installation to cover the anchor socket or grout prior to installation.

The 24 foot net is long enough for most residential pools and can be adjusted for a custom fit.

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…works great with…DECK MOUNTED STAINLESS STEEL VOLLY by Dunn-Rite

The Dunn Rite Pro Volly Retrofit kit (priced near $100 or so) is an affordable way to get the real volleyball experience. Just like more expensive sets!

Designed to fit existing 1.5″ PVC inserts (or 1.90″ ladder anchors) it features long-lasting power coated aluminum posts. There’s a durable 24 foot adjustable net to fit nearly all pools, too.

And don’t forget the brass and stainless steel hardware included – that also means you’ll get years of fun without worry. Throw in the included bright volleyball for easy visibility, and you’ve got the perfect volleyball game setup!

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More great pool sports buying guides

There’s lots more to pick from! Check out my other helpful buying guides:

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The Best Deck Mount Basketball Hoops For Swimming Pools (2020 Edition)

A lot of pool owners like to add a basketball hoop to their pool. A properly installed pool basketball goal will not only enhance the looks of the swimming pool but also provide hours of fun for the whole family.

Your kids will love to invite their friends over, too!

Deck mount basketball hoops most commonly come in the shape of a basketball hoop for pool sleeves or are bolted onto the pool deck. They’re the pricier option and range from $500 for a junior sized hoop to $4000 for a heavy duty, professional regulation sized pool basketball hoop for adults that is also adjustable in height and can withstand serious play and horsing around.

S.R. Smith S-BASK-44 Swim N Dunk

S.R. Smith supplies several basketball hoops specifically designed to last well in harsh, corrosive environments like coastal climates and saltwater pools.

S.R. Smith S-BASK-44 Swim N Dunk basketball hoop

Excellent for pools – including saltwater!

The two stainless steel legs are not just made of stainless steel but also sealed and coated with vinyl for extra protection. 

The competition grade acrylic board with regulation rim easily copes when the game gets serious and competitive.

Price: Upper Range

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The Swim N Dunk in action.

Dunnrite Clear swimming pool basketball hoop

The best DECK MOUNTED pool basketball hoop for the money

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Dunn Rite manufactures a range of basketball and volleyball sets for the swimming pool.

The minimalist design of the Clear Hoop adds value to any pool. Thanks to the use of stainless steel it is well suited for the harsh pool environment including salt water pools.

Dunnrite deck mounted clear hoop pool basketball hoop

The post requires a 2 3/8″ hole or pool sleeve of that diameter. Once the post is inserted the set up is complete and creates a wonderfully uncluttered pool environment.

The clear ⅕ inch thick clear backboard and curved stainless steel post look very stylish and will do so for years to come. 

There are two rim size options available: the 18″ regulation size and the 14″ Junio sized to choose from.

Dunnrite Clear REGULATION Sized Hoop

Dunnrite pool basketball hoop rim

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Dunnrite Clear JUNIOR Sized Hoop

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First Team HydroShot Select

Adjustable Swimming Pool Basketball Hoop System

If you love playing basketball in the pool and you know things can get carried away a little you’ll need a tough unit to stand up to it.

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The Hydroshot from First Team is tough. The post is a 4″ square stainless steel leg. Next comes the dual strut arm to adjust the height from as low as 30″ above water to a whopping 84″.

Height is adjusted by using a crank handle at the back.

This system can’t just be bought and plonked on the poolside. It is not a basketball hoop for a pool sleeve. Instead, it requires proper installing. Here are the instructions for installation to give you a taste of what’s involved.: Installation instructions

First Team provides hoops like this to commercial places like water parks.  So you can rest assured that everything is truly competition grade: the acrylic 36″ x 60″ backboard, the rim and unit.

There is no way around it, this kind of superior quality pool basketball hoop suitable for adults comes with a serious price tag.

Heavy Duty Specs:

  • A pool basketball hoop for DUNKING
  • A tough STAINLESS STEEL adjustable system
  • Easy to use unrestricted height adjustment
  • A heavy duty flex goal

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This is a demonstration of the Heavy Duty Flex Goal from First Team, Inc.  Underneath the cover plate, there are 2 springs that provide the responsive return action for the breakaway function. As the players hang on the rim, the springs compress, and the rim returns to its original position when it’s released. 

The rim on the FT186 is built with extremely strong .1875″ steel construction. It’s supported over 60 percent of the ring with a welded-on ring support.

The entire ring is powder coated in orange for exterior durability just like the best professional goals used in sports.

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What about portable basketball hoops? You’re in luck! Read my helpful post with the best portable basketball hoops for 2020.