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Fun Swimming Pool Games for Everyone

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Today pools do not merely function as a place to exercise your swimming skills or to laze away your idle afternoon as they can also be used for other water-based recreational activities. This write-up highlights three types of swimming pool games that would certainly make it difficult for you to get your guests or family members out of the pool.

• Whispered Word

This particular swimming pool game necessitates at least two groups that should form a straight line in the water, and each group leader must stand in front and soundlessly read the word written in a provided sheet of paper. Once the game starts, he should inform the next member what the word is, but this should be done under the water. The last member is the only one who is allowed to announce the word out loud.

• Invisible Bottle Search

If you want to experience one of the liveliest and most exhausting swimming pool games of all, then the Invisible Bottle Search would be the perfect option. The game starts by preparing a bottle that has identical colors with the bottom of the swimming pool. Aside from being covered with a white cap, it should also not contain any form of marks or labels on the surface. For it to sink at the bottom of the pool, it must be filled with water. While participants need to have their backs to the pool, they could start searching for the invisible bottle as soon as they hear its splash, indicating that it has already been thrown at the middle of the swimming pool.

• Wet Sweatshirt Game

A nice swimming pool game for everybody would be the wet sweatshirt game. While it would help if majority of the participants are swimmers, kids may also join provided they swim at the shallow areas of the swimming pool. No less than two groups are required, and the first team member should naturally wear the sweatshirt. Once the signal is given, he must swim to the other end of the pool and swim back to where he started, and then pass the sweatshirt to the next person. Whichever group completes the game first is declared as the winner.

On the whole, this just proves that swimming pools are really pleasant places not only to work out, swim and laze around as they are also a great place to socialize and simply have fun with people who are close to your heart.

 


How to Prime a Swimming Pool Pump

Priming a pool pump can sometimes be a difficult process. If there are any deficiencies in the pump, the installation, or the plumbing lines themselves then this will make it much more difficult to prime your pump - maybe even impossible.

Pool pumps are centrifugal pumps and are referred to as "self priming" which is a misnomer. The pumps require manual priming to make sure the pump has water running through it. Running a pool pump without water will cause it to overheat and likely fail. Self priming refers to a pump that is able to evacuate air from the system. A swimming pool pump is able to draw air, however they are much more effective at moving water than air.

Fill The Pump Resevoir With Water
The process of priming a pool pump begins with adding a full strainer basket of water to the pump. You then tighten the lid on to the pump, ensure all the valves installed on the system or in the open position, and turn the pump on.

Below Grade Pump Installation
If the pump is installed at a lower level than the water level in the pool then the pump will be filled with water as soon as you open the isolation valves. This instantly primes the pump as the weight of the water level in the pool pushes water through the plumbing lines and directly into the pump.

Above Grade Pump Installation
For a pool pump installed above grade after you turn the pump on you will need to wait for anywhere from 60 seconds to 5 minutes while the pump attempts to lift water from the pool all the way to the pump. The higher the pump is installed, and the longer the plumbing run from the pool, the more difficult it will be for the pump to prime.

If after five minutes the pump has still not picked up the prime then you should turn the pump back off, open the lid and fill with water again. Repeat this process up to three times before engaging in further troubleshooting of the system. Be sure to not let the pump run longer than 10 minutes if it has not picked up prime as this can cause damage to the pump.

Air Leaks Prevent Pump Priming
If the pump will not prime and you have repeated the process of filling the pump with water a few times, then there may be another problem with the system. The most likely thing by far is that there is air entering the system somewhere. The leak can be anywhere in the plumbing system from the threaded pump suction connection all the way back to the pool skimmer and main drain.

If any changes to your filtration system have been made then you will want to review these changes to make sure that there are no potential leak areas. New plumbing connections could potentially be leaking. You should also check and be sure that you are not missing O-rings in any of your valves or unions, and that the winterization plugs on your pump are all installed properly with gaskets in place as well.

Lubricate Pump Gaskets & O-Rings
Finally the pump lid and O-ring need to be inspected to make sure that they are sealing properly around the pump manifold. Gaskets or O-rings that are cracked, broken, flattened or misshapen should be replaced. You should lubricate O-rings and gaskets every time that you touch them with a silicone based lubricant. Do not use petroleum based lubricants like Vaseline as this will cause the gasket material to degrade.

The final place to inspect for leaks is the manifold where you thread your plumbing connections into the pump. If you use the wrong thread based sealant or overtighten these connections you can put a crack into the manifold which would prevent the pump from priming.

 


How Shiatsu Massage Chairs Came into Existence

The shiatsu massage chair has become very popular in recent years. It is based on the ancient Japanese massage technique of shiatsu, which differs from basic Western massage techniques. Western massage relies more upon kneading and rubbing, but shiatsu is based upon applying pressure. This is even evident in its name, the direct translation from Japanese means finger (shi) pressure (atsu). An experienced practitioner will not only use their fingers, but also their knuckles, elbows, palms, and thumbs, and a few will even use their knees and feet when they need to apply heavy pressure!

The Japanese regard shiatsu so highly that it is a regulated and licensed medical therapy in Japan by their Ministry of Health and Welfare, whose official definition is: Shiatsu technique refers to the use of fingers and palm of one's hand to apply pressure to particular sections on the surface of the body for the purpose of correcting the imbalances of the body, and for maintaining and promoting health. It is also a method contributing to the healing of specific illnesses.

Today in Japan there are two main schools of shiatsu: one based on western anatomical and physiological findings, and the other based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

The original school of thought practices shiatsu based on TCM uses shiatsu massage to work the acupuncture points along the body's energy channels (also called meridians) to balance a persons energy flow. This is a great form of treatment for Westerners who are interested in acupuncture but are put off by the needles.

A formal school of shiatsu therapy based upon Western medicine was first opened in Japan in 1940, but it was not until the 1970's when shiatsu techniques started to appear outside Japan. Today over a dozen philosophies or variations exist of shiatsu, and since the 1980's, most of these variations have occurred in North America and Europe.

Though there is little scientific support for the healing properties of a shiatsu massage, no one can dispute the overall feeling of good health and stress relief that is brought on by one of these massages. As massage has become more main stream in western society, the massage industry boomed. Companies have sought ways to make a massage accessible to more Americans. This brought on the massage chair industry in the 1980's. These chairs have slowly become more deluxe, and with the interest in shiatsu, the popularity of the shiatsu massage chair has boomed. This has especially been great for individuals who do not feel comfortable going to a massage therapist, they can enjoy a massage in the privacy of their own home.

Almost any shiatsu massage chair on the market today offers a variety of massage techniques, including compression, kneading, percussion, and rolling. The application of pressure that is key in shiatsu massage is applied in chairs by rollers. In a good quality chair, you can control the rollers to move up and down your back, you can control the width between the rollers, and also how much pressure is being applied.

Though a quality shiatsu massage chair may seem like it would cost a lot of money, it is really an investment in your health. It is like having your own personal massage therapist on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year! These chairs do not provide just a back massage, but also neck, leg and foot massages. Besides relaxing your muscles, a shiatsu massage chair also rejuvenates the mind and body and reduces fatigue, providing a whole body experience. I have never met a person who regretted purchasing a shiatsu massage chair.

 




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