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Time for a deep dive

What better way to find out about Tangle Pools than to talk with someone who installed one at his own home? Anthony Carrino, HGTV star and reno-guy extraordinaire, took a break from his busy schedule to share his personal Tangle Pools story.

Anthony, you are well-connected with manufacturers and suppliers: what made you choose Tangle Pools?

The overall build quality, the pool’s surface coating and the combination of features and upgrades that Tangle Pools offer. The Catskills Mountains have some hot summers and harsh winters, so I wanted to be sure the pool would stand up to the elements. The clean, full welds combined with Tangle’s overall attention to detail and the pool’s coating gave me the confidence that I would be able to enjoy this pool for many years to come.

What would you suggest to someone debating between a modular Tangle pool and a conventional swimming pool?

As with all things construction and home, there are at least 10 ways to accomplish what you are looking for – but it all comes down to time and money. For me, I love the aesthetic of shipping containers, always have. By working closely with Tangle Pools to figure out the best way to install it inground, I was confident in my execution.

The concrete “box” I poured to hold the shipping container plus the cost of the Tangle Pool I selected was less expensive than a gunite (sprayed concrete) pool. That advantage, combined with my love of containers, was a no brainer for me.

I also loved the idea that the pool arrived all hooked up and plumbed, so I only had to make the connections. With the amount of site work I had going on through this project, doing a traditional pool would have set my timeline back.

What are a few important take-aways a Tangle Pool customer should make sure their pool contractor/installer is aware of?

Great question. Here’s a rundown of key considerations:

  1. If you want your pool to be inground you need to understand that it will be essential to create a form – think of it as another box – for the container to sit it. That box, most likely poured concrete, needs to be about 10 feet longer than your pool, so you can access your equipment and it needs to be about eight inches wider than your pool to allow the heater to vent properly.
  2. You need to have your plumber run a gas or propane line between source and pool, so this means trenching the yard, and the same goes for your electrician. The electrician should run two separate conduits; one for power and one for your 4-wire internet cable that will run back to your house and connect to your internet. That’s about it!
  3. If this sounds complicated, then you definitely don’t want to install a traditional pool! This is as easy as it gets, but it does require attention to detail to make sure you take all factors into account during planning and preparation phases.

Anthony, what are the features you like best about your Tangle Pool?

I’m very happy with the automatic lockout cover and the inline UV filtration. The pool runs so efficiently. I also love the size: I went with the eight feet x 20 feet container.

What kind of use does the pool get – and what do your guests say about it?

Personally, I like sitting on the top step with a beer in my hand! Our favourite way to use the pool is to cool off and relax.

Friends and family absolutely love it. Knowing me the way they do, no one is surprised I have a shipping container pool and everyone is full of questions. And when our niece and nephew come over it turns into cannonball central!

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