Month: February 2018

How to Clean a Swimming Pool the Right Way

Let’s all agree. Cleaning a swimming pool is not the most intuitive thing to do. I mean, how do you go about cleaning what is essentially a body of “CLEAN” water in a hole in the ground? No wonder many homeowners let their pools go, so to speak. And, before you know it, the swimming pool is too unsanitary such that dipping your toe, let alone jump in headlong for a swim, is too hazardous.

Cleaning your Swimming Pool: Does it Have to be Difficult or Expensive?

A lot of people mistakenly believe that cleaning a swimming pool is not only a thankless task but one that is unnecessarily difficult. They also consider the equipment needed to do the job right as too expensive. However, as we shall son establish, these beliefs are often based on myths and misconceptions. You can clean your swimming pool like a pro without breaking the bank or spending the whole weekend engaged in the task. Indeed, cleaning your pool right, inexpensively and safely all boils down to whether you use the right equipment, materials and consumables.
The Best Equipment for Cleaning a Swimming Pool

If you are to clean your swimming pool the right way, you need to have the right equipment as well as supplies. These are some of the equipment we consider as the most ideal choices for someone looking to clean a swimming pool the right way and affordably as well.
1. Telescoping pole
2. Skimmer nets
3. Leaf traps
4. Vacuuming hose
5. Robotic pool cleaner

A robotic pool cleaner is actually so versatile that it can be automated to do virtually all your pool cleaning tasks. It is by far the best pool cleaner for an inground pool. It provides you with a completely hands off means of keeping your swimming pool spotless. But it is not enough to just have any robotic pool cleaner. You need to check out its features and specifications before deciding if it is good enough to use on your swimming pool.

What is the Best Robotic Pool Cleaner?

There is no particular brand of robotic swimming cleaners which is capable of meeting all the needs of all swimming pool owners. As such, selecting the best equipment to clean your underground pool will depend on how a particular cleaner meets your needs and requirements.

Here are qualities we consider in a capable robotic pool cleaner:

1. Lightweight Construction and Maneuverable Design

It is imperative that your ideal robotic pool cleaner is easily maneuverable and efficient in power consumption. For this to be the case, the cleaner should be of a lightweight construction. It is not as much a matter of size as the weight of the device. Unwieldy pool cleaners prove difficult to maneuver at the bottom of the pool and will usually get stuck midway through cleaning the floor of an inground pool. Just as well, it pays to keep in mind that the cleaner will have to navigate over slippery sections and even physical obstacles. To do all these without mishaps, the best robotic pool cleaner for inground swimming pools are fitted with four-wheel drive wheels. The best robotic cleaners in the business are also designed to automatically climb up steps while cleaning all the dirt and debris.

2. Durable, Effective Brushes

Keeping in mind that a robotic pool cleaner will have to perform the task of cleaning without manual operation, the cleaning brushes should be designed for failsafe operation. They should be of good enough quality. What is more, they should be optimized to perform cleaning all manner of debris with as few passes as possible.
3. Programmable Operation
To add to the utility value of your robotic cleaner, it should be possible to program it for automatic operation. The programmable functionality of the equipment lets you customize the cleaning operation to best clean your pool in the least time possible and when it is most convenient for you. This also means it is not possible to get the pool dirty just because you forgot to do the weekly cleaning the previous Saturday.

4. Foolproof Sensors and Deflectors

During cleaning, your pool cleaner is certain to run into walls and corners. If it is to maneuver around such effectively and ensure optimal cleaning of every nook and cranny in your inground pool, it is imperative that it is fitted with quality and effective sensors and deflectors.

5. Swivel Cord

It is perhaps rather unfortunate that for a robotic pool cleaner to be effective, it has to be powered by corded electricity. Current technology does not offer battery packs which are either lightweight or affordable enough to be used with a robotic pool cleaner. To ensure that your cleaner does not get all tangled up around obstacles, make sure it is fitted with a swivel power cord.

Bottom Line

Your quest for an effective and affordable method as well as equipment to clean your swimming pool is now at an end. By following our recommendations and tips, you will be able to identify the best pool cleaner for an inground pool, ideally one that is robotic in operation. It will make your pool all the more sanitary and ready for you to take a dive at any time you need a refreshing swim.

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The Youngest Nonviolent Warrior, Jimmy Webb and Freedom School’s Summer Institute

The Youngest Nonviolent Warrior, Jimmy Webb

I got a text message from an old friend (one that is a little new to the texting world) who grew up in the 1960s. She and her brother were involved with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and they worked with SNCC when they came to Selma, Alabama in 1963. The text message said, Jimmy Webb is here, come to my house quick.

I couldn’t believe what I was reading, and then again I could. Stuff like this keeps happening to me and my Students UNITE colleagues. Different organizations, civil rights activists, footsoldiers from the Civil Rights Movement, and current social change-makers have been reaching out to us since our launch. So, just like before, another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came knocking and we answered the door as usual.

Jimmy Webb, if you didn’t know, was a young activist in Nashville. In in early 1960s, at the age of twelve, he was involved in James Lawson’s nonviolence trainings and was trained by none other than Lawson himself and “little Gandhi” Bernard LaFayette. He was arrested for the first time when the student movement began with the sit-ins in Nashville in 1961. He was only 16 years old when he traveled to Selma in 1965 to work with the local high school students and marched with them to the Dallas County Courthouse in protest. There is even a brilliant nonviolent interaction between Mr. Webb and the Selma city deputy sheriff that is featured in the documentary “Eyes On The Prize”. Later in life, Jimmy was instrumental in negotiating the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and helped set up the framework for the first Government of National Unity for the Republic of South Africa.

So we got in our make-shift Ford Contour and drove over to our friend’s house where we sat and spoke with Jimmy Webb for almost two hours. He spoke about working with SNCC early on and all that he learned about nonviolence and the transformative effect it has on your enemy if you are willing to suffer and sacrifice. He also spoke about what it was like to be so young and yet so committed to the cause, and we asked him what it would take to get the young people of today moving. He did not want us to underestimate our generation, that we are just as capable as he was back in the 1960s, and maybe even more capable than he was back then. We spoke about politics, his involvement with the Reagan administration and the Nelson Mandela administration.

Our conversation ended with Mr. Webb telling us about a trip he was taking to South Africa. He is building homes for children who lost their mothers and fathers to HIV/AIDS. Many young people in South Africa go through the experience of having to grow up within a short amount of time to take care of their younger siblings, and often times their homes and anything that was stable in their lives is gone in an instant.

Students UNITE is honored to announce that Jimmy Webb, a young freedom fighter and nonviolent warrior, will be a guest speaker at our Jubilee Rally on March 6th, Friday night at Selma High School Auditorium.

We are looking forward to you all meeting this incredible man and to hear his story.

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How to Clean a Swimming Pool the Right Way

Freedom School’s Summer Institute

The Freedom Foundation, Freedom School of Conflict Reconciliation, and Students UNITE will be hosting a Summer Nonviolence Training Institute, July 13 – 18, 2015.

Between Selma’s 50th Anniversary of the March to Montgomery, the injustice in Ferguson, and the recent uprising in Baltimore, there is a yearning in our country for change and revolution. We believe that the best way to change is through nonviolence and love.

Participants will learn the principles and strategies of nonviolence that were used during the Civil Rights and other historic nonviolent movements.  This will raise the level of consciousness of every participant, including ways in which we partake in a system of oppression and also ways in which all of us were born to defy it.

This intensive five-day course will not only train participants in conflict reconciliation, but also focus on helping individuals break free individually from internal conflict. This will allow all participants to walk nonviolently and to organize a social movement in their own communities.

From social change to internal peace, our five day core training in nonviolence and conflict reconciliation is built to awaken, educate, and train each participant to apply nonviolent tools in every conflict they encounter.

Each day, participants will engage in a 6-8 hour training day with lunch and dinner provided by our very own Freedom Café. The cost of the Summer Institute is $350, which includes all training fees and materials, in addition to lunch and dinner. Travel and lodging are not included in registration costs.

Please visit this site to register for the Freedom School Summer Institute.

If you are in need of financial assistance, we are offering a limited number of scholarships, please contact for scholarship application.

We look forward to joining together in this struggle to bring love and peace to each of our communities, and we are ready to do so through nonviolence.

Nonviolence is the only road to freedom, it is only through strategic direct action that change will come.

How to Clean a Swimming Pool the Right Way