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Distracted Driver Crashes Into Swimming Pool

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This pool season seems to be rife with crazy pool videos that we just can’t get enough of. Another Reddit post is going viral as you can see in the video, a distracted driver just obliterates this fence and crashes into a pool. You don’t have to wait long for the action to start in this video. Approximately 2 seconds into the clip the residential above ground pool just explodes when an SUV completely crashes through the fence and just annihilates the pool.

Luckily for both the homeowner and the driver, nobody was in the pool at the time. If anyone was unfortunate enough to be swimming in the pool at the time of this accident, it’s doubtful they would have survived. The SUV must have been traveling at an incredible rate of speed to do the type of damage seen in the video.

A backyard camera caught the entire event though from start to finish. At the very start of the video the SUV appears to catch some hang time ala Dukes of Hazard. Blink and you’d miss it, the action happens so quickly. One second you are looking at nice backyard setup in a modest home with a trampoline and above ground pool set up for the kids. The next moment, absolutely carnage in the backyard.

The rest of the video captures neighbors and onlookers investigating the scene of the accident. One humorous moment of the video captures the driver putting back on her wig as she surveys the damage she just caused.

Pool News coverage brought to you by Pool Magazine's own Marcus Packer. Marcus Packer is a 20 year pool industry veteran pool builder and pool service technician. In addition to being a swimming pool professional, Marcus has been a writer and long time contributor for Newsweek Magazine's home improvement section and more recently for Florida Travel + Life. Have a story idea or tip you'd like to share with Pool Magazine? Email mpacker@poolmagazine.com your story idea.

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This Time Lapse Vinyl Liner Replacement is so Satisfying

This 2 minute long vinyl liner replacement may be the most satisfying thing you’ll watch all week

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Vinyl Liner Replacement in Pool is so Satisfying to Watch - Time Lapse Video

We caught this great video posted on Facebook recently by Brian Conners showcasing the crew at River City Pool & Spa out of Hixson, TN – knocking out a vinyl liner installation. It’s always a treat to watch skilled tradesmen at work, and this is definitely a skill that Conners made sure to pass down to the next generation. Check out this incredible time lapse footage captured by the homeowner and produced by Josh Huff.

The video is about 2 minutes long but it breaks down the entire process of removing a vinyl liner and installing a brand new one. Tara to the rescue! The new vinyl liner is a night and day improvement over the old one wouldn’t you say? It’s always fun to watch these videos sped up.

More and more homeowners have taken to recording pool contractors and we must admit, it’s pretty entertaining to watch. These two guys absolutely crush this vinyl liner replacement and make the entire process look easy. It’s amazing what a new Tara liner can do to completely revitalize the interior of a pool. Another stunner for the summer and man those homeowners couldn’t be happier.

Awesome footage of River City Pool & Spa doing what they do best. Check them out on Facebook and don’t forget to drop us a line in the comments and tell them what you thought of their video.

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Rooftop Pool Collapses in Brazil

Incredible footage shows suspended pool collapse in Brazil.

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Pool Collapse in Brazil

An incredible video is making the rounds on social media. The footage shows a suspended swimming pool suddenly collapsing and flooding a parking garage located below it.

According to a timestamp in closed circuit television footage, the incident occurred on April 22 around 10 p.m. local time in Vitória, Brazil. Luckily it appears that there are no people in the video, which begins with a small lap pool surrounded by plants and flood lights. The footage is grainy but you can still make out what is going on clear enough where you can see the pool’s bottom suddenly give way. The entire floor of the pool and thousands of gallons of water suddenly flooding the entire parking structure below. This suspended rectangular pool bottom just completely collapses, leaving just a small portion of the pool’s blue-tiled bottom still hanging on by a thread.

The footage then cuts to the parking structure underneath the pool, which is overflowing with water, stone, and other construction materials. The torrential flood of pool water gushing into the garage is so powerful that it propels a parked car forward a few feet.

“No residents were injured,” according to Reddit user leandroas. “The building had to be evacuated after the incident. The building was built in 2018 and the construction company is paying the hotel cost for the 270 residents, they will be able to return to the building on the 27th.”

We asked luxury pool builder Cameron Rhodes of Southern Poolscapes how a catastrophic failure like this one could occur. “Failures of this nature are common in areas of the world with poor construction standards. If the rebar isn’t encased properly the entire reinforced concrete structure can fail”.

In this case, the silver lining of the story was that nobody was injured. The same thing wasn’t true in the story of a rooftop pool located in China which collapsed in 2015, which killed 14 people and badly injured another 33.

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The Sky Pool Opens Next Month

Much anticipated Sky Pool in London’s Embassy Gardens is near completion…

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The Sky Pool, which spans the Legacy Buildings of the Embassy Gardens, is the world’s first “floating” swimming pool. This incredible project has been all the talk in the pool industry and on social media alike for the last few years. The 25-meter-long acrylic pool will allow members of the development’s exclusive club to glide between 35-meter-high buildings next month when it opens.

The Sky Pool Concept has been in development since 2013 and is finally about to open next month.

The Sky Pool Concept

In 2013, a group of innovative minds met to discuss the new location of Embassy Gardens’ outdoor swimming pool. They came to the conclusion that the only viable space for the pool area was between the Legacy Buildings. The builders decided to challenge themselves with something that they had never attempted before. They envisioned that the luxury pool should located in the sky, clear enough for swimmers to see the ground and people below to see folks swimming ethereally above.

“The vision for the Sky Pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering.”

Sean Mulryan, Ballymore Chairman

‘We like to push the boundaries on all aspects of design, the Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade. The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London,’ Mulryan added.

The incredible Sky Pool concept will allow swimmers to glide from one building to the other high in the clouds.

Architects, engineers, and consultants have been researching and designing the pool layout at a factory in Colorado for the past year. The groundbreaking pool would be a feat of engineering that has never been seen before, breaking the limits of design and engineering capability. It’s a complex and difficult process for which they have enlisted the support of some of the world’s brightest minds.

Construction is near completion on the iconic pool. Seen here a crane hoists the components for the Sky Pool into position.

The spectacular outdoor pool will, for the first time in the world, connect two residential buildings on the 10th floor, allowing residents to swim from one to the other. Residents will be able to relax and enjoy views of London landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and new US Embassy next door from the sky deck.

The Sky Deck at top of the two towers includes a pool, summer lounge, and Orangery. The pool is 25 meters long, 5 meters wide, and 3 meters deep, with a water depth of 1.2 meters. The experience is intended to be more similar to an aquarium than a pool, and was designed by Arup Associates with expert input from Eckersley O’Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds.

  • On May 19, the much-anticipated Sky Pool, which floats 10 stories between two London skyscrapers, will open.
  • Swimmers will be able to float 35 meters in the air, with unparalleled views of the city, in the 25-meter-long, three-meter-deep crystal clear pool.
  • The opening, which will be live streamed and feature top synchronised swimming team Aquabatix, will be hosted by TV host Roman Kemp next month.
  • The Embassy Gardens development, which includes 2,000 luxury homes apartments, a retail space, office space, bars, restaurants, and landscaped gardens, is highlighted by the Sky Pool.
  • ‘The vision for the Sky Pool derived from a desire to push the limits in the capability of architecture and engineering,’ said Sean Mulryan, Ballymore Chairman.

When swimming lengths between the buildings in the new residential neighborhood of Nine Elms, Vauxhall, swimmers will be able to take in views of central London. The iconic structure, suspended 35 meters above the ground, will provide views of the House of Parliament, the London Eye, and the city skyline of London.

The 25-meter-long, 5-meter-wide, and 3-meter-deep infinity pool, which is the first of its kind and completely transparent, is set to become England’s most exclusive swimming pool. A marvel in structural engineering that will support an estimated 375 tons of water in mid air.

When looking down 35 meters below, swimmers can feel as if they are in an aquarium rather than an outdoor pool, nestled between the sky and the sea. Swimmers will be able to float between the buildings with ease.

The Sky Pool was transported and installed by a team of specialist architects, engineers, and consultants who had just inches of tolerance when positioning the structure between the two houses.

As seen in the video, the team, which included architects Arup Associates, engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan, and aquarium designers Reynolds, shipped the massive pool to London and carefully craned it into place.

The Sky Pool, which was originally supposed to open this summer, is the entire focal piece of EcoWorld Ballymore’s Embassy Gardens creation. The $3.5 billion dollar project includes 2,000 homes and luxury apartments, a retail space, office space, bars, restaurants, and landscaped gardens designed around the new US Embassy.

Featured Photo Credit: Embassy Gardens

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