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kes
January 9th, 2017, 10:50 AM
...due to the "corrosive nature of the humid, chorinated air"? This happened recently at a pool I swim at, and I have never heard of it happening anywhere. Thoughts? Experiences? I'm hearing from the peanut gallery (i.e. non-swimmers) that this sort of thing must happen or will happen elsewhere. Seems to me places like California and Florida, with the added salt in the air, would have safety measures/materials built in. So my thought, initially, is a) it was a fluke, or b) the construction wasn't done by a company experienced in pools.

Thanks for any thoughts.

cinc3100
January 9th, 2017, 12:20 PM
...due to the "corrosive nature of the humid, chorinated air"? This happened recently at a pool I swim at, and I have never heard of it happening anywhere. Thoughts? Experiences? I'm hearing from the peanut gallery (i.e. non-swimmers) that this sort of thing must happen or will happen elsewhere. Seems to me places like California and Florida, with the added salt in the air, would have safety measures/materials built in. So my thought, initially, is a) it was a fluke, or b) the construction wasn't done by a company experienced in pools.

Thanks for any thoughts.

California has low humdity and most folks lived at least 20 miles to 50 miles from the ocean since living next to the Ocean is expensive. In fact in both LA and Orange County the population is more inland because of the high cost of housing. The show, the OC was about Newport Beach but most people can't afford Newport Beach. Aaron Perisol grew up there when it was a lot cheaper.

smontanaro
January 9th, 2017, 01:43 PM
Sorry, veering this thread off-topic. I ask your indulgence.

My mom's Aunt Ella and Uncle Jack lived in Balboa when I was a kid, perhaps three or four houses from the harbor on the peninsula side. Uncle Jack was a character. He was British, fought in WWI. His back was broken during the war, but he wasn't paralyzed for some reason. He had this enormous bump where his spine stuck out back. I've never seen anyone else like it to this day. He used to float on his back in the harbor reading the newspaper, had several boats, knew just where to drop your fishing line to catch halibut.

I came across some undeveloped film of my mom's probably 20 years ago. Not having any idea what was in the can, I sent it to a lab just for fun. There was a picture in there of me petting or feeding a pelican (I'll have to dig it up). No doubt Uncle Jack "tamed" it at some point. I have no other memory of that. Must have been eight or younger. My first long bike ride was from West LA (where I was a student at UCLA) to visit Aunt Ella on a heavy Schwinn Continental.

Jack and Ella are long gone. They were both wonderful people. Alas, there's a lot of water under the bridge since then, and I've long lost track of my mom's relatives. Given the price escalation near the water, I suspect there is no family in that neck of the woods anymore.

jroddin
January 9th, 2017, 01:51 PM
...due to the "corrosive nature of the humid, chorinated air"? This happened recently at a pool I swim at, and I have never heard of it happening anywhere. Thoughts? Experiences? I'm hearing from the peanut gallery (i.e. non-swimmers) that this sort of thing must happen or will happen elsewhere. Seems to me places like California and Florida, with the added salt in the air, would have safety measures/materials built in. So my thought, initially, is a) it was a fluke, or b) the construction wasn't done by a company experienced in pools.

Thanks for any thoughts.

Maybe that is why California and Florida have so many outdoor pools LOL

Yes, this happened to our main pool in college. Some part of a light fixture fell into the pool for unknown reason (fortunately while nobody was in the pool - I don't even know if anybody was in the area to see it). We had to stay out of the pool for a couple weeks while they inspected the rest of the fixtures. Fortunately we had a 4-lane 25y pool in the building to use during the interim (better than nothing).

ForceDJ
January 9th, 2017, 03:12 PM
I swim at the pool on the local Navy base (I'm a Navy retiree). They built us a new pool about 4-5 years ago. But before that the pool was housed in a big pre-WWII Quonset hut-shaped building. The arch support beams, and roof/ceiling were all wood...and pretty well preserved at that. Personally I thought it was unique pool/building. I don't think any of the light fixtures were over the water though. Until around early 2000s the ceiling and beams were all painted white. It made for a nice bright interior. But the paint was always chipping, and there were frequently paint chips in the water. Then they got smart and stripped it all down to bare wood and left it that way. It was a dark mahogany-looking wood. That's when I though it was really neat...swimming while surrounded by wood. (Coincidently that old building was just razed right before Xmas and you can't even tell where it was now.) But in the new pool there aren't lights mounted over the water either.

Dan

cinc3100
January 9th, 2017, 03:51 PM
Maybe that is why California and Florida have so many outdoor pools LOL

Yes, this happened to our main pool in college. Some part of a light fixture fell into the pool for unknown reason (fortunately while nobody was in the pool - I don't even know if anybody was in the area to see it). We had to stay out of the pool for a couple weeks while they inspected the rest of the fixtures. Fortunately we had a 4-lane 25y pool in the building to use during the interim (better than nothing).

Florida has a lot more common with Texas than California. Both Florida and Texas have high humidity while California doesn't unless you live near Sacramento. Housing cost in both Florida and Texas are similar while Ca is a lot more expensive unless you lived in rural areas. This is an article on the Inland Empire where Clary the Olympian swimmer came from. Its growing several times faster than LA, Orange and San Diego counties because the housing is cheaper and its about 50 miles from the Ocean.http://www.pe.com/articles/county-801796-percent-riverside.html Texas also has water since its on the Gulf of Mexico and is has mention similar to Florida where you have a lot higher humidity than California is.

ALM
January 9th, 2017, 04:19 PM
I have noticed that in some of the newer indoor pools, as well as some that have been renovated, that they no longer install light fixtures over the water. The light fixtures are installed around the perimeter of the pool (over the deck).

kes
January 9th, 2017, 05:50 PM
Thank you for your response. Interesting, too.

kes
January 9th, 2017, 05:53 PM
Thank you, Dan. Your observations match what another swimmer posted below. And it does sound really nice to swim surrounded by the paint-free wood. Anything to remind me of a nice warm sauna this winter!

rolandas
January 9th, 2017, 10:52 PM
It happened once in Lithuania during age group swim meet. No one got hurt, but they stopped the meet and closed the pool.


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srcoyote
January 10th, 2017, 07:48 AM
I was swimming laps in a Y pool here a year or so ago, and between sets, the lifeguard ask me to investigate something he saw on the bottom of the pool. As I dove down, I immediately regretted my cooperation because I realized I was retrieving the broken plastic cover to a light fixture overhead. The lifeguard thanked me and immediately closed the pool (right call) until facilities could check out the other fixtures.

rtodd
February 1st, 2017, 09:47 PM
Nassau county aquatic center.

m2tall2
February 2nd, 2017, 03:25 PM
I've never actually heard of or seen this happen. But the thought has crossed my mind. Because I'm a worrier like that. Now my fears are justified. Haha! Thanks for that! :D

orca1946
February 2nd, 2017, 05:12 PM
And who is to be inspecting the fixtures and surrounding equipment? Yes - I also have noticed newer pools have perimeter lighting , maybe to counteract this sort of problem. It also makes for a darker pool as the lights do not illuminate the center of pools I have swum in.

guppy
February 3rd, 2017, 08:28 AM
There was a creepy British movie sometime in the '70s that had a murder-suicide scene with a light fixture falling in to a swimming pool.