Fire your pool man? The hassle's not worth it

The pool industry is a'hurtin. Not a lot of new home building going on these days, which means nobody is putting in swimming pools anymore. And now, the individual pool man is feeling the pain, too. At least that's what an article in the Los Angeles Times says.

Pool men, those guys who drive around with pick-up trucks full of Chlorine and sweeper poles, are having to raise their prices to keep up with the increased cost of gasoline. Southern California swimming pool owners are increasingly responding by firing them...and maintaining their pools themselves.

A smart move? Maybe. But how much is your time worth?