How to organize and protect your pool stuff

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PHOENIX -- This is the time of year that we spend a lot of time out at the pool, but it's also really hot, really sunny and the monsoons are coming. If your cushions, towels, rafts, pool toys, etc. have a chance of staying nice, not fading, cracking, ripping, getting dirty, here's some great ideas for protecting and organizing.

Get a nice-size, great-looking, pool-deck storage container to hold cushions, pillows, towels, rafts, pool toys, pool net, brush, etc.

Add a wall-hung hook organizer. It's a plank of wood with hooks on it mounted to the exterior wall. This will hold towels and/or pool equipment, keeping it all off the ground and furniture.

Make a freestanding PVC towel rack for dry towels to be used after swimming or to hang wet towels to dry.

What you'll need

  • 1 1/2" x 10' lengths of PVC (Qty 2) cut into 5, 2' pieces and 8, 8" pieces
  • 8 PVC Ts for 1 1/2" PVC
  • 2 PVC 90-degree Elbows
  • 4 PVC Caps
  • PVC Cutter
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Sand (optional)

Cut all PVC.

To assemble, begin with the base. Each side will start with a T, an 8-inch, and then a cap on each side.

From the Ts going up, the order is as follows: 8-inch vertical, T, 2-foot across, 8-inch vertical, T, 2-inch across. Repeat until top row -- 90-degree elbows and 2-foot complete the rack at the top.

For more weight, after base is complete, pour sand in, and then continue assembly.

For some color or to coordinate with patio furniture, spray with exterior spray paint and primer in one.

This project is easy, inexpensive and super functional. You can find similar, not as sturdy towel racks at the pool store for $75 and up. This rack comes in at around $25.

You can find Debbie Hernandez at the Home Depot located at Arrowhead, off the Loop 101 and 59th Avenue. For more information or to find a location near you, visit