Not long ago, Pool & Spa News received a new toy: our very own video camera. Since the day we opened the box, I’ve had big plans for a video initiative. But it took awhile to learn the art of shooting compelling footage and using the editing software. (Some of you may remember me at the Western Pool & Spa Show, pointing the camera at anything that moved, and some things that did not.)

Anyway, our plans are finally being realized, and the first installment of the Pool & Spa News Video Library is available online for your viewing pleasure. (A special shout-out to Pam Frankhauser, our Production Group director, for her invaluable assistance on the video!)

Our five-minute feature focuses on a VGB retrofit on a spa here in Southern California. It’s a particularly tricky job because it appears the space between the opening of the pipe and the drain cover is too small to pass inspection. What will the service tech do? To find out, go to the Video Library.

We’re looking forward to producing many more videos and believe such footage will provide a wonderful way for industry members to hone their craft. If you have a topic you would like to see featured, please give me a call or drop a note.

But videos aren’t the only thing we have cooking. Dan Schechner, our managing editor, is working on an in-depth article about the VGB Act. It’s currently in the research stage, and we are asking for your help and input.

Do you know of any public pool facilities that have delayed their planned openings, or closed altogether, because of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act?

If so, please let me know, or contact Dan directly at This information will be critical in helping us better understand the magnitude of the sweeping federal legislation, as well as the impact it is having on our industry.

And, as always, if you have any ideas, thoughts, compliments or complaints, don’t hesitate to give me a call.