April 30 2009 Table of Contents

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Staying Afloat Editor's Note Staying Afloat

Every April, our editorial staff starts planning the Pool & Spa News annual Top 50 Builders issue. Read more

March Leads Offer Hope for Some Pool Builders Industry News March Leads Offer Hope for Some Pool Builders

Many builders across the nation reported that March saw an increase in leads for middle- to high-end pools over January and February. Read more

Spa Manufacturer Shuts Its Doors Industry News Spa Manufacturer Shuts Its Doors

A major spa manufacturer has shut down operations, voiding warranties and leaving behind several popular brands. Read more

States Introduce Out-of-Date Energy Laws Industry News States Introduce Out-of-Date Energy Laws

Lawmakers throughout the country are following California’s lead in legislating more energy-efficient pools and spas, but the proposed language could cause problems. Read more

Drain Cover Standard May Change Industry News Drain Cover Standard May Change

LThe drain-cover standard cited in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act may undergo a third change. Read more

Same as Cash: Good as Gone? Industry News Same as Cash: Good as Gone?

Pool and spa retailers soon could be forced to ditch a popular sales and marketing tool. Read more

Few Discounts Seen in Raw Materials Industry News Few Discounts Seen in Raw Materials

A near standstill in building and construction has depressed market prices for raw materials such as chlorine, PVC, concrete and steel. Read more

What Your Customer Expects Voice Of The Industry What Your Customer Expects

These days, it’s important to do everything possible to uphold our good name as service techs. Read more

Energy-Conscious Cleaning Energy-Conscious Cleaning

Pool pumps have been a focal point for energy efficiency in several states. Automatic cleaners may be next. Read more

Step by Step Step by Step

It’s a simple idea — a series of risers that allow you to gradually enter and exit a pool. Read more

On Firm Footing On Firm Footing

Whether creating a simple set of corner steps, or an intricate staircase that includes a sun shelf, adhere to these tips for proper construction. Read more

Outside the Suggestion Box Outside the Suggestion Box

Who knows your company, and the daily challenges it faces, better than those on the inside? Read more

Operation Savings

Less than two years ago, Stanford Hospital & Clinics found itself in a jam. Read more

Turnover in Question

In 1977, the National Sanitation Foundation published a standard for commercial pools to turn over water every eight hours. Read more

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