May 15 2009 Table of Contents

New Vistas Editor's Note New Vistas

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. Read more

Look Overhead! In These Times Look Overhead!

Traditionally, direct costs are easy enough to determine: Tally up the charges for materials, equipment and man hours and watch the costs fluctuate by monitoring each job. Read more

Spa Maker Buys Assets of Rival Industry News Spa Maker Buys Assets of Rival

The tale of two Florida spa manufacturers, mired in nearly four years of bad blood, bankruptcy, name changes, litigation and intellectual property claims, may have come to a close. Read more

ThermoSpas’ Dealer Network Debuts Industry News ThermoSpas’ Dealer Network Debuts

After selling directly to consumers for more than a decade,ThermoSpas Inc. officially launched a spa dealer network in January 2009. Read more

Remembering the Arakelians Industry News Remembering the Arakelians

While Baystate Pool Supplies Inc. prepares for the upcoming swim season, the Cambridge, Mass.-based distributor will be entering the first summer without its two founding fathers: Arthur and Paul Arakelian. Read more

Florida Slowdown Has Pool Builders on Edge Industry News Florida Slowdown Has Pool Builders on Edge

Florida is bracing for a storm. Read more

The Silver Lining? Industry News The Silver Lining?

John Kennedy, president of Elite-Weiler Pools, a Pool & Spa News Top Builder in Sarasota, Fla., believes in silver linings. His argument: Florida probably is due for a healthy thinning of the herd anyway. Read more

A.O. Smith Acquires Heat Pump Manufacturer Industry News A.O. Smith Acquires Heat Pump Manufacturer

One of the biggest names in pump motors now will be behind a line of pool heat pumps. Read more

Breaking Point Technically Speaking Breaking Point

The practice of overapplying chlorine is a serious problem that’s resulted in negative media coverage for commercial pools. Many techs assume so-called breakpoint chlorination eliminates chloramines, but actually it can exacerbate the problem. Read more

Bonding the Water

The newest addition to the National Electrical Code, made in the 2008 version, requires builders to bond the water to the equipotential bonding grid of the pool. Read more

Electrical Resources

680.26 Equipotential Bonding for Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tub EC&M Magazine Read more

Phosphate as a Buffer

Phosphates have a negative association in the pool industry as algae enablers. Read more

On the Grid On the Grid

Grounding and bonding can be one of the most confusing parts of pool construction. Read more

Defending Your Balance Defending Your Balance

Alkalinity testing isn’t just another way to add cost and confusion to a service technician’s routine. Read more

Buffer Charts Buffer Charts

Basically bicarbonate: Carbonate alkalinity is largely in bicarbonate form at normal pool pH ranges. Read more

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