May 29 2009 Table of Contents

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Become an Insider Editor's Note Become an Insider

Warning: What you are about to read is shamelessly self-promotional. But it’s also true. Read more

Seasonal Visas Meeting New Roadblocks Industry News Seasonal Visas Meeting New Roadblocks

Advocates of the H-2B program for seasonal foreign guest workers expect an uphill battle in the foreseeable future. Read more

Waterparks Race to Comply with VGB Act Industry News Waterparks Race to Comply with VGB Act

With summer just around the corner, the big question for many seasonal waterparks is whether they can comply with VGB Act requirements and still open on time. Read more

Latham Founder Merrill Laven Dies Industry News Latham Founder Merrill Laven Dies

Package-pool pioneer Merrill Laven died at his Florida home on April 19. He was 79. Read more

Premium Leisure Adds New Brands, Personnel Industry News Premium Leisure Adds New Brands, Personnel

Premium Leisure is looking toward the future. Read more

State Safety Bill Will Require SVRS’s on Pools Industry News State Safety Bill Will Require SVRS’s on Pools

The Texas Senate has passed a pool and spa safety bill that would implement safety requirements more stringent than those in the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. Read more

Florida Tackles Codes, Licensing Industry News Florida Tackles Codes, Licensing

Florida’s legislative session ended in May, but there’s still much to be decided regarding the state’s pools. Read more

Crediting Teamwork Voice Of The Industry Crediting Teamwork

Too often in the pool and spa industry we see individuals taking sole credit for what is a group effort. Frequently, a spectacular end result may have very little to do with the pool contractor. That person may even end up with an award for something that was successful in spite of them, not because of them. Read more

Test Drive Test Drive

Pools by Ben sold close to 100 variable-speed pumps in 2008, but the company still felt a significant portion of its market remained untapped. Read more

Cost Recovery Cost Recovery

Even as homeowners are forced to cut costs in the down economy, relatively few will cancel their pool service. However, they may stop paying their bill. Read more

Four-sided Transformation Four-sided Transformation

When Skip Phillips, president of Questar Pools and Spas in Escondido, Calif., walked into this backyard, he found a pool that needed help. The vessel had a perimeter overflow system that leaked water into the house, a badly constructed deck, and design elements that clashed with the home’s architecture. Here, we show what Phillips did to turn a problem pool into a hillside gem. Read more

You Can Go Home Again You Can Go Home Again

Chuck Baumann’s commute to work takes a few seconds ... literally. Read more

Tax Relief Tax Relief

Among the benefits of working from your residence are home office tax deductions. Read more

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