January 13 2012 Table of Contents

Techno-Smart Directory Techno-Smart

Instead of an official theme this year, organizers of the Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show decided to go high-tech. Read more

United They Stand Associations United They Stand

A little over three years ago, Connecticut was preparing to adopt new energy regulations Read more

Top 50 Pool Builder to Head South Industry News Top 50 Pool Builder to Head South

The co-owner of a prominent pool firm is taking his family’s good name from Phoenix to Music City, USA Read more

Rentals Help Sustain Pool and Spa Firms Industry News Rentals Help Sustain Pool and Spa Firms

For pool and spa dealers, orange and white have become the new colors of money Read more

Watkins Acquires American Hydrotherapy Systems Industry News Watkins Acquires American Hydrotherapy Systems

A leading hot tub maker has purchased the assets of another spa manufacturer Read more

Companies Explore New Technology in Winter Downtime Industry News Companies Explore New Technology in Winter Downtime

Pool professionals in all niches of the industry are using the winter months to regroup, re-brand, and prepare for a productive swim season in the spring Read more

Calcium Phosphate Scale Service/Technology Calcium Phosphate Scale

Though calcium phosphate scale is a newly discovered problem for the swimming pool industry, it has long been recognized in the boiler industry, where the practice of using polyphosphonates to control calcium carbonate scale is often used. Read more

Writing the Rules Associations Writing the Rules

In 2005, a pool builder in Tampa, Fla., was shut down by state inspectors who claimed the subcontractors on one of his job sites were not properly licensed Read more

What Are You Afraid Of? Editor's Note What Are You Afraid Of?

Awhile back, I was chatting with a hot tub retailer who mentioned that the spa industry does virtually no marketing to the gay and lesbian community Read more

Layering Effect Design | Construction Layering Effect

Landscape designs are three-dimensional spaces, so in order for them to feel right, the foreground, middle ground and visual termination point must be utilized properly Read more

In the Minority Retail In the Minority

Two years ago, Paul Alfano decided to rethink some of his marketing strategies. Read more

On the Rise Retail On the Rise

Hispanics make up the second-largest ethnic group in the nation, exceeding 50 million people and accounting for 16.3 percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Read more

Mid-America Show Changes Venues Industry News Mid-America Show Changes Venues

After a decade in St. Charles, Ill., the Mid-America Pool & Spa Show will be at a new venue in 2012 Read more

Master Pools Celebrates Golden Anniversary Industry News Master Pools Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Next year will mark 50 years since the inception of the Master Pools Guild, and the group has a slew of activities to commemorate the occasion Read more

Industry News Northeast Licensing Laws Move Forward

The Northeast is continuing its movement toward industry-specific licensing with the introduction of a new state bill Read more

Safety Solutions Close Up Safety Solutions

It’s no secret that the pool business is built on fun — if people didn’t love playing in the water, there would be no need for pool builders, service technicians and the thousands of others this industry employs Read more

The Most Important Protection Close Up The Most Important Protection

Fences, gates and covers can all be useful safety precautions — but they’re most effective when the homeowner deploys and maintains them in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations Read more

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