Pools

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    Sophisticated Science

    Automated controllers are the most sophisticated pieces of equipment found in the pool and spa industry, hands down.

     
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    Palm Pilot

    Thirteen years ago, Eloy Sherlock and his partner, Bernard Zimring, sealed a deal for their pool-building firm by signing a contract on a paper napkin.

     
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    Promoting Fun

    Pool toys and games are the ultimate impulse products.

     
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    Renovation Remedy

    “Retail Raves” asks one retailer to specify a product that’s making a difference in his or her business

     
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    Mastering the Board

    When a customer’s pool or spa won’t heat, the problem may lie with the breaker box or the electrical wiring, or within the gas heater itself.

     
  • Clear as Glass

    A growing trend in swimming pool filtration uses recycled glass in lieu of quartz silica sand in conventional pool sand filters.

     
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    Heater Hazards

    Ask a pool service technician to list common on-site safety hazards, and the answers likely will include diving boards, unlocked gates, and blockable main drains.

     
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    State of the Market

    As long as there are pools and spas, there will be chemicals to help treat them.

     
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    Innovation Nation

    In January 2011, Pool & Spa News began publishing the hot tub-dedicated column Spa Smart.

     
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    Backyard Bandits

    Al Mangin and his crew had been hard at work in the backyard of a vacant house for six months, draining and washing the pool, checking every valve and seal, and ensuring the system ran flawlessly.

     
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    In the Zone

    Ozone can provide an effective supplementary disinfection system for swimming pools.

     
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    Heating by Design

    Whether it’s new construction or an equipment replacement, today’s pool heating technologies offer a solution to every consumer’s needs.

     
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    Spa-side Switches

    When selecting automation components, some companies choose to shave a little off the cost by installing switches for waterfeatures on the side of the spa.

     
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    Clever Cleaning:One

    Every pool needs to be cleaned regularly, and for most pools, that means bringing in an automatic cleaner.

     
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    Caught Red-handed

    As told to Ben Thomas by Bryan Chrissan, owner of Clear Valley Pool and Spa Service & Repair,  Temecula, Calif

     
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    Solving Stains

    Salt chlorine pools have become popular over the past few years.

     
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    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.

     
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    Basic Pool Tools

    Service techs turn to these trusty tools time and again when on their routes:

     
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    Vinyl Basics

    If you have spent most of your career working exclusively on concrete pools, it’s crucial to learn about the distinct differences between vinyl and concrete before accepting maintenance jobs that involve package pools.

     
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    Diagnosing Spa Problems

    One of the toughest things about fixing a portable spa is diagnosing the problem.

     
 
 
 

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