Pools

  • Lighting Up

    Any pool built more than a few years ago is probably equipped with either incandescent or fiberoptic lighting.

     
  • Setting Up the Barricade

    There’s nothing glamorous about waterproofing.

     
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    Circulation from the Inside

    Pool builders can make large gains in energy efficiency with relatively small changes, including the placement of return fittings.

     
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    A Specialty Inlet

    For Skip Phillips, suction and return fittings not only were laced with safety and sanitation concerns, but he also didn’t like the way they interfered with the sleek look of his vessels.

     
  • Taking Control

    Getting customers to spend substantial amounts of money for improved pool electronics can be a tough sell.

     
  • Photo courtesy Concord Pools

    Liner Notes

    The strides that vinyl-liner pools have made toward customization are well known: The liners have become more attractive, special-order panels allow contractors to build in virtually any shape, and plastic copings are often cast aside in favor of higher-e

     
  • Raging Waters

    Pools are designed to keep water in, of course — but with vinyl-liner vessels, a central need for builders and service techs is keeping water out.

     
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    Signs of the Times

    There was a time when practically all of Kevin Anderson’s customers requested package pools with a free-form design

     
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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.

     
  • Erika Taylor

    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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