Spas

  • Diamonds in the Rough

    In 2010, Rick Colosimo had a problem. The recession had cut his spa business to a fraction of what it had been a few years previously.

     
  • Finding the Fault

    When it comes to spa service calls, one of the most common is a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) that won’t stop tripping

     
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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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    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.

     
  • Preventing Saltwater Problems

    Scale, stains and cloudy water are the most common challenges with saltwater pools — but only if they are not maintained correctly.

     
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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.

     
  • Erika Taylor

    Solar Species

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

     
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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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    Taming Stains

    A major factor in vinyl-liner pool care that should be considered is air temperature, which has a profound effect on water.

     
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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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    Servicing Automatic Covers

    Significant growth in the automatic pool cover market means that you’ll likely encounter them more often on the route.

     
 
 
 

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