Spas

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    Merlin Updates Line

    Merlin Industries has made improvements to a large category of products

     
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    Some Like It Hot

    There’s nothing like a little help from Oprah. When the queen of daytime television credited the infrared sauna with helping her shed some pounds a few years ago, dealers across the county saw interest in saunas spike.

     
  • Product Showcase Award Winners: Int’l Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

    From a selection of more than 96 products displayed in the Product Showcase at the 2012 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo [PSP], a panel of industry experts awarded “Best New Product” and “Best Green Product” to first, second and third place winners.

     
  • 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.

     
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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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    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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