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    Dealing with Discoloration

    Perhaps the most common liner problem is discoloration.

     
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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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    Enemy No. 1

    Besides harsh chemicals, one of the worst enemies of vinyl liners is ultra-violet light from the sun.

     
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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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    Tool Organization

    As any good mechanic will attest, the right tool for the job is essential.

     
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    Useful Tools

    Pool service technicians rely on a variety of tools made especially for their job, including nets, vac hoses and lid wrenches.

     
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    Electrical Examination

    When an electric motor stops running, use your ohmmeter or multimeter to check the electrical system.

     
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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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    Filter Sizing

    A good filtration system for a pool or spa depends on your ability to properly size and select the filter.

     
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    Basic Pool Water Tests

    Service techs can use three methods to measure chlorine residuals in pools:

     
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    Reading Water Tests

    Though you think you’re using the most accurate water-test kit available, it still may read incorrectly or differently than expected.

     
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    Servicing Salt

    Homeowners nationwide are embracing the convenience of salt pools, but these systems still need to be monitored by trained technicians.

     
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    THE SOLUTION BOOK: EQUIPMENT PADS

    I cleaned my cartridge filter this week but the pressure went back up after a few days. What’s the problem?

     
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    THE SOLUTION BOOK

    Over the past few months, readers of Pool & Spa News sent us their most pressing questions, and we compiled panels of experts to address them.

     
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    THE SOLUTION BOOK: SALT SYSTEMS

    I have several salt pools that converted their power to solar.

     
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    THE SOLUTION BOOK: CHEMISTRY

    A paper clip fell into the pool and left some metal stains on the plaster. How can I get them off?

     
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    THE SOLUTION BOOK: POOL COVERS

    After the ropes, fabric and leading edge have been installed, retract the cover so the leading edge is about six inches from the start of the track, or about half-way across the lowered beam wall.

     
  • SERVICE | TIPS

    When filling a pool, always test the hardness of the water coming out of the tap.

     
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    THE SOLUTION BOOK: GENERAL BUSINESS

    I’ve got three stores and one of them moves a lot of pool toys.

     
  • Heater Sizing Techniques

    Replacing a defunct pool or spa heater for a customer on your route?

     
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    Solar Heater Care

    Solar heating systems are growing in popularity among pool owners.

     
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    Light Repair

    Replacing a bad bulb may seem like a no-brainer.