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    The past few years in the pool industry has been a time of growth and exuberance.

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    Small-Business Optimism Slide Continues

    The Small-Business Optimism Index lost a point in July for a reading of 88.2.

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    All Hands on Deck

    Though water gets the bulk of attention, it’s the deck that often occupies much of the backyard vista.

  • Photo courtesy Texas Pools

    Show Me the Finished Product

    Some products are difficult to visualize from a photo or small sample board.

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    Prep for pool visits

    Taking customers to visit completed projects will cut into your day.

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    State of the Market - Specialty Finishes

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

  • Powerful pozzolans

    As plasterers tinker with customized admixtures, pozzolans remain an intriguing ingredient.

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    Retrofitting Safety

    The recently passed Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act imposes, among other things, a Dec. 19 deadline for all drain covers (suction outlets) in public pools and spas to conform to ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 performance standards.

  • Shoreline Pools Conviction May Prove to be a Challenge

    While many in the industry are alarmed by the recent homicide charges against a Connecticut builder for allegedly constructing an unsafe pool, legal experts said the district attorney will have a tough time proving the case.