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    Abandonment Issues

    When Phoenix-based Riviera Pools declared bankruptcy in fall 2008, president and CEO Ron Ostlund vowed to complete the 50 or so projects his company had not yet finished.

     
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    More Than a Dream

    With new-pool orders at a near standstill, the renovation bandwagon is becoming crowded. But don’t jump on too fast. Any renovation project means dealing with a product that was originally built by someone else, and the pool is only as good as their workmanship. In addition, the passage of time can...

     
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    Safety First

    When inspecting a pool for renovation, the pool’s safety is the most important thing to check.

     
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    Outrun the Bear

    You’ve probably heard the joke about the two guys walking in the woods who accidentally startle a hungry bear.

     
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    Rise of the Machines

    Robotic pool cleaners are moving west.

     
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    Points on Price

    While internet dealers may conjure more negative characteristics of underbidding and unaccountability, a dedicated effort by manufacturers has kept robotics viable for traditional industry players.

     
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    The Business of Safety

    The deadline has long passed to meet the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. Yet, there’s still plenty of work to do.

     
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    Competitors Launch Joint Media Blitz

    Two builders in the Dallas market are putting aside competitive issues to launch a joint media campaign, with help from subcontractors and vendors.

     
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    Pool Company Adds Nine Locations

    In a time when firms are being forced into contraction and layoffs, ASP Franchising is adding nine locations to its family of pool service companies this year.

     
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    Hot Tub Association Taps Four for Board

    Four new faces — representing more than a century’s worth of industry experience — have joined the board of the International Hot Tub Association.

     
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    Pool Companies May Not Be Insured for VGB Work

    Pool and spa professionals performing some VGB-related work may not be covered under their general liability insurance policies.

     
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    A Force to Reckon With

    As pool industry professionals, we are being directed by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act to install anti-entrapment drain covers and safety vacuum release systems (SVRS) on many public pools.

     
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    Picking up the Pieces

    Phoenix-based Shasta Pools and Spas made a mainstream media splash when it recently finished, free of charge, a half-completed project by Riviera Pools.