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    Cover Stories

    I’ve had my share of customers who are particularly abusive to their safety covers.

     
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    Diving In

    About a week ago one of our reporters, Rebecca Robledo, walked briskly into my office. “I have a news story,” she said.

     
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    Entrapment Claim Spurs First VGB Lawsuit

    The first entrapment lawsuit citing the federal Pool and Spa Safety Act has been filed, yet the series of events that actually occurred are in question.

     
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    Wal-Mart Sued Over Inflatable Pool Drowning

    A woman in Philadelphia has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart after her son drowned in an inflatable pool purchased from the retail giant.

     
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    New Website to Market Excess Inventory

    A down economy has given rise to a new type of business for the pool and spa industry. Using a model similar to Craig’s List, AquaLiquidators.com brings buyers and sellers of excess inventory together.

     
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    Two Employees Buy Top 50 Pool Company

    Pulliam Pools, one of the nation’s largest builders, has been purchased by two of its employees.

     
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    Slowdown Squeezes Industry Margins

    Competitive pressures have forced many builders into survival mode, where they often settle for significantly lower profit margins.

     
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    Industry Scores Licensing Victory In Texas

    Texas service technicians should soon be able to change out pump motors with peace of mind.

     
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    Studies Show Pool Hygiene Poor

    New research reveals that people’s pool hygiene may be a lot worse than you think, and swim diapers aren’t helping matters.

     
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    Verifying Vacuum

    Six months past the compliance deadline for the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, pool professionals are still learning the nuances of the law.

     
  • Maintenance Mode

    A common concern among techs is setting off the SVRS while vacuuming. By plugging a vacuum into the skimmer, a tech can cause the vacuum level to increase and the SVRS to trip.

     
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    In Complete Compliance:one

    For a pool to comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, it takes more than just connecting two drains to the pump and adding a VGB-approved drain cover.

     
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    Below the Surface

    Javier Payan has had a change of heart. When the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act first passed, the president of Payan Pool Service in El Cajon, Calif., agreed with many in the industry. Then he and his crews began conducting the site evaluations necessary to help bring public pools...

     
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    In Complete Compliance:two

    For a pool to comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, it takes more than just connecting two drains to the pump and adding a VGB-approved drain cover.

     
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    The Winner’s Circle

    In 1999, Buzz Ghiz established the Paramount Advisory Committee Enterprise. Buzz’s mission was to assist his fellow pool companies with business practices to grow our industry.