• Michael Giannamore

    Getting What You Pay For

    We’re spending more time than ever just trying to convince homeowners that there’s more to building a pool than digging a hole and filling it with water.

     
  • NFIB

    Employee Cell Phones: To Own or Not to Own?

    Owning the cell phones your employees use for business purposes can allow you to control costs, keep confidential information private and even protect your business legally.

     
  • Bryan Chrissan

    Preventing Heat Damage

    On a manual pool and spa system with valves (i.e., one with no automation), when most owners want to use the spa, they will turn the suction and return valves over from ‘pool’ to ‘spa,’ and flip on the heater.

     
  • Michael Giannamore

    Mobile Marketing

    We are always looking for innovative ways to market our company.

     
  • Ray Arouesty

    Protect Yourself Against Possible VGB-Act Liability

    The requirement to bring pools and spas into compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety became effective more than a year ago.

     
  • Al Mangin

    Pump Won’t Fully Prime

    When a pump starts to prime, but won’t fully prime (i.e., you can see air bubbles under the lid), it’s likely that the system has a small leak; and it’s usually on the suction side.

     
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    Giving Back

     
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    Calif. Underground Economy Bill Vetoed

    On Sept. 30, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill written to curb illegal contracting in the pool and spa industry.

     
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    Pool Safety Council Studies Raise Entrapment Questions

    Studies performed for the Pool Safety Council challenge commonly held beliefs about the ability of safety vacuum release systems to help with certain types of entrapment. The organization says the technology could stop most limb entrapments once they occu

     
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    Phelps to Appear at Pool Expo

    In a town of showstoppers, this year’s International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo may feature the brightest star of all.

     
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    Court Backs Manufacturer’s Rep in Contract Dispute

    A jury has found in favor of a Southern California-based manufacturer’s representative in its breach-of-contract case against a maker of swimming pool cleaners.

     
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    The Path to Redemption

    Several years ago, the Texas legislature considered requiring fences around virtually every man-made body of water.

     
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    The Missing Piece

    It’s no secret that with the Internet, buyers have become more knowledgeable price-shoppers when purchasing anything related to a pool.

     
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    A Center for Attention

     
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    Giving Back

    Last winter, I was visiting my mother in New York, when she did something that profoundly speaks to the theme of this issue.

     
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    Paying It Forward

     
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    Friends in Need

     
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    Coming Home

    Seven years ago, Blaine Benson traveled to an orphanage in Haiti to lend a helping hand.

     
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    Hooked for Life

     
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    In the Same League

     
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    Healing for Miles

     
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    Viking Pools Purchases Blue Hawaiian

    The fiberglass landscape recently shifted following the announcement that Viking Pools had acquired fellow manufacturer Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pools.

     
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    Economic Downturn Hits Commercial Construction

    The commercial market has sustained many companies during the recession, but now that segment seems to have largely dried up.

     
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    Florida Funding Cuts Challenge Industry

    Budget cuts in a number of Florida governmental agencies have meant new challenges for pool and spa professionals statewide.

     
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    Got Grit

    Recently, I saw a film called “Winter’s Bone” that made me think, in a strange way, of the pool and spa industry.

     
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    Industry Lauds November Elections

    With the November elections shifting the power balance in Washington, D.C., many pool and spa professionals have high hopes for more small-business-friendly policies and a boost in consumer confidence.

     
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    Florida Permits on the Rise

    Could Florida be on the cusp of a rebound?

     
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    MAP Proving a Challenge to Enforce

    Manufacturers dealing with minimum advertised pricing on pool and spa products are facing serious challenges enforcing the policy.

     
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    Industry Spokesman Passes Away

    Leslie Nielsen, popular comedic actor and longtime spokesman for the pool industry, passed away on November 28.

     
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    Industry Defies Dire Predictions

    The pool and spa industry is more resilient than many had expected.

     
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    Groups Join Forces for Pool Safety Push

    Pool safety education will get a nationwide boost next spring, thanks to the combined efforts of two child safety groups.

     
  • Steve Gorlin

    In Hot Water

    We call ourselves the pool and spa industry for a reason.

     
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    Group Alleges ‘Children at Risk’ with VGB

    The Pool Safety Council has waged a strongly worded campaign to change the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.

     
  • Jennifer Hatfield

    Advocate Yourself

    Sometimes regulation is a good thing, and other times it’s not.

     
  • A Great Conversation

    I’ve been the editor of Pool & Spa News for eight years now, but I still remember quite clearly a comment that was made during my job interview.

     
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    APSP Revamps Leadership Gathering

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals recently held its first leadership conference in four years.

     
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    Connecticut Revisits SVRS Requirement

    One of the first states to require that new pools be equipped with anti-entrapment devices is updating its building code.

     
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    Internet Pricing Bypasses Dealers

    At first, Sabina McPherson chalked up her store’s drop in sales to a weak economy.

     
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    IPSSA Launches Recycling Program

    The Houston Chapter of the Independent Pool & Spa Service Association has launched an ambitious program designed to reduce waste and raise revenue.

     
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    Leslie’s Poolmart Is For Sale

    Leslie’s Poolmart Inc., the largest pool supply chain in the United States, is for sale.

     
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    California Plasterer Fights Unlicensed, Illegitimate Contractors

    After introducing himself to the California Senate’s Labor Committee, Alan Smith produced a number of bids from his company.

     
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    SPEC Taps Brooks for Leadership, Guidance

    California pool and spa industry advocate SPEC hopes a new alliance will help strengthen its standing across the state.

     
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    A Q & A With Top 50 Builders

    Leading builders share their perspectives on issues affecting the industry.

     
  • A Resilient Spirit

    Sometimes you can’t help but feel contemplative.

     
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    Sound Investment

    When Tim Colon restructured his business in 2008, it was done with an eye toward the future.

     
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    Hayward Donation Keeps Pools Open

    Hayward Industries has donated $150,000 to the city of Newark, N.J.

     
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    Manslaughter Trial Set for Pool Builder

    A pool builder accused of causing a 6-year-old boy’s death is set to stand trial Oct. 5.

     
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    Big Builders Enter Texas

    As the Texas economy largely continues to keep its head above water, more pool companies are looking to open shop there.

     
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    Taking VGB into Backyards a Taxing Proposition

    A New York congresswoman has joined the chorus of pool and spa safety advocates.

     
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    New Leadership at Zodiac

    Zodiac Pool Systems Inc. of Vista, Calif., has promoted several key executives into new leadership roles.

     
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    A Tough Call

    Jeff Ciarrochi had hoped to avoid laying off any employees this year.

     
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    Naming Their Price

    The industry has made it through another year in the wringer.

     
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    Twisted Topic

    The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is going on three years old, but questions still persist.

     
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    Drain Covers Revisited

    The lobbying — in the media and behind closed doors — to alter CPSC’s newest definition of unblockable drain may have had an impact.

     
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    Inflatable Pool Rules Causing Backlash for Industry

    A surge in regulations governing inflatable pools has industry retailers concerned.

     
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    Longtime Executive Director Leaves UPSA

    For the first time in seven years, Jim Manning won’t be leading the way for the United Pool & Spa Association.

     
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    Florida Gives Boost to VGB in Backyards

    Industry advocates in Florida may have figured out how to apply elements of a federal safety law to existing backyard pools

     
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    A Slice of the PIE

    Monterey and John Steinbeck are synonymous, but this Northern California coastal town has harbored other famous residents, too.

     
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    The Answers

    So which pools are affected by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act?

     
  • Looking Forward

    I don’t know about you, but after about a year of this recession, I became tired of all the bad news and negative indicators.

     
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    Substitute Solutions

    All-natural. Biodegradable. Non-toxic.

     
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    Techs & Taxes

    Like many company owners, Richard Wibbelmann was caught off guard.

     
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    We Know Best

    A pool dealer in New York recently told me that she lost a job to a landscaping company that had never built a pool, but underbid her “just to get the work.”

     
  • Be an Advocate

    I’ve just entered the most intimidating, stressful, expensive and overwhelming period of being a parent.

     
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    The State(s) of Licensing

    Brian Kelly knew the Florida Commercial Pool and Spa Exam wouldn’t be easy.

     
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    Trade Group Switches Preferred Insurance Provider

    The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has changed its preferred insurer from The Hartford to CNA.

     
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    Mind Your Manners Online

    Although it’s a great tool, social media marketing also has its pitfalls, and many companies — some of the world’s largest, in fact — have fallen victim to antiquated thinking about a modern medium.

     
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    Face Your Customers

    Trish Kobylarz reminds Splash Pools customers to add algaecide when rainwater brings bacteria

     
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    NPC Conference Returns to the Big Easy

    In spite of a down economy, officials at the National Plasterers Council expect a strong turnout at the group’s annual conference.

     
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    Lawmakers Propose Solar Heater Tax Credits

    A new federal bill may extend tax credits for solar heaters added to commercial pools.

     
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    Dealer Feeling “Hard Press” from Textron Financial

    Textron Financial is pushing its remaining hot tub dealers to pay off their balances by instituting new fees for floor checks, according to at least one longtime retail customer

     
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    Swim Chem Founder Wallace Remembered for Generosity

    John Wallace, who established one of Sacramento’s largest pool service companies, has passed away

     
  • Dan Essig

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    We recently had a customer in our office we’d been working with for more than a year on the design and planning of his pool’s complicated hydraulics.

     
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    More Manufacturers Tap Outsiders for Key Roles

    Few in the industry foresaw Bob Rasp’s departure from Zodiac in fall 2009

     
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    Our Saints

    Recently, I traveled to New Orleans for the National Plasterers Council’s annual conference

     
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    Build Lasting Memories

    For many clients, customer service often is the deciding factor when a friend or family member asks for a pool builder recommendation.

     
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    Atlantic City Show is Upbeat

    Despite a down economy, attendance was strong for the Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show.

     
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    Hayward Enters Commercial Market

    Hayward Industries has launched a commercial division.

     
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    Industry Pioneer Passes Away

    Martin Hoffinger, a tireless crusader for the pool manufacturing industry and longtime head of aboveground pool-maker Doughboy, died on Jan. 23. He was 88

     
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    Spa Group to Monitor Proposed Legislation

    The International Hot Tub Association hopes a new alliance will help provide the industry with better protection against unwanted legislation.

     
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    Michael Orr Rejoins FPSIE

    The original executive director of the Foundation for Pool & Spa Industry Education has rejoined the organization.

     
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    Pennington Leaves Vac-Alert

    Controversial figure Paul Pennington has left Vac-Alert, the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based manufacturer of safety vacuum release systems

     
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    On-call Service

    The outgoing message is clear: “All calls will be returned in two- to four hours; and any calls received after 5 p.m. are returned the next business day.

     
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    App your service

    In 2002, the smart phone BlackBerry took much of the tech-savvy world by storm.

     
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    Sweeps for Keeps

    Pool & Spa News takes a close look at automatic cleaners.

     
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    Cross-Training

    Imagine the kicker of a football team, taking the field to attempt the extra point, clad in team colors and …a tutu? That may not be something we actually saw at the recent Super Bowl, but professional football players do in fact use dance training

     
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    Winter of Our Discontent

    Among all the talk of a historically tough 2009, and hopes for 2010, one comment continually arises: “It seems like there should be more companies folding,” says Mike Geremia, president of Geremia Pools, a Pool & Spa News Top Builder in Sa

     
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    Delivering the Package

    In the last few years, package-pool installer Dan Lenz has become re-acquainted with some old friends

     
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    Lessons Learned

    It’s awards season for journalists, and I’m proud to say that Pool & Spa News was honored with a number of accolades.

     
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    Cast Your Vote

    It’s no secret that many working Americans are frustrated with politicians who seem to know little about what their constituents need to stay afloat.

     
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    Carecraft Members Convene in Las Vegas

    Optimism and education were front and center at Carecraft’s 24th annual meeting.

     
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    Cover Maker Embarks on New Mission

    A pool cover manufacturer has launched a two-pronged campaign aimed at boosting sales and influencing future legislation

     
  • Quick-Hit Strategies

    Here are a half-dozen best practices to consider when constructing and distributing an online periodical.

     
  • Read All About It … Online

    How to maximize the effectiveness of e-newsletters for the pool and spa industry.

     
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    Vegas Favorites

    There are few cities in the United States that can boast the sheer number of casinos, shows, museums, restaurants, and shopping and entertainment venues in such a compact area as Las Vegas.

     
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    Very Vegas

    It just opened in July, and locals say there’s nothing like it in the Las Vegas Valley.

     
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    Take or Renew Your Vows

    If you and a loved one want to take vows (or renew them), Las Vegas is the right place to be.

     
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    Online Retailers Pitch Partnerships

    The change seemed to happen almost overnight.

     
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    The Roadblocks

    Customers who might once have paid to have a certified pool tech install their equipment are now purchasing parts online, and often installing them incorrectly.

     
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    Cash Is King

    Cash is making a comeback.