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    Toronto Beckons

    Bolstered by a year of better weather and a more stable economy, showgoers will have much to discuss, see and celebrate at the 2010 Canadian Pool & Spa Conference & Expo.

     
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    The Little Things

    Recently, when choosing a contractor to remodel my bathroom, I had an experience that I feel directly translates to the pool and spa industry.

     
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    BioLab Rolls Out MAP Program

    Chemical manufacturer BioLab has begun a minimum advertised price program for dealers selling its BioGuard and SpaGuard lines of products.

     
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    Election is Mixed Bag for Industry Candidates

    You win some, you lose some.

     
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    Pool and Spa Expo Lights Up Vegas Strip

    More than 9,000 pool and spa professionals gathered in Las Vegas earlier this month to take part in the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5.

     
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    Gardening Program Recycles Pool Plastics

    When old pool covers wear out, thousands of homeowners across the country simply throw them away.

     
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    New Research for Service Techs Working with Salt

    The Independent Pool & Spa Service Association has commissioned new research geared specifically toward service technicians and salt chlorine generators.

     
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    SVRS

    Every day, in the midst of the bitter rivalry, politics and regulatory battles surrounding suction vacuum release systems, pool builders and service techs live quiet lives installing the devices.

     
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    The Five Types of Entrapment

    Generally speaking, an entrapment occurs when a person comes in contact with an improperly protected suction outlet, and a part of their body, jewelry, clothing or hair is entrapped, entangled or held down by the force created by the pump. There are curre

     
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    Entrapment Diagram

    When the drain is blocked, water is no longer fed into the suction line, causing the low pressure point or “vacuum” at the pump impeller to lengthen until it reaches the drain and holds down whatever is causing the blockage.

     
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    Product Placement

    Safety vacuum release systems and automatic pump shut-offs vary in their placement within the circulation system, depending on the brand.

     
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    On-site Solution

    Among the possible vacuum-breaking systems named in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is a suction-limiting vent.

     
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    Loosening the Purse Strings

    Before the economic crash, I’d have thought the pool industry would dry up completely without any financing.