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    Shrinking Competition

    Hot tub retailers often find themselves in close proximity to one or more direct competitors, not unlike furniture stores or dealerships in an auto mall.

     
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    Arizona Energy Law Sparks Dissent

    Industry members, as well as the general public, are taking exception to Arizona’s new pool and spa energy standards.

     
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    FBI Ramps Up Chemical Awareness Campaign

    Two years ago, a troubling incident occurred at Dublin Spa Center.

     
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    Vocal Opponent: A Closer Look at CPSC’s Anne Northup

    It was a contentious scene.

     
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    PoolCorp Settles Federal Fair Trade Complaint

    As part of a settlement with federal regulators, distribution giant PoolCorp has agreed not to engage in anticompetitive practices

     
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    Taylor Restructures Management

    Change is afoot at the managerial level of Taylor Technologies’ sales department. Chemical engineer Christopher Golden has been promoted to director of business development, and degreed chemist Jody O’Grady has risen to director of sales operations.

     
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    Killer Compounds

    Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most widespread offerings.

     
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    ‘No’

    I remember a few years ago when the Tea Party movement came into being, seemingly out of nowhere.

     
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    How to Fight City Hall

    Business is tough throughout the country, but in parts of Georgia, things could be a whole lot worse.

     
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    Spa Sleuthing

    Ask a service technician what makes a spa different from a pool, and you’ll get a fairly predictable range of answers: Smaller size, warmer temperature, and the addition of jets and perhaps a blower.

     
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    Ozone Investigation

    Many modern spas include an ozonator, an important component that’s not as widely understood as jets and blowers

     
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    Drain Hydraulics

    Even if a pool’s suction outlet cover is properly certified, it’s still crucial to ensure that it operates within parameters that preclude entrapment. Understanding concepts such as flow rate, open area and velocity will make this process much easier.

     
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    The Algae Arsenal

    When a pool’s sanitation goes out-of-whack, some of the most obvious signs are those all-too-familiar green, yellow or black blooms that begin to creep across walls, steps and other surfaces.

     
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    Across the Nation

    Confronted with a historic drought, the Georgia pool and spa industry also was being plagued by water restrictions that differed from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

     
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    Swimming Programs Dogged by More Abuse Cases

    As high-profile child sex allegations continue to rock the campuses of Penn State and Syracuse University, a sixth civil lawsuit alleging abuse has been filed against USA Swimming.

     
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    China Chases Greater Share of U.S. Market

    For years, Rebekah Decker figured they were just spam.

     
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    California Commercial Codes In Works

    After several months of negotiations, the California pool and spa industry and government officials have overcome major roadblocks to passing an updated commercial construction code

     
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    Industry Lobbies for CPSC Reversal

    Industry representatives are trying to persuade the U.S.

     
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    Commercial Pools in Texas Pose Safety Hazard, Say Techs

    Commercial pool operators throughout Texas are allowing hazardous pools to remain open, despite warnings from health inspectors and service technicians, according to various sources.

     
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    Techs Avoiding VGB Work

    Many service technicians are no longer comfortable performing work meant to bring about compliance with the VGB Act.

     
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    Salt on Site

    If there’s one ingredient that most pool chemical regimens have in common, it’s chlorine.

     
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    Methods of Generation

    Electrolytic chlorine generators (ECGs) all operate on the same basic principle: The generation of chlorine from salt water.

     
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    Great Expectations

    “Retail Raves” asks one retailer to specify a product that’s making a difference in his or her business.

     
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    NESPA Offers Prepaid Debit Card Program

    The Northeast Spa and Pool Association is rolling out a program to help employers with workers who can’t obtain checking accounts

     
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    Code Changes Prompt Concern in Sunshine State

    In Florida, questions are being raised over a new building-code requirement for existing residential pools

     
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    More Retailers Using Online Marketing Services

    Amy Barto has never claimed to be a technology whiz

     
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    NPC Launches Start-Up Certification

    The National Plasterers Council is rolling out a certification program for builders and servicepeople utilizing the NPC pool start-up method

     
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    Survivors

    It may be the 30th anniversary for the Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show, but organizers are determined to keep things fresh and relevant

     
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    Making the Connection

    Epoxy dowelling is a crucial aspect of many renovations

     
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    NSPF Off to the Races

    A month after the contract was signed, the National Swimming Pool Foundation held the first of its educational training events on the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.

     
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    Short-Lived

    Some, like Les Greenfield, say it started worsening about five years ago

     
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    Holding Pattern

    To combat the effects of the recession, many companies have been forced to reduce their staff

     
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    Access for All

    Though the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 20 years ago, there’s been a lot of talk about it recently

     
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    Nothing’s Perfect

    As with any kind of building regulation, designers have already run into tough spots, wrestling with seeming contradictions they feel may actually compromise the disabled

     
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    Backyard Bandits

    Al Mangin and his crew had been hard at work in the backyard of a vacant house for six months, draining and washing the pool, checking every valve and seal, and ensuring the system ran flawlessly.

     
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    What’s New

    I love trying to improve things. Whether it’s personal relationships, my house or

     
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    Mark Urban Passes Away

    Valve manufacturer Mark Urban, known to many as a consummate inventor and colorful character, died last month at the age of 70.

     
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    Texas Techs Seek ‘Relief’ from Work Restrictions

    Texas pool professionals should not be allowed to do electrical work on commercial pools and spas, according to a recent published opinion from the state’s attorney general.

     
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    Promoting Safety

    When talking with new customers, contractors almost always are the first to raise the topic of pool safety.

     
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    Access for All

    Though the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 20 years ago, there’s been a lot of talk about it recently

     
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    Tech Support

    James Sturgeon is used to receiving calls from spa owners and technicians seeking repair advice.

     
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    Fresh Faces

    Though spa sales are improving in some areas, most experts agree that the market will not be at pre-recession levels for quite some time.

     
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    Rolling Stone Best Songs

    I usually love “best of” lists and so I was excited to check out Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 50 Songs of 2010.

     
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    All in the Cards

    We’re working on different advertising... on different ways to promote a service.

     
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    Chrissan’s Classics

    For this edition of Taylor’s Tunes, I’m stepping off my musical soapbox and passing the baton to Bryan Chrissan, owner of Clear Valley Pool and Spa Service & Repair in Temecula, Calif.

     
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    Going to Your Customers

    Late last year, we opened a new location in Frisco, Texas, which is still in our metro area.

     
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    At the Movies

    The other day, my boss was giving me a ride home and we started talking about “The Godfather.”

     
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    Economic Recovery?

    The market here in Las Vegas is just not wonderful at all.

     
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    Peak Performance

    We’ve created two new positions to improve our company’s efficiency and performance.

     
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    Take Me Out to the Brawl-game

    Devotees to the Stop may be aware that I immigrated to California in early 2002; what you may not know is that I spent those first 14 months in Bakersfield.

     
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    Career Choices

    Nine billion dollars.

     
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    No Longer Master of His Domain

    Remember 1999?

     
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    Fastballs, Beach Sludge and International Incidents

    In lieu of a column imploring President Obama to bail out the L.A. Dodgers, I give you scattered thoughts…

     
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    Hoop Dreaming, Linguistics and Love Gone South

    In lieu of a column praising the government’s two-day prosecution of Roger Clemens (best mistrial since Britney Spears’ driving-without a license case in ’08), I give you scattered thoughts…

     
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    Scams, Spuds and a Flock of Sheep

    In lieu of a column on whether attempting to bunt during an opposing pitcher’s no-hit bid constitutes bad etiquette, I give you scattered thoughts…

     
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    Pay Pals?

    You’ve gotta hand it to Steve Spurrier.

     
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    Mavs, Flares and Marital Bliss

    In lieu of a column on the start of Wimbledon (my money’s on Nadal), I give you scattered thoughts…

     
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    Bad Boys, Bad Boys...

    I may have stumbled across the most compelling reason yet to end the current labor dispute between NFL players and owners.

     
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    Revved Up

    A friend in college once said: “NASCAR shouldn’t be considered a sport unless the drivers have to run to their cars

     
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    Ante Up

    Professional poker phenom Chris Moneymaker, who I’ve never met, is only a few days older than me.

     
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    Unlicensed Subcontractors

    In my area, there seems to be an epidemic of unlicensed subcontractors.

     
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    A New Reality

    At the peak of the economy, I used to have 184 guys and 124 trucks on the road.

     
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    Water World

    I am just finishing up a project that I’m building for a professional football player.

     
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    Targeted Expansion

    In February, we opened Rondo Landscape Concepts.

     
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    Waterfeature on Tap

    We’re completing a pretty large waterfeature inside a bar down by the beach.

     
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    Strengthening Your Social Standing

    Early this year, I hired a full-time social network director.

     
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    Event Planning

    Management at Lake Norman Pool and Spa in Statesville, N.C., took a risk in the neighborhood of $10,000-$12,000.

     
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    A Good Start

    Major pool start-up methods continue to compete for popularity, but many companies are developing their own variations.

     
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    Safety Groups: Drownings Underreported

    As a result of ongoing concerns regarding the underreporting of drownings in metropolitan areas, safety groups across the country are taking action.

     
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    Longtime Florida Builder Closes Doors

    After 30 years in business, a North Florida pool builder has closed its doors.

     
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    CPSC Issues Massive Drain Cover Recall

    Editor's Note: Pool & Spa News will continue to update this story as it develops. Please check back regularly for updates.

     
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    Replacement Parts Outpace Repairs

    Sales of new pool equipment are on the rise this spring as manycustomers who ordered repairs in previous seasons are now making the leap into new purchases.

     
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    Sandals Resorts Sued for Entrapment

    Surviving relatives of an entrapment victim have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sandals Resorts International and several manufacturers.

     
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    Not Always a Man’s World

    Mom-and-pop stores have been the cornerstone of the pool and spa retail business for decades.

     
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    Sizing Salt Chlorinators

    While electrolytic chlorine generators (ECGs) for residential pools have traditionally been sized by pool volume, ECGs for commercial pools take bather load into account.

     
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    In the Zone

    Ozone can provide an effective supplementary disinfection system for swimming pools.

     
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    UV Uses

    Ultraviolet (UV)-generated ozone is an affordable option that’s becoming more popular for residential applications.

     
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    Not Your Average Hot Tub Delivery

    No-fuss backyard deliveries are the bread and butter of most hot tub dealers. But every once in a while, an installation comes along that makes it into the memory books.

     
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    A Force of Nature

    “Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind,” wrote the philosopher Henry David Thoreau.

     
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    A Death on Taconic Road

    When most of us think of a homicide, images of plaster, rebar and a pool pump don’t typically come to mind.

     
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    APSP Model Code Reaches Major Signpost

    A new model code being developed by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the International Code Council has passed the first of two sets of hearings.

     
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    Barrington Pools Exonerated

    After a two-day trial, one of Chicagoland’s premier pool builders was found not guilty of illegally dumping hazardous chemicals.

     
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    Drowning-Prevention Efforts Persist Despite Funding Challenges

    Children under the age of 5 comprised approximately 78 percent of pool- or spa-related submersion injuries nationwide in 2010, down only slightly from the previous year.

     
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    Market Reacts to Recall

    As the industry scrambles to address the recently announced CPSC drain-cover recall, the ripple effects are starting to be felt.

     
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    Industry Feels the Strain of Drain Recall

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s far-reaching drain-cover recall is the largest in industry history.

     
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    Texas Bills Protect Pool Service and Safety

    Two Texas bills affecting the pool and spa industry are on their way to the governor’s desk.

     
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    Getting the Most

    Variable-speed pumps have come a long way, just ask Ben Honadel.

     
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    Top of Their Game

    While the hot tub market may not be as robust as in years past, plenty of spa dealers are still doing well.

     
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    Let it Rain

    There is a painting I love by Howard Hodgkin that hung in my office for years.

     
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    New Connecticut Law Raises Licensing Issue

    Connecticut soon will be added to the number of states requiring a specific license for pool builders.

     
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    Industry Sees Rare Midseason Price Hikes from Manufacturers

    A sharp rise in the cost of raw materials has prompted a number of pool and spa product manufacturers to institute midseason price increases.

     
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    Service Companies Address Drain Recall Concerns

    As soon as the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced its drain cover recall, the barrage of calls began.

     
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    Drain-Cover Standard Undergoes Changes

    As the industry and its consumers respond to the recent drain-cover recall, the standard governing safety of the product is undergoing changes and switching venues.

     
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    Your Brand Here

    About 15 years ago, crews from Mt. Lake Pool & Patio in Doylestown, Pa., shot 450 yards of concrete in a single day. The work was part of a restoration project for a local pond.

     
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    Evolving the Brand

    A corporate brand should help build and establish a company’s identity. It should also be appropriate for a variety of different applications. 

     
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    Pure Chemistry

    I hated chemistry in high school and college.

     
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    Tight Credit Halts Pools Midstream

    A growing number of prospective residential pool buyers are dropping out of project negotiations during the drafting stages as their search for financing comes up dry.

     
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    Recall Enforcement Raises Questions

    It’s been nearly two months since the industry’s largest-ever product recall, and enforcement remains uncertain.

     
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    Energy Auditing Course to Launch

    Pool and spa professionals now can become certified to perform energy audits.

     
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    Hayward/AquaStar Lawsuit Settled

    A lawsuit filed by Hayward Industries against AquaStar Pool Products has been settled.