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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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    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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    Campaign Interrupted, Belligerent Brides and Rounding Into Form

    In lieu of a column on whether LeBron James can realistically win back the public’s affection after some disastrous ‘Decisions,’ I give you scattered thoughts…

     
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    A Thing of Beauty

    Portable spas can go from visually pleasing to downright beautiful when placed in a wood deck.

     
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    State of the Market

    For hot tub retailers, today’s economy provides few certainties.

     
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    A Matter of Integrity

    In my years of writing and reporting I have always tried to avoid becoming preachy.