• Looking Back

    In 1999, as the millenium drew to a close, Pool & Spa News invited leading pool and spa professionals to share their thoughts on the industry — and key events that shaped their lives. Their words continue to inspire today.

     
  • A History of Pools and Spas: Timeline

    Each year brought new innovations, products and companies to the fold.

     
  • Is CYA Out on the Inside?

    Everyone agrees that adding cyanuric acid to a pool extends the life of the chlorine by protecting it from damage by the sun’s UV rays.

     
  • Erika Taylor

    The Best of Both Worlds

    A year ago I bought a car, and ever since the day I drove it off the lot I’ve regretted the purchase.

     
  • Erika Taylor

    Christmas Spirit

    Recently, a number us at Pool & Spa News were chatting about holiday memories, and I was struck by the depth and poignancy of people’s lives.

     
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    News Briefs

    The 9th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference and Aquatic Physical Therapy Summit, held in Norfolk, Va., reported strong attendance with 412 attendees from around the world.

     
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    FSPA Helps Building,Health Officials Get on Same Page

    Last April, the state of Florida moved the overseeing of commercial pool construction from county departments of health to local building departments, and officials there had little time to learn the ins and outs of their new responsibilities.

     
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    Pool Owners Find New Way to Harness Sun

    The ability to heat pool water with solar energy is expanding.

     
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    Questions Raised by Jewelry Entrapment

    Recently, an unusual, non-fatal entrapment garnered press attention around the country.

     
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    Unblockable Effort Suffers Major Setback

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission denied a petition by unblockable drain cover manufacturer BeeSafe Systems requesting that its products be approved for installation without a secondary vacuum-limiting system.

     
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    Upcoming Events

    The 2013 Int’l Pool | Spa | Patio Expo [PSP] will be returning to Las Vegas and will take place November 12-14, 2013, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

     
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    Virtual Conference - Available NOW!

    After years of neglect from one of the worst economic downturns, facilities are in desperate need of renovation.

     
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    Solar Sun Rings Settles Suit with Walmart

    In what is being seen as a victory for small business, Solar Sun Rings has settled a patent-infringement suit against Walmart.

     
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    Unblockable Drain Petition is Denied

    A petition by unblockable drain cover manufacturer BeeSafe Systems requesting that its products be approved for installation without a secondary vacuum-limiting system has been denied.

     
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    Uptick of Early Buys Reported

    Early buys are in full swing, and many industry members are reporting participation is up slightly compared with the past few years.

     
  • Lawsuits, Regulation Dominate 2012 Most-Read News Stories

    Two lawsuits and a major builder rounded out the top three news stories for Pool &Spa News readers in 2012.

     
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    Aquatech Move Provides Case Study

    In its 50th anniversary year, buying group Aquatech Corp.

     
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    Cucinotta, Lange named Perfect Pool People

    Two more pool professionals have joined the ranks as winners of Pleatco’s annual Perfect Pool Guy and Gal contest.

     
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    Northeast Spa & Pool Helps Members Dig Out

    Hurricane Sandy’s October landfall caused more than 100 deaths, racked up billions of dollars in property damage, and for those in the pool and spa industry created a monumental mess.

     
  • Lighting Up

    Any pool built more than a few years ago is probably equipped with either incandescent or fiberoptic lighting.

     
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    Customer-First Attitude

    No one knows the importance of customer service more than Scott Colley.

     
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    Think Globally

    Clark Hale tends to look at the big picture.

     
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    How Much Is Too Much?

    The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials is hard at work updating its Green Plumbing & Mechanical Code, a supplemental model code meant for adoption by states, cities or counties interested in establishing energy efficiency requirements.

     
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    Eye on the Media

    Diatomaceous earth and cartridges each do an excellent job of keeping pools free of particulates.

     
  • Secret To Success

    Several years ago, one of Cal Boothby’s employees approached a customer for a loan.

     
  • 2013 New Products Supplement

    Try something new! Take a closer look at the innovative products that will make a splash in the year to come.

     
  • Making It Clear

    Turbidity is one of the most predominant water quality issues in the pool industry.

     
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    N.J. Manufacturer Survives Sandy’s Wrath

    Pool chemical manufacturer Alden Leeds sustained heavy damage to its facility during Hurricane Sandy, but unlike many businesses nearby, it managed to survive.

     
  • Franchise Players

    Subway. 7-Eleven. Dunkin’ Donuts. Hertz. These brands sit at the top of the U.S. franchise world, and are part of a category containing nearly one million similar companies throughout the country.

     
  • Natural History

    After a century of renovations and updates, a Minneapolis park’s swimming hole will return to its freshwater origins and become the nation’s first “natural” public swimming pool.

     
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    News Briefs

    Watkins Manufacturing Corp., maker of Hot Spring Spas, Caldera Spas and Advanced Hydrotherapy Systems, honored its president, Steven Hammock, for his 30th anniversary with the company.

     
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    Serious Socializing

    Neal Schaffer gets it. He knows what it’s like to be a newcomer to social media, wondering how to derive the most value from it.

     
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    Making a Difference

    “Jacuzzi Julie” is a bit of a local celebrity in Aspen, Colo.

     
  • Clicks Kill Bricks

    Leslie Sauer closed her swimming pool and spa retail store in August 2011 after several years of struggling to compete with Internet giant Amazon.com.

     
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    Swamped with Work

    The market’s taken off for us -- I’ve gotten more business this year than I’ve had since the economic downturn.

     
  • Erika Taylor

    A Complicated Magic

    Many of the materials used in pool design are very tasteful.

     
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    Upcoming Events

    Many thanks to attendees and exhibitors for helping make the 2012 Int’l Pool | Spa | Patio Expo a success!

     
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    Virtual Conference - Available NOW!

    After years of neglect from one of the worst economic downturns, facilities are in desperate need of renovation.

     
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    FSPA to Offer Free Classes in 2013

    The Florida Swimming Pool Association has announced that as of 2013, all of its continuing education classes will be free of charge for members.

     
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    And the Winner is…

    The Northeast Spa & Pool Association recently announced the winners of its 2012 Awards of Excellence — Honoring Our Peers Awards Program.

     
  • Industry Prepares for ADA Deadline

    With less than two months left before the deadline to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the industry doesn’t seem to be rushing to the finish.

     
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    Builders Foresee Improvement

    Construction industry leaders are preparing for increased business and a stronger economy, according to recent research.

     
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    ‘Chemical Cloud’ Brings Rare Lesson

    A San Francisco Bay-area builder learned that sometimes it’s not enough to not do anything wrong.

     
  • News Briefs November 29 2012

    Concord celebrates 40th anniversary, Pentair grows, and more...

     
  • Through the Looking Glass

    In the last few years, glass tile became a hot seller. Now it’s turned into a hot topic.

     
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    Back at the Ranch

    Ray Arouesty and his wife Erica didn’t expect to become farmers. But that’s what happened.

     
  • A Taste for Adventure

    Jen Hatfield’s life reads like an episode of Survivor.

     
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    Pigments of the Imagination

    Many don’t know it, but Don McKinney leads a double life.

     
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    Running a Different Route

    Scott Gardner has more than 30 years’ experience in the pool business in Sarasota, Fla.

     
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    Appreciation for the Classics

    Bill Hoy wanted to put away some money to pay for his five children’s college education.

     
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    Say It With Roses

    If you think decorating a parade float is a genteel pastime, think again.

     
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    A Dueling Nature

     
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    Putting On a Show

    At 20 years old, Steve Barnes couldn’t have known that a supposedly casual activity would develop into a lifelong passion.

     
  • In the Company of Edison

    It could be argued that every pool builder is an inventor of sorts, designing a new creation to suit each homeowner.

     
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    Singing Out Loud

    “Glee” has Matthew Morrison. “Smash” has Katharine McPhee.

     
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    Latter Day Cowpoke

    Greg Howard, president/CEO of Carecraft, came into the pool and spa industry after an illustrative career — or two, depending on how you look at it.

     
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    Time is of the Essence

     
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    Playing for Keeps

     
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    Pool Heater Firm Sues Wal-Mart

    In 2004, Lora and Richard Rosene had an idea: Create a way to heat swimming pools by using an inflatable device that would act like a magnifying glass, intensifying the sun’s rays.

     
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    Pool and Spa Retailers Seek Unity

    Brick-and-mortar retailers are seeking a stronger voice within the pool and spa industry.

     
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    Businesses Boost Off-Season Sales with Holiday Decorating Franchise

    Dennis Marunde got more than he bargained for when he pitched holiday decorating services to one of his pool customers.

     
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    Entrapment-Prevention Pioneer Dies

    Harry Newhard, inventor of one of the first anti-entrapment drain covers, died in St. Louis Oct. 20 after briefly suffering with cancer.

     
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    Phoenix Pool and Spa Retailers Hit by Scam

    Several Phoenix-area pool and spa retailers were the victims of a gift-card scam and have changed certain policies in response.

     
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    Records set at FSPA swim meet

    Two national records were set at the FSPA High School Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet on Oct. 5-6 in Orlando, Fla.

     
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    Niagara Falls Calls

    Niagara Falls, Ontario, was such a popular choice for host city in 2011 that the Canadian Pool & Spa Conference & Expo is returning on Nov. 26-29, 2012.

     
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    CPSC: Nearly 140 Child Drownings this Summer

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 137 children younger than 15 years old drowned in pools or spas between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

     
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    Genesis 3 Collaborates with Landscape Groups

    Genesis 3 has entered into an affiliate sponsorship agreement with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

     
  • APSP Launches Sustainable Water Foundation

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announced a new foundation called World of Recreational Water, to promote the sustainable use of recreational water worldwide.

     
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    APSP Launches Search for a New Leader

    The search for a new CEO of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals has begun.

     
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    Pool and Spa Expo a Big Hit in Big Easy

    The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo returned to the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans this month for the first time since 2003, and scored a hit with attendees and exhibitors alike.

     
  • Erika Taylor

    A New Coin

    Recently, my job as editor of Pool & Spa News expanded. My new title is editor in chief and I am now also in charge of the print version of our sister publication, Aquatics International.

     
  • New Path for Pool Financing

    The pool industry has completely changed since the 2008 housing crash.

     
  • Erika Taylor

    Going Local

    I have a close friend who used to love visiting the independent bookstore in her neighborhood.

     
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    Welcome Back

    There’s something magical about New Orleans.

     
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    Nawlins Fun

    This city has so many one-of-a-kind places that it was hard to pick just 10. Still, we managed to come up with suggestions sure to make your visit unforgettable.

     
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    New Group Battles for MAP Enforcement

    A group of Arizona dealers lobbying for stricter enforcement of minimum advertised pricing policies has ramped up the fight.

     
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    Single-Speed Pump Standard to be Eased

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is making a change to its APSP 15 standard, which governs single-speed pump flow rates.

     
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    Fraud Measures Urged

    Several credit card payment processors have stepped up initiatives to force small businesses to comply with security standards. 

     
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    Pool Builders Use Google Tool to Fight Photo Rights Abuse

    A pool designer in New Jersey is using Google’s “Search by Image” tool to crack down on photo copyright infringement.

     
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    PIE Menu Has Something for All

    Forty-three seminars. Eighty-five exhibitors. Oh, and don’t forget the golf and the opportunity for fine dining.

     
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    Exploring the Big Easy | Susan Spicer: Resilient Restaurateur

    Chef Susan Spicer is a mixture of surprises.

     
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    Exploring the Big Easy | Cultural Centers

    People who live in New Orleans know how to savor life.

     
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    Exploring the Big Easy | Sasha Masakowski: Musical Life

    New Orleans jazz singer Sasha Masakow-ski grew up in an undeniably musical family in the Crescent City, yet her choice of career was her own.

     
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    Exploring the Big Easy | Wendell Pierce: Hometown Hero

    Talking to Wendell Pierce is like discovering a modern-day Renaissance man.

     
  • Exploring the Big Easy | The Grand Tour

    If you want to learn about the “real” Crescent City, consider signing up for a tour.

     
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    Exploring the Big Easy

    If you want to experience New Orleans when you’re in town for the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, you’ll want to pack two things: your appetite and your walking shoes.

     
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    Exploring the Big Easy | James Andrews: Family Tradition

    Jazz trumpeter and vocalist James Andrews has performed at the Kennedy Center, Austin City Limits and Lincoln Center, but the music venues he likes best are the most ordinary ones.

     
  • Setting Up the Barricade

    There’s nothing glamorous about waterproofing.

     
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    Nancy Dozier: Winning Over Skeptics

    “Sometimes I feel I must double-prove myself,” says Nancy Dozier, co-owner/operator, ASP of Lake Oconee, Ga. Local homeowners have been known to react to the female pool service tech with “Are you kidding me?” So Dozier is determin

     
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    Tina Brown: Hands-On Approach

    Tina Brown says she was “just a mom who had some issues with management of my community pool.

     
  • Woman’s Work

    Here we are in the 21st century, yet it still surprises many people to see a female-owned pool service company. It shouldn’t.

     
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    Deb Weaver: A Go-Getter

    “You can’t fail if you haven’t tried.” That philosophy has guided Deb Weaver through the ups and downs of the pool business for 24 years.

     
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    Denise Wolfgang: The Strategist

    After 15 years in corporate America, Denise Wolfgang decided it was time for a change.

     
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    Quality Control

    There are a lot of misunderstood concepts and myths in the aquatics industry.

     
  • Diamonds in the Rough

    In 2010, Rick Colosimo had a problem. The recession had cut his spa business to a fraction of what it had been a few years previously.

     
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    Landmark Reopens After Major Makeover

    The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool has received a much-needed face-lift. After two years of reconstruction, the historic landmark reopened to the public on Aug. 31.

     
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    Circulation from the Inside

    Pool builders can make large gains in energy efficiency with relatively small changes, including the placement of return fittings.

     
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    A Specialty Inlet

    For Skip Phillips, suction and return fittings not only were laced with safety and sanitation concerns, but he also didn’t like the way they interfered with the sleek look of his vessels.

     
  • Erika Taylor

    Surety

    Awhile back I wrote a column about sleazy contractors who do substandard work.

     
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    CPSC Swim Safely Campaign Looks Ahead

    With the 2012 swim season behind them, officials at one leading drowning prevention effort are looking ahead.