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    Race to the Bottom

    When I was a kid, my friends and I used to play a game that we called “Race to the Bottom of the Pool.

     
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    Drawing the Dream

    A long-held belief of the ultra-high-end pool builder has been that hand-rendered perspective drawings were the most appropriate presentation tool one could use, not only to stand out from the competition, but also to give homeowners a better idea of how

     
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    The Spirit of Innovation

    My favorite period in the history of the pool and spa industry is the ’60s and ’70s. Granted, for much of that time I wasn’t even in elementary school, but nevertheless when I look at photos and read about what went on in those years, I

     
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    Lethal Light

    Between the rising costs of electricity and growing consumer demand for “green” water treatment solutions, ultraviolet (UV) radiation is becoming an increasingly popular tool for disinfecting pools and spas.

     
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    The Ozone Option

    One additional application of ultraviolet radiation (UV) — and a potential complement to a UV system — is ozone

     
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    Media Matters

    Water clarity is a crucial aspect of pool maintenance, whether a job site involves a small family pool or a huge commercial vessel

     
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    Future Filtration

    The quest to create a filtration system that handles high flow rates and bather loads, filters the finest particles possible and stays unclogged with minimal maintenance has led to the development of some promising new technologies.

     
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    AquaStar Sues Hayward

    AquaStar Pool Products of San Diego has filed a lawsuit accusing Hayward Industries of engaging in anticompetitive practices

     
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    New Show to Debut in Atlanta

    The inaugural Southeast Pool & Spa Show comes to the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta Jan. 29 to Feb. 1

     
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    Commercial Construction Shows Promising Start

    Pool builders across the country are reporting new activity on the commercial front

     
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    New Service Licensing Bill Introduced in Florida

    A bill introduced this month in the Florida legislature would amend current licensing requirements for all swimming pool service technicians

     
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    Genesis 3 Co-Founder Leaves Organization

    David Tisherman, one of the co-founders of Genesis 3 Design Group, is selling his stock in the organization to the other principals

     
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    Leslie’s to Purchase Shasta Retail

    Phoenix construction firm Shasta Pools & Spas has agreed to sell its retail outlets to Leslie’s Poolmart Inc

     
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    Neptune-Benson Acquires Lawson Aquatics

    Neptune-Benson, a manufacturer of commercial pool filtration systems has announced the acquisition of Lawson Aquatics, a maker of main drain and rim-flow system components

     
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    ThermoSpas Searches for a Buyer

    The Wallingford, Conn.-based company best known for its direct-to-consumer marketing of hot tubs and swim spas recently began the search for a buyer.

     
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    Sitting Pretty

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

     
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    Will to Survive

    Five years ago, 78 hot tub stores were spread along the 518 square miles of desert land that make up the Valley of the Sun.