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    Automation Advances

    The job of the “pool guy” is changing rapidly.

     
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    Working Together

    As helpful as new technologies might be, a foolproof, all-in-one pool sanitation solution still hasn’t been invented yet.

     
  • Ben Thomas

    It’s Been a Pleasure

    Two years ago, I walked into a meeting of a philosophy discussion group and found myself embroiled in a debate that changed my life.

     
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    On the House?

    Some believe free estimates come with the territory of being a service technician, while others can’t imagine providing hard-earned knowledge without a charge.

     
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    Making Exceptions

    As a general rule, Jerry Wallace doesn’t believe in providing free estimates.

     
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    Deadline Extended for ADA Compliance

    The Department of Justice has extended the date by which public pools and spas need to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

     
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    Grass-Roots Efforts Fail to Repeal Arizona Pump Law

    Grass-roots attempts to repeal a controversial energy law have failed to produce a conclusive vote in Arizona’s state legislature, leaving the measure on the books for now.

     
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    Top Builder Launches Online Retail Operation

    A national mega swimming pool builder has expanded its brick and mortar retail operations to the virtual world.

     
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    DOJ OKs Portable Lifts, Relaxes Regs

    The Department of Justice on Thursday announced a dramatic about-face on disability regulations for public swimming pools and spas.

     
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    Genesis 3 Redesigns Program

    The Genesis 3 Design Group has revamped its educational program.

     
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    HOAs Concerned Over New Law

    A new Florida law is causing concern among homeowner associations.

     
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    Changes to New Pump Mandate Cause Confusion

    The switch from single-speed pumps to multi- and variable-speed pumps in Florida pools was supposed to save energy.

     
  • Rola-Chem Issues Advisory

    Rola-Chem Corp. has issued an advisory for customers who have purchased one of the company’s peristaltic pumps without a chemical controller.

     
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    California Avoids Service Tax

    The California pool industry’s biggest legislative threat in the past couple of years — the imposition of a service tax — seems to have been fended off for now.

     
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    Texas Pool Water Prices See Huge Hikes

    Some suppiers who truck in water to fill Texas pools are raising their rates by as much as 300 percent.

     
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    Sophisticated Science

    Automated controllers are the most sophisticated pieces of equipment found in the pool and spa industry, hands down.

     
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    Avoid Overcalibration

    A frequently made mistake in the use of automatic controllers takes place on the commercial side.

     
  • Upping Efficiency

    In today’s economic environment, it’s easy to focus on purchasing the lowest-priced item available.

     
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    Palm Pilot

    Thirteen years ago, Eloy Sherlock and his partner, Bernard Zimring, sealed a deal for their pool-building firm by signing a contract on a paper napkin.

     
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    In Control

    A handful of leading manufacturers have introduced products that connect automation systems to smart devices so consumers and industry professionals can monitor and control settings using a Web-enabled app.

     
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    Closing of a Gap

    To many professionals of a certain age, the road to social media has been slow and tinged with resistance.