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    Picture Pages

    For two years, Joe Vassallo wrote a bi-weekly column for the Home and Garden section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

     
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    Words of Wisdom

    Publishing a book isn’t easy, says Jenn Smith, project coordinator for Chantilly, Va.-based Lewis Aquatech.

     
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    Green Shoots

    The economy is slowly, tentatively recovering. Rather than roaring to life with historic gains, this recovery is more like someone who, after months of being in bed with a horrible illness, finally feels well enough to sit quietly out in the sun for an ho

     
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    Masters of the Games

    Chris Lee spreads an array of pool toys, floats and games throughout her Lee’s Summit, Mo., retail store.

     
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    Promoting Fun

    Pool toys and games are the ultimate impulse products.

     
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    It’s Easy Being Green

    The word “audit” doesn’t exactly conjure pleasant emotions for a small business owner.

     
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    Sale Support

    Experts agree that the most effective sales technique for energy-efficient equipment is to show the customer the results of an energy audit calculation — but even so, making a few extra preparations can further increase the likelihood of a sale

     
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    A.O. Smith Wins Appeal

    Safety vacuum release system producer Fail-Safe lost its second round in court against A.O. Smith Corp.

     
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    Arizona Dealers Push MAP Enforcement

    A group of pool and spa retailers, service technicians and builders in Arizona are banding together to call out manufacturers who fail to enforce their minimum advertised prices (MAP) online.

     
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    Rails Offer Relief for Industry Retailers

    The ongoing rise in fuel prices has prompted many industry retailers to find different ways of shipping certain items.

     
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    Red Cross Fees Cause Upset

    The Red Cross has imposed changes in its fee structures that have many commercial pool operators up in arms.

     
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    Family Members Settle in First VGBA Suit

    The first drain entrapment lawsuit known to have successfully cited the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act has been settled.

     
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    Renovation Remedy

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

     
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    Spot the Mark

    It’s an all-too-familiar story: The pool’s surface looked pristine when filling began — but a few weeks or months later, patches of small white spots have appeared along the walls or floor