December 2009 Table of Contents

Heads Up Technically Speaking Heads Up

In-floor cleaning systems are designed to ease the ownership of pools by sweeping the interior surfaces, steps and benches of a pool while evenly distributing filtered water, heat and chemicals. In-floor systems are relatively simple; they consist of a mu Read more

Be a Friend Editor's Note Be a Friend

For pool builders, the question of how to handle low-ball bids from competitors has come up many times. Read more

Taking the Power Back Quarterly Market Report: Spas Taking the Power Back

A portable spa decked out with hundreds of jets, an 80,000-BTU electric heater and a surround-sound LCD flat screen doesn’t exactly yell green. Read more

A Smarter Kind of Clean Quarterly Market Report: Spas A Smarter Kind of Clean

Hydraulic design and filtration also have played a role in improved efficiency Read more

Water Softener Law Mistaken as Salt Ban Industry News Water Softener Law Mistaken as Salt Ban

Misunderstandings about a new California law led some to believe — incorrectly — that salt chlorine generators have been banned there. Read more

Industry Pioneer Passes Away Industry News Industry Pioneer Passes Away

Marilyn L. Diamond, the Northeast service-company owner known as “The Pool Lady,” died Nov. 14 at her Atlantic Beach, N.Y., home after a brief battle with cancer. Read more

Record Verdict in Diving Suit ‘Strikingly Low’ Industry News Record Verdict in Diving Suit ‘Strikingly Low’

A recent Illinois diving lawsuit has resulted in an $8.1 million judgment, an amount that’s been called the highest award for a pool-related case in the state. Read more

IPSPE Boasts Strong Showing in Vegas Industry News IPSPE Boasts Strong Showing in Vegas

Crowded classrooms and brisk booth traffic helped the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo complete another successful year in the face of economic uncertainty. Read more

Prominent Firm Returns to Spa Market Industry News Prominent Firm Returns to Spa Market

Another nationally recognized brand has re-entered the spa market after an unsuccessful venture with Living Water Products. Read more

Major Vinyl-Liner Firm Files Chapter 11 Industry News Major Vinyl-Liner Firm Files Chapter 11

Industry giant Latham International has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Read more

Joining Forces Quarterly Market Report: Spas Joining Forces

What do hot tubs have in common with Harley-Davidsons? Read more

Start Me Up Quarterly Market Report: Spas Start Me Up

Communications expert and consultant Kare Anderson has worked with everyone from scientists to sales associates on ways to convey a clear, compelling and business-generating message. Read more

All Systems Go All Systems Go

Investing in a new management software system may be the furthest thought from your mind right now. Read more

Purchasing Tips Purchasing Tips

Software programs can go a long way toward improving efficiency for your company — but only if you invest in the right system. Read more

International Connection Quarterly Market Report: Spas International Connection

When Swiss spa dealer Laurent Frenzel decided to hire a full-time designer to create beautiful environments around the hot tubs he sells, some associates in America initially chuckled. Read more

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