Scott Webb
Scott Webb has been with AQUA magazine in one capacity or another since April 2001; he now serves as executive editor. Scott has a degree from University of Cincinnati in aerospace engineering and lives in Madison, Wisc. To get in touch, email him at scott@aquamagazine.com.
  • Wednesday, May, 11, 2005 The Solar Equation

    It's nice, feeling green. When customers buy solar pool heaters, part of their motivation is a conviction that they're doing their bit for cleaner, healthier air. Perhaps alongside that is the justifiably superior feeling of helping to reduce our nation's dependence on the vagaries of the Middle East.

    But the determining factor is almost always the monetary one,...

  • Thursday, November, 11, 2004 Light On Water

    If your customers simply want to be able to find the water once the sun goes down, you already know all you need to know about lighting. Throw up a few 150watt floods, and they won't be able to miss it.

    But where there exists an eye (and a budget) for beauty, a poolscape builder has an opportunity to create art. A few well-placed strokes of radiant gold and...

  • Sunday, July, 11, 2004 Beating The Big Box

    Mass merchants are considered the bane of the pool dealer's business, but there is much to be learned from the big box about selling pool chemicals — particularly the problem solvers. The lessons taken can help shore up your own store's competitive approach.

    Yes, even with no actual understanding of the product, mass merchants sell problem-solving chemicals....

  • Thursday, March, 11, 2004 Above And Beyond

    Homeowner once described his above-ground pool as a "great big water dish in the backyard," suitable for Clifford The Big Red Dog. It appeared to be little more than that — a simple vessel of clear liquid, adorned with just a tarp below the ladder for changing shoes.

    Not that his kids (and a good number that weren't his) didn't enjoy the pool on a...

  • Sunday, January, 11, 2004 Time Well Spent

    We grew up with crayons. We used a pencil to connect dots and make a picture. The first time we saw a computer, someone was using it to play Ping-Pong without a paddle. We just shrugged, went down in the basement and played the game for real.

    But as we got older, and slower, the computer got faster, and smarter. And now we find ourselves unfamiliar with the major driver...

  • Friday, July, 11, 2003 Special Challenges? Specialty Chemicals!

    Pretend we're at the AQUA Show in Las Vegas, where, you know, wagering is allowed. You get a call on your cell phone. It's one of your customers, and she's got a big pool problem. What's your bet. Stains. A 20,000-gallon fiberglass bowl of orangeade. Backyard pool now a backyard pond?

    You might make a little money here, because each dealership has its characteristic pool problems. That's because although algae is basically algae, and dissolved iron is iron,...