- Thursday, December, 05, 2013 SLIDESHOW: What You Can Do With An Aboveground Pool
Aboveground pools are known for their value and functionality, not their charming asthetic, but that's not always a fair assessment. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder — or in this case, the pool owner.
As AQUA's aboveground pictorial plainly shows, with some quality decking, fencing, landscaping and a few flourishes, the pedestrian aboveground pool can turn heads all around the neighborhood.
- Tuesday, December, 03, 2013 Internet Sales Tax Update
Readers of AQUA will remember coverage earlier this year of efforts in the U.S. Congress to craft a bill which would require online retailers to charge sales tax just as brick-and-mortar retailers do.
The Senate version of the bill, dubbed the Marketplace Fairness Act, passed easily in May. The bill has since taken up long-term residence in the House, where there is no guarantee it will make it to a vote.
Supporters say it is needed out of fairness to traditional retail...
- Tuesday, November, 26, 2013 APSP And IHTA Join Forces
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the International Hot Tub Association (IHTA) have agreed to work as a single entity to unite and strengthen the portable spa industry in North America and abroad.
The Board of Directors of both organizations unanimously voted to combine forces to speak with one voice on all technical and governmental issues related to hot tubs. The agreement calls for combined financial resources to gain operating efficiencies and...
- Monday, November, 04, 2013 Glad To Be Back in Vegas
“What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in New Orleans goes home with you.”— Laurell K. Hamilton, fantasy and romance novelist
Not exactly sure what Laurell is referring to, but I have to say that I’m really glad to be back in Vegas for this year’s IPSPE. Some people liked last year’s venue; I am not among them....
- Monday, October, 21, 2013 17,000 Attend Barcelona Show
An excellent turnout buoyed enthusiasm at Salon Piscina last week, as over 17,000 pool and spa professionals from all over the world made the trip to the Gran Via exhibition center in Barcelona.
The show cemented its international credentials with 62 percent of attendees traveling to the show from more than a hundred countries,...
- Thursday, October, 17, 2013 The Pains of Cleaning D.E. Filters
Filter cleanings are not all of a kind. Some are as easy as flipping a switch and watching till the water runs clear. Others are like wrestling in middle school gym class — a sweaty, awkward, unwilling chore about which you have little choice.
In our industry, D.E. cleanings are often sweaty and awkward, and while service technicians...
- Thursday, October, 17, 2013 Five Things I Learned at Piscina Barcelona
It’s morning on day three of the four-day Piscina Barcelona show, and I’ve had a couple days to get my head together.
I’ve never been to the Barcelona show before, and I didn’t know what to expect. I certainly had a number of misconceptions about the event itself;...
- Thursday, October, 17, 2013 Aquanale, FSB to Open in Cologne
Aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, and FSB, the international exhibition for open spaces, sports and swimming facilities, will take place in at the Koelnmesse exhibition center in Cologne October 22 – 25. Around 1,000 exhibitors from the swimming pool, sauna and wellness sector and more than 25,000 trade visitors (including those attending FSB) are expected at this year’s combined show.
It’s truly an international show, says Frank...
- Thursday, October, 03, 2013 Home Prices Rise at 2006 Rates
Pool builders and retailers were cheered by the strong advance of home prices for the 20 metropolitan regions surveyed in Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index. The measure reported a 12.4 percent annual Increase in July, offering further evidence of a strengthening housing market — a crucial leading economic indicator for the leisure aquatic industry.
According to the Index, U.S. home prices rose by their fastest pace in more than seven years during July, as the...
- Thursday, September, 05, 2013 SPEC-Supported Bills Signed Into Law
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed two bills into law, SB 261 and SB 262, both representing successful lobbying efforts by SPEC over the last year. The bills, authored by Senator William Monning (D-Carmel), are intended to stanch abuses in California’s licensing system and empower the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to combat unlicensed contracting, misrepresentation and fraud.
SB 261 will permit the CSLB to crack down on contractors who misrepresent their own...