- Employee Handbooks: Profitable Tools for Small Businesses
by Phillip M. Perry August 2017
What commonly neglected business tool can help your workplace run more smoothly, orient new employees quickly and reduce your risk of costly legal battles? If you guessed “the employee handbook,” you’re right. Too often given short shrift, this vital document can play a vital role by communicating workplace policies and employee responsibilities. The result can be a more productive organization and a more profitable business.
“Employee handbooks are extremely important for...
- 6 Trending Patios That Beat the Summer Heat in Style
by Annie Thornton, Houzz August 2017
To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. Here, a Houzz expert lists trending backyard designs that keep you cool in warm climates.
Summer is all about outdoor...
- How Salt Chlorine Generators Work
by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) August 2017
Electrolytic chlorine generators (ECGs), or salt water chlorinators, use electricity and dissolved salt to produce chlorine for the pool. This chlorine works just like the chlorine applied using traditional methods — it yields hypochlorous acid, the active sanitizer in pool water.
ECGs work by converting dissolved chloride ions into available chlorine. Housed within the ECG are two types of electrodes called cathodes and anodes. The electrodes are coated with a thin layer of a...
- 3 Steps to Creating the Ultimate Pool Experience
by David Goldman August 2017
A co-worker recently told me that our real competition doesn't come from the pool industry — it's the RV, boat and vacation businesses that contend for our customers. They're all products that may come with a substantial investment, but are purchased by customers who want to enhance their lives.
That insight made one thing clear to me – the pool sale is never about the money. Customers are willing to spend a lot of money to enhance their lives. In the case of a pool, they've already...
- August 2017 New Spa and Pool Products
by AQUA Editors August 2017
What's new in industry products? A sectional sofa for the pool, a customizable pool slide and stain remover, to name a few.
Have a new product you'd like to see on AQUA? Send product information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Shop Talk: What's the Best Advice You've Ever Received?
by Kathryn Howard July 2017
Shop Talk is a feature in AQUA in which we ask a question to a few pros from all corners of the industry. Have a question you’d like to see your industry colleagues address? Pitch us at email@example.com.
Today's question: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
8 Low-Maintenance Tropical Beauties to Plant Poolside
by Lauren Dunec Hoang, Houzz July 2017
To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. Here, a Houzz expert talks poolside plants that accentuate the pool's design.
The right foliage and flowers can...
- FSPA Creates Technical College Course to Attract New Industry Pros
by Kathryn Howard July 2017
To help draw more job candidates to the pool and spa industry, the Florida Swimming Pool Association is developing a 600-hour course that will be offered at Manatee Technical College (Bradenton, Fla.).
Plans for the course began when Mary Anderson, education program manager for FSPA, met with MTC’s president at a conference.
“We started talking and came to the realization that there has not been a program specific for the swimming pool industry,” she says. “We could create...
- Back to Life: The Art of the Remodel
by Don Goldstone July 2017
- Adolph Kiefer: A Life Aquatic
by Eric Herman July 2017
When Adolph Kiefer passed away at his home May 5 in Wadsworth, Ill., at age 98, the world of aquatics lost one of its most enduring icons. Among his many accolades: at the time of his death, Kiefer was America’s oldest living Olympic champion.
He rose to fame at age 17 at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, known as “the Nazi Olympics,” where he won the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke. Hitler shook his hand in congratulation, but Kiefer later said that if he had known what...