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  • An Age of Design

    by Eric Herman December 2016

    When we talk about "design," what are we really talking about?

    Naturally, the answer varies on the type of design being considered and certainly the person answering the question. Plus, there's always the "eye of beholder" principle: One person's idea of great design might to another look like an...

  • Are Chip Readers Here to Stay?

    by Phillip M. Perry December 2016

    Retailers can protect themselves against fraudulent transactions by installing point-of-sale systems that process the new chip-enabled credit cards. Criminals are increasingly targeting those retailers who have not yet performed the upgrade. Yet many merchants are opting to delay what can be a costly and time-consuming procedure.


    Shoppers love credit cards for quick and easy purchases. Retailers? Not so much. One big problem is fraud: Transactions with bogus plastic...

  • How to Offer Constructive Criticism

    by John Tschohl December 2016

    Giving positive feedback is easy. But what about those times when an employee is not performing as well as you need them to, and you need to give negative feedback? That can be a different story, especially for those who do not like confrontation. Managers need to be careful when dishing out negative feedback and need to make sure that it is done constructively – the last thing you want to do is demoralize your employee.

    While these conversations can be a bit awkward, when done...

  • What the Heck are 'Wave Balls'?

    by AQUA Editors December 2016

    While adults love a smooth glassy pool surface to cut through with their steady swim strokes, kids who play in the water just want some wave action. But creating waves requires the movement of enormous amounts of heavy water, which takes a great deal of energy.

    Unless you use...

  • How is a $40 Million Project Like a $40,000 Project?

    by AQUA Editors December 2016

    Aquatic environments come in a variety of shapes, settings and sizes, from a 10-foot backyard aboveground that barely fits the whole family to a resort waterpark serving over a million visitors in a single season.

    And yet, it's still just water.

    We asked Kent Wood, P.E., engineering manager at Water Technology, a company that designs and engineers aquatic megaprojects the world over, how the process of achieving a massive waterpark compares to a 12-by-20-foot package...

  • PSP Expo 2017 Accepting Presentation Proposals

    by AQUA Editors December 2016

    The 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo has issued a call for presentations to educators, consultants and specialists all around the world who want to share their knowledge and business expertise as presenters for the educational conference program. 

    The conference program will be held October 29 to November 3, 2017, with exhibits taking place on November 1 to 3 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla....

  • Trending Now: Nearly Invisible Outdoor Furniture

    by Margie Grace, Houzz December 2016

    Successful retailing amid the outdoor living boom means staying 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 explains a rising trend in patio furniture: the barely-there look.

    Outdoor furniture is an integral part of a garden, providing...

  • Key Misunderstandings and Problems in Pool Water Chemistry (Part II)

    by Bob Lowry December 2016

    Welcome back our discussion of key misunderstandings in pool and spa water chemistry. In our first installment, we covered a variety of issues that all interrelate in the overall water chemistry scheme. We continue examining these key facets of pool and spa water treatment here.

    We'll begin with misunderstanding No. 5 — to see the first four,

  • A Thick New Pool Skin

    by AQUA Editors December 2016

    The 60-mil liner is not a new invention, but it's one that still draws interest from liner aficionados for its installation technique, which...

  • The Search For ‘Resilient’ Water

    by AQUA Editors December 2016

    For the past several years I’ve been closely following the work of Long Island designer/builder and service professional Steve Kenny, president of SRK Pool Services. My interest in Kenny’s work stems from his notably progressive and dedicated approach to developing treatment systems that ensure quality water conditions. He’s not a chemist in the formal sense, but he is self-taught and extraordinarily passionate about a methodology that he reports consistently generates what he calls...