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

    by Bob Lowry December 2016

    Welcome to this overall look at the problems facing service techs regarding pool and spa water chemistry – presented here in two parts.

    Before we get started, consider this: If we think about all of the following issues together, we can come up with an easy way to take care of pool water that makes sense. By contrast, when we try to fix one of these without considering the way it affects other chemical constituents, we often create another type of problem.

    We’ll start off...

  • That's a Wrap!

    by Cailley Hammel December 2016

    A picture might speak 1,000 words, but for a pool builder or servicer, a truck wrap can say way more than that. Why? Because it does the talking when you can't.

    Maybe you're working your way through the daily cleaning route, and your bright truck catches someone's eye. The sight of happy swimmers on the truck door prompts a fellow driver to think, "Hmmm, that could be us. And we've got a perfect spot in our yard for a pool…"

    Or maybe you're in the backyard servicing...

  • ‘Blue Mind’: An Exploration of the Benefits of Being Near Water

    by Eric Herman November 2016

    We all know that human beings have an innate love of water, but do we really know why? Is it that our bodies are comprised mostly of water, or is it because the earth’s surface is nearly three quarters aquatic? Or is it something else?

    In what should arguably be required reading for those of us in the aquatics industries, author Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, offers a wonderfully comprehensive analysis of those questions in “

  • Overtime Regulations on Hold

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    New overtime regulations enacted by the Obama Administration this summer are now on hold after a Texas judge filed a nationwide injunction last week.

    The regulations, initially scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1, required employers to pay overtime to employees earning up to $47,476 each year. Currently, the threshold is $23,660, which was last updated in 2004.

    As Melanie Trottman and Ruth Simon of the

  • Joseph Vassallo Wins State Honor for Water Safety Program

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Water safety activist and APSP Fellow Joseph M. Vassallo was presented with the 2016 Nevada Governor's Points of Light Award for his long-running “Float Like A Duck” water safety public service campaign.

    Nevada Volunteers, the Governor's Commission on Service held the awards ceremony on September 29, 2016 in Las Vegas honoring...

  • In Memoriam: NESPA’s Paulette Pitrak

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Paulette Pitrak, deputy executive director for the Northeast Spa & Pool Association, passed away Nov. 18 after a courageous battle with leukemia. She was 64.

    Paulette first entered the pool and spa industry in 1988 as director of education for the National Spa and Pool Institute. She joined NESPA in 1998 where she worked tirelessly across a wide range...

  • It's All in the Details

    by David Owens November 2016

    It's human nature to want something most other people don't have. At least, that's true of most of the homeowners I work for these days. For the past several years, I've deliberately nurtured a reputation for a my unique style of work, an approach based largely on the way I include artistic and otherwise unique details and features.

    So far, it's worked out pretty well. In fact, as it stands, I've been turning away some clients and have been forced to make others wait longer than I...

  • This Outdoor Chair Will Grow on You

    by Cailley Hammel November 2016

    When you think of a lawn chair, you tend to think of something like a classic Adirondack, or aluminum chairs with tube or nylon webbing. Studio Nucleo, on the other hand, has invented its own lawn chair — emphasis on the lawn part.

    Meet the Terra chair, a piece of outdoor furniture that is quite...

  • Success Beyond the Pool

    by Christopher Anderson November 2016

    For the past several years, we've often heard that there are great potential rewards waiting for pool designers and builders who work beyond the water's edge. It's become almost a cliché call to arms for builders looking expand their horizons.

    Some builders have embraced that concept while others have stayed with their water-only focus. Some see it as a way to elevate their bottom lines and reputations, while others believe it's better to spend their time doing what they already...

  • World Aquatic Health Conference Sets New Attendance Record

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    The 13th-annual World Aquatic Health Conference, hosted by NSPF in Nashville, Tenn., drew a record number of attendees at its recent conference. The conference, held October 19 to 21 in Nashville, Tenn., welcomed 412 attendees, including 158 first-timers. Attendees included representatives from aquatic facilities, service providers, consultant companies, parks and recreation, water parks, manufacturers, academia, associations, builders,...