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  • 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...

  • 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...