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  • Testing the Waters

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    {bglink 5076}The most essential part of pool care is a tricky matter: water chemistry. While homeowners often take those sparkling blue waters for granted, any pro knows there's a lot of work that goes into keeping things perfectly balanced. (And sometimes, even some detective work, too.)

    Making that job easier is the wide range of water testing devices on the market, ready to become your sidekick on the job. Here, we take a look at just a few options, their features and...

  • Tara Manufacturing's Ultimate Makeover Contest Now Open

    by Cailley Hammel June 2017

    For many pool builders, the hardest jobs aren’t new pool builds — they’re restoration projects. Best-case scenario: you’re simply resurfacing and adding new features. Worst-case scenario: You’re entirely gutting the backyard…and crossing your fingers that you don't run into any number of unexpected problems along the way.

    In honor of the challenges a backyard renovation can bring — as well as the reward of completely transforming a backyard — Tara Manufacturing created the

  • What to Know About Remodeling or Replastering a Pool

    by Steven Randel, Houzz June 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. This time, a Houzz expert explores what it takes to update an older pool design.

    If you’ve got a swimming pool that’s...

  • Sponsored Video: The Industry's Favorite Flow Meter

    by H2Flow May 2017

    If you've ever used a FlowVis, then you're familiar with the incredible accuracy and reliability that make it the industry's favorite flow meter...and if you haven't used a FlowVis, then we invite you to take a look at our awesome new 3-D video to find out what you've been missing!

     

     

  • Chloramines in Source Water

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) April 2017

    Many pool and spa pros know the main source of "combined chlorine" or chloramines in pools and spas is from the reaction of chlorine sanitizer with bather perspiration and waste. Less known is the fact that many municipalities use chloramines to treat tap water — a process known as chloramination — and thus unwanted chloramines are added to pools or spas when they're filled or topped up using public water.

    Chloramination is a process that mixes free chlorine (usually chlorine gas)...

  • pHin: Here To Stay

    by Cailley Hammel April 2017

    Quick Recap

    What is pHin?

    pHin is a water sensor that continually measures pH, ORP, and temperature. Once a month, the mobile app asks the customer to use a test strip, which it scans to access free chlorine, total alkalinity, total hardness and cyanuric acid.

    How does it work?

    Homeowners and/or

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  • Sponsored Video: How to Paint a Pool

    by Ramuc Pool Paint April 2017

    Need to revitalize a pool? A fresh coat of paint is a cost-efficient way to protect and beautify most any aquatic structure. RAMUC’s expertise is in developing specialty coatings designed to withstand the conditions that exist underwater, such as harsh chemicals, salt, lotions, water movement, temperature changes and UV rays. RAMUC — a brand name you can trust.

  • Package Pool Installation Pointers

    by David Owens April 2017

    It's arguable that installing package pools is simpler than gunite vessels, but there are still numerous steps that have to be done correctly in order to create enduring installations. As with any structure that is meant to hold water reliably and indefinitely, you have to hit certain marks of quality to maximize the value of your customers' investment.

    I've been installing, renovating and repairing package pools, i.e. those with vinyl liners, for 28 years — and over that time have...

  • One Deep Dive

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    As we've covered in AQUA previously, the deepest pool in the world is Italy's Y-40 Deep Joy, a 130-foot deep pool — or the equivalent of a 14-story building. However, it may not be a world record holder for much longer.

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  • With a Grain of Salt

    by Steve Sherwood April 2017

    I want to start off by saying that I have been an advocate of saltwater pools my whole life. And the product has been a profitable one for my business. But I'm starting to wonder where the fizz went as I run into more and more skeptical customers.

    Ever since I was a kid hanging out at the Jersey Shore, I became aware of what happens to the human body and metals when they come in contact with saltwater. My back would dry out and tingle for hours, my sneaker eyelets would start to...