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  • After the Olympic Crowds Went Home

    by Scott Webb July 2017

    To purveyors of the joys of swimming, these famous Rio Olympic pools are a melancholy sight.

    Less than a year...

  • Tales from the Service Route

    by Cailley Hammel July 2017

    Every day in pool service is an adventure — and no one knows that better than fellow service techs. That's why Steve Sherwood of Sherwood Pool Consulting Group (Culver City, Calif.) created a Facebook group just for CPOs called Certified Pool Operator - CPO. (If you'd like to join, visit aqmag.co/CPOgroup.)

    In this group, which is about 2,000 members strong, CPOs from all over the country come together to...

  • The Pool As Mirror

    by Kirk Bianchi July 2017

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  • National Reflections in Washington, D.C.

    by Eric Herman July 2017

    As we celebrate our nation’s independence, we thought it would be appropriate to offer up an AQUA salute to what is arguably the most prominent water feature in the U.S.: the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

    If you visited our nation’s capital between November 2010 and August 2012, you would have noticed the iconic reflecting pool was undergoing renovation on a truly historic scale. How big was the project? The price tag ran $34...

  • 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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