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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...

  • Introducing the Unknown Control

    by Mark Holden March 2017

    Avoid Opening Pools to Copper Stains

    by Chris Marcano March 2017

    Now that the long winter is finally ending, pool owners are looking forward to pulling off their covers.

    One of the strangest experiences a pool owner can have is to discover upon opening that the pool has a purple crystal-like stain on its surface. Service professionals have known about this phenomenon for years, and commonly refer to it as purple haze.

    Purple haze is not, contrary to popular belief, an organic bacteria or an algae issue. The problem is actually the result...

  • Pool Houses: Ship Shape!

    by Scott Webb March 2017

    You turn it on its side, and you're half done. Frame in a few walls, lay in a couple sliders, finish it out with plumbing, electrical and cabinetry, and you've got it: A shipping container...

  • Sponsored Video: S.R.Smith TrueTread Diving Board Series

    by S.R.Smith March 2017

    S.R.Smith is reinventing the diving board category with a unique, patent-pending design: the TrueTread Diving Board Series. These stylish diving boards make an old favorite new again with a modern, sporty look and exceptional launching grip. TrueTread is a durable, marine-grade, diamond-shaped composite material that stands up to salt, sun and hours of fun. Compatible with many S.R.Smith stands, TrueTread Diving Boards are an ideal upgrade opportunity.

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  • Defeating the Fear of Swimming

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    Last month I posted a blog all about the importance of addressing the all-too-common fear of deep water. At the time, I was working on a small suite of articles for upcoming issues of AQUA that, to varying degrees, deal with different aspects of aquatic safety and how the industry can approach safety from a positive standpoint. Those recent forays reinforced two aspects of safety that warrant further discussion and, hopefully,...

  • Indoor Pools: How to Clear the Air and Help Swimmers Breathe

    by Eric Herman March 2017

    A major goal for the new indoor aquatics center at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., was to improve the quality of the air swimmers breathe during workouts through the use of a system that pulls in disinfection by-products and chloramines from just above the water's surface.

    To that end, a stainless steel gutter system surmounted by a Paddock Chloramine Evacuator System was installed on all four sides of the pool by designer/builder Bill Drakeley of the Drakeley Pool...