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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • ‘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 “

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • CYA, pH, and Pool Water Treatment Realities

    by Kim Skinner November 2016

    For at least 40 years, many pool service companies have been successfully maintaining their residential pools on a once-a-week visitation basis. Empirical evidence has shown that pool water can be kept safe and properly sanitized without harmful bacteria and algae developing with weekly treatment programs. (An important and often unrecognized side benefit of this professional pool service is that it keeps hazardous chemicals out of the hands of pool owners and their children.)

    One...

  • How To Create an Effective Customer Loyalty Program

    by Cerah Gray October 2016

    Specialty retailers are always looking for ways to make customers more loyal and stop them from looking elsewhere for swimming pool and spa/hot tub products. One way of doing this is to establish a loyalty program that builds longterm customer relationships — a key part of any business plan.

    But how do you make a program enticing enough to motivate customers to return and make in-store or online purchases? Many pool and spa retailers do not know where to start or are afraid of...

  • 2016 Awards of Excellence: Gold Winners (Part II)

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    It’s been a beautiful month here at AQUA. All month long we’ve shared stunning shots of projects from all over North America, each uniquely different than the last. But as they say, all good things must come to an end, and so too does our Awards of Excellence coverage.

    Luckily, we’re closing out with another set of dazzling projects, with everything from meticulous tile and dramatic vistas to show-stopping spas. Take a look at the projects below, each of which comes with the...

  • 2016 Awards of Excellence: Gold Winners (Part I)

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    All month long, we’ve revealed the winners of APSP's Awards of Excellence — and today, it’s finally time to get to the best of the best, the crème de la crème: the gold award winners.

    For each gold-winning project, we'll share an inside look at the construction, including product and material choices, as well as the behind-the-scenes details about the construction process. (After all, just about every project has a great story behind it.)

    Below,...