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  • 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...

  • Keys To Service Department Success

    by Matt Gohlke December 2016

    As you can imagine, we have seen quite a few changes since Gene Gohlke, founder of Gohlke Pools, started building pools in Denton, Texas, in the late 1950s. You would think that a company that has been around for almost 60 years would have everything figured out, but that is not the case. Sure, we have done some things right, but we have also done quite a few things wrong. Oftentimes we have learned from our mistakes, but at other times it seems that we just repeat them. That being said, we...

  • NSPF Honors Top Instructors

    by AQUA Editors December 2016

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation recently honored the organization’s active instructorsfor their extraordinary performance over the past year. Several individuals and four companies received awards for their commitment to excellence in keeping pools safer and open.

    “These teachers are creating the world we all want where healthier people have great experiences in and around the water,” NSPF CEO...

  • 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...

  • The Manilla File

    by Barrett Kilmer December 2016

    On November 1, Jack Manilla will begin his first term as chair of the APSP Board of Directors. It'll be the culmination of more than 20 years of service to the industry, both as owner of Portofino Pool Services in...

  • ‘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