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  • Even Better Than The Real Thing

    by Eric Herman June 2018

    Wooden decks and swimming pools and spas have been natural companions for decades. While wood decks...

  • Sponsored Content: Precise Pool Projects with HD Aerial Imagery

    by Tim Frank June 2018

    Leaping into a large swimming pool construction project without a thorough visualization of the surrounding area is like diving, head first, into a pool without knowing the exact depth. Before you take that first swan dive, in either scenario, you must have a complete knowledge of the playing field.

    Through technological advances in the world of aerial imagery, that hesitation while standing at the edge of the high dive or project launch date becomes nearly non-existent....

  • Protect Your Pool From Saltwater

    by Steve Goodale June 2018

    The higher concentration of salt required by saltwater systems has the potential to damage equipment and fixtures, a point that is often glossed over by people selling such systems to pool owners. The higher salt concentration results in greater conductivity of the water, which accelerates a process...

  • Are You Checking Your Customers' Drain Covers?

    by APSP June 2018

    As you head into the pool and spa season, APSP wants to make sure that you replace your customers' expired drain covers or suction outlet fitting assemblies (SOFA's). It's been many years since the Federal mandates in the Virginia Graeme Baker have been in effect, including the requirement that
        1.    All suction outlet fitting assemblies (SOFAs) or drain covers manufactured or sold comply with the referenced ANSI/APSP-16 Standard; and 


        2.    All commercial pool and spa...

  • How to Keep Employees Motivated

    by Erik Taylor June 2018

    This regularly recurring column is brought to you by APSP’s Manufacturers Council, featuring hot issues impacting today’s industry, business insights and tips you can use to enhance your personal development and business success.

    There are few things that better affirm how your business is run than when someone from another company asks for a job because they’ve heard how well your employees are treated. If you’re worried your employees are starting to slack and lower the...

  • A Homemade Pool Cooling System

    by Kathryn Howard May 2018

    There's nothing like a refreshing dip in a pool during a hot summer day. But what do you do when the water gets too warm?

    Michael Bruvel, a homeowner in Australia, was haunted by this dilemma. Jumping into...

  • Looking Beyond National Drowning Prevention Month

    by Eric Herman May 2018

    It’s no secret the pool and spa industry has long had a problematic relationship with safety issues. On one hand, professionals and organizations consistently demonstrate their commitment to safety, especially drowning prevention, by way of their rhetoric, promotion of layers of protection and often by donating to organizations such as the National Drowning Prevention Association and others. On the other hand, there’s often an aversion to talking about safety with consumers.

    It’s...

  • Why RV and Boat Sales are Booming in the Post-Recession Era

    by Bil Kennedy May 2018

    The residential pool and hot tub segments are fond of making comparisons with the RV industry. And in certain ways, they are similar: Both industries are big ticket discretionary purchases. Both rely to a certain extent on lifestyle enhancement to entice ownership. And the combined average price among all classes of recreational vehicles is somewhat equal to that of an inground pool, roughly $35,000.

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  • Builder Report 2018: Solid Growth

    by Eric Herman May 2018

    For three years running (or as long as we've asked the question), an overwhelming majority of builders have reported expansion — a particularly encouraging sign given the diversity of survey respondents. Builders in all markets, from package pool installers and fiberglass pool companies to high-end custom builders, are all experiencing good times. Those blue-sky results bode well for the immediate future.

    Another sign of builder strength is the increasing diversity of builder...

  • Models of Consistency

    by Daniel Seeger May 2018

    As anyone who’s ever tried to work on pool and spa installations across a wide region can attest, the array of regulations that need to be followed can be maddening. The collection of different legal requirements and other guidelines can force installers to spend nearly as much time combing through law tomes as they do getting equipment into place.

    This is a hardship the government relations team of The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals seeks to eliminate, or at least...