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  • Proper dehumidification of indoor pools

    by Barrett Kilmer July 2008

    Indoor pool environments are humid places by design, but, in the opinion of Dectron's James Hogan, far too many suffer from excessive humidity, which manifests itself in the form of foggy windows, premature degradation or outright rotting of building materials, and just plain stinky and steamy air.

    Homeowners who've built these indoor pools tend to get a little steamed themselves when...

  • Parker Pools discusses fiberglass pool installation

    by Scott Webb July 2008

    There was a time when a firmly placed fiberglass shell signaled the end of a pool project. Add some decking and landscaping, perhaps, and there the matter would rest.

    While those jobs still make up the majority of fiberglass pool construction, upscale fiberglass pool projects today are more of a mosaic, where the fiberglass pool itself is just one tile.

    Although fiberglass...

  • Sustainable practices for the pool builder

    by Kirstin Pires June 2008

    Americans have finally passed the tipping point on environmental awareness. Green is mainstream. Sustainability rules. But this rapid change in consumer thinking has led to a cascade of consumer demand, and that has caught many organizations and individuals off guard.

    So what's a pool builder to do? Pool industry manufacturers have developed revolutionary products such as variable-speed...

  • Business practices to avoid to watch business soar

    by Daniel Burrus June 2008

    If you want to truly stand out in today's marketplace and lead your company to new heights of success, you have to work smarter, not harder. For many leaders and managers, that's easier said than done. Despite their best intentions, they get snarled in the glaring failures that derail business growth and stagnate profits.

    To avoid the most-common traps that stifle business growth, you have to be aware of them and know the strategies to combat them. The following list will help...

  • The Volkswagen of Spas

    by Scott Webb June 2008

    Back in the early days, when spa manufacturing was a garage-based operation, a spa was a spa, and the cheapest spa was usually the market leader. Capital investment was minimal, and if an entrepreneur could figure out a way to sell for $100 less and still make a profit, the company's future was assured.

    In time, as companies grew they tried to differentiate themselves by making spas more...

  • Operation Eco-vation

    by Jenna Danninger June 2008

    Green's the new black, as the fashionistas of the world would say, and it's hitting the pool and spa runway full force. Energy-saving, eco-friendly products are making their way into the market, teasing dealers with trendier options and enticing homeowners to save a buck or two - not to mention the Earth. It's time to look into upgrading and revamping the pool and making way for the next...

  • Environmental Automation

    by Barrett Kilmer June 2008

    Dealers and builders looking to tap into the growing green movement tend to focus on more-obvious methods and products than controls and automation. They may talk to their customers about water conservation, high-efficiency equipment, solar heating panels and the like without thinking about how much pool and spa controls and automation can do to increase the efficiency of those products and...

  • Flow restriction in pool and spa filtration

    by Scott Webb June 2008

    Recent years have seen the gradual lowering of both line velocities and flow rates in pool plumbing. On one hand, to mitigate suction entrapment hazards, recently-passed legislation and standards have demanded that water moving through pool pipes adhere to strict speed limits.

    At the same time, driven by the imperative of energy conservation, a procession of states have begun lowering...

  • Environmentally-friendly pool renovations

    by Jenna Danninger June 2008

    Green's the new black, as the fashionistas of the world would say, and it's hitting the pool and spa runway full force. Energy-saving, eco-friendly products are making their way into the market, teasing dealers with trendier options and enticing homeowners to save a buck or two - not to mention the Earth. It's time to look into upgrading and revamping the pool and making way for the next...

  • Creating Entrepreneurs For More Profit

    by Phillip M. Perry June 2008

    Say "entrepreneur" and most of us picture a freewheeling go-getter who turns a handful of nickels and dimes into a million dollars by pluck and luck. That's great. Fact is, though, that even a well-established family business can make more money when mom, dad and the kids possess personality traits characteristic of enterprising self-starters.

    "An entrepreneurial mind-set has always been important in family business, and these days it's critical," says Mary Cantando, president of...