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  • Instituting sustainability and green products into the pool and spa industrys

    by Kirstin Pires June 2008

    Kirstin Pires For some consumers, green is a closely held value and way of life. For others, it's a fashion. Regardless of the motivation, nearly all consumers are interested in the idea of sustainability and green products. So the question is no longer, "Should we institute some green practices?" The question is now, "How can we institute green...

  • Research to prevent, cure pool plaster disasters

    by Barrett Kilmer May 2008

    For the last 25 years or so a controversy has raged in the swimming pool industry about a curious phenomenon known as "spot etching," a term that usually refers to dime-sized, smooth spots of discoloration rather than actual etching of the plaster surface. The issue is as important as it is contentious, with plasterers, chemical manufacturers, retailers and service professionals all...

  • Keep It Tight

    by Scott Webb May 2008

    Between the moment customers understand the need for a new winter safety cover and the time they see that ester-based fabric stretched across their pools, neat and taut as a marine barracks bedspread, a dealer or builder will perform a number of vital tasks.

    The purchase agreement, the measurement and ordering of a cover and its installation are all challenges on the road to a satisfied...

  • Turks and Caicos fiberglass pool and spa project

    by Jenna Danninger May 2008

    The objective behind this project was to create an oasis, a lagoon and unexpected watering hole in the middle of dry arid brush," says Kelly Sullivan, president of BuildAll Contractor Services, located in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

    Sullivan credits the project's natural surroundings for its authenticity — the pool had to be cut into a hillside of solid limestone bedrock and most of the...

  • Natural Selection

    by Jenna Danninger May 2008

    The objective behind this project was to create an oasis, a lagoon and unexpected watering hole in the middle of dry arid brush," says Kelly Sullivan, president of BuildAll Contractor Services, located in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

    Sullivan credits the project's natural surroundings for its authenticity — the pool had to be cut into a hillside of solid limestone bedrock and most of the...

  • Tumber & Associates builds a beautiful pond for a homeowner in rural Ontario.

    by Kirstin Pires May 2008

    Steep ravines and tired, abandoned land surrounded the Prairie-style house when its transformation began. After re-sculpting the topography to do its bidding, Tumber and Associates restored and replanted the landscape using native species and traditional built elements to create an environment that the owners say has changed their lives.

    The only site available for...

  • Spa and pool news roundup

    by AQUA Editors May 2008

    CPSC, Gecko, Announce Recall

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Gecko Alliance of Canetons, Quebec, announced a voluntary recall of about 1,670 Hydropool Serenity Series hot tubs outfitted with Gecko SSPA-1 controls. Gecko Alliance says it has received 28 reports of the spa control overheating, including one incident of damage to spa equipment. No injuries have been reported.

    The units, which have serial numbers 01350XXXX...

  • Outdoor kitchen outlook

    by Kirstin Pires April 2008

    The idea of a second kitchen is not a modern one. Before the days of air conditioning - and even electric fans - having a second kitchen wasn't an indulgence, it was practically a necessity. The summer kitchen might have been a stand-alone out building, a lean-to at the side of the house or an addition connected by a walkway to the main residence, but its purpose was to keep the heat of cooking,...

  • What's Under The Vinyl?

    by Scott Webb April 2008

    Owners of in-ground vinyl-liner pools tend to focus their attention on what is most visible - the enormous water barrier that covers the entire surface of the pool.

    But the people who build the structures understand that what's under the vinyl is just as important to a successful pool installation.

    There are several material choices when it comes to supporting a vinyl...

  • What's underneath the vinyl in a vinyl-liner pool?

    by Scott Webb April 2008

    Owners of in-ground vinyl-liner pools tend to focus their attention on what is most visible - the enormous water barrier that covers the entire surface of the pool.

    But the people who build the structures understand that what's under the vinyl is just as important to a successful pool installation.

    There are several material choices when it comes to supporting a vinyl liner (after...