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  • Get With The Program - Software saves time, aids inmarketing for dealers, builders and service pros.

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2008

     About 18 years ago, Tom Wise, president of Wise Software, was on his way to get a cup of coffee at a 7-11 when he saw something that changed the course of his life.

    "There was a gentleman from a pool store who was literally taking his computer outside and was about to throw it out into the parking lot," Wise recalls. "I went over and talked to him and he said, 'I've...

  • Software saves time and aids in marketing for pool and spa dealers, builders and service professionals

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2008

     About 18 years ago, Tom Wise, president of Wise Software, was on his way to get a cup of coffee at a 7-11 when he saw something that changed the course of his life.

    "There was a gentleman from a pool store who was literally taking his computer outside and was about to throw it out into the parking lot," Wise recalls. "I went over and talked to him and he said, 'I've...

  • Lap Lane Of Luxury

    by Karen Erstad March 2008

     From the lay person's point of view, the most impressive thing about this project is all the custom Craig Bragdy ceramic tile," says James Atlas, president of Platinum Aquatech in Wheeling, Ill. "It's breathtaking, it's spectacular."

    The massive coral reef lap lane, the panoramic mural in the sauna, the scarf draping down the indoor pool steps and the iridescent tiles...

  • Rocking The Wallet

    by Jenna Danninger March 2008

     Given the increasingly popular trend of creating backyard oases, the desire to include rock features around the waterscape should come as no surprise. But when it comes to designing a backyard that simply takes your breath away, money is relative.

    Let's be real, the majority of America cannot afford an array of two-ton real boulders imported by crane into the backyard. The...

  • The Green Light

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2008

     The swimming pool industry has proven itself to be remarkably nimble at adopting new technologies and products in the past decade. The meteoric rise of salt-chlorine generation, the growing market for aggregate surfaces and the advent of energy-saving multi-speed pump motors, to name a few, all point to an industry capable of quickly adapting to meet evolving consumer preferences.

    A...

  • Fire effects on pool and spa projects

    by Jenna Danninger March 2008

     The ancient Greeks believed in four fundamental elements: fire, earth, air and water. These elements represented the basis on which all things consist.

    Drawing a parallel between ancient Greek philosophy and the modern-day pool and spa industry might be stretching it, but if you were paying even a little bit of attention this trade show season, you may have noticed a specific emphasis on...

  • Heat History

    by Kirstin Pires March 2008

    Global warming. Volatile organic compounds. Climate change. NOx emissions. Energy Star.

    It wasn't that long ago that these terms were rarely if ever heard in the pool business, but these days, environmental concerns and fuel scarcities are perhaps some of the first things that come to mind when talking about pool heating. We often write about imminent regulations and the pressure to make ever-more-earth-friendly heating products. These are excellent - and necessary - goals, and we'll...

  • Environmentally Friendly In Europe

    by AQUA Editors March 2008

    Environmentally Friendly In Europe

    Pool and hot tub designs model alternative energy

     Sustainable goods and services are hot-ticket items these days, and the European market continues to respond by building pools and hot tubs using alternative energy methods.

    Relax, the world's first solar-powered, emission-free, geothermal swimming pool complex, recently

    ...
  • Understanding different types of filter media

    by Marj Schultz March 2008

     Water filtration is one of nature’s most elemental processes. Whether it’s rainwater seeping into the earth and traveling through layers of sedimentary rock to return — clean — to the groundwater, or runoff that travels through wetlands, dropping sediment and gradually becoming pure, nature filters water all the time. In fact, a swimming...

  • Custom Spas in California's Coachella Valley

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2008

     Southern California's Coachella Valley is a heavily irrigated area in the northern part of the Colorado Desert, bounded on the west by the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains and on the east by the Little San Bernardinos. It's home to nine small-but-growing communities, all with populations of less than 100,000, and to Teserra, a custom pool and spa builder in the city of...