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  • Fast as Fiberglass

    by Eric Herman February 2019

    Few would argue that when it comes to hiring laborers these days, it's a sellers market. As is true throughout the construction industry, pool builders consistently report that hiring laborers is one of the greatest challenges they face.

    "It's almost impossible," says Brent Handy, owner and president of Paragon Pools in Lake City, Fla. "The vast majority of people we encounter when we try to fill a position are typically either older people who lack skill sets and are just looking...

  • Check Out Everything Under the Sun

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    The Everything Under the Sun Expo is one of the mainstays of the pool and spa industry. Located in sunny Orlando, it’s easily accessible for the thousands of Florida-based professionals — and generally a nice place to escape to if you’re visiting from afar. The show has long held a reputation as one of the strongest industry trade shows, particularly for service technicians, which comprise about 65% of show attendees.

    There are several reasons why industry pros hold the show in such...

  • APSP Releases New Public Pool/Spa Standard

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    APSP has announced the newly revised ANSI/APSP/ICC-11 2019 Standard for Water Quality in Public Pools and Spas, which features significant changes that will impact pool and spa service professionals across the nation. 

    The new Standard is the first comprehensive, data-driven and knowledge-based national Standard for pool and spa water quality and chemistry. It is ideal for understanding the minimum guidelines surrounding water quality parameters in public swimming pools and spas for...

  • Valhalla in the Cumberland Valley

    by Barrett Kilmer February 2019

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    Mechanicsburg is a town in Pennsylvania midway between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. It’s a bit closer to Philly geographically, but culturally it has more in common with the Steel City to the west. The small borough is home to a pool company called Aquavisions, Incorporated, which...

  • What Would You Do: Fake Facebook Reviews

    by Abigail Carpenter February 2019

    An industry pro went on Facebook to find a "customer" writing negative comments on her company page — but they were never a customer to begin with! Should she speak up and defend herself or simply keep quiet? Industry pros share their insights:

    THE QUESTION:

    Paige Pruett-Wichern
    Pruett's Pool and Spa | West Plains, Mo.

    "What would you do if a 'customer' is publicly posting untrue comments about your company on...

  • An Underwater Nightclub

    by Abigail Carpenter February 2019

    Look around and it might look like any other nightclub — conversation, drinks, a dart game. But the giant breathing helmets and swimsuits give away a key element to this lively night scene. It’s located 14 feet underwater.

    Created to promote TechnoMarine underwater watches, the world’s first underwater nightclub was thought up by New York City-based Thinkmodo, a marketing team known for its viral promotional videos. The team, consisting of writer-filmmakers Michael Krivicka, James...

  • Formidable Filth

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    What Do They Win, Bob?

    All three winners will receive $100 in Pleatco product, and our top prize winner will

    ...
  • Financing: Turning Backyard Dreams into Reality

    by Daniel Seeger February 2019

    For the average homeowner, putting in a new swimming pool is no small matter. The project is sure to eat up a significant amount of their backyard real estate and the install can be long and inconvenient. But maybe the most significant impediment is also the simplest and most familiar: dollars and cents.

    In 2018, the average cost of an inground pool was just below $50,000. That’s about the same as a new full-size pickup truck. Given the amount of work required for a quality pool,...

  • NJ Passes Law Requiring Licenses for Pool Builders/Service Techs

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill establishing license requirements for both pool service contractors and pool builders/installers doing work in New Jersey.  The law will go into effect on July 30, 2019.

    "Through the advocacy efforts of the Northeast Spa & Pool Association, and our PennJersey and Metro NY/NJ Chapters, this law was developed to protect not only the residents of New Jersey but also the contractors and their employees that provide...

  • Recap: 2019 Pool & Spa Show

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    Last week, industry professionals descended upon Atlantic City in droves, eager to take in the latest education and products from leading manufacturers. Here are just a few sights we saw on the show floor and beyond:


    Kyle and Justin Peek of DIY Network's "Pool Kings" led a packed seminar for members of the WAVE Young Professionals Network. Nearly 100 guests attended to listen to the Peeks discuss how to...