Scott Webb
Scott Webb has been with AQUA magazine in one capacity or another since April 2001; he now serves as executive editor. Scott has a degree from University of Cincinnati in aerospace engineering and lives in Madison, Wisc. To get in touch, email him at scott@aquamagazine.com.
  • Sunday, June, 13, 2010 A concrete pool and spa combo in Gilbert, Arizona



    The connection is no coincidence, says Rick Chafey, co-owner, Red Rock Pools & Spas, Gilbert, Ariz. "When the client approached us about building their pool, they already had plans and conceptual drawings of the project they had envisioned: a...

  • Friday, May, 28, 2010 Q&A with pool service technician Javier Payan

    1. One thing apparent from our survey was that the service sector has held up very well in a down economy. Has that drawn new people into service in your area?

    Yes, we've seen that. As opposed to retailers opening up new service branches or new service startups, what we're seeing more of is builders getting into service because they're not building a lot of pools, and they need the work. Most of the shops that do retail around here already do service.

    First it...

  • Thursday, May, 20, 2010 Q&A with Todd Starner, director of IPSSA Region 11

    1. The general economy in 2009 was down in most areas of the U.S. How did that affect service in your part of Florida?

    There have been a lot of foreclosures in Florida, but that's not been a problem for service companies. For every pool lost to foreclosure there's a bank or real estate company that needs a service person to clean up a pool and get it ready to sell.

    At the same time, with the number of new pools down, some pool builders have gotten into service...

  • Monday, May, 17, 2010 Q&A with pool service technician Kirt Kleiner

    1. Last year was a good year?

    Yes, 2009 was a good year for us. We increased our business a small amount. Being cautious, we were expecting a bit of a pullback, and instead we grew by about 5 percent.

    2. A common concern in the AQUA survey was unlicensed competition. Is that a problem in the Pittsburgh area?

    We don't really have a big...

  • Wednesday, April, 28, 2010 Award-winning St. George, Utah residential pool project



    It's rare to find a home with the sheer grandeur of the castle in southern Utah that houses May's AQUA Choice winner. The magnificence of this citadel made the challenge for the pool and spa builder all the greater, for any weakness in...

  • Monday, March, 29, 2010 Automatic pool cleaners help a pool retailer's bottom line

    One of the bright spots amidst the recent industry struggles has been the sales of automatic pool cleaners (APCs), which continue to show strength. The main reason is obvious - the APC is a labor-saving device that many pool owners can afford. It reduces the amount of time and effort one has to commit to cleaning a pool, and the desire to work less has always been a powerful incentive for...

  • Friday, March, 26, 2010 Pool pump efficiency is profitable

    In some states, efficient pumps and circulation systems are a mandate. Elsewhere, they're just a great idea, profitable for sellers, consumers and the country as a whole.

    They profit consumers by dramatically lowering their utility bills, providing them a quick return on their investment and then a handsome, ongoing bonus. They profit the seller with a nice margin on the item itself, plus, in some places, a fat rebate check. And they profit the country by defusing its energy supply...

  • Wednesday, March, 24, 2010 Award-winning residential indoor pool project in Wilmington, N.C.



    One of the most rewarding aspects of the AQUA Choice competition is the opportunity to explore great work in the manufactured pool market, such as this fiberglass charmer in North Carolina.

    Able Installations of Wilmington, N.C.,...

  • Friday, February, 26, 2010 VGB effect on the residential pool market

    To date, VGB hasn't meant all that much to the residential pool builder: When you build a new pool or update an existing one, use an approved drain cover with proper flow rating, sump and fasteners. That's about it. It's hard to mess that up.

    While the Act has certainly caused great swells in the commercial pool market - closing down entire facilities, wrecking urban aquatic budgets...

  • Thursday, February, 25, 2010 Award-winning Edgartown, Mass., residential pool project



    This pool, formerly featured in the AQUA Spotlight, is one of those projects that pushes the limits of residential building. Breathtaking in its simplicity, humbling in its inescapable beauty, this grand and uncomplicated design would...