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.
  • Monday, December, 22, 2008 Modifications to disability law could affect residential pool market

    Product markets rise and fall based on the votes of legislators. The Virginia Graeme Baker Act and the California Energy Commission's dicta on swimming pool pumps are just two examples of how legislation can affect the pool and spa industry.

    Sometimes, as in the case of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the effect is less direct, but powerful nonetheless. When the Act was...

  • Monday, October, 20, 2008 The latest trends in pool and spa construction

    If you're looking for a quick list of the building techniques and concepts that are currently driving the industry, look no further than the presentations and demos at this year's trade shows.

    Glass tile, new decking materials, fountains and the green building movement are among the topics drawing intense interest this year, according to Bob Baron, MAR BAR Family Pools, Ramsey,...

  • Tuesday, September, 23, 2008 Advancements in technology have giving pool owners reason to replace old pool heaters

    Most pool owners wait for a catastrophic failure before deciding to replace their old heaters, figuring a new one is a waste of money if the old one still heats the pool. But often that's too late - the old heater has already wasted many hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars through inefficient fuel consumption.

    While the savings are compelling, there are a number of practical...

  • Tuesday, September, 23, 2008 Tips for vinyl-liner replacement

    Rejuvenating a pool by replacing the liner is a high-profile project that, if done professionally, earns homeowners' respect and often referrals. A few precautions, as well as consideration of potential pitfalls, can help ensure a profitable job and access to the free advertising network (positive word-of-mouth).

    Like all contracted work, vinyl replacement begins with a customer...

  • Monday, September, 22, 2008 Ozone and UV systems allow pool owners to approach no-chlorine systems

    Chlorine has killed more bugs and oxidized more bather waste than any other chemical or system, and by a wide margin. It is arguably the industry's simplest, most effective sanitizer. Dump it in, and it will kill organisms, control algae and oxidize the leftovers.

    Still, a lot of pool owners don't like it; never did, and it's safe to say they never will.

    The industry has responded...

  • Friday, August, 22, 2008 In down economy, automatic pool covers sales are up

    Five years ago, the phrases "energy conservation" and "pool safety" did not have the same clarion ring they do today. These movements had their advocates, but a sizeable proportion of pool owners and builders were only mildly interested in these issues, and products that addressed them were selling at a mildly increasing rate.

    That was then. Today we have what is...

  • Friday, August, 22, 2008 Sell more spa chemicals by listening to your customers

    A customer stopping in to pick up chemicals for a spa is a matter of daily routine in a retail store. Every working spa needs chemicals, so it should be an easy sale.

    That's one way to look at it. Another way is to see this common everyday interaction as a retailer's best, most frequent opportunity to bind customers into the store, fend off competition from the big box, and in the...

  • Thursday, August, 21, 2008 Chemical Interactions

    A customer stopping in to pick up chemicals for a spa is a matter of daily routine in a retail store. Every working spa needs chemicals, so it should be an easy sale.

    That's one way to look at it. Another way is to see this common everyday interaction as a retailer's best, most frequent opportunity to bind customers into the store, fend off competition from the big box, and in the...

  • Tuesday, July, 22, 2008 Get the correct water testing results

    For many of us, water chemistry is a murky concept to begin with. But it's particularly confusing when an unlikely result causes you to lose confidence in your water test. Is the test faulty? Is your water simply wrong? Has the world gone mad?!

    Relax. The answers to these questions are no, maybe and yes, in any order you like. And likewise, simple answers and logical reasoning can explain that pH...

  • Monday, July, 21, 2008 Parker Pools discusses fiberglass pool installation

    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...