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, June, 23, 2008 The Volkswagen of Spas

    Back in the early days, when spa manufacturing was a garage-based operation, a spa was a spa, and the cheapest spa was usually the market leader. Capital investment was minimal, and if an entrepreneur could figure out a way to sell for $100 less and still make a profit, the company's future was assured.

    In time, as companies grew they tried to differentiate themselves by making spas more...

  • Monday, June, 23, 2008 Flow restriction in pool and spa filtration

    Recent years have seen the gradual lowering of both line velocities and flow rates in pool plumbing. On one hand, to mitigate suction entrapment hazards, recently-passed legislation and standards have demanded that water moving through pool pipes adhere to strict speed limits.

    At the same time, driven by the imperative of energy conservation, a procession of states have begun lowering...

  • Monday, June, 23, 2008 Slowing Down To Get Ahead

    Recent years have seen the gradual lowering of both line velocities and flow rates in pool plumbing. On one hand, to mitigate suction entrapment hazards, recently-passed legislation and standards have demanded that water moving through pool pipes adhere to strict speed limits.

    At the same time, driven by the imperative of energy conservation, a procession of states have begun lowering...

  • Thursday, May, 22, 2008 New gazebos are easier than ever to build

    With the coming of June's warmth and late evening sunsets, many a homeowner's thoughts turn to the romance of a backyard gazebo.

    And many a dealer stands ready to turn that romantic idea into a reality, with a stand-alone structure that can provide an outdoor venue for traditionally indoor activities like cooking or entertainment.

    One reason many dealers add gazebos to their...

  • Thursday, May, 22, 2008 Selling winter safety covers

    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...

  • Thursday, May, 22, 2008 Keep It Tight

    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...

  • Wednesday, May, 21, 2008 Modern computer diagnostics have reached the spa service industry

    The spa equipment industry is easing into the computer diagnostics age in a fashion similar to the way automotive and heavy equipment industries did in decades past.

    For more than 20 years, cars have used sensors distributed throughout the vehicle to monitor its condition. These networked sensors constantly reply to a central computer's relentless fundamental question: "Is everything...

  • Thursday, April, 24, 2008 What's Under The Vinyl?

    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...

  • Thursday, April, 24, 2008 What's underneath the vinyl in a vinyl-liner pool?

    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...

  • Thursday, April, 24, 2008 Growing interest in the health benefits of saunas is driving sales

    Amid the economic hardship of the last year, sauna sales in the United States have remained steadfast, and that promises an even brighter future when the economy eventually picks up.

    The chief impetus is the buying public's perception of the product. The evidence is anecdotal, but there's reason to believe that the longstanding assertion of a broad range of sauna health benefits is...