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Commercial property can be expensive, which leads some industry professionals to run their business out of their home. Storing materials, especially harmful chemicals, becomes a difficult task. What is the best storage solution? Industry pros share their insights:
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Myles McmorrowPool Services Network | Northern Va.and Washington D.C. metro
“How do you handle storage?”
Mark Jeffery LilleyLilleyPadPools | Chico, Calif.
“Everything stays on the truck. I keep a couple of spare cases of cl2 (supplier is closed on Saturday). I have a shelving unit for parts in the garage, and I have a 10-by-30 storage unit for parts (mostly old stuff I’m re-selling like cleaners and nice filters, etc.). I also have a home office. I would love someday to build a shop/ office.”
John PomaA+ Pool Service, LLC | Lakeland, Fla.
“I do everything from my house. I was supposed to put a warehouse in the backyard but have been too busy. For now, most chemicals go in the garage and some stay on my truck.
I could not imagine paying rent. I know most in my area do not have any buildings but just use their truck. Commercial property is extremely high to buy or rent here and would leave no room for profit. For me, I love not having to drive to another location to switch vehicles.”
Chris HigginsBlack Dog Pools | Austin, Texas
“[I store materials] in my home office. The chemicals are stored next to my truck in a locked storage box (12x3x3). The box is big enough to hold everything from my truck twice over.”
Mike MarshallMarshall’s Pool Service | Kansas City, Mo.
“We have a 2,500 sq. ft. building/barn at my house and an in-home office, which is basically half the size of a basement at 500 sq. ft. We move all liquids to the basement for winter.”
There are thousands of community pools across the country struggling to stay open and viable due to cuts to municipal budgets. The story of the Brook Park Swim Club, my community pool, is typical of many. The Brook Park Swim Club, in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, isn’t just a place to swim – it is the heart and soul of our community. Our kids meet throughout the summer for swim team, parties, pick-up soccer games and more. Adults get some much-needed sun and conversation after the long and...
From poor communication to inaccurate billing to awkward scheduling, a lot of hiccups can affect your daily routine. Fortunately, pool and spa business software can help smooth things over by using software to keep your team organized and informed. Below, take a look at just some of the software products on the market today.
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To this day I still get approached at distribution and asked, “What is that thing hanging off the back of your truck?” They are talking about the vacuum system I use for pool cleaning every day.
After I explain the benefits to the inquirer, they’ll often say, “That’s simply too expensive.”
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Baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 a day — taking their technical and institutional knowledge with them — leading to a shortage of skilled workers. But thanks to an innovative collaboration between pool pump manufacturer Nidec and Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Mo., more young people are learning about pool pumps and plumbing every day.
In 2017, Nidec installed a test stand for pool and spa pump motors at Ranken, and since that time, students in the school’s...