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  • Rooftop Sophistication

    by Cailley Hammel October 2017

    The project you see here looks clean and elegant, but make no mistake: It certainly wasn’t easy to achieve. A small 20-by-30 foot deck, unusual material selections, a concurrent interior remodel and a homeowner’s association were just a few challenges the Pool Environments team (Plano, Texas) faced.

    Then add in the height factor. This project was 270 feet, or seven stories, off the ground.

    “It was a challenge from the start,” laughs Reconstruction Project Manager Mike...

  • Dichlor: The Sanitizing Stalwart

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) October 2017

    {bglink 3750}It’s one of the most familiar and trusted products in the pool industry, yet few people who use dichlor (sodium dichloro-S-triazinetrione) know much beyond the fact that it will kill algae, oxidize waste and provide an acceptable chlorine residual. This month’s Tech Notes provides some helpful detail.

    Dichlor is typically sold in granular form, providing a simple and convenient way to chlorinate pools and spas. Dichlor is completely soluble in water and does not...

  • Pools by the Hour

    by Kathryn Howard October 2017

    The sharing economy has expanded into the pool industry with the launch of Pool For U, a service where pool owners can rent their pools to swimmers on an hourly basis. In other words, it's Airbnb for pools.

    "Our slogan is bringing summer closer to home," Bunim Laskin, Pool For U CEO, told App.com. "We...

  • Shop Talk: What's the Worst Hot Tub You've Ever Encountered?

    by Kathryn Howard October 2017

    Shop Talk is a feature in AQUA in which we ask a question to a few pros from all corners of the industry. Today's question: What's the worst hot tub you've ever encountered?

    Eric Cassidy

    Vice President | Valley Pool & Spa
    Pittsburgh, Penn.

    This...

  • Portable Spa Roundup: A Hot Tub for Everyone

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    It's a good time to be a hot tub retailer. Not only is there increasing evidence to support the vessel's tie to better health, marking the rise of what we call the Hot Tub Health Movement, but sales are stronger than they've been in years. According to Pkdata, the hot tub industry has seen consecutive growth for four years now — including two back-to-back years of double-digit growth.

    It certainly helps that...

  • The Wide World of Custom Spas

    by Eric Herman September 2017

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  • How to Decontaminate Spas and Kiddie Pools

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) September 2017

    Contamination of small vessels of water can take many forms, including slime, cloudy water, musty odors, vomit, and feces among others. Buildup of contaminants can result in threats to bather health, which can include rashes, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, respiratory distress or worse. Therefore, a water replacement strategy enabling the complete decontamination of the vessel should be part of the preventative maintenance schedule. Water replacement is more viable due to the small scale of...

  • Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, It's a Spool!

    by Eric Herman September 2017

    It's a term that begs a question. Is it a really small swimming pool? Or is it a reference to vessels that combine small pool compactness with the ability to function like a spa?

    Then there's the other moniker for these diminutive hybrids, "cocktail pools" — does that mean a pleasure-inducing mixture of pool and spa functions? Or is it something else?

    According to Robert Blanda, the New York designer/builder credited with coining the phrase, "A

  • The IHTA of APSP: Fighting Legislation, Seeking Participation

    by Barrett Kilmer September 2017

    Last April, after a winter of heavy snowfall in the Sierras and a soggy spring, Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to the drought emergency that had crippled California for four years.

    "Thank God for the rain," says Mike Dunn, executive vice president for Watkins Wellness in Vista, Calif., and member of the Strategic Leadership Team of the International Hot Tub Association of APSP. "Over the last few years, we've fought battle after battle over the drought. Cities would say,...

  • Hot Tub Troubleshooters

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    To be a good hot tub tech, you need the sleuthing skills of a detective, the discipline of a commercial pilot and a large measure of patience. But where does a new spa recruit develop such abilities?

    A good place to start is the upcoming PSP Expo seminar "Troubleshooting Portable Hot Tubs: Tips on What to...