• Courage and Experimentation

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    Juxtaposition, contrast and even contradiction – all are words that describe this impressive design by Bradley Renken, president of Hearthstone Luxury Pools + Outdoors in Marietta, Ga. To that list, Renken also adds...

  • Pool Painting on the Auction Block

    by Barrett Kilmer November 2018

    Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne. The names conjure images of the starving bohemian, suffering for art, painting in obscurity and dying penniless, only to achieve the empty honor of posthumous fame.

    David Hockney, an English artist who achieved international fame painting people and pools in Los Angeles, does not fit that mold. He's made plenty of money and achieved widespread recognition for his work. Soon, one of his paintings is expected to set a record for the highest price...

  • Pole Training Goes Aquatic

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    Ever since the Acquapole was introduced in Turin, Italy, in 2010, describing the simple apparatus often begins by explaining that it has nothing to do with the kind of pole dancing associated with gentleman's clubs. Aquatic pole training, the form of exercise originated by the Acquapole's inventor, aquatic fitness...

  • Elevating Installations

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    Pools and spas that never touch the ground can be both challenging and risky to install. The elevation itself is, of course, a big part of what makes these installs so complex, but there's also the building's structural integrity to consider. Leaks are a major risk factor in such projects — just imagine what could happen if an elevated pool leaked into the floors below.

    Overcoming those obstacles requires working to an elevated standard of construction, as well as possibly turning...

  • Understanding Energy-Efficient Filtration

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    Hydraulic efficiency, variable-speed pump technology in particular, has enabled pool owners to significantly lower power consumption — a boon for consumers, the industry, regulators and lawmakers alike.

    Yet variable-speed pumps are really only part of the story. While the ability to adjust pump speed opens the door to a variety of energy efficiencies in the backyard, there is also the matter of the resistance the system provides — also known as the head loss, measured as total...

  • The Wheels on the Pool Go Round and Round...

    by Abigail Carpenter November 2018

    French artist Benedetto Bufalino is finding new and unique ways to be sustainable by reusing objects in unconventional ways. He has built tennis courts on top of semi trucks, turned phone booths into fish tanks and now, in his latest conversion, transformed an old camper into a mobile swimming pool.

    The project was produced as part of an annual series at Le Confort Moderne in Poitiers, France. As always, Bufalino wanted his audience to re-examine things they might take for granted...

  • Understanding Ammonia and Nitrates

    by Terry Arko November 2018

    Treating pool and spa water can be a surprisingly multi-faceted proposition. While most people in our industry understand the basics of oxidation, sanitizing and water balance, there are aspects of water chemistry that confound even the most experienced practitioners.

    In particular, the way that ammonia works in pools and spas, from its positive applications to how it results in disinfection byproducts and the formation of nitrates — one of the most problematic common compounds in...

  • Service Sidekicks

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    Essential for both technicians and homeowners alike, the automatic pool cleaner is a trusty service sidekick, helping service technicians multitask and saving pool owners from extra work. Patrolling the pool floors and climbing walls, no debris big or small is safe within a cleaner's path. Quick and efficient, they are an invaluable industry tool and, for the entrepreneurial technician, a bestseller.

    As technology evolves, APCs continue to gain new and exciting features that make...

  • LEDs: The New Direction of Pool Lighting

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    LED lights have taken the pool industry in bold new directions — and have done so in increasingly rapid fashion in only the past few years. In terms of sales, the new compact-LED fixtures have reportedly overtaken traditional incandescent lights, which are increasingly relegated to replacement sales.

    According to James Carter, lighting product manager for Hayward Industries, "From an LED perspective, the rate of adoption is extremely high because the entire lighting industry has...

  • Consider the Skimmer

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    They are among the most common components on all types of pools, spas, fountains and other man-made bodies of water. The humble skimmer is truly ever present — so much so, in fact, that it predates pumps and filters. Back in the early 1900s when the modern pool industry was still in its infancy, there were no recirculation systems; water generally entered the pool at or near the bottom and exited through "scum gutters" that were essentially massive skimmers.

    In terms of what...