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  • Q&A with POOLCORP CEO Manny Perez de la Mesa

    by AQUA Editors August 2018

    Competition from the internet and big box stores has long been a concern among many industry professionals, particularly retailers and service/repair technicians. Some allege the playing field is not level, with major distributors and manufacturers selling products directly to the public...

  • Why Fiberglass is Growing

    by AQUA Editors July 2018

    In the last decade, fiberglass pools have seen their share of the market steadily increase as homeowners across the country have come to appreciate the unique benefits of having a shell made of this smooth, low-maintenance material. AQUA decided to dig a little deeper into the phenomenon with two fiberglass industry veterans from Latham Pools: Tom Straub, senior vice president of sales and marketing, and Mike Fox, product director for fiberglass pools.

    What’s driving the increasing

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  • Defense For Leaky Pool Pipes

    by Amanda Strouse June 2018

    From pH bounce to vinyl liner wrinkles to filter sand clumps, there are many things that can go wrong in a pool, but leaks, once a serious headache, are easier to deal with now.

    An increasingly common repipe alternative, epoxy coatings, are a type of pipe lining technology that rehabilitate pipes from the inside without the need to remove the host pipes. Epoxy coatings are applied in a cleaned and prepped pipe system most commonly by use of compressed air. This method turns the host...

  • Even Better Than The Real Thing

    by Eric Herman June 2018

    Wooden decks and swimming pools and spas have been natural companions for decades. While wood decks...

  • Swim Spas: A Market in Motion

    by Eric Herman June 2018

    Swim spas occupy an interesting niche in the pool and spa industry. The category serves as an alternative to both traditional swimming pools and hot tubs, a hybridization that opens up a new set of potential customers.

    At the same time, successfully marketing and selling swim spas can be challenging in the way they require both a new level of product knowledge and an understanding of homeowners who are looking for the ability to swim and exercise in limited space.

    To explore...

  • A Homemade Pool Cooling System

    by Kathryn Howard May 2018

    There's nothing like a refreshing dip in a pool during a hot summer day. But what do you do when the water gets too warm?

    Michael Bruvel, a homeowner in Australia, was haunted by this dilemma. Jumping into...

  • Sponsored Content: Simplifying the Pool Pad with COMBOConnect

    by Intermatic May 2018

    Behind scenes of every beautiful pool, there’s a hardworking cluster of components running the show. From pool filters and heaters to chlorinators and pool pumps, these pieces — working together in the background — let homeowners and guests enjoy the water all season long.

    But for pool builders and contractors, the story isn’t...

  • The Cutest Underwater Drone You’ll Ever See

    by Kathryn Howard May 2018

    If you’re looking for an underwater robot, it doesn’t get much cuter than BIKI, a fish-shaped underwater drone that propels itself with a fin.

    BIKI’s features include an internal balancer, a 4K HD camera and wireless connection to a mobile device, where it can live-stream camera footage. BIKI can be remotely controlled, or it can swim around on a pre-planned route, making it a fun toy for children to chase in a backyard pool.

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  • "Suite" App, Bro!

    by Kathryn Howard May 2018

    One of the next generation's greatest assets is their entrepreneurial enthusiasm. Armed with tech skills and a creative spirit, the young people coming into the workforce have a reputation for developing innovative tools.

    Some, like Cameron Craig, bring that...

  • The Big Green Egg Phenomenon

    by Kathryn Howard May 2018

    Do you know an EGGhead?

    It's not an insult, it's the designated name for a fan of the Big Green Egg, the kamado-style grill made by the company of the same name.

    EGGheads can be found around the world, from North America to South Africa, and range from casual grillers to professional chefs. They even have their own online forum where they exchange recipes and grilling techniques (eggheadforum.com).

    In the real...