• The School of UV

    by Mark Holden March 2016

    For nearly two decades I have been spec'ing UV sterilizers, all the while never fully understanding how to select the correct device for each situation. Manufacturers have beautiful colorful brochures and detailed operational manuals, but for all of my experience and education, I still needed UV explained to me in simple terms.

    So I called Marty Fisher, U.S. commercial sales manager for Delta UV, to enlighten me. I've learned to trust Marty's knowledge on a range of subjects, and...

  • Product Roundup: 2016's New Vinyl-Liner Patterns

    by AQUA Editors February 2016

    Vinyl liners are evolving with new patterns, color schemes and even textures. Take a look at just some of the newest and best-selling vinyl liner patterns below:

    LOOP-LOC's exciting PearlEssence line features liners infused with inks to...

  • Sales Surge

    by Cailley Hammel February 2016

    Imagine if...

  • Mid America Show Will Stay in Indy

    by AQUA Editors February 2016

    Organizers of the Mid America Show have decided to retain their Indianapolis location for next year's show. Last month, the show was held in Indianapolis for the first time; it's success has led to a return engagement.

    "The move from Chicago to Indianapolis in January resulted in a boom in attendance and a very successful Show for both exhibitors and attendees. As word on how the Show flourished, booth space is expected to sell out early for 2017, and attendance is expected to...

  • The Psychology of Pricing

    by Ted Lawrence February 2016

    Growing up around the grocery industry, I quickly learned the importance of things like store layout and flow, merchandising strategies, product mix and selection and creating in-store theatrics. All of these things are extremely important in a successful retail selling environment, but there was always one topic that I found more interesting than the others: how to create a pricing strategy that can influence what a customer buys. This is called "the psychology of pricing." Many things go...

  • Bluetooth Ducky, You're the One

    by AQUA Editors February 2016

    It was only a matter of time before rubber ducks joined the wireless revolution and became much more than squeaky little bathtub buddies. Meet Edwin, a sweet yellow tubby duck that can sing any song on your smartphone!

    Part interactive bath toy, part wireless speaker and part night light, Edwin is a good...

  • Why Chemical Pods Have Staying Power

    by Scott Webb February 2016

    From the consumer's perspective, water care is the most important and thorniest of pool upkeep issues, and anything that demystifies and simplifies maintenance is a welcome relief. For this reason, the chemical convenience movement is one of the most important industry advancements in recent years.

    As crucial as it may be, pool and spa maintenance is well down the priority list for most pool owners. On any given day, there are a half dozen clearer and more present demands on a pool...

  • Cutting The Edge

    by Brian Van Bower January 2016

    I've always thought that part of remaining relevant in the aquatic design and construction business means coming up with fresh ideas, especially concepts that offer discerning clients something unexpected or unique.

    Of course, coming up with new ideas is itself not new. There was a time years ago when now-familiar features such as the vanishing edge or the all-tile pool finish fell into the "something new" category, giving a competitive edge to designers and contractors who were...

  • APSP Chapter Helps Special Needs Child

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals recently donated funds for the rehabilitation of a residential pool for Ariana Zyla, a girl with special needs in central Maryland, as part of its Smiles for Splashes program.

    Ariana’s mother, Lori, contacted Chesapeake Pools, an APSP member, to find out the cost to repair the residential in-ground pool at her new home so her children could swim. The pool required a list of safety items, upgrades and...

  • TEFC Pumps: Shelter from the Storm

    by Scott Webb January 2016

    Like any piece of machinery, the day a pool pump motor is put into service is the day it begins to deteriorate. For the bearings, the windings, the insulation and the casing, the countdown has begun until one of these crucial pieces fail and the pump can turn no more.

    Pump motor failure and replacement rates have been an issue in the pool and spa industry for decades, but as the industry matures, the drive is toward extending life and thus necessitating fewer customer calls to the...