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Taking An Acid Bath

January 7, 2016
Article reprinted from Pool & Spa News. By Scott Younker

A cloud rises from a drained pool. Inside, a solo pool technician washes down the walls of the pool with his mixture of muriatic acid and water. As the cloud condenses and hangs over the pool, the tech, who isn’t wearing a respirator, breathes in the poison.

In a backyard a few houses down, Eric Nielson sees the cloud and looks over. He watches as his fellow service technician takes in a large breath in the acid cloud and passes out. Nielson runs over, dialing the paramedics as he moves.

The tech woke up and was just fine, but there could have been a less happy ending. His mistake was in not watching out for the hanging cloud of acid, which wasn’t dispersing. “He was a guy who was old enough and should have known better,” says Nielson, owner of Willow Creek Pools in West Hills, Calif.

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More Licensing Movement in the Northeast

by Rebecca Robledo

The industry in the Northeast has made more strides in its effort to see licensing required for pool and spa builders and service technicians.

New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y. now are considering such laws.

The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has lobbied for such laws for the past several years, and these developments mean a fair majority of the organization’s territories require licensing of some type. NESPA’s jurisdiction includes New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and part of Pennsylvania. Connecticut has led the licensing effort by instituting service-tech and builder licensing several years ago. Earlier this year, it passed similar requirements for aboveground-pool installers. While the bill to establish a license has passed, Department of Consumer Protection there is now drafting the specific requirements for obtaining a license.

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Basic Pool Water Tests

Understanding the basic methods for testing pool water.

By Pool & Spa News Contributors

CHLORINE

Service techs can use three methods to measure chlorine residuals in pools:

DPD (diethyl-p-phenylene diamine):

This is a chemical reagent that reacts with free, or active, chlorine. The sample water is combined with the DPD reagent in a test vial. Between 1 and 3 ppm (industry-recommended chlorine levels), the sample will turn varying shades of red.

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Today’s backyard designs are tomorrow’s most sought-after projects - Part Three

By Carla Sovernigo

Glassed-over pools

One of the hottest trends in pool and home décor is glass tile. As a pool finish, this option is becoming increasingly popular in Canada, especially in British Columbia where it has become an ever-growing trend that separates style setters from followers. Glass tile is a beautiful product that comes in many shapes, colours, and textures. This finish can change a pool from a basic backyard oasis to an elegant, stunning work of art.

Depending on the look the consumer wants, costs can run from affordable to extremely expensive and everything in between. However, when carefully selected and installed, the one constant that remains is the effect glass tile has in transforming a pool from drab to fab.

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Today’s backyard designs are tomorrow’s most sought-after projects - Part Two

By Carla Sovernigo

Smart technology

Pool and spa/hot tub manufacturers have made huge strides in the last four years to provide enhanced, mobile automation products designed to make pool ownership easier. From managing water chemistry to controlling lights, water features, pumps, cleaners, and spas, almost every element of the pool environment can be controlled via an app—giving pool owners 24-7 access and control.

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Today’s backyard designs are tomorrow’s most sought-after projects - Part One

By Carla Sovernigo

The allure of the swimming pool has passed through time undiluted. From the grand bathhouses in Rome and Greece to today’s sleek, sophisticated designs, pools transcend geography and demographics. Often a symbol of luxury, current popular designs and features provide elegant living and effortless convenience. Modern-day pool owners want more than to bask in the shimmering reflection; they want to create an environment that is an extension of their home, a space where form and function are one with an overall design that supports their desire for more family time and a healthier lifestyle.

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How To Build A Relationship With An Architect

The right type of architect will appreciate having you as a partner. When we ran our company, we did both design/build projects and projects that were designed by architects. How do you do that if you are a design/build firm? Isn’t an architect going to think that you will be taking over the project? How can you earn what you need if an architect is going to be reviewing your proposal? And doesn’t working with architects mean you will be one of three contractors providing free estimates just for a chance of getting the job?

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Conn. Passes Aboveground License Law

July 22, 2015

An industry association amended a problematic first draft, considers the new law a 'victory'

Aboveground pool installers working in Connecticut will need to hold a special license. Last month, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill establishing the Above Ground Pool Assembler’s License, which is intended to curb job-site errors.

The law goes into effect April 2016 and joins two other pool-specific licenses in the state — one for builders and the other for service technicians, called SPB and SP1, respectively. The new license will be issued by the commissioner for consumer protection.

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Decrease Flow & Energy And Increase Circulation And $$

Decrease Flow, Decrease Energy, Increase Circulation And Still Be Green
A pool is an item that can increase a person’s health, family time and enhance a backyard environment. But when the expense of maintaining the pool is beyond affordable after the initial expense, the dream can turn into a nightmare. While researching ways to make our pools safer from suction entrapment our industry found that slower flow is better for pool circulation and our pocketbooks. Having a “green pool” has new meaning.

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For A Second New Pool In Brooklyn, Less Fanfare And No Drama

In the shadow of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and just a few yards from the dirt heaps of a dusty construction site, blue and yellow beach umbrellas bloomed. Classic songs like John Lennon's "Imagine" floated over an artificial beach stocked with white sand and beach chairs. Smiling teenagers handed out cupcakes and lemonade. And on Friday, after a countdown from 3, dozens of sweaty people jumped into a turquoise pool with views of the Brooklyn Bridge to one side and the Lower Manhattan skyline to the other.

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