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February 2011 Blog Posts (11)

Hydrostatic Relief Plug/Valve

In our part of the country with a water table that doesn't typically cause any issues because it is so deep we don't use hydrostatic relief valves.  Instead we plug the port in the bottom of the main drains as the pool is being filled.    The other hydrostatic relief plugs not in the main drains (closer to the shallow end) also get plugged.


When the customer every has to empty their pool, we advise removing the plugs just to be on the safe side (even though our water tables…


Added by Tony on February 28, 2011 at 11:08am — 5 Comments

It's Not All About the Spa....

  As we get ready to head into spring and customers start opening their spas, it is time once again to review some important steps that will not only maintain, but prolong, the life of a spa cover. These are great tips to pass along to your customers when they purchase a cover.

  First of all, for those who have not used their spas during the winter months, it is important to pull the cover off of the spa and flip it over, exposing the bottom to the sunlight and giving it a…


Added by Ramona Cammarata on February 28, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

When Can Salt Be Added?

Although salt water has been used successfully for some time in cured plaster pools, there doesn’t seem to be much scientific documentation on the effects salt may have (detrimental or not) on plaster when it is new and still curing. There seems to be some consensus to wait 30 days before adding salt, yet some say it is okay to add salt within a couple of days of filling the pool. So who is right?


To answer that question, let’s take a look first at what happens in the initial…


Added by Kim Skinner on February 25, 2011 at 12:24pm — 5 Comments

Concerns with NPC Start-up Certification Program

The National Plasterers Council’s start-up certification program raises questions on several fronts.

It is confusing and alarming that the NPC’s (new plaster pool) start-up program allows for a negative Saturation Index, as low as -0.7. Three years ago, the NPC declared that any negative SI causes plaster problems and is not to be allowed, and they know that new plaster is weak and more vulnerable to aggressive water than 30-day cured plaster. So what is going on?

The NPC says that… Continue

Added by Kim Skinner on February 25, 2011 at 12:11pm — 2 Comments

Persuasion Tactics Trumped by the Power of Sincere Advice

Have you ever walked into a store looking for something in particular? Of course you have. When you do this, do you find that you usually leave the store entirely satisfied with your purchase?

Let's say you are looking for something to clean your new…


Added by Monique Nelson on February 24, 2011 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

Need help writing GOOD job descriptions

My company will start the hiring process in the next couple of weeks, and they asked me to come up with some good job descriptions to put on craigs list for construction, service & general laborers.

If anybody has any good ads, I'd love to see them! Thanks!

We are located in ME & NH if any experienced people are me for more info.


Added by Darlene M. Roy on February 23, 2011 at 10:37am — 1 Comment

Myrtle Beach Pool & Spa Show

It was great having the opportunity to see many of you at the show this past week. The turnout was incredible and I believe the APSP is already planning to do another show in Myrtle Beach next year. Thanks for everyone's participation and hopefully we will be able to make this a large regional show for the southeast in the future.

Added by Scott Tarr on February 19, 2011 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Pool & Spa Supplies as "Retail Therapy"

Ever heard of a little thing called "Retail Therapy?"

I'm sure you have, but for the sake of having something to write about, I am going to give you my definition:

"Retail Therapy" is an integral part of human life, and has been since the rise of the almighty commodity. When life gets you down, go shopping. When life lifts you up, go shopping. When life puts any twist or turn in the road ahead of you, GO SHOPPING.

Even in times of dire…

Added by Monique Nelson on February 17, 2011 at 11:04am — 2 Comments

Technically competent pool and spa service technician needed!

50 year old pool and spa service, construction and multiple location retailer needs several additional pool and spa service technicians.  We have continues to grow and gain market share even in this tough economy.  Join our growing team now for the career opportunity you deserve.

If you or someone you know are interested in this opportunity, respond now as hiring will start in early March!

Added by Elizabeth Boyle on February 15, 2011 at 6:57pm — 3 Comments

Regaining Consumer Confidence - and your profit levels!

Thank you, Phillip M. Perry, for publishing a very positive "Retail Forecast 2011" in Aqua Magazine. If you haven't had a chance to read the article yet, check it out at


I love it when the voice of our industry is shouting out positive numbers and headlines like "Economic recovery…


Added by Monique Nelson on February 10, 2011 at 2:51pm — 3 Comments

Job Opportuniy in Orlando Florida


Opportunity in Orlando Florida Area (02-10-11)

  • Conversion from direct suction to collector tank system
  • Multiple pools, multiple properties
  • Company pays bills well
  • Must be licensed in state of Florida

If you want to throw your hat in the ring, let me know ASAP.  I can set it up for you to get in the mix.  Let…


Added by Charles Allen on February 10, 2011 at 6:28am — 3 Comments

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