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March 2011 Blog Posts (8)

The GAVA Awards - A great way to Separate Yourself From the Competition...

Less than 100 pool people in the WORLD have won a GAVA Award.

What a great way to become a celebrity!

By Brett Lloyd Abbott, MYM Austin Inc.

I was heart-broken a few weeks ago when I read Mike Farley's article in the March issue of Watershapes…


Added by Brett Abbott on March 31, 2011 at 4:12pm — No Comments

James Kantorowicz Steps Down as VP

I wanted to take this time to say goodbye to everyone, and thank Rex for such an awesome website.  As of today SolarAttic and I came to an agreement which resulted in me stepping down as VP of Sales & Marketing.   It has been a great opportunity and I am very greatful.  If you have any questions concerning SolarAttic's awesome pool heaters contact Ed Palmer at the main office.  



Sincerely, James Kantorowicz


Email: …


Added by James Kantorowicz on March 24, 2011 at 6:05am — 7 Comments

Finally a solution to slippery vinyl covered steps

Vinyl covered steps have been a slip concern since they were first installed before there were any other options like plastic, or fiberglass models. With recent trends consumers are looking for vinyl pools which look more like concrete pools. So more vinyl covered steps are being sold with pattern over the step for the "look". Many dealers are concerned over the risk of slipping as are many of the liner manufacturers. This is such a worry that the vinyl film makers developed textured vinyl…


Added by Chris Lightenberg on March 21, 2011 at 1:48pm — 5 Comments

Pool Builders Supply Open House

Well, the sun was out and the weather was warm, but despite that we had a great turnout for our first Open House in close to ten years. Our manufacturers came out in force and had some great show specials for our customers. We had several key note speakers on topics like ADA compliance, cyanuric acid changes for commercial pools, and even how to compete with big box stores with private label chemicals. Many prizes were given out thru the raffle drawing and a local builder even won a polymer… Continue

Added by Scott Tarr on March 19, 2011 at 7:52am — No Comments

Quick Question About Deck Tile Placement In Philly????

Anybody know the requirement for deck tile placement in Philly?  Customer of ours, using a non pool guy to pour a deck up there.  He is pleading with me to give him this answer


How far from pool edge to deck tile need to be placed?  Within 18"?  or is in the coping ok with local code up there?


Any Ideas?



Charles Allen

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Added by Charles Allen on March 17, 2011 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Retail vs Manufacturers - There Should be NO Challenge!

I like to keep up on industry events and information, so I am on all sorts of mailing lists from trade magazines, industry blogs and other such sources. I am constantly reading.


Today I read an article that has me VERY concerned. I received the always anticipated Pool & Spa News Insider report, and the first topic of discussion was titled "Retailers Confront Industry Challenges." Well, of course I clicked away, got my coffee ready and brought out the reading…


Added by Monique Nelson on March 10, 2011 at 1:07pm — 2 Comments

How would you sell...a helicopter?

How many of the men out there have a remote control Helicopter or Car? How many of the women have spouses who have one?


Last weekend there was a new addition to my household: The SYMA S107 Gyro Metal Frame Coaxial 3 Channel Indoor Ready to Fly Helicopter. It reminds me of a Dragonfly -- one that has been hired by the FBI for a reconnaissance mission. It is quite fun.


It was sold before we ever walked into the store, so to be honest,…


Added by Monique Nelson on March 3, 2011 at 11:47am — 2 Comments

grout to fibreglass gell coated pool

have a gell coated fibreglass shell with 8 inch  deep 1x1inch ceramic sprofanity filter removed this wordband adhered with silicone based adhesive , would like to grout with nonshrink grout by sacrete , any advise , aditives or alternatives , regards simon

Added by simon borley on March 2, 2011 at 12:49pm — 3 Comments

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