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March 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Accurate Pool Chemical Dosages

Some of you may have realized that some of the pool industry dosage charts for alkalinity adjustments differ with other charts. Here is why:

Previous to 1994, the dosage charts used in the pool industry for lowering alkalinity using muriatic acid and dry acid (sodium bisulfate) were off about 20% – leading one to use insufficient acid for the job at hand. Dosage charts for raising alkalinity using sodium bicarbonate were also off, by about 7%.

In a research report (published by…


Added by Kim Skinner on March 30, 2012 at 2:45pm — 2 Comments

Organizations seek to turn education into a commodity

Does anyone else see it as problematic that whenever a bill comes up that proposes licensing in the pool industry that the very organizations that make money from the licensing process are always the most vocal promoters?  

We hear rhetoric like, “Without licensing standards, there are no requirement for pool techs to attend classes and learn about new laws and regulations.” While it is true that without a requirement there is  no requirement, it does not follow that without standards…


Added by Clint Combs on March 29, 2012 at 8:03am — 3 Comments

Exploding Filters

Exploding Filters

All types of swimming pool filters operate under pressure.  If air is trapped in the filter and not released the air will continue to compress while the filter is operating.  Small amounts of air can work its way out of the filter but large amounts will compress to a dangerous level.…


Added by Wendy Purser on March 21, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Are You Managing Your Time Or Is It Managing You?

Do you wake up in the morning and go to the office facing a day full of promise and productivity? Does that feeling stay with you throughout the day or do you find that your productivity waning because you lose track of time and procrastination starts kicking in? Did you know there are five reasons for procrastination and that you can also kick those habits as long as you recognize that they’re thwarting a “good day” on the job?

Here are five ways…


Added by Rex Richard on March 13, 2012 at 9:35am — 2 Comments

"You Can't Do That, Brian"

A long, long time ago in a far, faraway place called the San Fernando Valley, I was chided by my boss with those words. I had dared ask to be paid by him to take apart, clean and reassemble filters. I was being paid $3.25 per visit to clean the pool and check and balance the chemicals. The "boss", I guess owner of the company would be more accurate since he paid me as a subcontractor, also expected me to clean the filters as part of this service. I had asked to be paid $5.00 to perform this…


Added by Brian Brennan on March 7, 2012 at 6:44pm — 6 Comments

How Do I Stop the Thing?

Yesterday I installed a Pentair SunTouch with an Intelliflo VS+ pump.

This is a nice simple setup that allows the pump to change speeds depending upon whether it needs more power to send the water up to the solar panels on the roof or more water to satisfy the flow demands of a gas heater or the spa jets. So, for a basic pool & spa system with solar it is nice and simple.

However, there is a bit of a learning curve and some surprises in store for those not used to the…


Added by Clint Combs on March 5, 2012 at 9:43am — 1 Comment

Pool & Spa Safety Act Falls Short of Safety

Pool& Spa Safety Act Falls Short of Safety

In 2002 young Virginia Graeme Baker, granddaughter of Secretary of State James Baker was held underwater by suction in a spa and drowned. In NC at a homeowner’s association pool another young girl was eviscerated by a suction line back in 1993 but was making news currently with her attorney John Edwards. Nancy Baker and Safe Kids Worldwide worked tirelessly to get Congress to enact laws for…


Added by Wendy Purser on March 4, 2012 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

BioFilm: The Hidden Accomplice

Biofilm: The Hidden  Accomplice…


Added by Wendy Purser on March 2, 2012 at 8:08am — 4 Comments

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