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June 2009 Blog Posts (21)

Miracle On PGN Street

Hello Everyone,

It was about a few weeks back when I was trolling through the cable channels for something to watch, and behold Miracle On 34th Street was playing.

The movie was already in progress but I love a great classic so I tuned it in. I joined in at the part in where Santa Claus was referring Macy customers to its competitors because Macy's didn't have what they were looking for.

But it goes deeper than that, Santa knew both Macy's and its competitors… Continue

Added by James Kantorowicz on June 30, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Swimming Pool Carbon Footprint

by John Galcius, June 10, 2009

Your Swimming Pool Carbon Footprint

My pool, an energy hog? I hardly ever hear those words used together. Because a true standard hasn’t really been set yet. National Green Building Standard does not address swimming pools, so there is not much to go by. As a matter of fact, I found out today, that an environmentally labeled “Green Home” can have a 35,000 gallon swimming pool in the backyard, a two horsepower pump running 24 hours per day, and you… Continue

Added by PoolGuy on June 29, 2009 at 9:13am — 5 Comments

Have you renewed your membership?

Membership in the Florida Swimming Pool Association can mean different things to different people. Some members join to give back to the industry that has supported them and their families, others because they want to have a say in the direction and regulation of the industry, others for the networking and friendships and still others join simply for use of the member logo as a mark of professionalism to consumers. It doesn’t matter what one reason convinces a person to join because once you… Continue

Added by Wendy Parker Barsell on June 26, 2009 at 5:46am — No Comments

Laying to Rest the Acid Column Myth #2 of 2

Now – what really happens when acid is added in a concentrated fashion to a pool? Since acid is noticeably heavier than water, the acid sinks to the bottom, and flows to the lowest part of the pool. If that lowest part happens to include an operating main drain or an operating suction-side cleaner, the concentrated acid dose winds up in the circulation system. Although the movement of the water will eventually dilute and blend the acid into the rest of the pool, the initial contact of… Continue

Added by Kim Skinner on June 25, 2009 at 1:36pm — 2 Comments

The onBalance Chemical Method of Determining Pool Volume

I remember sitting in high school math class and griping along with the other students: why do I need to learn this stuff? When will I ever use this in real life? I also remember intentionally selecting English as my college major so I could avoid further math. To top that off, I ended up permanently in the pool industry!

Then I found out that to determine the volume of a square, rectangular, oval or kidney pool a service tech needs… Continue

Added by Que Hales on June 25, 2009 at 10:40am — 3 Comments

Laying to Rest the Acid Column Myth #1 of 2

Although it has been fourteen years since onBalance (Que Hales, Doug Latta, Kim Skinner) first debunked the Acid Column Myth in the Journal of the Swimming Pool and Spa Industry, we still regularly get asked in our trade show chemistry classes about its validity. As recently as this year’s shows we found the need to re-debunk the concept, while another instructor in another class continued to teach it as valid… without any supporting facts. Why has this incorrect and potentially pool-damaging… Continue

Added by Kim Skinner on June 25, 2009 at 9:29am — 2 Comments

PSP20 Installation Question

Welcome to the first blog post for Emotron! Each week we will feature a new FAQ about the Emotron PSP20 - the most advanced VGBA compliant, anti-entrapment system available. If you have a question that you'd like us to answer in a blog post, please feel free to contact us either on Pool Genius Network, or via email at sales(at) Here's our first question:

Q. SVRS's require installation within 8ft. of the pump to connect their vacuum hose. Is this also the case with the… Continue

Added by H2flow on June 25, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

pool marketing

What is everyone doing to make the phones ring, the doors open and cash register ring in the pool retail stores these days?

Tell me what works and I will feature you on our site.


Added by Scott Rundle on June 25, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

A New Look At Pool Circulation...

Recently on the solutions for suction entrapment group on PGN, we had quite a lively debate on circulation. It was actually great to see this intellectual engagement and like all great debate, sheds light on why people believe certain things - what do they base their "opinions" on?

What was clear from the overwhelming amount of email traffic response, is that there are many more builders today that "get… Continue

Added by Ray Cronise on June 23, 2009 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

PoolDraw featured in July's AQUA magazine!

We didn't make the cover but check out the featured article about CAD design and PoolDraw in July's AQUA magazine .

I'm reposting my previous blog entry where my one key point is that while there is no right product for every pool builder; that decision depends on what you are looking for in a pool design, drawing interface, integration compatibility, provider relationship and end product investment - each and every pool builder… Continue

Added by PoolDraw on June 23, 2009 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Pool Studio featured in July's AQUA magazine!

Check out Pool Studio on the cover of July's AQUA magazine. Read more about CAD design and Pool Studio in the featured article.

Added by Structure Studios on June 22, 2009 at 2:44pm — No Comments

A Deeper Look at Alkalinity #2 of 2

It should be understood that neither low total alkalinity (below 60 ppm) nor higher levels than 180 ppm will detrimentally affect the efficacy of chlorine or other types of sanitizers. As long as the pH is in the range of 7.2 to 7.8, the sanitizer will still be able to effectively destroy bacteria and algae and keep the pool safe to swim in. Unless the pool is cloudy, there is no need for Health Inspectors to close the pool just because the alkalinity is out of range. As mentioned above, simple… Continue

Added by Kim Skinner on June 19, 2009 at 9:42am — 1 Comment

Circulation, Coffee, and Tea

I live in the south and we drink ice tea and eat at cracker barrel. It's just a way of life. As well, I like my ice tea and coffee sweetened...just never developed the taste for black coffee, but sometimes take it with cream.

What does this have to do with circulation? The coffee and tea Police. These are unscrupulous servers walking around with a pot of java or pitcher of tea, just waiting to pounce on your cup. You see, its easy to get the right amount of cream and sweetener in the… Continue

Added by Ray Cronise on June 17, 2009 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

A deeper look at Alkalinity #1 of 2

A Deeper Look at Alkalinity

Of all water balance parameters, “alkalinity” may be the least understood. Alkalinity is what helps maintain a proper pH (from 7.2 to 7.8), and buffers, or resists wild pH fluctuations when sanitizers or other chemicals are added to pool water.

Sanitizers, when added to water, in addition to providing chlorine, also have an acidic (acid or low pH) or an alkaline (basic or high pH) effect on the water. It is the alkalinity (primarily in its… Continue

Added by Kim Skinner on June 15, 2009 at 6:51am — No Comments

Working on a Saturday.

The weather is not helping the pool industry in Boise, Idaho today. I just watched it rain cats and dogs, over-topping the rain gutters and filling the parking lot with an inch of water quite rapidly. Our customers are huddled inside their homes, their kids wearing water wings in anticipation of sunshine that will likely not come this weekend.

That little break from being hunched over my computer revising a bid sure helped clear my head. I was beginning to get a bit grouchy about… Continue

Added by Scott Heusser on June 13, 2009 at 3:05pm — 2 Comments

It's Happened, Again...

What if drains are NOT contributing to circulation? How might that change your world?

Most of the content of this blog was supposed to appear next week, but I received a tragic email this morning and it's been troubling me...

A man (husband) was killed on the drain of a pool on April 11th in Pittsburgh. We don't have many details yet, but this appeared today on the newsfeed:

Wife of man who drown at… Continue

Added by Ray Cronise on June 12, 2009 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Early Thoughts on Entrapment

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is in full swing and Pools across the country will once again, become safe...right? As it turns out, it’s really not that easy. While creators and sponsors of this legislation were really trying save lives, an unintended consequence resulted. Today, millions of dollars are being wasted by throwing the proverbial “good money after bad.” Many of our Health departments, state pool codes, and even legislative processes attempting to “do good” are… Continue

Added by Ray Cronise on June 12, 2009 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Is your General Liability Insurance REALLY Expensive? It doesn't have to be (what you don't know could hurt you)

In basic terms, there are two types of Insurance companies: “admitted” insurance companies and “excess/surplus” insurance companies.

Admitted insurance companies have to file their rates with the state in which they operate and that state has to approve those rates. They cannot arbitrarily decide to increase your rates without filing with the State Board of Insurance for a change.

In addition, if an admitted insurance company becomes insolvent, meaning belly-up or… Continue

Added by Laurie Davis on June 9, 2009 at 11:25am — 2 Comments

Magazine Recognition of Swimming For Health!

Recently, reported were several noteworthy media placements that can attract more people to water to grow the industry. Today, we are very excited to report to you that AARP Magazine published a story on the NSPF funded research conducted by Steven Blair, on Men and Swimming - that swimming cuts men's risk of dying by 50% as compared to walkers and even runners.AARP Magazine has an impressive readership of 35.6 million readers - and reaches an ideal demographic - those 50 and up. The… Continue

Added by Rex Richard on June 9, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment


Westside Pool Inc is sponsoring a Recreational Water Illness Sign design contest on WORTH1000.COM.

As a commercial pool and spa maintenance company in Las Vegas we realize the importance of informing our pool patrons of the dangers of RWI’s. After the previous years outbreaks in Utah and AZ the consensus from health officials was that the best way to combat this problem was an… Continue

Added by Westside on June 8, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

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