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July 2010 Blog Posts (8)

White buildup on the deck of indoor pools


We have a problem with the indoor pools we deal with. Many develop a white hard residue. We have tried just about every chemical you can imagine. I don't think it is calcium, but dried up residue from the pool water which could entail the chemicals, oils, etc. Any ideas on a chemical that could safely remove the hardness? We have tried hydrochloric, bleach, phosphoric, tile cleaners, etc.

Added by Bill Soukup on July 29, 2010 at 8:18am — 9 Comments

The Hidden Pool at the White House

The White House has two swimming pools. The most noticeable one is behind the West Wing surrounded by trees and featuring a changing cabana. This pool was built during the Ford administration. President Ford’s

son used it for scuba lessons. Barbara Bush also loved this pool, though it is

reported that she once saw a rat swimming in it.





But there is an older pool in the White House that is not so easily…

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Added by Clint Combs on July 22, 2010 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Getting the Product from the Manufacturer to the Consumer in an online world

Historically speaking, most of our industry’s manufacturers sell through wholesale distribution who in then turn, sell to a local retailer. (Retailer should also include the local dealer/installer.) There are and have always been a few manufacturers who create their own channel and sell direct to large retailers or buying groups. Industry participants just accepted it and moved on, as it was not a “thorn in the side”. From a manufacturer’s point of view they are just simply cutting out the…

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Added by Brian Lane on July 21, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Dogs Turning Color in Swimming Pools?

Has anyone heard of a dog turning yellowish green in a salt chlorinated pool. Water does not contain Copper or Iron. It may contain Manganese.
Pool Test:
PH 7.5
ALK: 70
CALCIUM: 244
F.CHL: 1.7
T. CHL: 1.7
Salt 4400
TDS: 300

This pool is a rehabilitation/therapy pool for Dogs. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Added by Kirk Gilmore on July 15, 2010 at 10:38am — 6 Comments

Finding New Service Customers

Following up an old lead I got talking with a guy who had just started his own service company ... I saw he had recently signed up with PGN and we got to talking about all the "sharing" by the service folks. I asked how he was finding new accounts and suggested that he get to know local pool builders. I also suggested that he try to create a short lesson presentation and work with a pool builder to teach the new pool owner the pool care basics. It's a win-win as he can charge the pool builder a… Continue

Added by PoolDraw on July 14, 2010 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

Want to Install More Pools ???

The Installer Network is an area where, preferably licensed professional installers can add their company as an outlet for consumers to access for installation of swimming pool products they have purchased online or from other resources.



Consumers are looking for reasonably priced installers to install products for them. As both an online company and a local installer we have realized a real…
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Added by Brian Lane on July 14, 2010 at 9:58am — No Comments

Two Types of Customers - Really?

In a recent online trade publication, I ran across the following article which I would like to delve into. It's from Pool & Spa News.



I would like to share and discuss an issue or issues which the industry I’m in has run across since the advent of the modern day web. Admittedly, I realize there are many businesses, business owner’s and operator’s who do not cozy up to the…

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Added by Brian Lane on July 12, 2010 at 2:02pm — 8 Comments

Water Test Bottle Sources

Hi, I'm looking for a resource where I can get test bottles printed up with my stores logo on them. Any refferals would be appreciated. Jim

Added by Jim Vargo on July 7, 2010 at 9:12am — 5 Comments

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