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September 2010 Blog Posts (17)

Gray Mottling Discoloration #4

We appreciate the industry members who emailed us some comments and questions regarding gray (or grey) mottling discoloration in plaster swimming pools. This is written to provide further details and clarification.…


Added by Kim Skinner on September 30, 2010 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Who is Pointing Fingers, Really? (Sorry - more on the plaster "debate")

In Kim’s blog post on plaster mottling, Mitch Brooks, the Executive Director of the National Plasterers Council, made the comment “We solve issues...not point fingers which is what you guys love to do!” For those of you who have been on the short end of the NPC’s collective…


Added by Que Hales on September 30, 2010 at 10:00am — 12 Comments

4 “Hot” Ways to Capitalize on Niche Products – Episode #4

By now, your store is set up to capitalize on all sorts of Niche Products, right? Green products, new products, safety've got it covered!

There is one final niche that I am going to talk about that you may not have considered marketing for and that may encompass any of the previous three ideas.…


Added by Monique Nelson on September 30, 2010 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Green building trends and their importance to our future

Good day Pool Genius Network, and your Green Movement group.

To date I must admit I have not been as involved in this wonderful

networking alliance for our industry that I could/should have been. Lots

to do when you are building a new business and market segment as I am

with AquaFinesse. Let's see if i can't change this moving forward.

I was researching some key words today and came across a discussion in the green movement group relative to working… Continue

Added by Shaun Casey on September 29, 2010 at 11:23am — 2 Comments

4 “Hot” Ways to Capitalize on Niche Products – Episode #3

Have you ever noticed that, when you are watching television, you quite often really despise commercial

breaks? Have you ever noticed that, some days, the commercials actually seem to call out your name and get you really excited?

This is my experience, if you care to hear about it. Let's say I am watching an evening sitcom like,…


Added by Monique Nelson on September 27, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

4 “hot” Ways to Capitalize on Niche Products – Episode #2

In my last post, I talked about focusing on Green products and capitalizing on their “hot” reputation.

When you think of the pool industry in the media right now, what is the first thing that you can think of that is being talked about?

For me, it is without a doubt safety.…


Added by Monique Nelson on September 23, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

4 “Hot” Ways to Capitalize on Niche Products – Episode #1

You may not keep up on Paris Hilton's daily life, but I would be astonished if there is a single person left in North America who does not know who she is. She has made the term “hot,” hot.

I would like to discuss “Niche” marketing with you. Paris Hilton is a Niche entertainer. She has found a way to capitalize on her targeted market. I want to…


Added by Monique Nelson on September 21, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Swimming Pool Donation

I would like everyone to know about a special project I am working on. My company is building a gunite pool with an attached spa for an 8 year old boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. With the help of my subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, and material suppliers we are building this pool for FREE! This 8 year old boy, Christian Cacciaguerra needs warm water therapy to slow down the effects of this disorder.

I would ask that if anyone would like to donate to this project it would be… Continue

Added by Kevin Misley on September 20, 2010 at 2:38pm — 2 Comments

Gray Mottling Discoloration #3

Gray (or grey) mottling discoloration which occasionally occurs in plaster swimming pools may also occasionally occur on other cement flatwork, including things like driveways and sidewalks. According to the American Concrete Institute and the Portland Cement Association, adding calcium chloride and troweling concrete too late…


Added by Kim Skinner on September 17, 2010 at 12:39pm — 6 Comments

CPSC Grant Brings Drain Safety Education To The Pool Industry

eLe Inc. has been awarded a contract by the CPSC to create and deliver a nation wide education program to train pool code and health officials in the practical details of inspecting, evaluating and enforcing the Pool and Spa Safety Act. Pool Genius Network creator, Rex Richard, has been selected as the "project manager" of this effort and the NSPF will provide and deliver the education and training expertise.

Those interested… Continue

Added by Rex Richard on September 16, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

New Study from Spain Claims Chlorinated Pools are Cancer Risk

This article seems thinly researched to me, and I am wondering why they don't link the cancer risk to chlorinated drinking water systems. I have tested water in my lab before and found the tap water from our sink was more highly chlorinated than the swimming pool water I was testing.

What are your thoughts on this article, and is APSP responding to this one? It seems to me this is very bad press for our indsutry and likely to be faulty…

Added by Merry Wise on September 14, 2010 at 4:30pm — 24 Comments

Gray Mottling Discoloration #2

As discussed in our previous write-up (#1), NPC representatives Greg Garrett and Randy Dukes (incorrectly) claim that improper chemistry startups or aggressive water causes gray (or grey) mottling discolorations in new white plaster swimming pools. We (onBalance) put their theory to some tests. The following is an abbreviated summary from a series of our experiments, and we thank IPSSA for…


Added by Kim Skinner on September 13, 2010 at 10:38am — 17 Comments

9/11/2001 - Let's Never Forget

Famous Quotes on Freedom:…


Added by Rex Richard on September 11, 2010 at 8:38am — No Comments

ABC News Test New Drain Covers - They Fail

The links below go to stories recently posted showing new "approved" drain covers have failed in further tests. One manufacturer has removed their drains from the market according to the story.

See the stories at the link below:… Continue

Added by Rex Richard on September 11, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Gray Mottling Discoloration of Plaster #1

Gray mottling discolorations occasionally occur in new white plaster swimming pools, and cause of this plaster defect is being incorrectly assigned.

Gray (also spelled “grey”) or darkened blotchy discoloration of…


Added by Kim Skinner on September 9, 2010 at 11:08am — 2 Comments

Borate Chemistry

This article was originally posted in the September 15, 2010 issue of Pool and Spa News.

The Authors are Jeff Lloyd, Vice President of research & Development at Nisus Corporation and Mark Manning Technical Manager for US Borax / Rio Trinto Minerals.

This is the best article ive seen on this topic. If someone has seen a better one, let me know.

Sept 15th Pool and Spa News article on…


Added by Rob Estell on September 7, 2010 at 11:17am — 2 Comments

Diving Board Injuries - what's the solution?

Hi all!

Are you familiar with this recent study about the large number of diving board related injuries? - [video] / [article]

After coming across this study (and realizing that diving boards were removed from my… Continue

Added by Gabrielle Woodson on September 2, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

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