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November 2013 Blog Posts (9)

Counting Your Blessings At Holidays And Year Round

Attitude is everything — at the holidays and year round. Consider the phrase,  ”A person is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.” If you think about it, it’s true. If you’re unhappy, your negativity will follow you and impact those around you. If you project a positive attitude that will surround those around you and feed on itself.…


Added by Rex Richard on November 25, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Start Planning For 2014 Now!

The end of the year is typically a time when business owners step back and slow down. I think it’s the best time of year to spend time planning for the new year ahead. Many individuals and entrepreneurs look at January 1 of any year as that magical time to put resolutions into place. If you wait until then and if your plans take time to bring to fruition, you may be missing out on valuable opportunities.

I take time on or around December 1 to look at what I did last year and…


Added by Rex Richard on November 21, 2013 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Pool Industry Duped - Pool Owners Scammed #5

One of the most absurd conclusions by the NPC/NPIRC study has to do with the causes of craze cracking (shrinkage cracks) in pool plaster.

It has been known for decades in the cement/concrete industry that high water to cement ratios, calcium chloride additions, excessive wet troweling, and hot and windy weather leads to increased shrinkage cracks and other problems (ACI 302.1R-04).

Yet, the NPC and two Cal Poly professors disregarded that established science and tried to…


Added by Kim Skinner on November 20, 2013 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Professional Pool Care

Here's the guest blog I wrote for Jabariofwater.

Professional Pool Care

Clean pool fun! When we When we visit our local pool, or a hotel pool when we travel, we have the expectation that the water is healthy…


Added by Laurie Batter on November 19, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Pool Industry Duped - Pool Owners Scammed #4

The NPC has stated that pool water must be maintained with a Langelier Saturation Index (LSI) between 0.0 and +0.3 for plaster pools (no negative LSI is allowed), and that disregarding those LSI parameters promotes white spotting, etching, and discoloration on the negative side. 

Yet the NPIRC Phase 3 (2005-2006) study demonstrated that typical white pool plaster (Section C in Pool 5) can withstand negative LSI’s (from -0.1 to -0.4) one-third of the time over an eight month period…


Added by Kim Skinner on November 9, 2013 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Are You Truly Pushing Yourself To Greater Heights?

You’ve gone as high as you possibly can, right? Have you truly pushed yourself as far as you can go? Do you have it in you to push just a little bit farther or harder? Are you giving up now that you feel you’ve reached the pinnacle of success in either business or in life — or both?

Could it be that you’ve reached a point at which you’re just going to give up? That brass ring is just this far out of reach and you simply can’t push yourself any further? Well, you should…


Added by Rex Richard on November 7, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Hiring For The Success of Your Organization

If you’re growing your small business there are several ways to push yourself toward success. For many entrepreneurs there comes a time when hiring personnel becomes a necessity and when you do, here are three tips to make certain your new hires are on the same page for success as you are:…


Added by Rex Richard on November 7, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Pool Industry Duped - Pool Owners Scammed #3

When the NPIRC’s Phase 2 report is completely reviewed, it becomes obvious that the conclusions rendered are not supported by the results of their test pool experiments. It appears that the two Cal Poly professors and NPC leaders confused plaster surface weaknesses, discoloration, and degradation (caused by poor workmanship) with uniform etching (caused by aggressive water).

For example, the reports states that Pools 1, 5, 8, and 12 showed signs of “etching deterioration” in just six…


Added by Kim Skinner on November 6, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Be An Effective Networker

Whether you’re a job seeker or an entrepreneur, there are effective ways in which to network and there are ways in which your networking efforts will falter. Once you’ve honed your elevator speech, shaken hands and exchanged business cards, what next? Do you talk about the weather? Politics (not usually a good idea)? What comes next? Having some conversation starters can certainly keep the networking efforts moving along and here are a few tips for your next…


Added by Rex Richard on November 1, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

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