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December 2009 Blog Posts (12)

100% of pool guys wash their hands after using the restroom

We had some people over for the holidays and after they left, my wife went to tidy up our guest bathroom. Before they arrived, she had put a new carefully folded Christmas towel on the rack. Although all of our guests used the bathroom at some point in the evening (some more than once), she discovered that neither that towel nor others on the washstand had been touched.

None of our guests had washed their hands!

Failure to wash one’s hands is not all that uncommon among… Continue

Added by Clint Combs on December 28, 2009 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Dec. 30th Webinar - New Interrnet Marketing and Business System

Dear Pool Geniuses,

I wanted to write to all of you to let you in on what I have been doing this past year, and how the results will have positive impact on the future of the pool industry.

I have studied our strengths, weaknesses, customer trends, marketing, and the changes on the internet, and through this discovered some interesting business niches and opportunities.

Also as many of you know I teach and speak on business and internet marketing… Continue

Added by Rex Richard on December 28, 2009 at 10:01am — No Comments

Phone Wars....may the bars be with you.

I am declaring Phone Wars on PGN. What is your favorite mobile phone device? Why is it the best, and how does it help you in your business and personal life? How are you using mobile devices in your business?
And may the best mobile phone win.
Thanks for your comments. Mark Richter

Added by Mark Richter on December 21, 2009 at 12:24pm — 7 Comments

Calcium Sulfate in Pools

When calcium ions in pool water precipitate onto tile and interior pool surfaces as a solid white crust or crystal, the most common form of precipitate is calcium carbonate (CaCO3), commonly referred to in the trade as “scale”.

Calcium Carbonate scale has some specific, known characteristics, such as being soluble in acid, having a value of 3 on the Mohs hardness scale (with 1 being the softest – such as talc, and 10 being the hardest, such as diamonds).

Calcium… Continue

Added by Que Hales on December 20, 2009 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

Filling a pool on new plaster

Fellow Pool Professionals,

How many times have you said to your customer,"OK I turned the water on, whatever you do don't shut the water off until the water gets to the tile line or it will leave a line." Then you leave and come back tomorrow expecting the homeowner to watch the water. I have filled hundreds of pools this way and not until recently ever thought a thing about it.

One day, talking to a fellow pool industry colleague, he mentioned that a competing company had just… Continue

Added by Chuck Beavers on December 19, 2009 at 5:15pm — 4 Comments

Online Social Networking

I think it is clear by our participation on this website that all of us here at Pool Genius see the value in online social networking. Today I came across a good website that addresses just this topic in a clear and concise manner.

A key theme on that blog is that your online presence should show off your work and expertise. I really believe that this works. The more we share what we know with others, the more we raise both… Continue

Added by Clint Combs on December 17, 2009 at 10:39am — 4 Comments

What's in your pants....pocket or purse?

Most likely other than loose change, car keys and pocket fuzz you will find your favorite personal electronic device your cell phone or the new smart phones.

With new smart phone technology and expanding faster networks we will be using these devices in many new ways to assist us in our personal and business lives. Just think how your life has changed since the first cell phones were introduced, how did we even function without them?

The new smart phones are taking over as… Continue

Added by Mark Richter on December 15, 2009 at 6:11am — 13 Comments

Current Trends in the Pool Industry

Over the past few years, we have noticed a trend moving to smaller vessels of water being built with a focus on safety, versatility, and “green” benefits being demanded by the homeowner.

With more public awareness to drowning and accidental injuries taking place in pools, homeowners are actively looking for ways to reduce or eliminate this risk. So, products such as automated pools covers, pool nets, fencing options, and products like a Hidden Water Pool are addressing these… Continue

Added by Harry Smith on December 13, 2009 at 9:12am — 1 Comment

Have you gone mobile?

Mobile technology is exploding. Have you put together a mobile strategy? Have you looked at how your website looks on your mobile phone? Have you looked at how your mobile device could assist you in your business?

These are all good questions to get you thinking of the future in interactive customer management in the new dot com of mobile marketing and mobile customer care.

I would like to put together a list of all the ways mobile devices can assist all users in their day to day… Continue

Added by Mark Richter on December 12, 2009 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Kudos to the PGN

Sales may be a little slower (for some) but the PGN has been a definite bright spot -

This sharing of ideas and information by so many different facets of the industry

can only have a positive impact on all those who participate and log on!!

As a niche product I had a fairly limited knowledge of many parts of the pool industry;

the PGN has provided me a vehicle to learn about a much wider range of issues & products.

My sales goal is to talk to 10 new… Continue

Added by PoolDraw on December 11, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

how many pools built in 2009 (above ground and inground )

How can I find out how many pools built in 2009

Thanks, Joe

Added by Joe Masciarelli on December 3, 2009 at 5:21am — 1 Comment



(if anyone knows the exact number of AG+IG pools in CA please reply in comments)

Here is the formula:

Length * Width * Average Depth * Multiplier = Gallons

Determine the Multiplier:

Rectangle, square, or free-form pool:multiplier = 7.5.

Round or Oval pool: multiplier = 5.9

So if in theory there were 2 million pools in CA and we average the aboveground and inground multiplier to 6.5; then average… Continue

Added by David Hoff on December 2, 2009 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

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