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What Kind of Pool Operator Training Do You Have?

Read the news here about why the YMCA of the USA, who engages more people in aquatics than any organization, chose the CPO Certification Program from NSPF.

YMCA of the USA and National Swimming Pool Foundation

Cooperate on Delivering Operator Training

                                                                         

CHICAGO, Ill. & COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. /May 1, 2015 —…

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Added by Laurie Batter on May 6, 2015 at 10:22am — No Comments

Bio-Active Cyanuric Acid Reducer

I have been testing the Bio-Active CYA reducer and filming the results. Working on a new video in which I am testing it in six pools like the manufacture did for the back of the packaging. I know the stuff is working because the Turbidity test solution is not as cloudy on the follow-up test but getting a spot on CYA reading is tough.

I suspected there was some interference with the results in some test pools and called Taylor Technologies. The Chemist assured me nothing will interfere…

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Added by David Van Brunt on April 30, 2015 at 8:49pm — 2 Comments

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is my website, I can design a pool from any idea or drawing you have! Please take a look at the site or share with anyone who is looking to buy a pool!

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Added by Ryan Osmun on April 21, 2015 at 8:05am — 2 Comments

Understanding Pool Water Balance

Decades ago, people in the pool industry started becoming aware that there was more to pool maintenance than just adding sanitizers to the water (to kill algae and bacteria) and filtering it (to help keep it crystal clear).  Gradually, we learned that even properly sanitized and filtered pool water could become unbalanced.

 

We figured out that unbalanced water could be either scale-forming, in which case a layer of calcium scale would form everywhere – or…

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Added by Kim Skinner on April 20, 2015 at 10:43am — No Comments

The Definitive Filtration Challenge: Show me the WATER!

So, you have a pool, and you brag about How you have the latest and GREATEST filtration system...but are you SURE that your have the clearest water out there? Would you like to find out?

Treatment Specialties/Link Automation, of Ramsey. NJ, is offering you the opportunity to send us your…

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Added by Clemente Rivera on March 11, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

NPC Should Step Up

Are NPC leaders really trying to resolve plaster problems, or will they continue to ignore and/or misrepresent the research studies that have already provided the answers? The NPC says that there has been decades of debate regarding plaster problems. Actually, there have been decades of pool plaster studies, but no honest discussions or debates, and no accountability.

There was a time when NPC leaders understood that improper plaster workmanship can cause plaster defects and…

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Added by Kim Skinner on November 25, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

What the NPC is Not Telling You

With a lot of publicity and fanfare, the National Plasterers Council (NPC) recently invited the onBalance group to participate in new test pool studies to determine the cause of plaster spotting, which they claim is caused by aggressive pool water.

The NPC wants the test pools plastered with good workmanship and supervised by onBalance, and then they want the pool water to be maintained aggressive (per LSI) to see if spotting develops on the plaster surface.  The NPC says “the testing…

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Added by Kim Skinner on November 4, 2014 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

IT IS TIME TO SEPARATE PLASTER FACT FROM FICTION, AND REALITY FROM THEORY Part 1

FACT and REALITY

Longstanding cement and concrete science has established that calcium chloride-in acceptable quantities-is a primary cause of discoloration in cementitious surfaces, particularly when steel troweled. Further, the Portland Cement Association research performed in 1966 described that when the ratio of cement alkalis to chlorides was low, a light spotting discoloration on a darker background resulted. The white cement used in swimming pool surfaces is a…

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Added by Douglas Latta on October 9, 2014 at 9:51am — No Comments

Water Ball vs Water Bag Technology for kids & pool use

Are you familiar with popular palm sized water balls on the market that repel water and bounce on the water surface? We at RipperBall.com Sports are interested in industry input and critical review of this world selling sports water bag, The WaterRipper. Explore the many new safe children's water sports play patterns for the pool using water bag technology designed by an architect or children. 

The handmade WR uses patented water absorbing, low impact, bag technology that rips across…

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Added by Tim Leefeldt on June 23, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why Acid Wash New Quartz Pool Finishes?

It is understood that muriatic acid can dissolve and etch a plaster surface.  Therefore, why, after working hard to achieve a smooth, brand-new, hand-crafted, quartz pool-finish, would anyone immediately perform an “acid wash” on that pool?  Yes, that would increase the exposure of the quartz color; but isn’t that shortening the life of the plaster and causing future…

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Added by Kim Skinner on June 16, 2014 at 6:12am — 8 Comments

The Magic of Discovery

 

by Vance Gillette and Eric Herman

 

It’s been quite the hot topic of late, this idea of promoting the excitement of the aquatic experience. As many in our industry have pointed out, other recreation-based…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on June 5, 2014 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Glass Pool Fencing

Aquaview frameless glass pool fencing is a modern innovation in architectural design and pool safety. Frameless glass enclosures provide an elegant appearance to pools and landscapes increasing the aesthetic nature of the property. Our systems are built with strength to provide security for your family, friends and neighbors.

Aquaview glass pool fencing and glass railings suit a wide range of applications for private residences and commercial developments. Our modern and stylish…

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Added by Aquaview Fencing on June 1, 2014 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Durable & Discoloration Free Pool Plaster

There are proper steps to follow for the making of quality pool plaster, including color, quartz, and pebble finishes.  There are also improper practices that can lead to early deterioration and discoloration. Following is a ten-point checklist that will help achieve a smooth, long-lasting, and discoloration-free swimming pool plaster.

 

1. Plastering in extreme weather conditions can lead to quality and durability problems. The ACI and PCA have specifically warned against…

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Added by Kim Skinner on May 12, 2014 at 12:11pm — 5 Comments

Cross-Pollination: The Potential of Industry Outreach

For as long as I can remember, the pool and spa industry has generally behaved as though pools and spas exist in a vacuum, as if they have little or nothing to do with the surrounding environment. 

Fortunately, that’s changed for many forward-thinking builders who have become sensitive to the fact that their work exists in context of the entire property. These days, many include things like outdoor kitchens, adjacent hardscape, plantings and a wide gamut of…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Innovative Marketing

 

It’s almost here — another season of industry trade shows in which we gather and do our best to train our sights on the future.

For nearly five decades, I’ve been attending these events and have had countless positive experiences…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Young Professionals Are the Life Blood of Industry Growth

I’ve always liked to think that with age comes wisdom, that as we grow older we become more of who we are.  For those of us entering our, shall we say, more wizened years, we can take comfort knowing that our experience affords us hard-won perspective and insight. 

 

Of course, age also brings with it many effects we’d all choose to forgo if we only could.  When it comes to the smarts we gain along the way, it’s equally true that many of us become rather set in our thinking.…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

The Servant Leader

By Vance Gillette

 

Looking at the state of our industry with an eye toward improving what we do and how we do it, I believe we are suffering from a deficit of effective leadership and have been for a long time.  I see it at all levels of the industry, from dealers to manufacturers and our trade associations, far too many of our organizations are being over managed and not effectively led. 

 

From my perspective, the void is…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments

ART OF DONE

 By Vance Gillette

Long ago, way back in the 1960s during my early days working in the pool and spa industry, I adopted what you might call a professional and even personal manifesto — an approach to doing business that has served me and others very well. I concocted it myself based on characteristics I saw in other successful salespeople and business leaders and have stuck with it over the decades because of the way it’s fueled success and my own feelings of personal…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:19pm — No Comments

California Drought: Why We Must Act

By Vance Gillette

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California is currently experiencing the most severe drought…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:16pm — 1 Comment

Economic Optimism

 

By Vance Gillette

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Economics is all about perception. If you doubt…

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Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:14pm — No Comments

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