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Just starting out-any advice would be great

My husband and I are in our infancy of getting a pool cleaning business up and running. We live in Central Florida where I'd say 85-90 percent of the pools are screen enclosed. What is a decent mid range pool vacuum for us to use? We don't want to spend a ton of money til we see how we do. Also any advice or suggestions are welcomed. Thank you!

Added by Tamara Tamblyn on August 27, 2016 at 1:55pm — 2 Comments

What pH is Best for Pools?

Experienced service techs know that the pH in many of their pools generally rises above 7.8 within four to seven days following chemical treatments.  It is a chemistry reality that when water contains 80 ppm to 120 ppm of carbonate alkalinity, and is left alone and untreated by additional chemicals, the pH will rise to 8.0, and sometimes as high as 8.4 and stay there until chemically treated again. 

What does this mean?  It means that thousands upon thousands of residential pools are…

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Added by Kim Skinner on August 3, 2016 at 9:42am — 3 Comments

Curtis Seal Super Bond

My product has never had a  call back. We don't have the calcium nodules and we don't have the streaking in the plaster; We have done 2 pools with color plaster and the color is still in the plaster and this was done in 2010. We have pools that are 10 years (meaning the surface) and they have no stains. 

We don't always have to take the old plaster off, if it is in good shape we  can go right over the old plaster.  If it is peeling and blistering we can sand blast it or chip.I don't…

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Added by CURTIS ROBINSON on July 28, 2016 at 1:19pm — No Comments

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Added by PGN Admin on July 12, 2016 at 9:31pm — No Comments

A Solid Requirement

Just got my latest SIN and was really surprised by the satement that APSP made about the latest ANSI Standard they are working on.

Why would they worry about a solid requirement for water quality when the one that they got approved for plastering was FAR from "solid"!

Whats the deal?

Added by Ken Scott on July 5, 2016 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

tens of thousands of small, sharp dots all over pool.

New gunite pool as of July 2015.  Opened this season 2 weeks ago and found tens of thousands of small, sharp dots all over pool.  Perhaps calcium nodules, but so many.  Everywhere.  Cut knuckles on them.   Help? Plaster bonding massive…

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Added by Ethan on May 31, 2016 at 9:46am — 5 Comments

What is the NPC up to?

Some plasterers are occasionally finishing pools so fast that it detrimentally affects the quality and durability of plaster surfaces, and are not even aware of the consequences. And the NPC is enabling for this to happen. This needs to stop. Improper practices can speed up the finishing process, but they also lead to a short life-span for plaster, lasting only five-ten years instead of twenty. They are not doing the consuming public right by condoning, and by omission endorsing, those…

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Added by Kim Skinner on February 24, 2016 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Pool Service Techs: Don't Get Hoodwinked

Imagine, service techs: from day one, you maintain the pool water in perfect balance, yet get blamed for causing various plaster discolorations or defects. That is not a pleasant thing to deal with, especially if you are being told to pay thousands of dollars to re-plaster the pool.

Yes, some plastered pools (including quartz and pebble finishes) may develop either white spotting and streaking, calcium nodules, gray mottling discoloration, spalling (flaking), severe craze (check)…

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Added by Kim Skinner on October 26, 2015 at 1:38pm — 3 Comments

Our Mission Statement:

Ocean Blue Pools LLC is widely recognized for extravagant swimming pool construction and unmatched customer service. …

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Added by Randall Schmidt on September 22, 2015 at 9:52am — No Comments

Plaster Spotting Exposed Again

The swimming pool publication, Service Industry News and its’ PhD chemist, recently peer reviewed the NPC/Cal Poly (NPIRC) Phase 2 pool plaster study report and concluded that white spotting (soft spots, spot etching, and spot alteration) of their plaster pools was not caused by aggressive water, and that the claims (by the NPC) regarding that study are false. In fact, every plaster study of the past twenty-five years has exposed that the NPC is wrong, and that aggressive pool water does not…

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Added by Kim Skinner on September 18, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

NPC & Color Plaster

If NPC leaders would just acknowledge what improper plastering practices do to pool plaster, there would not be a controversy within the industry - and there would be fewer plaster defects and discolorations occurring.

Case in point: Adding calcium chloride (hardening accelerator) to plaster and water troweling enables pools to be plastered faster and easier. But adding calcium chloride (CC) to a color pigmented plaster can also lead to blotchiness and mottling, which pigment…

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Added by Kim Skinner on September 3, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Kudos to Service Industry News

Instead of writing a “he said, she said” article about the plaster spotting controversy, Service Industry News (SIN) thought it would better serve the pool industry by conducting their own investigation to determine what information is true, and false. They started on that goal by analyzing the Cal Poly test pool studies. In their July 31, 2015 issue, SIN presented credible evidence (from the Cal Poly Phase 2 report) that the white spotting of the plaster test pools was not caused by…

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Added by Kim Skinner on August 7, 2015 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

Power Vac vs. the Hammerhead Vacuum

So I just got a Power Vac PV2100 and filmed it for my YouTube Channel. It is a pretty awesome product and will speed up my time out in the field tremendously.

It seems even in my area the Hammerhead is more popular and was wondering if it was just better marketing or better product that makes this appear so. So a little informal survey. Which do you use and which would you think about purchasing? And has anyone used both and can compare that way?

Here is my blog article on the…

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Added by David Van Brunt on June 21, 2015 at 8:05pm — 4 Comments

The Benefits of Aquatic fitness and Hydrotherapy

As we know, sales of newly constructed in-ground pools have plummeted in recent years, however there are builders who are thriving in this new environment through various methods which include adding value and differentiating their businesses from competitors.

The explosion in the health and fitness industry works to our advantage. This is something that should be focused on when proposing a new pool to a client. The health benefits of an aquatic work out are considerable. Swimming…

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Added by Joe Valentino on June 19, 2015 at 7:55am — No Comments

Article on Plaster Standard Misleads Industry

The NPC has drafted a plastering standard which has been submitted to ANSI for approval.  But the NPC did not include and address many proper and improper workmanship practices, such as, limiting water content (water-to-cement ratio), calcium chloride additions, and wet (water) troweling. These are all very important issues for the making of quality pool plaster.

And unfortunately, an article by Pool & Spa News about the new proposed plaster standard does not tell the whole story…

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Added by Kim Skinner on June 5, 2015 at 1:21pm — 1 Comment

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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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

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