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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Vance A. Gillette on May 10, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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Good things are happening in the pool industry. At the Western Pool & Spa Show in Long Beach last month, several knowledgeable pool plasterers publicly stated that improper plastering practices will lead to various discolorations and poor quality pool plaster.
Ed Rock, owner of San Rock Plastering in Los Angeles County, taught a class on proper and improper pool plastering practices. He stated that if his…Continue
"Everything we do, at NSPF, we believe will help more people live healthier lives," says Tom Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of National Swimming Pool Foundation. One thing NSPF does is fund research and invite leading scientists to present their findings at the annual World Aquatic Health Conference. Ernest R. Blatchley III, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, one of the lead researchers in the study referenced in the link below, has been a long-time grant recipient from the National Swimming Pool…Continue
Contrary to some misinformation that has lately been floating around, high cyanuric acid (stabilizer) levels do not cause gray discoloration, or white spotting (“spot etching” as some incorrectly call it) in plaster swimming pools, no matter what. And there are several studies that have…Continue
Networking, both in person and online are great ways to build a business. If you’re a new business owner wondering how to go about spreading the word about who you are and what you do, I have some advice.
Here are some of the strategies I share when working with coaching clients:
Added by Rex Richard on December 30, 2013 at 12:12pm — No Comments
Hi all, this is CJ. I work for the City of Blair, in Nebraska. I have about 16 years pool experience. My current project is the ageing pool that the city has, it was originally built in the 1930's. With a patchwork of renovations since then, I have a pool that requires lots of TLC. I have been working with a committee to renovate the pool, we are looking at building a small/family aquatic center. Any tips on what things to do or not do, or to add or stay away from would be appreciated.…Continue
Have you ever heard the saying: “When you stop being better you stop being good”? I believe that is true and I am constantly doing things to improve myself and my life — both business and personal. If you stop learning you stagnate, you aren’t an interesting conversationalist and you don’t grow. Personal growth and business growth should be lifelong pursuits.
What can you to do keep improving? Here are my thoughts:
Added by Rex Richard on December 15, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Both white pool plaster coupons below have been in water for one year. Sometimes the water was slightly aggressive (negative LSI), and sometimes the water was slightly scale forming (positive LSI).
The top coupon was formed with only one percent calcium chloride (CC) added to the mix, and was properly troweled. It remained a “uniform white” the entire time.
The bottom coupon had 3% calcium chloride (CC) added, was late hard troweled, and also received some wet (water)…Continue
Added by Kim Skinner on December 14, 2013 at 12:03pm — No Comments
One would think that when mixing white cement with white limestone aggregate, the final pool plaster product would always be white. But that is not always the case.
Unfortunately, white pool plaster sometimes turns gray (or grey) either immediately or a few months after the pool is filled with water. So what causes that to happen?
The concrete/cement industry has documented that late hard troweling can cause a cement surface to darken, mottle, and spot. Also, adding a high…Continue
Added by Kim Skinner on December 9, 2013 at 4:34pm — No Comments
If only you could be an overnight sensation, right? Even those “overnight sensations” that we read and hear about on Facebook and Twitter, likely were not so immediately overnight; They might seem like overnight sensations to us, the reading public, simply because we never heard of them before. By the time they burst on the scene it’s like “pow” one minute they weren’t there and the next they were.
In the real business world though, it’s slow and steady that will help you win…Continue
Added by Rex Richard on December 1, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Rex Richard on November 25, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Rex Richard on November 21, 2013 at 8:44pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kim Skinner on November 20, 2013 at 12:38pm — No Comments