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2012/10.2, October 24 -- Edge Treatments, Deck Integrity, Hillside Gymnastics and more



    October 10, 2012                                                                                                           www.watershapes.com
Steve Sandalis on Pond Edges
ESSENTIAL
Softening Edges

Among all of the elements defining superior naturalistic watershapes, accomplished pond/stream specialists know that edge treatments are generally what separates great work from the ordinary.  Here, watershaper Steve Sandalis highlights these transitions, sharing techniques he uses to soften edges and create areas where grassy verges, plants, beaches and rocks combine to make impressions in various and seamlessly beautiful ways. 

This article, originally published in January 2010, has been digitized for all readers.  Once you click 'more' on the next screen, you can zoom in on images to study the craftsmanship in detail.  [continue]
 
Paolo Benedetti on Proper Concrete Deck Construction
FEATURE ARTICLE
Integrity on Deck

Building concrete decks should never be a casual endeavor, says Paolo Benedetti.  As he discusses here, there's far too much that can go wrong if the installer isn't curious about the underlying soil and doesn't really know what's involved in doing things right [more]
 
Randy Beard on Difficult Hillsides
VIDEO GALLERY
Hillside Gymnastics

When you build on a hillside, observes Randy Beard, you need to be armed with more than guts, experience and the equipment required to do the job.  That all helps, of course, but as this video shows, what you really need is detailed information about what's going on below the surface.  [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD
Time and Tide

As he was making final plans for the next national pool/spa expo, a question asked of Jim McCloskey started him thinking about the passage of time, the perspective that comes with experience and the importance of getting out to see people face to face.  [more]
 

The Naked Truth Exposed!  

BRITS GO OFF THE DEEP END
FOR NATURIST SWIMMING  [more]
Ron Gibbons on Fiberoptic Pool Lighting
PLATINUM REFLECTIONS
Stars on the Wetlands

If there was ever a project that underscored the notion that 'backyard swimming pools' aren't what they used to be, this one by Ron Gibbons is it:  Built with a dizzying range of functional and aesthetic features, the project was the combined effort of a client and a gifted designer/builder.  [more]
 
Gateway Geyser, aerial view
 TRAVELOGUE
 
Gateway Grandeur


Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch is a dominant feature of the St. Louis skyline, but Jim McCloskey has always felt a greater affinity for the Gateway Geyser -- a fountain that matches its sweeping, metallic counterpart for height as well as serene majesty.  [more]
WaterShapes Classic -- five-year logo   
WATERSHAPES CLASSIC 
Learning to Say 'No'

Five years ago, Bruce Zaretsky expressed the notion that watershapers and other professionals needed to have the gumption to say 'no' to clients. Is that still possible in the here and now?  [more]
 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE 
University Drops Longstanding
Student Swimming Requirement 


Many water-related stories have been in the news of late - including reports connected to the three questions below. 
  
 
 
1.  Which Midwestern university announced that its undergraduate students will no longer have to pass a swim test in order to graduate?   
a.  Michigan State University                           c.  University of Chicago     
b.  University of Nebraska                               d.  Iowa State University  
 
2.  Several people who swam off Boulder Beach on Hoover Dam's Lake Mead developed a rash similar to the one caused by poison ivy; the condition, schistosomiasis, is commonly called "swimmer's itch."  What did the National Park Service suspect was to blame for the outbreak?
 
a.  Parasites in the feces of infected waterfowl
b.  A floating water plant closely related to poison ivy
c.  An unusually large population of mosquitoes at the lake
d.  Chemicals that may have been discharged from Hoover Dam 
 
3.    An 18-year-old swimmer has already broken the world record in the 200-meter breaststroke set at the London Olympic Games by Daniel Gyurta of Hungary.   What country is the teenage swimmer from?   
 
a.  Hepatitis C    b.  Clinical depression    c.  Agoraphobia    d.  Body dysmorphic disorder 

 
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