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2016/1.1, January 6 -- Cliff-Top Success, Bicarb Start-Ups, All-Glass Excellence and more

THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        January 6, 2016                                                                                               www.watershapes.com

FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Cliff-Top Performance  

Given all the details that can get in the way of smooth performance, it's easy to see why it's tough to take a watershaping act on the road.  The key to success at a distance is, of course, planning, but as Barry Justus reports, it also helps to be patient -- and lucky.    [more]

FEATURE ARTICLE
Bicarb Start-Up ABCs

Working with sodium bicarbonate in starting up a newly finished watershape involves more than turning on a tap, concedes Kim Skinner.  But once a barrel is prepared, the method is simplicity itself -- and truly kind to new plaster, quartz and pebble surfaces in pools and spas.   [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE

Smooth Ambition
 
Achieving perfection in an all-glass-tile pool/spa project is always a team effort.  But in a project as elaborate as this one, notes Jimmy Reed, the nature of the material offers special challenges as he and his expert tile installers work to make the visual magic happen.   [more]

ESSENTIAL
The Subtlest Flows           

In his work as a landscape artist and custom watershaper, Robert Nonemaker often uses rills -- small channels that simply and gracefully move water from one place to another -- to bring interesting rhythms and harmonies to his garden spaces.  Although these features tend to be less than assertive, he notes, the way water moves through their narrow slots can do wonders when it comes to adding depth and detail to watershape designs.


This article, originally published in WaterShapes in April 2008, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.

TRAVELOGUE
Radiant History

Traveling in Portugal, Paolo Benedetti happened on Roman ruins that opened his eyes to new design possibilities -- and to technologies used to heat ancient indoor swimming pools and public baths.  All in all, it might be a great place to stop on your next visit!    [more]
WATERSHAPES WORLD
A Flying Start

To mark the start of a brand New Year for both WaterShapes and the broad readership it serves, Jim McCloskey offers a list of resolutions about technologies and possibilities he'd like to see watershapers (and their suppliers) take immediately to heart.  [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .

Snap Your Fingers Dept.:  A goal-oriented John Lennon once wrote a song to pay for a swimming pool.  [more]
You may recognize its ultra-appropriate title:  'Help!'

 

Make It Work Dept.:  Michigan brewery traps and harvests pond-generated yeast to make its tasty beverages. [more] 
Let's hope that's all they're trapping and harvesting!        

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Off the Deep End           
 
Always opinionated, David Tisherman expressed strong ideas in 2006 about the ways pools should be designed and built -- especially when it came to one key decision, both for new work and renovations.  [more] 
THE SHOPPING CART
 
Deck-O-Seal Introduces One-Part Joint Sealant  

Deck-O-Seal (Hampshire, IL) produces HS-1 SL, a one-part, self-leveling joint sealant for horizontal expansion joints in swimming pool decks, patios and walkways.  Packaged in a 62-ounce pouch, all it takes is screwing on the supplied application tip and squeezing the material into the joint.  The foil pouch can then be resealed for later use.  For details, click here.
 
Hayward Launches ColorLogic Light Controller   
    
Hayward Pool Products (Elizabeth, NJ) has announced the release of the ColorLogic Light Controller, an easy-to-install unit designed to control the company's low-voltage, customizable LED lighting systems.  The wall-mounted device has an adjusting dial and a preview window, offering ten fixed colors as well as seven color-changing light shows.  For details, click here
WPN UPDATE
The Next
Big Step

 

The WaterShapes Professional Network is about to take a giant leap forward:  Starting this week, we'll be contacting all members with procedures for adding the WPN Member Badge to their own web sites' home pages.  Once these linkages are established, the WPN Community will begin to pulse as a true network -- and become a high-profile draw for search engines as well as a far better vehicle for making contact with prospective clients.   
 
The Network is growing:  Shouldn't you be climbing aboard?
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