According to pool-industry veteran Kim Skinner, elevated levels of Total Dissolved Solids can have âsignificant implications for water quality as well as the service life of circulation equipment and interior surface material.â In this in-depth article, Skinner takes a close look at various chemicals that are added to pool water and how they impact TDS. [more]
Beware of Exploding Lava Rocks
These days, an increasing number of watershaping and landscaping projects feature fire effects in addition to waterfeatures â and that can lead to some explosive results. Notes designer and builder Scott Cohen: âWhat weâve run into is that some of the materials we have commonly associated with fire features can pose significant problems under certain circumstances.â Whatâs the solution? [more]
WITCHES IN THE WATER: THE MACABRE TEST THAT ALWAYS ENDED BADLY[more]
Pachyderm Posteriors by the Pool
Builder and educator Mark Holden isn’t one to mince words: ‘Why,’ he asks, ‘are we still seeing watershapes installed with edges that look to my eyes to be lumpy pachyderm posteriors?’ He adds, ‘…to me these lumps of concrete constitute the most obviously repulsive design trend of the past 30 years.’ What else does the outspoken watershaper and landscaper think? Read on! [more]
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
How Long Can Koi Live?
Wikipedia describes koi as âornamental, domesticated varieties of common carp that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor ponds or water gardens.â More than 1,000 years ago, the Chinese began breeding koi to create colorful patterns on the animals â which now come in shades of white, black, red, yellow, blue and cream. The Japanese started to breed koi in the 1820s. (The term koi means âcarpâ in Japanese.) Thanks to the fishâs ability to adapt to a variety of water and climate conditions, koi ponds are now delighting people throughout much of the world.
Question: What is the longest that koi fish have been known to live?
Mike Farley characterizes The Complete Book of Swimming by Dr. Phillip Whitten as âthe best resource for information about swimming Iâve found.â What especially impresses Farley is the bookâs thorough discussion of the health benefits of swimming, âinstead of focusing only on specific swimming techniques â which seems to be the main target of most of the others Iâve seen.â [more]
ZODIAC POOL SYSTEMS
(Vista, CA) offers AquaLink Touch, a system designed for total control of the pool and spa experience. With its user-friendly, customizable interface, the wired or wireless unit is capable of operating up to 32 devices â including jets, color lights, pool-to-spa switching, pump speeds, temperature settings, water-purification settings and more via its full-color, seven-inch LCD touch screen. [more]
KENNETH LYNCH & SONS
(Oxford, CT) offers a complete line of curbing sections for use in building fountain pools. Designed with a variety of profiles in a range of curb heights, the units can be combined in virtually limitless configurations to accommodate a wide variety of fountain systems. Once the profile, shape and size are selected, the company develops drawings and provides curb-setting instructions. [more]
PENTAIR WATER COMMERCIAL POOL & AQUATICS
(Sanford, NC) has introduced the Aurora 340 Series commercial pump. The single-stage, end-suction, closed-impeller unit has a 2,500-gallon-per-minute capacity â making it ideal for applications with large pools, waterparks and waterfeatures â and is quiet, smooth-running and flexible in coupled-, horizontal- or vertical-mounted applications. [more]
(Salt Lake City, UT) manufactures a variety of safe, energy-efficient, economical cover systems, including the Save-T 3 automatic safety pool cover; the Step-Saver manual pool cover; and the Autosave compact spa cover. These easier-to-install, dependable covers are all custom-made, come in nine standard colors and feature various automation, power and architectural options. [more]