THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
August 6, 2014 www.watershapes.com
A Private Paradise, Revisited
It's not often that a designer gets to return to a past project and update it to meet the needs and desires of new owners. But that was the opportunity Raymond Jungles was offered with this property and home -- a Mid-Century Modern classic located in the Florida Keys. [more]
Preventing Plaster Dust
If you're one of those watershapers who accept plaster dust as a normal part of starting up a pool, says Kim Skinner, it's time to reconsider. As he discusses in this article, there are all sorts of reasons dust formation is undesirable -- and some direct ways to avoid it. [more]
New World Impressions
For more than 4,000 years, writes Bobbie Schwartz, stone has been used to make structures of enduring beauty and grandeur: The Parthenon in Athens, for example, is a global icon. But you don't have to go nearly so far to find other stone treasures worth traveling to see. [more]
This elegant swimming pool/spa combination in southern California's Malibu Colony is one of the most challenging projects designer and builder David Tisherman has ever tackled. Here, with all of the hurdles crossed and details complete, he invites you to join him for a visual celebration of the project -- one that caused him to reach to the outer limits of his creativity, expertise and stamina.
This article, originally published in June 2003, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Among all the ways there are to achieve great looks with backyard pools, says Keith Monk, there's one approach that probably deserves more attention than it gets. Here, he suggests ways of having this underused material turn humdrum pools into distinctive showplaces. [more]
The Directory Is Back!
After months of review and validation, writes Jim McCloskey, the WaterShapes Resource Directory is up and running -- fully updated, streamlined and ready for use by all watershapers. Here, he offers some observations on what proved to be an interesting process. [more]
Committee Chair Doesn't Seem Amused:
Congressman Suggests Installing A Truth-Testing Swimming Pool
Back in 2009, Brian Van Bower used his Aqua Culture column to discuss a simple gesture that is almost guaranteed to produce positive client responses -- not to mention strong, enthusiastic referrals. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Sun-Shelf Nozzles from Roman Fountains
Roman Fountains (Albuquerque, NM) manufactures the RPSS Series Sunshelf Nozzle, a small, precision-machined brass nozzle that can be installed flush into the floor of a pool entry shelf or step at moderate depth to produce an aerated mound of water above the pool surface. The nozzle covers are removable for easy servicing and maintenance. For details, click here.
LED Accent Lighting from Hayward Pool Products
Hayward Pool Products (Elizabeth, NJ) offers ColorLogic color LED accent lighting for watershape applications. Easy to install in as little as four inches of water and safe for wall or floor placement, the units are ideal for use on steps or thermal shelves, with bubblers and in spa dam walls or fountains and can be networked for color coordination. For details, click here.
THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Prince George Learns to Swim
In Buckingham Palace's Pool
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including a report connected to the three questions below.
1. According to dailymail.co.uk, 1-year-old Prince George, future heir to the British throne, is learning to swim in a pool at Buckingham Palace -- the same pool where his father, Prince William, learned to swim. The young prince's instructor? His mum, the Duchess of Cambridge. Did the article also reveal the following?
"...[palace] rules state that if a staff member is swimming and a royal appears, the staff member always has to get out of the pool immediately. If a staff member arrives to swim and a royal is already swimming, they must not attempt to join the royal, it is said."
Is that explanation of the rules true or false?
2. "The heavy chemical smell around [a] pool is a reminder that chlorine is present in the water for killing germs."
Is this statement, which appears on the Web site waterandhealth.org, true or false?
3. Waterandhealth.org also notes that when swimmers' hair -- blonde hair in particular -- turns green, the culprit is not the chlorine in the pool.
WaterShapes World (blog)
A recent blog about his WaterShapes-related New Year's Resolution drew an unusual quantity of reader comments, reports Jim McCloskey. Some volunteered to help; others just hated the idea. But there was also a third sort of response -- a set of observations that made his day.