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2017/9.1, September 6 — Tri-Level Precision, Choosing Koi, Defect Avoidance and more
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2017/9.1, September 6 — Tri-Level Precision, Choosing Koi, Defect Avoidance and more

September 6, 2017

Every Piece in Place
Seven watershapes on three levels, each one as dramatic as the next? The concept alone is breathtaking, report Claude Kershner IV and Jeremy Guillen, who say a great design and a superb project team gave them exactly the support they needed to deliver perfection. [more]


Koi Selection ABCs

With many of his clients, Eric Triplett has observed that picking Koi for a new pond is an oddly overwhelming task. That’s why he recommends keeping it simple, using a systematic approach that he and a favorite supplier demonstrate here in a trio of brief videos. [more]


Avoiding Trouble
After years of serving as an expert witness in construction-defect cases, Paolo Benedetti knows what can happen when contractors fail to deliver the expected results. Here, he covers a set of practices aimed at keeping builders on the right path — and out of the courtroom. [more]


Powers of Imagination

Faux-rock specialist John Carlson has spent his career creating artificial structures that deftly fool the eye. Along the way, he’s applied his skills in a various settings, always pushing toward greater levels of complexity no matter whether he’s working with swimming pools, aquariums, decorative features or home interiors. As he demonstrates here, what gets and keeps him going is the flexibility of a material that seems so rigid.

This article, originally published in WaterShapes in March/April 2011, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.


Gallery Views

The Wood Street Gallery includes both watershapes and sculptures in its garden. As designed by Rosalind Reed, the balance here is such that each component looks as though it truly belongs in the setting — something you can see for yourself the next time you visit Chicago. [more]


Another Look

The first generations of residential pools aren’t getting any younger, notes Jim McCloskey, with all of them at a stage where renovation is more often a necessity than an option. This leaves watershapers with a couple million reasons to get involved in a wondrous opportunity. [more]


Right Neighborly Dept.: A 94-year-old man installs a backyard pool for use by kids who live nearby. [more]
Things got too quiet for his liking after his wife’s passing.

Traveling Inspiration Dept.: These are the kinds of places that help to shape consumers’ backyard dreams. [more]

A spectacular view is a help, of course, but not a must.


Witnessing Transitions

There are no shortcuts, wrote Brian Van Bower in September 2007: Watershapers who profess their dedication to quality must back up those declarations with top-notch performance in all of their projects. [more]

Crystal Fountains Announces Linear LEDs
Crystal Fountains (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) has introduced the Spectra Series LED Linear Light for wet or dry applications. The four-inch-wide, low-profile, easy-to-maintain units feature RGBACL lighting technology, which produces light from the purest white to infinite color shades and tones with great precision – and simplified programming. For details, click here.
DEL Ozone Introduces the Eclipse UV

DEL Ozone (San Luis Obispo, CA) offers Eclipse UV, a disinfecting system that keeps pool and spa water clean, clear and safe. Made with a clear glow ring for easy visual confirmation of operation, the units have cooling vents coupled with a heat shield to protect the system from heat and a built-in ball valve for convenient draining and winterization. For details, click here.


Your Profile

If you design and/or build pools, spas, fountains, ponds, streams, waterfalls or any other form of contained, controlled water, you have a demonstrated ability to create projects of great visual beauty. But how do you spread the word about your skills and talents to those who might want you to help them turn water into a major part of their daily lives?
The WaterShapes Professional Network is here to help. We’ve built a web site where dozens of designers and builders of watershapes of all types participate as an Internet collective — a grouped entity large enough and interrelated in ways that make search engines treat all participants with respect. So if it’s a strong (or even just a stronger) web presence you’re after, please do take a look and get involved.
The Network is working just the way we’d hoped: Time to click aboard?

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