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THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
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        September 20, 2017                                                                                                               www.watershapes.com  
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FEATURE ARTICLE
Artful Additions 
Renovating a pool for a client who is keenly engaged in the process can be a challenge, writes Andrew Kaner.  But with a home and setting like this, the desire to get past it and deliver an amazing transformation lightened the load -- and, in this case, led to spectacular results.    [more]
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FEATURE ARTICLE
Rock-Bottom Value
There was a time when lots of ponds were set up without gravel, notes Ed Beaulieu.  But as he discusses here, there are so many advantages to lining their interiors with rocks of various sizes that it's time to push that old practice out of the pond-making picture, once and for all.    [more] 
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TRAVELOGUE
My Icelandic Saga  
He figured that Iceland would be a place with lots of water on display, so Jim McCloskey was somewhat disappointed by how little of it he found.  But those few examples were pretty special, and one of them -- the famous Blue Lagoon -- was uniquely odd.    [more]
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ESSENTIAL
Core Value        
Most watershapers would agree that it's relatively easy to build excellence into projects that come with large budgets -- and that it's much harder to stay on the path to quality when working in the mid-range market.  Rather than compromise and degrade the product (which happens far too frequently, says G. Bruce Dunn of Mission Pools), the savvy contractor should focus on finding ways to deliver at the highest level, even for clients of modest means. 
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in July/August 2002, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
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TECHNICAL BRIEFING
High Waterlines, Bad Leaks
For the most part, writes Scott Cohen, builders have little trouble with water levels in pools, where they generally set the mark at about the midpoint of the tile line.  But with raised, attached spas, things can get trickier -- an issue he seeks to remedy here with some timely advice.   [more]
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WATERSHAPES WORLD
The New WaterShapes.com!
The release of today's WaterShapes newsletter corresponds with the debut of our new, upgraded, mobile-friendly web site.  It's a big step forward, says Jim McCloskey -- and a giant leap toward meeting the changing needs of watershapers worldwide.    [more]
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WaterShapes WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Watch Your Step Dept.:  A woman mugging for a photo-drone discovers that water is really, really wet.    [more]   Seems the drone operator knew what would happen . . .

Avian Upkeep Dept.:  Workers who maintain Chicago's Buckingham Fountain find unusual leftovers.   [more]    Gulls aren't picky eaters, but they draw the line at bones. 

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WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Chromatic Virtues      
Color is fantastic, wrote David Tisherman back in September 2002, but it's a tough nut for any designer to crack.  That's why he suggests a diet of hard work -- and use of a few helpful tools along the way.     [more]
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THE SHOPPING CART
CMP Publishes LED Conversion Guide
CMP (Newnan, GA) has released its "Guide for Switching to Brilliant Wonders Premier LED Lighting" as a digital introduction to what's involved in changing over from existing lighting systems to the use of LEDs.  The page includes details on switching from large, niche-style lights; from other nicheless lighting systems; and from all other formats.  For details, click here.
Concrete-Countertop Forms from Stegmeier
Stegmeier (Arlington, TX) manufactures forms for poured-in-place concrete countertops.  Designed to simplify the installation process, the units are available with a number of profiles; are the ideal height for most applications; and can be shaped or mitered to create any angle.  They also have smooth, even textures for easier, earlier stripping.  For details, click here.
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WaterShapes WPN UPDATE

 

Building  
Step by Step
The WaterShapes Professional Network is all about building a credible, unified web presence where numerous watershapers can convey uniformly formatted, readily compared information in an easily navigated consumer resource.  By doing so, WPN gives consumers initial access to the marketplace in an environment that guides them comfortably and confidently through the earliest stages of a significant purchasing decision.
True, some homeowners and facility managers are lucky enough when they start looking for watershapers to have friends or colleagues who can refer them to suitable firms.  But more often these consumers are on their own -- and most start their hunt by searching on the Internet, where finding individual watershapers is a hit-and-miss process.   WPN takes frustration out of the quest by offering a common, neutral web resource filled with possibilities. 
The Network is working just the way we'd hoped:  Time to click aboard? 
 
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