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2020/8.1, August 5 — Getting into Fountains, Building for Service, Hydraulic Basics and more
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2020/8.1, August 5 — Getting into Fountains, Building for Service, Hydraulic Basics and more

THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS

August 5, 2020 www.watershapes.com

FEATURE ARTICLE


Finding Fountains
Moving from backyard ponds to commercial fountains is a big leap, saysTim Krzeminski, one that requires diligence, expanded skill sets and organizational discipline — not to mention the raw courage needed to tackle bigger, more complex systems with huge public profiles.[more]


GOURMET WATER
The Art of Service

Pool service can be complex and challenging, with the level of difficulty largely determined by decisions a builder makes long before a technician ever shows up. That’s whySteve Kennyinfuses his design and construction approaches with awareness of the basic needs of gourmet water. [more]

DIRECT CONNECTIONS
Hydraulic Harmony
Welcome to ‘Direct Connections,’ a new department that is now part of the WaterShapes feature array. What you’ll find here are videos and multi-media presentations on technical and business topics — including this podcast byDave Pentonabout a key factor in system engineering.[more]

ESSENTIAL

Softening Edges
Among all of the elements defining superior naturalistic watershapes, accomplished pond/stream specialists know that edge treatments are generally what separates great work from the ordinary. Here, watershaperSteve Sandalishighlights these transitions, sharing techniques he uses to soften edges and create areas where grassy verges, plants, beaches and rocks combine to make impressions in various and seamlessly beautiful ways.

This article, originally published inWaterShapesin January 2010, has been digitized for all readers. Clickhereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.

SPACE RELATIONS

Eastern Eclectic

Five years in the making, this project pushed his team to explore the limits of their creativity, saysBen Dozier. The result is a set of garden rooms that involve classic styles, plantings, sculptures, garden ornaments and fine hardscape treatments. And then, of course, there’s the water.[more]


WATERSHAPES WORLD

Fire-Fighting Pools

The concept of fighting fires with pool water has been around for decades, observesEric Herman. But despite the brutal logic in support of deploying systems to make it possible, too many pools in fire-prone areas are simply not equipped to help in knocking down the flames. [more]

OPEN WATERS

Learning by
Adventure
In this edition,Eric Hermanchecks in on a program that provides teens and young adults with life-altering learning experiences — in this case courtesy of an ambitious organization that challenges them to build a schooner that serves in equal parts as sailing ship and classroom.[more]

WE BROWSE SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO . . .

Status Symbols:An insightful look at how the swimming pool became an iconic symbol of the good life. [more]
It’s about way more than keeping up with the Joneses!
Mid-Century Magic:Check out these simple (yet stunning) martini-modern swimming pool designs.[more]
Frank, Dean and Sammy would be immensely proud.

WOLFPACK CORNER
Constructive
Engagement
Support from businesses within the watershaping industry enables Watershape University to provide top-flight educational programs on line — and, in the not-too-distant future, live and in person.
But it’s more than the usual sort of sponsorship. Instead, it’s what we callengagement.If you want to know what that means to you as a watershaper, clickhereto learn more.

THE SHOPPING CART
Palapa Structures Makes Palapas and Tiki Huts
Palapa Structures(Los Angeles, CA) specializes in palapa and tiki-hut structures in a variety of formats featuring one- to four-pole configurations and sizes ranging from seven- to 12-feet across. Made with a double layer of thatch and four-section steel frame assemblies, the covers come with African reed, bamboo or SynthThatch – or as snap-on panels. For details, clickhere.
Fountain People Improves Fountain-In-A-Can
Fountain People(San Marcos, TX) has upgraded its familiar Fountain-in-a-Can (FIAC) product line with a new, manual Integral Throttling Valve that allows a fountain’s water height to be adjusted from the top-plate without ever having to enter the fixture: On-site adjustments are now fast and easy using a wrench at the surface of the fountain. For details, clickhere.

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