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Getting Ready to Design a Pool

By Bruce Zaretsky

1-11 zaretsky artIn my recent series on exterior design, I made only brief reference to the inclusion of pools and other aquatic features as part of outdoor compositions. I’ll make up for that now with a series of three features on approaching the design of watershapes.

In most cases, a swimming pool is the biggest investment my clients will make in developing their exterior spaces. Indeed, the cost of the pool itself

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  • I prefer to have a pool where i can swim and can have sunbath at the platform. Moreover it should be surrounded by green plant to make me feel pleasant.
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Seeing a Bigger Picture

By Bruce Zaretsky

12-7 Zaretsky artEven these days, when new houses tend to be overly large and their lots tend to be quite small, it’s rare to encounter a situation in which there’s nothing in a backyard other than a basic patio. Indeed, there’s almost always something more to do in designing a backyard — and on many happy occasions, there’s actually a good deal to be done in integrating spaces beyond the patio into

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Filling the Energy Gap

 

By Mark Urban

In September 2001, the late Mark Urban wrote passionately about the value of making watershapes as energy efficient and resource conscious as they could possibly be.  Ten years later, his words are as insightful as they ever were:

Everyone is concerned these days about electricity, gasoline and natural gas and all other forms of energy.  What is amazing is that, despite this surge in interest, very few people have considered 

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The Pitfalls of Pinching Pennies

By Paolo Benedetti

 
Lots of homeowners believe that they can save money by “cutting out the middle man” and supplying materials such as tile and stone directly to a design or construction firm.  The theory is that they will avoid markups and will be paying only for installation.  That may literally be the case, but it’s 

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Natural Pools: Safe for Swimming?

By James Robyn

JamesRobynNaturalPoolsWe’ve been conditioned in the United States to think that the only safe water is water that has been sanitized by powerful chemicals and/or devices using ozone or ultraviolet light. In fact, it seems that our industry has promulgated a doctrine that we need to

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  • The simple answer is that NSPs can be heated. The Public NSP in Sigtuna, Sweden for example, is heated with energy captured from the waste heat of a local factory. In most temperate climates where heating is desirable, research currently indicates that heating to 86 degrees Fahrenheit is viable. T...
  • Guest - Drew

    I have seen a couple of these articles floating around about natural swimming spas, and honestly I think they are awesome and something worth doing. I was curious though if there has been a tip/solution for heating. Especially living in colder states it would be nice to be able to create a natural p...
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Ozone: Expanding Its Range

By Beth Hamil

BethHamilOzoneIn the first part of this in-depth look at ozone, author Beth Hamil discussed its environmental benefits for energy consumption, water usage and general healthfulness. [To read Part One, click here.] In this installment, she turns to the many new aquatic applications the ozone industry is exploring.

Ozone-system suppliers have made enormous efforts in recent years to develop and scale new systems for all sorts of aquatic

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Ozone: Understanding Its Green Side

By Beth Hamil

BethHamilOzoneIf you use the words “ozone” and “environment” in the same sentence, most people are going to think of the ozone layer and emissions that may be harming it. Most do not think of manmade ozone and how this remarkable compound yields

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How to Make Durable Pool Plaster

By Kim Skinner

KimSkinnerPoolPlasterAs familiar as it may seem, plaster is far more complicated than most people think.

As a consequence of that complexity, it has for years been the subject of discussion, controversy and a great volume of research and analysis. All of that has been dedicated to reaching

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  • Guest - Kim Skinner

    Brian, There are several possible variables and reasons for the current condition of the plaster surface. Let's understand that the improper workmanship issues I mention my article generally manifest themselves withthe first year. You mentioned "pitting" and I assume that means that the surf...
  • Guest - Brian

    Kim, I have a pool that is only three seasons old. I noticed the surface changing in year one and now in year three there is drastic pitting all over. I can actually brush the surface with my hand a see a white haze form in the water. The water has been in perfect balance since I owned it (accord...
  • Lots of great info. Through extensive research, we've found that the best way to get the most durable pool plaster is by adding a specially formulated additive to your plaster mix.
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Five Keys to Waterproofing Success

By Mike Mudrick

MikeMudrickWaterproofingIt's a fact: Watershapes built with concrete need to be waterproofed in some way or it is almost certain that the water their shells are supposed to contain will find a way to escape.

While some observe that concrete applied by an expert at high levels of compressive strength will

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  • Guest - Terry Brannon

    While I am a big fan of Aquafin products, we must note that Aquafin and many of its competitors do not recommend using the product on the back side (dry side) of negative-edge walls, but only on the wet or pool side. Delamination has resulted in using polymer - especially elastomeric waterproofing u...
  • Guest - William T. Drakeley

    You're kidding, right? "All shells need to have some type of waterproofing." This statement reflects an uninformed state of pool construction expertise and leads one to a very, very low expectation and conclusion about water tightness, porosity and density values. This type of thought process does n...
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