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6-11 akins artBy Lew Akins

It doesn’t happen every time, but once in a while I’ll speak with a prospective client who’s done some homework and has reached a conclusion about which manufacturer’s equipment should be used on his or her watershaping project.

It’s nice that he or she is engaged in the process to that fine a level, but as I mention in the video linked below, it really isn’t an issue with which a homeowner needs to get involved because

many suppliers offer products and systems that will get the job done with fair equivalency and comparable pricing.

From my perspective, it’s more important for the contractor to make equipment selections based not only on the performance considerations I talk about in the video, but also because he or she knows the local representatives of the various companies and is aware of which ones are most capable and supportive when it comes to getting big jobs done well.

That’s “inside” information a good contractor offers to all of his or her clients.  With a bit of conversation, it should be possible to steer a homeowner in the right direction.

For a look at how I approach these issues on an informative basis, click here

 

Lew Akins operates Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins out of three offices in central Texas.  He started in the pool business in California in the late 1970s, opening his own design/build/retail firm in Texas in 1984.  Widely acknowledged as a pioneer of the vanishing-edge concept, he added “design consultant” to his list of services in 1998.  He may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

By Lew Akins

 

It doesn’t happen every time, but once in a while I’ll speak with a prospective client who’s done some homework and has reached a conclusion about which manufacturer’s equipment should be used on his or her watershaping project.

 

It’s nice that he or she is engaged in the process to that fine a level, but as I mention in the video linked below, it really isn’t an issue with which a homeowner needs to get involved because many suppliers offer products and systems that will get the job done with fair equivalency and comparable pricing.

 

From my perspective, it’s more important for the contractor to make equipment selections based not only on the performance considerations I talk about in the video, but also because he or she knows the local representatives of the various companies and is aware of which ones are most capable and supportive when it comes to getting big jobs done well.

 

That’s “inside” information a good contractor offers to all of his or her clients.  With a bit of conversation, it should be possible to steer a homeowner in the right direction.

 

For a look at how I approach these issues on an informative basis, click here. 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTnv8Yv3-iE&list=PLA29616DECD358617&index=5

 

Lew Akins operates Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins out of three offices in central Texas.  He started in the pool business in California in the late 1970s, opening his own design/build/retail firm in Texas in 1984.  Widely acknowledged as a pioneer of the vanishing-edge concept, he added “design consultant” to his list of services in 1998.  He may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • I agree that the web sometimes overloads clients (and pool builders) with too much information.

    I was recently asked to review some odd plaster stains on a month old plaster swimming pool.

    A snake-oil salesman had been selling and marketing to the pool industry a side stream REVERSE OSMOSIS system. It's purpose is to remove minerals from the water, as a means to create "PURE" water and reduce mineral scaling on waterline tile and waterfalls.

    However, it does not monitor calcium levels nor have a means to determine where that calcium originated. Once the RO system sucks the calcium out of the pool water, the water will seek a balance and begin drawing the calcium out of everything cementitious - plaster, shotcrete, grouts, thinsets, mortars. Even if it did test and attempt to maintain a minimum level of calcium, it would have no way of determining where that calcium was originating - from the calcium intentionally added to the pool or sucked from the cements. It could "maintain a minimum level," but of calcium drawn from the plaster. And the plaster and cements would continue to negatively spiral into the abyss.

    Had the pool builder, clients and this charlatan company done their research, they would have learned RO systems are piped with plastic tubing and fittings in domestic water systems for a reason... when plumbed with copper or iron pipe, the RO water literally strips the minerals from the pipes, in an effort to re-balance itself. The pipes eventually become thin and begin to leak.

    Imagine what this RO water is doing to a copper heat exchanger and cementitious surfaces of a swimming pool?

    The detrimental effects upon the pool surfaces are visible within weeks.

    That explains the gray-blue stains on the plaster, decayed and leaking heat exchanger and the abrasive plaster surfaces.

    Paolo Benedetti
    Aquatic Technology
    www.aquatictechnology.com

    from Pebble Beach, Del Monte Forest, CA 93953, USA

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