Commercial pools must conform to a variety of safety and operational requirements beyond those promulgated in the residential segment of the industry. The ubiquitous 3-bend handrail is no exception. As Dave Peterson explains, even this simple design sometimes fails in implementation -- but help is on the way with this nifty and useful detail. ...
Forever Bamboo (San Diego, Calif.) manufacturers traditional bamboo Tiki huts and palapas. Made using traditional material, including bamboo posts and thatched roofs, the huts are also fire and insect retardant with material that is all sustainably resourced. They come ready to assemble in standard sizes and can also be custom made. For details click here.
Desert Steel (Witchita, Kan.) manufacturers a line of steel palm trees for creative landscape designs. The trees come in a variety of sizes are made of all-weather steel construction, and are color-fast and corrosion resistant. They require concrete mounting pads measuring 30-by-30 inches by 10-inches thick. For details click here.
My Pool Signs (Lodi, Calif.) offers a line of humorous pool signs that are designed to humorously convey important health and safety messages. The aluminum signs last at least 10 years the company says, with a variety of messages that discourage peeing in the pool or the use of glass containers, while others clarify rules regarding skinny dipping and bathing-suit optional areas. For details, click here.
A beautiful aquatic setting deserves equally dazzling water, explains water-quality specialist, Steve Kenny. That universal truth can lead anywhere, he says, including this project that is nestled in the heart of a tropical paradise, where he rescued a gorgeous pool from the murky depths of an inadequate treatment system. ...
Pebble Technology (Scottsdale, Ariz.) now offers Lightstreams glass tile. All tiles are specially designed for pools, featuring permanent internal coloring and texturing and the highest standards of craftsmanship. Twice-fired to remove stresses in the glass and specially engineered for secure application, they deliver nearly timeless durability, with silky smooth corners and edges for safe and comfortable contact with bare skin. For details click here.
RicoRock (Orlando, Fla.) provides coping/waterline products are comprised of light-weight cast concrete rock that is mortared in place. Created to meet the growing consumer demand for rock-treatments around pools, the coping complements the company’s lines of waterfalls and boulders. Made of high-density concrete mix that resists damage to freeze/thaw cycles, the texture of the coping is slip-resistant making it ideal for pool perimeters. For details, click here.