Vertical dimensions in floating steps can be critical to walking safety. In our last Beneath the Surface Detail, we coordinated the human stride to basic step geometry in a plan view, now Dave Peterson takes it one step further and looks at this detail from a different angle: an elevation view.
Watershape University launched its 2021 online educational offerings with a detailed primer on site evaluation and surveying in a January Wolfpack Webinar Wednesdays presentation. Taught by Rob Warren, a member of the International Watershape Institute, the presentation covered what watershapers should keep in mind when gathering key site-based information.
ControlOMatic (Grass Valley, Calif.) off the Pool Warden chemical controller. The controller uses DPD reagent technology allowing for true PPM monitoring and control without ORP/pH conversion. The Pool Warden controller is a single or dual pool water chemistry chemical controller with the ability to measure and pH, ORP, temperature and flow. For details, click here.
Pentair (Sanford, N.C.) has upgraded its AquaTRAM 90+ pool access lift. The lift rotates 90 degrees for ease of pool access, and has an increased lifting capacity of 400 pounds. The company also improved the chairs “reach” to clear spa benches and most types of gutters. It includes flip-up arm rests, a comfortable seat with a lap belt. It is fully ADA compliant. For details, click here.
Ramuc Specialty Pool Coatings (Rockaway, N.J.) makes DS Water-Based Acrylic pool paint for aquatic facilities that need to paint their pool fast, keeping down-time to a minimum, the company says. The paint can be applied to damp surfaces as well as previously painted, chlorinated and synthetic rubber surfaces. Pools can be filled within three days after panting. For details, click here.
Paramount Pool & Spa Systems (Chandler, Ariz.) makes the VectorJet, an adjustable in-floor cleaning system head. The fixture’s oscillating, sweeping action directs water and debris toward other in-floor cleaning jets and/or the main drain. Its adjustable angle is well suited for beach entries or vanishing edge catch basins. For details click here.
User comfort and ease of movement are guiding principles in the watershape design process. That's why, as Dave Peterson explains, this edition’s Detail works as an ergonomic template applied when considering the steps users take as they move from here to there – and over the “space between.”
Hayward Pool Products (Berkeley Height. N.J.) makes the OmniPL, a control system designed for pool builders looking for control at a mid-range price. The system controls up to eight variable-speed pumps and is saltwater chlorination ready. It also provides added lighting color options and dimming capability. For details, click here.
Ben Lasseter welcomes challenging projects, especially those where watershapes are integral to the home’s design. Working as part of an exclusive project team, one that included a legendary architect, Lasseter’s firm recently completed a shimmering all-white pool that is as much a part of the property’s aesthetics as the roofline of the house itself.
While fossil-fuel heating dominates the pool market, and electric heating prevails in hot tubs, designer, builder and energy-efficiency specialist Douglas Cook sees value in keeping the alternatives in mind, especially for cost-minded and/or ecologically inclined homeowners, who might be open to sustainable water-heating solutions.
On November 11, plasterer Rob Romano, of David Cook Plaster Co., and Bill Drakeley, WU cofounder, defined successful plaster installation in a lively Wolfpack Webinar Wednesdays presentation. The discussion was part of WU’s ongoing effort to provide basic, as well as advanced, technical instruction for watershape builders and subcontractors.
By Steve Kenny
Some projects have a long gestation period, and that was certainly true for the pool pictured here. It’s a lovely private natatorium, featuring a lap pool and separate spa, both with all-glass-tile finishes, located on an extremely high-end waterfront property on East Long Island, N.Y.
It’s a dreamy location to be sure, but when we showed up, the situation with the watershapes was more of a nightmare. We first became involved