Subtracting a Deck
Lots of pools built in the 1960s and '70s and even through the '80s were surrounded by ribbons of concrete decking of uniform width, all the way around.  Frequently, those decks were too narrow to make them of much use for more than walking around the pool:  lounge chairs are too long to be set up facing the water, and a poolside table and chairs cover far too much ground to be included. The solution that runs through the heads of lots of homeowners is simply to
Concrete’s Nature
No matter the method by which it is applied, concrete is a fascinating material. The history books tell us that it's been in use for thousands of years - as far back as 6500 BC, when it was used by Bedouins to make cisterns in which they collected and kept water underground in desert climates.   The ancient Greeks used concrete, too, as did the Assyrians and especially
Pleatco Offers the Advanced Filter Cartridge
Pleatco (Glen Cove, NY) manufactures the Advanced line of filter cartridges. Made using a uniformly…
Bobé Unveils the Pure Flow Scupper
Bobé Water & Fire Features (Phoenix, AZ) offers Pure Flow, a scupper engineered for a…
The Humidity Factor
Indoor pools are wonderful as both design challenges and family recreation centers.  But as Paolo Benedetti discusses here, they'll stand the test of time only if you take care of moving the moisture they generate away from the indoor space -- no shortcuts allowed!  
Zodiac Adds VersaFlo Bypass to the JXi Gas Heater
Zodiac Pool Systems (Vista, CA) has introduced JXi gas heaters featuring VersaFlo integrated-bypass technology. The…
Trust in Balance
No matter where you turn these days, you'll find watershaping experts preaching the gospel of balanced hydraulics.  In class after class, text after text, they all say that if you do exactly the same thing on one side of a tee as you do on the other, you will get the same flow on both side of that tee. If, for example, two main drains are connected to a single tee with pipes of the same length and diameter and the same fittings, those drains will both draw equal amounts of
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Making Connections
It seems obvious that all watershapers would have a clear understanding of the materials commonly used in pipes and fittings and would know all about the primers and glues and mechanical approaches used to connect plumbing joints. That’s not always the case, however, which is why I’m rarely shocked to see