14 February 2021

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Florida hosts in-person trade show

Florida hosts in-person trade show


Yes, the Everything Under the Sun Show is meeting in person in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center on February 19-20, 2021. Early registration numbers say that the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) membership will be there. Show organizers thank the many exhibitors and instructors who came together to make this special event happen. Show organizers said the combined

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Splash Kingdom Waterpark catches fire again

Splash Kingdom Waterpark catches fire again


For the third time in two years Splash Kingdom waterpark caught fire, damaging a small outside shed. The latest fire was reported at about 2 p.m. on February 5, 2021, at the Redlands, California, waterpark. Crews arrived to find a small storage area adjacent to the main building’s back wall in flames, according to the Fire Department. Twelve firefighters from the agency responded to the scene

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Florida adopts  NEC’s 7th edition

Florida adopts NEC’s 7th edition


The 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building Code went into effect December 31, 2020. There are three major changes to watch out for in the 2017 NEC. First, gas swimming pool heaters now require a GFCI breaker. Second, any method of wiring found in Chapter 3 of the 2017 NEC can be used for pool and spa equipment in “non-corrosive areas.” Swimming Pool and Spa Contractors should consult with their

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National Water Safety  Conference, Mar. 29-Apr. 1

National Water Safety Conference, Mar. 29-Apr. 1


Organizers of the National Water Safety Conference are offering a $100 discount to the conference. Be sure to save the date for the National Water Safety Conference, which will take place as a virtual event from Monday, March 29 through Thursday, April 1, 2021. The four-day annual event, put on by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, will feature amazing speakers, over 80 live sessions,

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onBalance demo pool project underway

onBalance demo pool project underway


Construction is underway at onBalance’s demonstration pools, a swimming pool plaster study being conducted in Tucson, Arizona. The research and consulting group is currently building two demonstration pools to study a variety of plaster and pigment defects under different types of water chemistry conditions. In their latest news, the plumbing of the two pools was completed with the installation

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Investing in stocks offers opportunity for greater returns

Investing in stocks offers opportunity for greater returns


By David Dickman By most everyone’s calculation, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned out to be a good thing for the swimming pool and spa industry. We’ve all read stories about how travel restrictions, lockdowns and other government mandates have forced millions of Americans to hunker down at home for the past year, and how this has lead to a boom in pool construction and maintenance. And by

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Remember that trust leads to profit

Remember that trust leads to profit


The service tech is the trusted person in the homeowner’s backyard, so even service techs who don’t have extra qualifications can see increased profits and added referral business. The key word here is “trust”. The ability service professionals have to interact with their customers on a regular basis can further that trust. This is true especially now, with so many pool owners working from

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Check out our latest ‘Horror File’ entry

Check out our latest ‘Horror File’ entry


Welcome to the latest edition of our popular “Can You Top This?” column, featuring the newest entry in the Service Industry News “Horror File. ” This issue’s entry comes to us from English Pool Consulting, of Rick English, in San Diego, California. “I don’t know if this is a horror, but it sure is funky,” writes Rick. “This is a fill line for an older pool. It was probably

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Diversify product offerings & boost profits

Diversify product offerings & boost profits


Arriving on time, looking professional and keeping pools clean and clear are the basic requirements for retaining service contracts and no longer differentiates service firms from one another. One mistake can cause customers to switch to one of the many other pool service companies vying for business. So, how can you create a competitive differentiation for your company? One way is to provide different

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