Category Archives: Mar/Apr 08

Make It Personal

As I turned to leave, Don, my barber yelled, “Rodney!” “Yeah?” “Remember, if you can’t make it back next month, send in $10!” The whole room laughed and I waved good-bye, cup of coffee in hand, and headed next door to place my uniform order for my son’s baseball team (yep, it’s that time of year again). Like the barber shop, the store’s owners, Ameena and Bill, greeted me by name as I entered and stopped what they were doing … Continue reading

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Revving Up

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a popular term these days, bandied about by online gurus and Web masters from here to Halifax. What it really means is simple–making sure that your Web site is liked by the major search engines, including Yahoo and MSN.. And when we talk about search engines, what we are really talking about is Google, the biggest, baddest dog on the block. Parameters of search engine performance, or what they like and don’t like, are constantly … Continue reading

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Blast Off And Paint!

After 40 layers of paint and bumpy patch jobs, the swimming pool is looking old and tired. A job that used to entail touch-up paint and small fixes has become a battle of putting Band-Aids on chunks of uneven, peeling potholes in the concrete walls. It’s time for an overhaul. So whom do you call? Sandblasters! “’Sandblasting’ is a misnomer,” says Al Panariello, sales coordinator for All Pool Demolition in Midland, N.J. “Sand was pretty much outlawed in New Jersey … Continue reading

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Fluid In Motion

The importance of hydraulics in swimming pool/spa design and application has been misunderstood by some aquatic professionals who believe that understanding hydraulics is only necessary when first designing an aquatics facility. Hydraulics plays an important role in the everyday operation of aquatic facilities. Knowing how the pool circulation system operates on a daily basis can curb excessive and sometimes unnecessary repair costs. The aquatic manager should have the ability to recognize changes in flow rate, analyze fluctuations in pressure and … Continue reading

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Security Against Staph

Attention rose to a fever pitch last fall about the dangers of potentially life-threatening infections from a drug-resistant bacteria known as Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, with widespread media reports of cases spread through athletic programs and in locker rooms. Experts caution that while staph infections can be controlled through simple steps, those measures require constant vigilance and wide-ranging educational efforts among the user population. The simplest defense against such infections includes following your mother’s advice: Wash your hands and body. … Continue reading

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