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11/11/2016

The D.I.Y. Trap

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master (As posted on Watershapes Magazine.)

How many times have you been called in to look at a project by a homeowner who’s already made the bold move of acting as his or her own contractor?  I’ve seen these sorts of watershapes too many times through the years, and the results don’t tend to be pretty on any level...

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10/28/2016

Drain Wisdom

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master (As posted on Watershapes Magazine.)

Although it would seem to be something that everyone involved in watershaping would (or should) know by now, there’s at least one hurdle that’s apparently a bit too high for a good number of pool designers and builders – not to mention numerous state and local health departments, building inspectors and even some drain-cover manufacturers...

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10/21/2016

Blue Ice

Pool Design article by Rebecca Robledo of Pool and Spa News

A rooftop pool adds a subtle glow from above and below (as posted in Pool Spa News)...

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10/7/2016

Standard for Water Conservation Efficiency (Direct link to PDF)

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announces that a public review and comment period is open on a proposed new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard, which addresses water conservation efficiency in pools, spas, portable spas and swim spas through October 17, 2016....

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9/30/2016

Masters of Design 2016 Sonoran Steel

Pool Design article by Rebecca Robledo of Pool and Spa News

Earth, air, water and metal combine to create a modern scene that looks perfectly at home in the desert...

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9/23/2016

Bringing It Home Integrating Home Automation with Pool Automation

Pool Design article by Rebecca Robledo of Pool and Spa News

In the high-end business, integrating pool controls with home automation systems is becoming the norm. Professionals share tips and considerations...

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9/16/2016

NSPF® Awards 2016 Scholarships and Fellowship Grants (Direct link to PDF)

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

Deserving Candidates Receive Funds To Continue Aquatic Work. Six university students have been awarded scholarship and fellowship grants through the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) for the fall 2016 semester...

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9/9/2016

Let the Genesis Education Roll! (Direct link to PDF)

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

While in the "Big Easy" get some "Big" education! Builders, designers and landscape architects have a vast selection of educational courses focused on pools, spas and landscape design being offered by Genesis, the industry's most-respected experts in watershape design and construction...

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9/2/2016

A Look Into NSPF’s 2016 Collaborations-From the Desk of the CEO (Direct link to article)

Pool Design article by Dr. Thomas Lachocki, PhD, CEO

The late Zig Ziglar would often say, “You can achieve just about anything you want, if you just help enough other people achieve what they want.” This was an eloquent way to reinforce the importance to serve and collaborate with others...

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8/26/2016

Int’l Pool | Spa | Patio Expo 2016 Where It All Comes Together (Direct link to PDF)

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

Attendees of the 2016 International Pool I Spa I Patio Expo will enhance their experience at the show with a lineup of events organized by one of the world’s most respected group of experts in watershape design, Genesis...

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8/16/2016

Edged in Green as published by Watershapes

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

Of all the design trends that have taken hold in watershaping through the past ten years, the one that leads us to work with plenty of slot-edge, perimeter-overflow systems may well be my favorite...

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8/12/2016

Pleatco Perfect PoolGuy/Gal Contest 2016 (Direct link to contest page)

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

CALLING ALL POOL & SPA SERVICE PROFESSIONALS. Pleatco in partnership with Genesis and The National Swimming Pool Foundation recognize that the industry would literally come to a halt if not for our dedicated pool & spa service technicians...

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8/5/2016

A Timely Proposition as published by Watershapes

Pool Design article by Jim McCloskey

I grinned from ear to ear a couple weeks ago while reading a press release from the National Swimming Pool Foundation.  It was about a request for proposals to create a “Learn-to-Swim Index”...

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7/29/2016

Racing to the Finish Line as published by Watershapes

Pool Design article by Barry Justus SWD Registered

For most residents of southeastern Canada, the winter of 2013/2014 was memorable for off-the-hook low temperatures, plenty of snow and lots of discomfort. For me and my crew, however, what we’ll recall most is how hard we worked right through the teeth of the inclement weather to make a huge project deliverable by its May 2014 deadline...

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7/22/2016

13th Annual WAHC Benefits Aquatic Therapy Experts (direct link to PDF)

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

Conference Will Provide New Outlets to Aquatic Professionals...

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7/15/2016

Against the Clock as published by Watershapes

Pool Design article by Barry Justus SWD Registered

Living and working on a part of the globe where the winters are severe is almost balanced by how hospitable the weather generally can be for the rest of the year...

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6/24/2016

The Humidity Factor as published by Watershapes

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

More and more frequently these days, I see photographs of beautiful indoor pools – and always have one big question: How did the designer and builder deal with the moisture in the air?...

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6/17/2016

Hitting the High Notes as published in Aqua Magazine

Pool Design article by Rick Chafey, SWD Master

I worked with Eric Herman, writer for AQUA Magazine, to produce a comprehensive article about one of our recent projects that become their cover story. This same project was also awarded the cover of Luxury Pools’ spring issue...

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6/9/2016

Managing Silica Exposure

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

Millions of construction and manufacturing workers in the United States are exposed to silica dust as a routine part of their daily activities. Exposure to silica dust can lead to a myriad of lung ailments. Since your lungs cannot expel inhaled silica dust, the effects are cumulative...

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6/3/2016

Double the Pleasure as published by Watershapes

Pool Design article by Jimmy Reed

Devising an approach to the application of fields of glass tile to complex surfaces is never simple, but when your goal is to do so while minimizing cuts and eliminating any visual “tics” that might stand out like sore thumbs when the work is done? That’s taking the work to a whole different level...

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5/27/2016

International Aquatic Conference Aims To Bring Leaders Together (direct link to PDF)

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

World Aquatic Health™ Conference: Fostering Growth for the Industry...

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5/20/2016

Pros Talk Waterproofing Pools and Spas

Pool Design article by Rebecca Robledo of Pool and Spa News

It may be an exaggeration to refer to waterproofing failures as “nightmares.” But sometimes it’s barely a stretch...

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5/13/2016

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4/21/2016

Panel Discussion as published by Watershapes

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

The fun thing about working on spec houses is that, every once in a while, you run into a client who truly wants to blow the doors off – in the best way possible, of course...

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4/21/2016

Gaining an Edge as published by Watershapes

Pool Design article by Skip Phillips, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few years thinking about the things that generate the most interest in what we do as pool builders – and even more time turning those thoughts into designs and effects that meet my customers’ desires...

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4/14/2016

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3/31/2016

13th Annual WAHC Registration Opens April 1 (direct link to PDF)

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

Early Registration opens on Friday, April 1 for the 2016 World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC) at thewahc.org...

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3/25/2016

Chlorine Conversations

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

In recent years, it’s been difficult to avoid two large and related discussions about water treatment as it relates to swimming pools and spas...

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3/11/2016

Radiant History

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

As a pointed expression of the growing global concern over the earth’s changing climate, lots of my clients these days are asking me about alternative methods for heating their pools. It’s a reasonable concern, and I don’t think it will be going away anytime soon. ...

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3/4/2016

Shotcrete Reborn (as published in Watershapes Magazine)

Pool Design article by Lily Samuels & Bill Drakeley, SWD Master

The years after the Second World War were times of opportunity and awkwardness in the shotcrete business...

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2/25/2016

Sloppy Pool Construction Practices

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

Which of these sloppy construction practices is your pool builder guilty of using? No soils reports (even in differential soils)? Undermining the foundation of a house by digging too close?...

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2/15/2016

American Shotcrete Association Elects Bill Drakeley, SWD Master as its President

American Shotcrete Association

AMERICAN SHOTCRETE ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES ELECTION RESULTS

Updated branding with a modern, consistent visual theme supports the Association commitment to the growth and vitality of our members and the use of shotcrete in concrete construction...

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2/5/2016

Elegance Squared (direct link to article)

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

Through the years, I’ve come across all sorts of clients with unique motivations and interesting available spaces. My task in collaborating with each of them centers on carefully evaluating the situation, sorting through various sets of possibilities and, ultimately, delivering a design that hits the mark on all possible levels...

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1/29/2016

Cutting The Edge as published by Aqua Magazine

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

I've always thought that part of remaining relevant in the aquatic design and construction business means coming up with fresh ideas, especially concepts that offer discerning clients something unexpected or unique...

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1/19/2016

How to Apply Shotcrete as published by Aqua Magazine

Pool Design article by Bill Drakeley, SWD Master

It's interesting to consider the fact that the Hoover Dam, despite being built 80 years ago, has areas in its mass that are still getting stronger and will likely continue to do so...

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1/11/2016

Cliff Top Performance (direct link to article)

Pool Design article by Barry Justus, SWD Registered

Working on the road can be tough. As was discussed in the first of this pair of articles, it can get even rougher when you’re working on a cliff in a remote area...

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12/4/2015

Working On The Road (direct link to article)

Pool Design article by Barry Justus, SWD Registered

Working on a large-scale project is a challenge when it happens even ten miles from your home base: Big jobs are just plain tough. But building the same project 150 miles away...

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11/20/2015

11/20/2015

Protective Measures (direct link to article)

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

Next to water itself, concrete is the most important and widespread of materials used in watershaping...

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10/14/2015

Why Swimming Matters to Health & Industry Growth (direct link to PDF)

Pool Design article by Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D, CEO, National Swimming Pool Foundation

9/28/2015

Over The Edge (direct link to Watershapes article)

Pool Design article by Steve Gutai

From the grandest waterfall to the smallest courtyard fountain, water flowing over an edge is one of the most compelling of all watershaping "looks"...

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9/18/2015

Vapor Barrier Placement part 3 in a 3 part technical series

Pool Design article by Kevin Ruddy, SWD Master

Place the vapor barrier as close as possible to the inside finish surface of all exterior walls and ceiling...

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9/15/2015

Soffit Ducting part 2 in a 3 part technical series

Pool Design article by Kevin Ruddy, SWD Master

Use when it is not possible to supply the air low and return high...

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9/9/2015

Vapor Barriers part 1 in a 3 part technical series

Pool Design article by Kevin Ruddy, SWD Master

The correct selection, placement and installation of suitable vapor barriers and insulation are critical to avoid deterioration of building materials...

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8/14/2015

The Form of the Foreman as published by Aqua Magazine

Pool Design article by Bill Drakeley, SWD Master

The jobsite foreman, a.k.a. superintendent, is arguably the most important person in the pool construction process, says custom builder William Drakeley...

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8/3/2015

2015 Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy, Gal Contest Open

posted by Genesis Staff

Calling all service professionals — the Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy/Gal contest is now open. Each year, Pleatco and co-sponsor Genesis search for the industry’s best, most talented service pros to honor in an event dubbed the “Oscars of the pool and spa industry”...

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7/27/2015

Mystery In Blue (as seen in Pool & Spa News)

Pool Design article by Rebecca Robledo about Dave Penton, SWD Master

This project began as a 1980s-style L-shaped pool in desperate need of an upgrade. Massive brickwork not only trapped the yard in time, but also weighed it down visually...

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7/20/2015

Views By Design (Full article on Aqua Magazine)

Pool Design article by Michael Nantz, SWD Master

I've always believed in the power of visualization. You can't design anything unless you first see it in your mind. And by imaging what we will do or create, we take the first step in turning an idea into reality...

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7/10/2015

Pool Corner (as seen in Shotcrete Magazine)

Pool Design article by Bill Drakeley, SWD Master

Many pool contractors – myself included – are skeptical of the majority of the so-called ‘awards programs’ in the pool industry...

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7/6/2015

Platinum Beauty

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

As our Genesis blog is an excellent resource for a variety of material, sometimes we decide to just take a look at the beauty of the projects our SWD Masters produce...

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6/26/2015

Details, Details, Details

Pool Design article by Dave Penton, SWD Master

One thing that really irritates me when I look at a pool is when I notice all of the elements that are wrong! It is like an orchestral musician missing a note in the middle of a symphony...

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6/22/2015

VGBA and Line Velocities

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

Unless you have been living on a deserted island, you have heard of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act (VGBA). The VGBA applies to ALL swimming pools (residential and commercial)...

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5/22/2015

High-End Pool Builders Share Tips On Choosing The Right Features For A Luxury Pool

Pool Design article by David J. Peterson, P.E., SWD Master

What makes a pool luxurious? The question is not easily answered. After all, what makes good art or sculpture generally lies in the eye of the beholder...

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5/8/2015

Sealers

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

There are three basic types of sealers - surface, color enhancing and penetrating. The active ingredients of each type of sealer are delivered in a carrier solution...

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5/4/2015

Renovations

Pool Design article by Gene Brown, SWD Master

In recent years, we have had the good fortune to do some incredible renovations. This project is one of our recent renovations...

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4/25/2015

Remodelaciones

Pool Design article by Joan Roca, SWD Master

Todas las construcciones sufren un deterioro natural en el tiempo de mayor o menor grado por lo que necesitan un mantenimiento adecuado, sobre todo las exteriores...

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4/19/2015

The most important thing you will ever build – Relationships!

Pool Design article by Rick Chafey, SWD Master

Your success is directly related to the quality of the relationships you will build; not the just the culmination of your work product. Quality relationships, and how you nurture them, will have the greatest impact on your success in life and in business....

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4/10/2015

ASA Pool and Recreational Shotcrete Committee Position Statement #4

Forwarded by By Bill Drakeley, SWD Master

Quality swimming pool construction can only consistently be a reality when the definition of quality is understood. To me, a quality structure is one that I can confidently say is watertight...

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4/3/2015

Pool Restoration: How to Fix a Vanishing Edge

Pool Design article by Steven Swanson, SWD Master

Sometimes, for any number of reasons, mistakes can and will happen. Despite our best efforts to achieve perfection in our work, every once in a while, something, somehow, is going to go wrong...

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3/20/2015

Integrate

Pool Design article by Michael Nantz, SWD Master

In a past blog I suggested contemplation of a different design approach for the swimming pool if appropriate, an approach of physically integrating water with architecture. This integration method is not new to our industry just uncommon...

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3/19/2015

Team Horner recognized for promoting employee well-being and performance

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

In recognition of its efforts to create a healthy, high-performing work environment, Team Horner received the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2015 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award...

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3/13/2015

Designing Nature

Pool Design article by Jamie Scott, SWD Master

A recent project came our way that is proving to be very interesting. A couple with a 'perfectly good' 8 year old pool were not happy with it. The pool is a fairly typical natural freeform pool with a raised spa...

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3/6/2015

Collaboration and Working as a Team

Pool Design article by Dave Penton, SWD Master

I have the unbelievable privilege of working with some very well-healed clientele in the Los Angeles area. At Fluid Dynamics we have built a following based on honesty, integrity, as well as a reputation for quality work...

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2/27/2015

Genesis Officially Changes Name

Pool Design article by Rebecca Robledo of Pool and Spa News

The organization that had been called Genesis for most of two decades now will go without the number...

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2/20/2015

Bonding Pool Water

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

The National Electric Code requires that the water in a vessel be bonded. Historically, this was a no brainer since most pools had stainless steel light niches, hand railings and light fixtures...

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1/21/2015

Expansive Tendencies (Credit to Watershapes Magazine)

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

Oftentimes, I end up wanting to use irregularly shaped or large, dimensional stones as a coping for my clients’ pools and as a veneer in finishing their decks...

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1/11/2015

NEC Changes

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

Prior versions of the National Electric Code (NEC) forbid the installation of low voltage landscape lighting within 10 feet of the water's edge...

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1/2/2015

Genesis Makes Waves With Their On-Floor Programs At 2014 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

Starting the show off this year, Genesis continued their high quality and cutting edge educational programs to sold-out classrooms and hosted the most extensive selection of on-the-floor seminars...

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12/26/2014

Education A Priority With Genesis

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

Genesis , Inc. maintains three very specific priorities: educate, certify, and connect. This statement and no truer words were exercised throughout the duration 2014 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo...

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12/19/2014

Burning Sensations (Credit to Watershapes Magazine)

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

If you’ve been a contractor for any length of time, it’s likely that you’ve installed more 500-watt incandescent lamps than you can easily count...

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12/16/2014

Lifechanging Journey part 2

Pool Design article by Genesis staff about Skip Phillips, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

As part of the project, that co-founder Skip Phillips participated in, this week’s blog is a bit different...

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12/5/2014

Lifechanging Journey (from Pool & Spa News)

Pool Design article by Rebecca Robledo, article about Skip Phillips, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

When the pastor at Skip Phillips’ church approached him about making a trip to Africa to hand out supplies and dig wells, his immediate response was less than enthusiastic...

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11/26/2014

Reflecting The Florida Sunshine (as featured on Aqua Magazine Online)

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

Of the major swimming pool markets in the U.S., Florida has been and remains one of the bellwether states most associated with all things aquatic...

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11/17/2014

Waterproofing and Drainage - Retaining Walls & Subterranean Rooms

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

Providing drainage alone behind retaining walls and against basement walls is not sufficient to prevent water migration through the wall...

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10/31/2014

Waterproofing and Drainage - Retaining Walls and Equipment Rooms

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

Providing drainage alone behind retaining walls and against underground rooms (basements) is not sufficient to prevent water migration through the wall...

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10/28/2014

Accredited G3 Offerings at Next Week’s Expo

Pool Design article by Scott Webb

Genesis is offering an enhanced slate of courses at next week’s 2014 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo [PSP]...

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10/17/2014

Pump Service Disconnects

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

The National Electric Code (NEC) requires a means to disconnect any permanently mounted pump over 1/2 horsepower...

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10/12/2014

Serving Those Who Serve

Pool Design article by Eric Herman featuring Sgt. Brian Jergens & Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

On August 7, 2011, Sgt. Brian Jergens suffered severe injuries during first deployment to Afghanistan when an IED explosion hit the Humvee he was driving....

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10/3/2014

Indoor Pool & Spa Parameters

Pool Design article by Kevin Ruddy, SWD Master

No matter whether it’s a residential or commercial project, the design parameters for indoor swimming pools and spas call for warm water...

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9/26/2014

Fall 2014 Update

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

Genesis , the educational leader in design, build and engineering of watershapes and backyard living will be offering an extensive list of courses at the upcoming International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo. ...

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9/19/2014

The “Human Factor” in Structural Failure in Concrete Water-Holding Structures

Pool Design article by Bill Drakeley, SWD Master

While individual scenarios may vary widely, there are two primary factors that contribute to the failure – minor or massive – of water-holding structures ...

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9/12/2014

Part 5 of a Genesis Free Thinking Blog series

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

Fun in Mind: Just before writing this column, I terminated a relationship with a wealthy potential client who, frankly, showed all the signs of posing wall-to-wall problems...

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9/5/2014

Part 4 of a Genesis Free Thinking Blog series

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

Defining Value: There’s an opposite, yet quite similar, process at work with mid-range clients. Just as I’ve known industry members who almost choke on big numbers...

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8/29/2014

Part 3 of a Genesis Free Thinking Blog series

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

Key Differences: In seminars, classrooms and casual conversations, whenever I discuss working with the broad range of clients who come our way I always start by saying that I don’t look up or down to anyone...

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8/22/2014

Part 2 of a Genesis Free Thinking Blog series

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

High end? This undermining of preconceptions has led me to re-evaluate the term high end – a convenient phrase that is often used to describe projects with big budgets...

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8/15/2014

Genesis Collaboration

Pool Design article by Skip Phillips, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder and Gene Brown, SWD Master

Collaboration is an important part of any swimming pool design/build. Most projects have input from a number of professions and trades, including architects, landscape architects, engineers, and the various skilled workers installing the vessel. Every role must be filled and executed carefully in order to create a successful final product...

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8/8/2014

Part 1 of a Genesis Free Thinking Blog series

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

One of the fascinating things about working with the different types of clients we encounter as pool and spa designers and contractors is that we can never really know what to expect...

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7/25/2014

Summer 2014 Update

Pool Design article by Genesis Staff

In the April 25, 2014 issue of Pool and Spa News, Editorial Director, Erika Taylor’s column spoke about the need for a younger generation to enter the architecture, construction and engineering trades...

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7/18/2014

Society of Watershape Designers What does it Mean?

Pool Design article by Rick Chafey, SWD Master

It is a certification bestowed to a very few; 39 at the time of this writing...

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7/14/2014

Warm To The Touch. Searching for the Perfect Customer (Part 5 of a Genesis Blog series)

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

Like our clients, each of us has a different personal style. Some of us are far more comfortable with the human touches than are others, but whether you have an effusive personality or are more reserved, as watershapers we share an obligation to reach out to our customers in the spirit of building a rapport...

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7/6/2014

Vanishing Edge Details

Pool Design article by David J. Peterson, P.E., SWD Master

Description: With an infinite number of different vanishing edge details, how do you narrow down the options? The final details depend on the performance expectations and materials but the most fundamental decision is whether to tilt the top of the wall in or away...

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6/27/2014

Learning To Read. Searching for the Perfect Customer (Part 4 of a Genesis Blog series)

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

Whether you choose to like them or not, bringing out the best in clients requires skill in reading their personalities...

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6/20/2014

"GREEN" Pool Construction

Pool Design article by Dave Penton, SWD Master

There is a lot of buzz these days about LEED certified construction, Green building practices, and sustainability. I would like to take a brief look at one way that this can be optimized during swimming pool construction...

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6/13/2014

Great Expectations. Searching for the Perfect Customer (Part 3 of a Genesis Blog series)

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

An enormous part of bringing out the best in our clients has to do with managing their expectations. A client who knows what to expect when it comes to timelines, the scope of the work, communications during the process, technical support after the fact and a range of other substantial issues is a client who is less likely to have problems along the way...

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6/6/2014

What's Good? Searching for the Perfect Customer (Part 2 of a Genesis Blog series)

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

When I think of the “perfect client,” a number of big things come to mind, starting with sufficient budgets (and the will to spend), affable personalities, good settings for proposed projects, some idea of what they want and how they want to use it – and, of course, great wine cellars and a willingness to share a bottle or two...

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5/30/2014

Searching for the Perfect Customer (Part 1 of a Genesis Blog series)

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

Despite the axiom that “every client is a good client,” we all know that some of them are wonderful to work with – and that dealing with others is a form of slow torture...

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5/23/2014

Perseverance

Pool Design article by Michael J. Logsdon , SWD Registered

As a landscape and aquatic designer I believe that having as many options to offer clients, and their various requests, tastes and preferences makes sense...

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5/16/2014

Independent or Integrated Revisit

Pool Design article by Michael Nantz, SWD Master

As mentioned in my previous submission, the integration of the new swimming pool with existing architectural elements (i.e., buildings, patios, etc.) can be complex...

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5/9/2014

Team-Based Approach

Pool Design article by Bill Drakeley, SWD Master

Much has been written on the benefits of teamwork from almost every perspective - medicine, business, sports, education - and the list goes on...

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5/2/2014

How to Attract and Do Business with High-End Clients

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

Over the years at seminars and trade shows, people often ask me where to find “high-end” clients. They also want to know how it is to deal with them and handle working at a high level. First, let me say that my preferred description of these clients is, discerning, or wanting the best and able to afford it. For the sake of simplicity, I will resort to “high-end” for this article...

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4/25/2014

God is in the Details

Pool Design article by Skip Phillips, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

The details make or break any project and the project that won the most recent Luxury Pools Pinnacle Award was no exception...

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4/18/2014

How to Justify Filling a Pool in a Drought

Pool Design article by David J. Peterson, P.E., SWD Master

While the jet stream has shifted expected wet and cold weather patterns north this year, it has left California and other southern states in drought conditions...

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4/11/2014

Alternative Suction Grates

Pool Design article by Skip Phillips, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

One of our industry’s challenges has been on how to comply with the tenants of the Federal V.G.B. Act addressing suction entrapment...

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4/4/2014

Shrinkage Cracks

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

I was recently hired by a homeowner to address some shrinkage cracks in their new pool. Bottom line, there are many possible causes...

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3/28/2014

Grass Edge Perimeter Overflow Vessels

Pool Design article by Brian Van Bower, SWD Master, Genesis Ambassador & Co-Founder

Back in 2008 we had a project with an architectural firm that we like working with on a regular basis, Rene Gonzalez Architects in Miami, Florida...

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3/21/2014

Independent or Integrated

Pool Design article by Michael Nantz, SWD Master

Very early on in the residential swimming pool design process one is faced with a couple of choices, independent or integrated...

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3/14/2014

Heat of Hydration in Concrete, Gunite, or Shotcrete

Pool Design article by David J. Peterson, P.E., SWD Master

Hydration is the chemical reaction of cement and water to form a cementitious crystalline structure...

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3/6/2014

Testing a Swimming Pool Bonding Grid

Pool Design article by Paolo Benedetti, SWD Master

Required tools

  • An analog ohmmeter (meter with a needle, not digital). Available at Home Depot for $10
  • A roll of wire (long enough to reach from the pool equipment pad to the furthest point to be tested)
  • Alligator clamps (attached to each end of the roll of wire)

Testing Procedure...

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