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Online Newsletter June - August 2009
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POOLS DONATES POOL TO CAMP HEARTLAND
Viking Pools installed an Ocean Breeze pool for Camp
Heartland, a camp for kids with HIV/AIDS in Willow River, Minnesota.
Each year, the organization impacts thousands of at-risk and
marginalized children through year-round support, advocacy, life
skills and recreational programs and community awareness efforts.
Click here is view the short video
INNOVATIVE NEW YORK POOL COMPANY "TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS"
Pools 2000, a Long Island based swimming pool company, has come up
with an innovative way to beat the recession blues. If the
customers don't come to your store, bring your store to the
The brainchild of owner Bob May, this converted and upgraded RV is
now a rolling pool store, complete with pumps, filters, chemicals,
parts and toys to delight almost any swimming pool owner.
"Why drive all the way to the pool store when the "Pool Patrol" is
coming to your town?" says Mr. May. If you live on Long Island and
need pool repairs, service or some items for your pool, be sure to
visit Pools 2000 and look for the "Pool Patrol" in your
neighborhood. For more information,
click here to visit their web site.
POOLANDSPA.COM DONATES TO ARTHUR KAYE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Poolandspa.com recently donated funds to the
Arthur Kaye Memorial Scholarship that was established by the
Kaye Family in memory of their son, Arthur. Arthur was a
graduate of Hauppauge High School and Hofstra University, both
located on Long Island, NY, and was he very interested in
journalism. Two graduating seniors from Hauppauge High
School, with specific interests in journalism, will be presented
with the inaugural Arthur Kaye Memorial Journalism Award this
June. Poolandspa.com's President, Daniel Harrison attended both
Hauppauge High School and Hofstra University and was a friend of
The funds are being held by the Hauppauge Educational Foundation
under the "Arthur Kaye Memorial Scholarship Fund". For those
that would like to make a donation in any amount (all donations
ax-deductible), please make checks payable to "Arthur Kaye
Memorial Scholarship Fund" and send them c/o: Paul Borowski, 70
Autumn Drive, Hauppauge, NY 11788.
NEW LAW WILL KEEP SWIMMERS HIGH & DRY
Mike Heiney, owner of Westside Pools in Las
Vegas, Nevada, compares an old pool drain cover, left,
with a new anti-entrapment cover designed to prevent
death. Federal law requires that public and community
pools and spas have the drain covers installed, which
Heiney calls “an expensive process.”
Customers Rant About The Law
This is unbelievable....! 10% out and
I can't use my pool? Couldn't we at least let adults
swim and keep 5 yr old politicians kids outta the pool.
This sucks !
How's this: Tell your kids to stay
away from the pool drains or they'll get sucked into
them. That worked for me, and my friends, and we all
somehow survived our childhoods.
I agree, what in the heck is going on
with this stupidity. This is a drain cover for heavens
sake. A molded piece of plastic and two screws. If it
requires more than that this really shows why the Air
Force has toilets seats that cost $ 8,000.
Stubbed toes?, really, in a swimming
pool? No wonder our country is starting to suck so much,
nobody has a functioning brain anymore!
As a pool contractor, this law has
been an overwhelming burden for the HOAs and apartment
complexes,but equally frustrating for our industry. Two
govt agencies trying to hash out what's acceptable and
what's not is a perfect example of federal govt trying
to control every aspect of every business. Yes, safety
guidelines need to be given, but if you could see the
chaos that has ensued trying to have states coordinate
with the feds, it has been a joke!
Another bad law? "I don't want to
worry about my children's hair getting stuck," says
Jamie McCafferty, owner of Excellence Community
Management, which operates about 150 HOAs valley wide. I
was under the impression all community and public pools
required those with long hair to wear swimming caps, at
least they use to? Which leads to the question regarding
victims cited as drain entrapment injuries/deaths how
many were wearing swimming caps?
How about the filter system only run
at night after hours...That way the pool would not be a
danger to swimmers during the day...
From Las Vegas Review
Mon, Mar 30, 2009
By Brian Eckhouse
What Is The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act And
Why You Should Care
Prompted by drownings of
youngsters pulled to the bottom of swimming pools by the
overpowering suction of pool filters, including the
death of the 7-year-old granddaughter of former
Secretary of State James Baker, Congress in 2007 passed
a law requiring that public and community swimming pools
and spas be retrofitted with safety devices.
The law went into effect in December. But scores of
homeowner associations across the Las Vegas Valley have
yet to do the work and are telling their members not to
count on enjoying their pools this summer.
Some of the associations say they don’t have the money.
With so many foreclosures, their income from homeowners
dues has plummeted.
The managers of other homeowner associations that can
afford the retrofitting say they won’t be opening their
pools for other reasons. They blame confusion over
conflicting federal and state laws, a paucity of parts
and a backlog of requests at the Southern Nevada Health
District to sign off on the retrofits.
Association managers say their clients sympathize with
the intent of the law but are frustrated in trying to
comply with it.
“I don’t want to worry about my children’s hair getting
stuck,” says Jamie McCafferty, owner of Excellence
Community Management, which operates about 150 HOAs
valleywide. “And obviously it’s a hazard. But it’s a
difficult time to do this; it’s been hard on HOAs with
all their defaults.”
Mary Bolchalk of Adept Property Management expects that
three of her 30 HOAs won’t have a pool operational this
summer. (The law extends to hotel and municipal pools,
but not those at private residences. About 4,200 pools
valleywide are affected by the federal act).
Retrofitting can cost upward of $40,000 but averages
about $5,000, according to contractors and health
The average cost isn’t a pittance to aging developments
with fewer than 100 units. Donna Barbee, a regional vice
president of Griswold Real Estate Management, says two
of her communities almost certainly won’t open their
pools this summer.
“I’ve got residents asking for refunds,” Barbee says.
“We don’t know if we’ll be able to do that. And if we
raise dues higher, I’ll have more homes in foreclosure.”
One of the associations Barbee manages, near Wynn Road
and Twain Avenue, hosts a pool for a community with 200
units, but only 48 were built. The bill for a pool that
size would run $14,000, Barbee says. So she tried to
secure loans, but the association of 900-square-foot
townhouses has a high delinquency rate. If she can even
get a loan, it will carry a high interest rate.
Bolchalk assumes that most people in these poorer HOAs
can’t afford a vacation this year, even to the
California coast. “So they’ll expect to use their
facilities, but they might not,” she says.
The extent of pool-less HOAs could have been worse
valleywide, at least at the start of summer: The
shortage of drain supplies has eased since last month,
pool contractors say, and concern over compliance with
the law has eased somewhat.
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission enforces
the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act — not
the Southern Nevada Health District or a state agency.
That initially proved problematic: the health district
may not enforce the law, but its staff must issue work
permits and approve any pool rehabilitation. So there’s
a a growing backlog of approval requests, even with the
earlier shortage in drain supplies. Some managers blame
former district officials for failing to prepare for
this summer upon the bill’s approval. Other managers
acknowledge they share in the blame. They say they’ve
known about the new law since early 2008, but the
deepening recession delayed their own timeline until
recently, overwhelming pool contractors and district
The health district recently tweaked its approval
process, allowing HOA managers to reopen their
retrofitted pools without an inspection. If an inspector
later identifies a problem, the pool will be closed to
address it, says Glenn Savage, an environmental health
director for the health district.
The district’s procedural change has pleased informed
HOA managers, but several still are unclear about the
details. Some managers are unaware that legal
verification of the new approval process is available on
the health district’s Web site.
And contractors say there is an inconsistency between
the federal and state laws: Some safer drain covers are
so thick they may not comply with state law because they
can stub toes, says contractor Joe Blockovich. But a
health district spokeswoman says federal law trumps
state code, so the shape of drain covers shouldn’t halt
THE VIRGINIA GRAEME BAKER SAFETY ACT FOR POOLS &
SPAS AND WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
In 2002 at the age of 7, little
Graeme Baker died in a spa after the powerful
suction of a drain entrapped her under water. While
some children unfortunately die each year from
swimming accidents in pools and spas, this little
girl was different. She was the granddaughter
of the former Secretary of State James A. Baker,
III. This brought the tragedy into the
spotlight. James A. Baker, III, joined Graeme's
mother, Nancy Baker, and Safe Kids USA in a
three-year advocacy campaign for the legislation.
Passed in 2007, the legislation
states that as of Dec. 19, 2008, every commercial
pool (and spa) nationwide is required to have
certain safety measures in place. All drains must be
outfitted with approved covers, and
single-main-drain pools need either split drains,
safety vacuum release systems, vent systems or other
approved methods. Un-blockable drains measuring more
than 18-by-23 inches can stand on their own.
This law does not pertain to
existing residential pools and spas, unless they are
being drained and renovated. All new pools and spas
"While the loss of our beloved Graeme
will be with us always, our hearts have been lifted
by the passage of this common-sense piece of
legislation that will save lives," James Baker said.
"We are grateful to President Bush and the members
of Congress who are making sure other children are
protected from the kind of accident that took Graeme
Initially, this sounds like a great
law, right ? But as with many laws passed,
there are unforeseen unintended consequences of the
law. The first one is that it became active as
of December 2008, right in the middle of the worst
recession our country has ever seen. The
expense necessary for many public and municipal
swimming pools and spas is causing many of those
pools and spas to be shut down. Many of the
towns and cities and small condo and apartment
complexes that are covered by this law simply do not
have the money to comply with it. Experts say
that the costs to retrofit the suction and main
drain system of most units could be anywhere from
$2000 all the way up to $200,000, depending on the
complexity of the filtration system. In these
economic times, those costs are proving prohibitive
for may public pool & spa operators. The next
problem is that due to the recession...(read
the rest of the complete article here)
FUNNY POOL PHOTOS OF THE MONTH
- JUNE 2009:
Recession Busters Pools
"I will not participate in the
These folks figured out ways to have a pool - one way or
The recession can't stop
some folks from getting a swimming pool - one way or the
guy's had to make due with whatever they had to beat the
heat at this local car show.
Very innovative !
OH NO !
BEAT THOSE CITY BUDGET CUTS !
Is your city cutting budgets which are leading to
public pool closures ?
Take a look at this make-shift swimming pool.
Hey, when it's hot, it's hot. Look...they even have a
lifeguard for safety !
I DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' LINER
Why wait for the pool guy to finish your pool and
install your liner?
Or, maybe she ran out of money before the pool was
Either way, you can't stop Sally from taking a
dive into her new [hole for a] swimming pool !
POOLANDSPA.COM'S NEW SHIPPING WAREHOUSES
Photos of our three new warehouses in Chicago,
stuffed to the rafters with all the newest pool & spa supplies, ready to
ship out to you !
NEW SHIPPING FACILITY ALLOWS US TO KEEP OUR
PRICES LOW !
Although we still ship from multiple warehouses in a few
different states, we are trying to centralize most of our operations in
order to save time & money. Shipping the majority of our products
from these three new state of the art warehouses in Chicago allows us to
keep our prices to you low.
We still have our other
specialized warehouses located in Nevada, New York, Arizona and
Tennessee. Most orders leave our facilities within 48 hours of you
placing an online order, so you receive your items fast. No one in
the world stocks more pool & spa parts and supplies than Poolandspa.com
DUCK SHOW WEB SITE VERY INTERESTING
You have to see this web site. It is called
A woman takes rubber ducks, paints them, and then goes all over the
world to take photos of the ducks in different locations.
The photo to the left is "Ducks
getting married in Las Vegas".
Too much time on her hands, we guess. Strange but true.
CONSUMERS PICK BEST SPAS OF THE YEAR
Poolandspa.com has been conducting a few consumer surveys
over he past three months. One of the questions in one survey
was "What do you think is the best spa brand ?" We are proud
to announce that all the consumer's top picks were also
Poolandspa.com Best Of Class Award winners too. We will
have more detailed results from our survey next month, but here are
the top five hot tub brands for 2008, according to consumers:
First Place - Hot Spring Spas
Second Place - Jacuzzi Hot Tubs
Third Place - Sundance Spas & Dimension One Spas (tie)
Fourth Place - Arctic Spas
Fifth Place - Thermo Spas
These surveys are still open for responses, so if you
want to take any of them
go to the survey
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