EXPERT ADVICE

Operating a small pool business

If you are like most professionals in the industry who are operating a small pool/spa business, then there is a good chance you got involved in the trade because it was a fun summer job or way to help out with the family business. However, what you may not have realized until after starting the business and stopped working as an employee, is the work is not all about...
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TECHNIQUES

Maintenance and repair of interlocking concrete paving systems

One of the benefits of interlocking concrete pavers (ICPs) is the relative ease and speed of routine maintenance and minor repairs. For example, in cases where paving units may have settled as a result of rainfall, severe weather, or repeated loads from heavy vehicles, it is a relatively simple procedure to...
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CASE STUDIES

Building a large community pool where land stability is an issue

How can a large community pool complex be constructed on land that is slightly unstable? In the case of the Horace Mann Pool in Rapid City, S.D., designers used 63 underground concrete piers (along with specially designed cardboard boxes under the floor slab) to accomplish this feat. This project was an engineering and construction marvel, to say the least. As recently as 30 years ago, this type of pool design and construction was not possible. Today, however, when posed with this challenge, these construction techniques are available to builders to make such a project a reality.
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CASE STUDIES

McKie Pools and Spas (2017)

This 7.3-m (24-ft) round, 1.3-m (4.3-ft) high, above-ground pool, is perfectly inset into the corner of a 2.2-m2 (24-sf) deck, built by McKie Pools and Spas in Pembroke, Ont., which transforms this homeowner’s property into the ultimate backyard entertainment centre.
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CASE STUDIES

Hot tub enclosures

They go by many names—gazebos, cabanas, cupolas, pergolas or pavilions—and are made out of everything from wood, metal and glass to fabric and composites. However, no matter what hot tub enclosures and their components are called or constructed of, these structures can help...
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