TriChlor and DiChlor — What do they have in common?

Chlorine is an element of nature – it is number 17 in group 17 (Halogens) on the Periodic Chart of the Elements.   It is a gas in its elemental form.  Using various processes,  different chlorine compounds are manufactured which we use in the swimming pool industry: Sodium Hypochlorite (Liquid Chlorine) Calcium Hypochlorite (Cal Hypo) Lithium Hypochlorite TriChlor (trichloro-s-triazinetrione) DiChlor (sodium dichloro-s-triazinetrione) To protect chlorine […]

TriChlor and DiChlor -- What do they have in common?

Total Alkalinity – What is it exactly?

There are several phrases and terms used to describe Total Alkalinity (TA): The buffering capacity of water Water’s ability to neutralize acid The pH stabilizer The ability of water to resist a change in pH A measure of the total of hydroxide ions (OH–), carbonate ions (CO3–) and bicarbonate ions (HCO3–) in water The pH anchor These are all correct.  As you know, TA is […]

Total Alkalinity - What is it exactly?

Baking Soda or Soda Ash?

When we discuss pool water balance in our CPO classes (as we did this past Thursday and Friday in Anaheim, March 10-11, 2011),  I make a statement like:  “In our industry, we add Sodium Bicarbonate  (baking soda) to raise the Total Alkalinity.” In our CPO Handbook (on page 360), the “Chemistry Adjustment Guide”  indicates that it will take 1.4 pounds of BiCarb to raise the […]

Baking Soda or Soda Ash?

New ADA Standards

We started a new 2011 CPO class year, holding our first class in San Diego on January 6-7….it was a small, but eager group and all did well on the exam. Our second class of the year was held in Anaheim this past Thursday and Friday, January 20-21. Many 10 to 20 year pool tech veterans were in attendance, along with facility managers and operators, […]

New ADA Standards

Our Last CPO Class in 2010

We had our FIRST class in 2010 at a new location in Anaheim:  the Superior Pool Products Headquarters (read about it here).  Over the year, this class site developed into our new ‘home’ and was our most attended venue! Our LAST class of 2010 was also held this past Thursday and Friday, December 2-3, at the same Anaheim “home” location!   The class, once again, was […]

Our Last CPO Class in 2010

SPA & Hot Water Facility Maintenance – A Special Challenge

Well, we used all the tables at our home base at Superior Pool Products-Anaheim for our CPO class this past Thursday-Friday, August 26-27.  It was a special group of guys, too:  lots of questions, participation and discussion. One interesting and lively subject was the operation and maintenance of spas and how especially difficult they are to maintain.  Our text book (NSPF’s CERTIFIED POOL & SPA OPERATOR HANDBOOK) gives this […]

SPA & Hot Water Facility Maintenance - A Special Challenge