Know Your Test Kit (AND It’s Limitations)!

The main “tool of the trade” that we use as pool operators is our test kit and testing instruments. In our CPO certification class, we talk about and thoroughly explain, the four different methods of chemical testing that we perform in the field:  colorimetric, titrimetric, turbidimetric, and electronic.   There are many different brands, models, and combinations of test kits and instruments available to us.  And every […]

Know Your Test Kit (AND It's Limitations)!

Incompatible Pool Chemicals

We had a full house in our CPO Certification class at SCP/PoolCorp in Riverside this past Thursday and Friday, June 23-24.  We purchased more tables to accommodate everyone and are now better prepared to include more students at this location.  We appreciate SCP allowing us to store the tables there between classes, too. When we talk about pool water problems in our classes, the topic […]

Incompatible Pool Chemicals

pH Adjustment Dosage Charts

A swimming pool in optimium performing condition–one that is healthy and safe as possible–should be the goal of every Certified Pool Operator.  And keeping the pool water balanced is a key factor in achieving this goal.  Here’s the pool water chemistry parameter guidelines that we use — they are also on page 258 of the CPO handbook.  And here is the chemical adjustment guide — page 260 […]

pH Adjustment Dosage Charts

How Much D.E. Do You Put In That Filter?

In our CPO class, when we talk about D.E. filters, we stress that it’s the Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.), NOT the grids, which is the filter media.  We have a D.E. grid as a classroom prop — and we show the students that it is designed only to hold wet D.E.  It’s an unusual concept to grasp at first, but the D.E. IS the filter media […]

How Much D.E. Do You Put In That Filter?

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

Disinfection – Oxidation – Circulation

When Elise and I present our 2-Day CPO classes away from our home base in Anaheim (as we did this past Thursday and Friday, September 23-24  in Riverside), we usually travel the day before and arrive mid-afternoon.  This gives us time to set up the classroom, check everything out and be fully ready for the next morning — the first day of class.  We typically stay two nights, […]

Disinfection - Oxidation - Circulation