Friday, March 16, 2018

Pool Blaster Aqua Broom SWEEP XL

Pool Blaster Aqua Broom® Sweep XL is Water Tech's latest cleaner in their Pool Blaster line. But unlike previous models of the Aqua Broom the Sweep XL does not rely on “D” Batteries to power the unit but uses a built in rechargeable Lithium Battery. This is a big step up for the Aqua Broom Sweep XL and with a run time of up to 35 minutes this is the perfect cleaner for your spa or small pool.

Here are some of the features of the Pool Blaster Aqua Broom® Sweep XL

No cords or hoses, this is a self contained battery powered cleaner.

Powered by a Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, the new Pool Blaster Aqua Broom Sweep XL is your simple solution for cleaning pool and spa debris. It has an extra-large head and powerful motor so it cleans faster. It can run for up to 35 minutes of run time on a single charge and recharges in 4 hours.
You can use it to clean out your inflatable kiddie pool of grass, leaves and dirt. Use it on your hot tub or spa to keep your effort at a minimum or perfect for spot cleaning your entire pool. With the Pool Blaster Aqua Broom Sweep XL, you will be doing less maintenance and spending more time relaxing.

The Sweep XL is the perfect size vacuum for a small body of water. It is easy to carry and easy to store making it a great tool to have. The best upgrade is the new built in Lithium Ion battery and the power of this vacuum seems to have also been increased. If you have fine dirt you can also purchase the sock inserts sold separately. They are called Micro Filter Bags and you can purchase them from the Water Tech Website:

In most cases the standard debris bag will work just fine and for such a small vacuum the debris bag is actually a decent size.

I like the fact that you can also connect it to a standard pool pole. This comes in handy in deeper bodies of water like an in-ground spa or to vacuum pool steps. The included pole pieces work well for an above ground spa and may be all you need in most cases. I tested the Sweep XL with both a standard pole and the included pieces and you can use either or both like me if needed.

Bottom line, this is a big improvement over their original Aqua Broom and with the one year warranty it is a good investment for a battery powered vacuum.

Product Specifications
The Pool Blaster Aqua Broom Sweep XL has an extra-large head with up to 30% more area for debris
The powerful vacuum motor is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery
You get up to 35 minutes of runtime on a single charge and recharges in as little as 4 hours
This pool broom is usable in inflatable pools, spas, hot tubs, in-ground and above-ground pools
The wheels at the base of this broom are good for any pool or spa surface
Includes reusable filter bag
Includes 3-piece pole set
1 Year Warranty
Unit Size: 16" x 8.5" x 4"
Unit Weight: 3.1 lbs
Minimum Operating Depth: 5.57 inches at 45 degree angle
What's Included In Box
1-Pool Blaster Pool Vacuum
1-Rechargeable Battery Chamber
1-Power Head
2-Reuseable All Purpose Filter Bags
1-Head Cover

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Service Industry News - Providing Pool Service Technicians with Up To Date News and Industry Related Articles

Service Industry News is a trade publication geared solely towards the Pool Service Professional. Their tag line is, “For 30 years, The Voice of the Pool & Spa Service Professional.” Service Industry News is published every two weeks making it one of the widest circulated pool industry publication and with over 10,000 Subscribers one of the largest.

I recently talked to Carolyn Dibrell the Owner and Publisher of the Service Industry News and you can listen to the full interview in the Podcast.

Listen to the Podcast:

One of the reason I wanted to feature the publication on my sites is that for the service professional there are so many aspects of the service business that you can miss if you are not up to date on the latest news. My sites and YouTube Channel is a great way to get some hands on tips and news but I can't begin to cover everything that happens in the industry. That is why I wanted to point you to a great resource that is also extremely affordable. Subscriptions start at the very low price of $15 per year and if you sign up for more than one year you will get one free year added to your subscription.

The resources in the newspaper every two weeks covers a wide range of topics and you also get a PDF version emailed to you every two weeks. The PDF digital edition also features direct web links to the advertisers websites which is really handy if you use your smart phone or tablet for business. The print edition is mailed to you and the format has not changed much at all in 30 years. I like using both versions and I think if you haven't subscribed yet you will enjoy getting a newspaper in the mail every two weeks. It is very “Old School” for sure but that is what gives the Service Industry News its charm.

So what kind of articles are in the publication? Articles range from pool chemistry to current events effecting those in the pool service industry. There are also listings every two weeks of all of the educational opportunities across the nation and the CPO courses are listed by state and class dates. One of my favorite sections is the “Horror File.” These are equipment photos sent in my pool services techs out on their service routes. Each photo is of an equipment pad that would make anyone cringe. Duct taped pipes, pipes going in every direction, equipment stacked on top of each other and more. It will make you chuckle and remind you that your route is not so bad after all.

I like to advertisements in the publication as they showcase new products by the industry manufacturers. This keeps me up to date with the latest cleaners and pool equipment which I otherwise would know about. I also like the smaller ads which feature individuals with pool products and helpful tools to sell to the pool service professional.

So every aspect of the Service Industry News is geared towards helping the pool service professional. From the helpful articles to the advertisements highlighting new products. If you are in the industry and not a subscriber, why not subscribe today.

Here is their website where you can become a subscriber:

Monday, March 12, 2018

Jandy Pro Series TruClear Salt System Control Panel Walk Thru

The Jandy TruClear Pro Series Salt Water System (Chlorine Generating System)  has an easy to use Control Panel. It is truly one of the simplest to use and learn but it is always helpful to go over some of the features in detail. In this article I will focus on the Control Panel and how to set the salt level and the other settings. The TruClear is part of Jandy's Pro Series line and is only sold at your local pool store or through your local pool service professional.

If you are charging a freshly filled pool with salt or converting over to a salt water pool, be sure to turn the TruClear unit completely off when you add the salt to the pool. You should leave it off for at least 48 hours as the salt is circulated in the pool. Once the salt level is at 3000 ppm you can turn on the system.  The Control Panel does not record or display the salt level so you will need to verify the salt level with a digital tester, test strips or you can bring a water sample into your local pool store and have it tested.

Here is how to turn on and off the Control panel and also put it in “Standby” Mode. Note that when you turn on the system for the first time it starts out in “Standby” mode.  If the salt level is correct you will need to simply press the power button to take the system out of “stanby” and turn the unit on. To turn the system completely off, hold the power button down for 6 seconds.

Setting the chlorine output is very simple. The percentage can be set with the “+” and “-” arrow keys. You can set it to 100% or down to 20% depending on your pool size, usage and needs.  Jandy recommends starting a 15K pool at 40% and going up if needed.  Once you are the % you desire to lock it in press the “Select” arrow button. For a 25K-30K pool you should start the production at 60% and go up from there if needed. You want to achieve a consistent chlorine level of 3 ppm and I personally like to keep my salt water pools at 5 ppm. So play with the output percentage until each week the chlorine level is consistently at these levels. Note that the system will work in a pool up to 35K gallons which is great if you have a very large pool.

If you have a very small pool or if you are using  an Ionizer, UV or Ozone you can set the chlorine production down to as low as 10%. Simply hold the “-” arrow and the “Select” arrow at the same time. Not that once you enter low chlorine mode it will remain set in this mode until you cancel it by pressing the “back” arrow. This is a great feature and will allow you to set the chlorine level as low as 1 ppm if you desire. If you have a Variable Speed pump you can also control production by running your pump under 1725 RPM. The Control Panel will remain in “Standby” until the pump speed is above 1725 RPM. So if you want to limit production you can run your pump at a lower speed and then set it to run at a higher RPM for only 2-3 hours.

To Boost the chlorine production for 24 hours simply hold down the “+” and “Select” arrow keys  at the same time. This will but the TruClear in Super Chlorination mode. You would use this if you just has a swim party and want to clear up the cloudy pool water. You may also want to use this mode if the pool has run out of chlorine due to setting the production too low or a dirty salt cell.

One last thing I want to touch on is the Polarity Reversal mode. No matter how long you run the TruClear system each day, every 5 hours the cell will reverse itself to prevent calcium buildup. If you live in an area with very hard water you may want to set the Polarity Reversal to every 3 hours. To enter the Service Menu simply hold the “+” and “-” button down at the same time for 6 seconds. Now you can set the reversal time down from 5 hours to 3 hours. You can also change the langauge from this menu.

You will find the TruClear Control Panel to be extremely user friendly and if this is your first salt system you will have no problem setting the chlorine output level to achieve a sparkling blue pool all season.

To see my review of the TruClear Salt Water System:

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Easiest Way to Save Thousands of Dollars on your Pool Cost - Install a Variable Speed Pump!:

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Using PoolRx to Start the Season and to Clear up a Green Pool

PoolRx is a simple way to keep your pool algae free all season long. It is also effective in cleaning a green pool and a side benefit of the product is that you will use less chlorine in the pool all season long. In this Podcast I talk to Fred Schweer VP of Sales at PoolRx Worldwide about using PoolRx in the beginning of the season and to clean up a green pool. He also offers tips to pool service professionals on how to market and sell PoolRx to the customers on your route.

This is a follow up Podcast from the one I recorded in August 2017 where Fred goes over in great detail what PoolRx is and how to use it. Here is the link for that Podcast:

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PoolRx is a Mineral Technology does two very simple things when used in your pool or spa; it eliminates all algae and will allow you to use less chlorine during the pool season. The active ingredient is Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate (chelated).

What Chelated means is that the metals in the PoolRx have been bonded to form two coordinated bonds similar to what Metal Sequestering Agents do. This means that the Metal Ions will remain in the PoolRx unit with no metal ions being introduced into the pool or spa water. PoolRx is Chelated so the metal ions stay within the PoolRx unit itself.

Make sure that you choose the right size PoolRX unit so that the treatment will be effective. You can place it either in your skimmer or pump basket. When you first insert the unit run your pool for 3-4 hours. Then run it the normal cycle to get at least one full cycle of water from the pool, into the filter and back into the pool again. The PoolRx unit should last 4-6 months.

PoolRx eliminates all algae fast. Even micro algae that you can't see but uses up the chlorine in your pool.

PoolRx is ideal for a salt water pools also. It will extend the life of your salt cell as you run the system at a lower output while PoolRx is present in the pool, typically 50% less output. PoolRx minerals also include a de-scaler that will prevent scale from attaching to the salt cell meaning less cleaning of the cell is needed. Also since it is generating less, the pH won't rise as high requiring less acid to be added to the pool.

You can also use PoolRx to clear up a green pool. Fred goes over the process in detail in the Podcast
and I have done this myself so I know it is very effective. Just remember that a lot of the minerals will be used up in clearing up the pool so a Booster Pack will be needed.

For step by step instructions in clearing up a green pool:

If you are a homeowner purchasing PoolRx for your pool will save you money on all of your chemicals including chlorine (liquid or tablets), clarifiers, Phosphate Removers and Shock. The price of the PoolRx unit will pay for itself over the course of the season and as a bonus your water will remain algae free. So the $60-$90 investment is well worth it and to get your money's worth add the PoolRx right at the beginning of the seaon.

For the Pool Service Professional PoolRx is something that you would add on and charge your customers for. Customers differ and some may want a detailed explanation of what PoolRx does and is while others will not mind at all. To help in this PoolRx has a section on their website dedicated to Pool Service Professionals. You must register first and then you will have access to documentation and form letters that you can send to your customers.

If you are a Pool Service Professional and need the form letters to help sell PoolRx to your customers go to their website and register your business or use the password below.

Password: Profits

PoolRx is a great way to keep your pool and customer's pools algae free all season long. It is easy to use and comes in different sizes for all your pool care needs.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Jandy Pro Series TruClear Salt Water System Overview

The Jandy Pro Series TruClear Saltwater Chlorinator is the newest Salt Water System by Zodiac Pool Systems. The TruClear is only available from your local pool service company or pool retail store. This salt system has many great features and I will go over them in detail here in this article.

If you are looking to convert your pool to salt water or if you are having a pool built, salt water is the way to go in my opinion. With a salt water generator you eliminate the need to manually add chlorine to your pool with tablets, liquid chlorine or bags of shock. The salt water generator will make and add chlorine to your pool as it is running. Picking the right salt system for your pool is critical and I suggest comparing several manufacturer brands against each other before deciding on a system.

The TruClear has a very compact salt cell, so if you have a tight equipment area it is a solid choice over some of the much larger salt cells on the market. It only requires 16 inches of staight pipe for installation. If you already have a Jandy AquaPure Salt Cell System, they sell a retrofit version of the TruClear that will thread right into the existing plumbing for the AquaPure Cell. For the Retrofit version you would order this version:

TRUCLEAR11KU Jandy Pro Series TruClear Salt Chlorinator Kit – Retrofit (with unions)

This version has unions so swapping out your old AquaPure Cell is very simple. If you plan on doing a new install, you can just order the standard version without unions:

TRUCLEAR11K Jandy Pro Series TruClear Salt Chlorinator Kit – new construction (without unions)

Here are some of the features of the TruClear System.

Extreme reliability and simple construction using legendary Jandy NeverLube Valve material for long-term durability. The cell itself is made out of the same plastic as the Jandy Valves so it will pretty much last forever.

Simple to Inspect with a clear window on top which allows easy visual inspection of the blades. The clear top allows you to see if there is any calcium buildup on the plates without taking it apart. A great time saver and this is an important feature which will prevent loss of chlorine production due to a dirty cell.
Convenient to clean, just unscrew the cell from the body, hold unto the cord, and easily dip into the acid cleaning solution. I like this feature because you don't have to remove the entire cell body, just the lid and blades. It is very easy to unscrew and screw back in making salt cell cleaning simple.

Energy-Efficient. Works at extremely low-flow rates, so TruClear is fully compatible with any variable-speed pump. The salt system will turn on with a lower RPM then other Salt Systems, just 1725 RPM is needed. This will allow you to save money by running the pump on a lower speed and having the TruClear produce chlorine.

The TruClear is rated for a pool up to 35,000 gallons and it will produce 13 grams of chlorine every hour. Even though the cell is very compact it can work just fine in a very large pool.

The Control Panel is very user friendly and easy to operate. Setting the chlorine output is as simple as hitting the plus and minus arrow on the controller and you can easily put the unit in Stand By Mode or turn it off for Winterizing. The only thing that the system does not do is let you know the salinity level or salt level in the pool. A salt level of 3,000 ppm is needed for operation. But the exact salt level is not displayed for you so you will need salinity test strips or a digital salt tester.

The TruClear Saltwater Chlorinator has many great features that make it a top choice when you are looking to install a new salt system or replace an old outdated system. It is compact, easy to install and operate and is backed by Jandy's solid reputation as a leading manufacturer of pool equipment. To learn more you can visit Jandy directly.

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Controlling a Salt System or Booster Pump with the AUX Relay in a Jandy 2 Hp Vs Pump:

Friday, March 2, 2018

Protect and Restore Your Body the Natural Way: Young Living Essential Olis - Wholesale Pricing for Life!

Any type of manual labor is really hard on your body. I do pool service so over time I can really feel the aches and pains of the repetitive motion, the chapped skin from the cold water and the dry skin from the burning heat of Summer. Not to mention the strong and toxic chemicals I handle everyday and the smell they leave on my clothes and skin. If you do type of physical work it is hard on your body and if you are looking for a more natural way to restore your health and enjoy a greater quality of life, Young Living Essential Oils offers all natural remedies.

Before I started using these oils myself I thought they were gimmicky, like the Snake Oils sold by Medicine Men in the Old West. But like anything else in life, when you actually use something instead of discounting it outright, your perspective is likely to change. My journey with Young Living Oils started when I put a few drops of Copaiba Oil on my neck and rubbed it in. Not only did it fell great but the smell of Copaiba is so much milder then BENGAY. 

These oils can also be used as a tonicto refresh the mind and body, increase focus and concentration and help support normal respiratory function. Adding a few drops of oil to a Diffuser can enhance the benefits of the oils and bring relief to others in your household.

There are several ways to purchase Young Living Oils, Amazon and eBay and other online sites sell these oils at a hefty retail price. But there is a way to purchase these oils at a wholesale price for *LIFE. And this requires no future selling on your part. No meetings and no sales parties. All you need to do is purchase the Premium Starter Kit which also comes with a Diffuser and over 10 different oils. Plus unlike purchasing from an online store where you can't be sure if the product is genuine or a knock-off, you will be purchasing all of your future oils and products directly from Young Living at wholesale pricing.

Your Premium Starter Kit Includes:
Desert Mist™ Diffuser
Premium Essential Oils Collection;
Lavender 5-ml
Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
Frankincense 5-ml
Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
Citrus Fresh™ 5-ml
Raven™ 5-ml
DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
PanAway® 5-ml
Stress Away™ 5-ml
AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
Thieves Household Cleaner 1-oz. sample
10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
Product Guide and Product Price List
Essential Oils Magazine
Essential Edge News
Member Resources

One or more of the following essential oils may be substituted in the event of sourcing constraints or supply considerations: AromaEase™, Citrus Fresh™ Vitality™, Lemongrass Vitality™, Orange Vitality™ and Tea Tree.

Once you order the Starter Kit you can now order any other item on their site and get wholesale pricing for LIFE. This is what I did and so far I have made more orders at a great savings! Plus the products come directly from Young Living so I know they are genuine.

If you decide to sell the oils and use Young living to supplement your income – you can do this at anytime after joining. There is a series of videos on how you can earn a good income by marketing and selling the Young Living Oils. Once you sign up I can send you the link to the video series.

If you decide to move forward and sell Young Living Oils I suggest you join our Facebook Group at: “Kindred Oilers” as well as watch this marketing video:
Video password: kindredoilers

You can email me directly and I can put you in touch with Kim Carpenter Blades who can walk you through the whole process.

Here is the step by step process of ordering the Starter Kit to begin getting wholesale pricing on all future purchases for LIFE. It is just three easy steps.

Step 1: click on this link -

You will see a screen with two options: “Member” or “Retail Customer.” You want to keep the check mark in “Member”

You will also see my Enroller ID – just keep that box checked with the blue dot.

Then hit “Continue.”

Step 2: Choose your Starter Kit

After selecting your Starter Kit scroll down to the bottom and click “Next”

A screen will pop up asking you again if you want to proceed without Auto-ship, just click the “Continue Enrollment” button.

Step 3: Just fill out your Member Information

Just fill out the form and then click “Agree and Continue” and you are all set.

Like me I hope you will try and discover the great benefits of these oils. My hands get all kinds of gunk on them out in the field that make my hands sticky. All I do now is rub a little Lemon Oil on them and they come out as clean as can be. I suffer from Allergies and the chemicals I use can really hit me hard if I am not careful. The last time I started to feel my allergies coming on I put a few drops of R.C. Oil under my nose. The Essential Oils are amazing and you will also enjoy the smell of them in the Difusser. You really can't go wrong with these oils and I encourage you to join and order the Starter Kit like I did so that you can get wholesale pricing on all future orders.

*You must spend 50PV ($50) per year to keep your wholesale acct active every year.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

All About the Western Pool & Spa Show

The Western Pool and Spa Show is the premiere show for the pool industry which is held every year in March at the Long Beach Convention Center. This year the dates are Thursday March 15th through Saturday the 17th. This is a great place to take classes and hear industry leading speakers give world class seminars. You can also walk the Exhibit Hall floor every afternoon and admission to the Exhibit Hall is free! You must per-register and be in the pool industry to gain entry. The show is not open to the general public.

Listen to the Podcast to learn more about the Western Pool Show from Glen Knecht the current President of the Western Pool Show:

The seminars and classes are the best way to increase your knowledge of every aspect of the pool industry. There are classes from basic chemistry to advance chemistry, equipment 101, marketing, Quickbooks, Variable Speed Pumps, Spanish language classes (15 total this year) as well many more topics.

I think education is huge in any industry but especially for the pool service industry. Things are changing so rapidly in this era that something might have been state of the art 2 years ago is now already outdated. When I started in 1988 there were very few if any automated systems, no robotic cleaners and very old brass pumps and stainless steel filters. In the past 30 years the industry has moved with almost light speed to populate backyards with sophisticated automation and variable speed pumps. If your not constantly learning you will fall behind the curve. So the seminar offer a great way to stay current each year with the industry trends.

For a full list of times and dates for this years seminars:

The Exhibit Hall show floor is a great place to meet and greet manufacturers and suppliers large and small. There are close to 200 vendors including the big three Pentair, Jandy and Hayward. Plus many more such as Waterway, HASA, Taylor, LaMotte and too many more to list here. No where else can you see the products from every company displayed and explained to you on a one to one basis. You can also meet and get to know other pool service professionals from around the area and from neighboring states. To see the full list of vendors on the floor this year see the link below.

Show Floor:

There are many great prizes given away at the show, none larger then the new truck giveaway! Each year they draw 10 names and from those 10 names one lucky winner gets the new truck. It is one of the coolest show prize giveaways! Also, on the hour they draw names for other great prizes and giveaways. Plus the vendors are always giving out prizes on the hour so walking the show floor not only allows you one to one time with the manufacturers but you can win lots of great prizes too.

If you are in the pool industry and live in California or in a neighboring state, the Western Pool & Spa Show is a must on your calendar. With world class seminars, a show floor featuring over 170 vendors and prizes given away on the hour there is something for everyone at the show.

Western Pool Show Website:
Email the Western Pool Show: