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2016 in Review

Even though we were still measuring pools in late 2016, this year flew by!  Now, with another year behind us, it’s time to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future.  Here are some product highlights from 2016.

 

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1 – MERLIN SUPER VALUE MAX LINER
This Super Value Max liner has been a very popular choice in 2016.   It has been manufactured using Merlin’s exclusive silk seam process. Super Value Max is a 27 mil wall and 27 mil floor at an economical price point.

 

2- CMP SMART SYNC
As we predicted last year, SmartSync was a total hit in 2016!  SmartSync is a universal control for Brilliant Wonders LED waterfalls synchronized with lighting and controls from CMP, Hayward, Pentair, and Jandy.  It’s simple to install and field programmable.

Learn more here.

 

3- CARVIN STARBRIGHT LED LIGHT FOR ABOVE-GROUND POOLS
The all new Carvin StarBright LED light was designed to replace standard above ground pool return jet fittings. The StarBright lamp body is made out of Shock-Resistant Polycarbonate, is fully enclosed and waterproof, and an electronic light controller has been integrated into the lamp body.
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With an easy to use remote control, you can change and create your own custom light display colors. Plus, the StarBright includes 5 color changing programs, 7 static colors, Stroboscopic effects, a gradual light change setting, and various light speed controls. The StarBright light body is made out of UV and shock-resistant polycarbonate material, is fully enclosed, and is fully waterproof.

Competitive pricing in both color (with remote control) and white (no remote), replaces the return fitting and provide bright (VERY Bright!) lighting for AG pools – both new and retrofit.

 

4- CHEMLINK NOVALINK SL
White (28 oz tubes only) and dark gray (2-liter pouches only) were introduced mid year.  You don’t need 3 days of good weather to seal deck joints anymore; in fact, a little moisture actually HELPS this product start to cure!  5 colors now available and samples available by request – please ask, you won’t be disappointed. Non-Sag versions of NovaLink  are available in numerous colors as well.

 

 

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD
We’re very excited to see these products take off 2017!

1- CMP 4” LED Bubbler

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2- LAMOTTE SPIN TOUCH

 

3- LAMOTTE SALT REAGENT ADDED TO SPIN DISC

4 – SALTECH – SALT GENERATOR SYSTEMS AND REPLACEMENT CELLS

LaMotte WaterLink Spin Instrument Upgrade & Warranty Offer

LaMotte has been making major growth in the pool and spa industry with products such as WaterLink Spin and Insta-test Strips.  Their superior products and renowned tech support and customer service  put them at their water testing solutions at the top of the industry.

Download the 2017 Catalog Here

 

As we well know, technology is ever-moving faster and faster.  LaMotte is an innovative company enhancing their product technology and software to serve their customers even better than their previous versions.  If you’re already using a WaterLink Spin that is over a year old, you may be interested in their Instrument Upgrade & Warranty Offer.

 

Instrument Upgrade & Warranty Offer

Trade in your old model and get a factory certified pre-owned SPIN with the latest enhancements for optimal precision.

When you send in your older Spin lab, LaMotte will send you a certified refurbished WaterLink Spin Meter that comes with the latest design enhancements.  Your upgrade comes with a one year warranty; LaMotte will cover shipping costs both ways.

You will likely prefer to send in your old Spin lab in the off-season as there will be longer lead times March – August.

 

Click here for more info on Upgrade program

 

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO DO:

Go to www.lamotte.com/spinupgrade to enter an online order.
Do not send in your old model until you receive your new refurbished model.
The new model will come with a pre-paid shipper, use that to return your old model.

 

Need DataMate Web training?

Contact your Blithe Sales rep today to set up a training session.
Call LaMotte Tech Support if you need assistance with your software.

 

DataMate 10 – Software hard installed to your computer (comes to you in a disc)

DataMate Web – Subscription based and web hosted

Tips For Measuring Vinyl Pool Liners And How To Avoid Mistakes

Let’s face it, we’re all humans and we all make mistakes.  Unfortunately, our mistakes can sometimes cost us big time!  When it comes to measuring vinyl liners, we’ve seen 30 years worth of simple, human errors that CAN be avoided.  Here are some tips for measuring vinyl liners and how to avoid all too common mistakes.

Communication Is Key

– Eliminate verbal incoming data. The age of texting and e-mails is the way to go!
– Eliminate multi-correspondence of additional data for the same job. Just submit all data at one time without loose ends.

– Number the pages of submitted paperwork (1 of 3 ,2 of 3, 3of 3, etc.) so Merlin knows we rec’d everything at the first transmission.

  • Large 8 1/2 “x 11” drawings of pools showing :
    • Shape of pool
    • A & B location in relation to the pool
    • Point direction measured, and write in large enough penmanship so everyone can read after possible faxing
    • Include all pertinent data confirming special info like S/E & D/E break points and or start and stops of waterfalls etc.
  • When providing dimensions please be crystal clear as to what the dimensions are (Ex: 4′-3″ or 51″ )

– Measure and record what’s real about the pool in question. Do Not pre-tweak.
– If the bead is to be something other than the standard Merlin bead, specify other bead needed.
– Confirm how the step vinyl is to be secured to the vinyl-covered step. Example: rod pockets, Flaps, or bead

Tips for The Job

– Look for radius internal transitions when measuring. Just like a type and size of corner of a pool is critical so are the bottom internal transitions

  • Review wall seam locations. Yes, Merlin’s default is to design one seam in the centerline of the shallow end but if a fiberglass step or swim out is present please locate so the wall seam can be designed there. If there are no steps at all and the shallow end is very visible to the homeowner’s main point of view one can request a wall seam to be on a sidewall if desired out of site.

-Review Aqua Max pros (Northeast & northwest corners of pool) & known chemical damage to the old liner. Aqua Max is more homeowner friendly.

– FYI: All patterns can be ordered without tile with no additional costs,

-Watch out for convex and or concave back and side slopes. watch out for slanted side walls as well.(some pools actually have 3′-4″ offset walls )

-Measure depths of shallow end in front of all fiberglass steps also.
– be aware of hidden shallow end  coves and safety ledges when measuring almost empty pools when the old vinyl is just hanging on and angle from the bead inward.

– Warnings of radius fiberglass steps that potentially have a tighter radius than the surrounding walls. Measure either to a plumed bobbed line at deck elevation or measure from a straight edge to the center offset.

 

Be Prepared & Clean Up When You Finish Your Measuring Job

-Have ALL tools needed for measuring: 100′ fiberglass, 25′ steel tape, some sort of liner measure poles, plumb bob, kids sidewalk chalk, stakes to A-B measure from, assorted nails (12-16 penny) for nailing into an all paver deck, hammer.

Additional suggested items: Waders, float ring, laser measure( $75 one from HD),Samples of vinyl, covers, text tread, beads, brochures, and statistic sheets, samples of hardware.

-Wear appropriate clothes (getting dirty/wet and climbing around can always be possible)
-Close all gates when leaving a site.
-Erase all marks on the pool when completely done
-Leave phones in the car so you do not get distracted. Stay focused
-Go to the bathroom prior to any site work .No going on site!
-DO NOT measure green pools that are so murky you can not see the hopper pad. Don’t EVER assume dimensions.
-Dealers, please have the covers off the pool prior to training and/or measuring appointment with Merlin personnel or rep group.

 

Make it Easy and Fast!

-Use Magix whenever possible.

 

Contact us if you would like to become a Merlin dealer, need training, or have questions about measuring safety covers and vinyl liners. We give presentations and hold counter days at distributor centers often. Check out our Upcoming Events for a location near you.

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