December 31st, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

New Year Traditions Around the World

Different places celebrate the coming of the new year in different ways. Some people watch the ball drop, some people throw parties, but everyone celebrates in their own special way. Here’s some New Year traditions from around the world:

Germany: In Germany, people used to drop molten lead into cold water and try to see the future from the shape it made; a heart or ring meant a wedding was near, a ship meant a journey, and a pig meant lots of food in the new year. On New Year’s Eve people used to put out a little bit of food from every dish until midnight to ensure a well-stocked larder.

Portugal: The Portuguese pick and eat 12 grapes from a bunch just as the clock strikes twelve to ensure 12 good months. In Northern Portugal kids go from home to home singing  Janeiro’s, old songs, and are given treats and coins.

Puerto Rico: Children throw pails of water out of their windows at midnight to throw out evil spirits.

United States: In some parts of the U.S. eating black-eyed peas is thought to bring good luck for the coming year.

Spain: Spaniards also eat 12 grapes with the strike of each bell, but there’s a twist. You must finish all 12 by the end of the final toll to ensure the good luck. Additionally, you wear a red undergarment given to you by someone else.

Russia: There is no Santa Claus in Russia, instead there is Grandfather Frost who comes on New Year’s Eve dressed in blue with his bag of toys. He punishes evil doers by freezing them.

Scotland: In Scotland, New Year’s Eve is known as Hogomanay or Night of the Candle. Scots prepare for the new year by cleaning their houses. It is believed that the first person to set foot in your home on New Year’s day will determine your family’s luck. The idal “first footer” as the person is known is a tall, handsome, dark-haired man who came with a gift to ensure good fortune.

Wales: In Wales, around 3 or 4 am, the boys of a village go from house to house with an evergreen twig to sprinkle over the people in the house, and in every room to bring good luck.

In many European countries, children make early rounds to go caroling from house to house. They receive gifts at every house, but must be done before noon or they will be called fools.

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year’s Eve!

 New Year Traditions


December 31st, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Custom Molded Products 50 Sq Ft Skim Filter

The Custom Molded Products 50 Sq Feet Skim Filter simplifies pool care a little bit. It acts as both a skimmer and a filter. Water enters the unit through the top and gets filtered before it goes out the other end.

The Skim Filter requires a minimum hole size of 6.5″ to fit. It holds a 50 Sq Ft cartridge inside and has 2″ plumbing connections. It also uses an internal bypass valve. Additionally, the skim filter comes with a gasket and a lower locking ring to keep the body secure, especially while it is being used.

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Custom Molded Products 50 Sq Ft Skim Filter

December 30th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Christians Law

On July 12, 2012 Christian’s Law, Massachusetts General Law c. 111, §127A½ was passed. It goal is to make summer camps safer for kids while they swim. The law requires camps and programs to ensure that all minors be tested to determine their abilities in the water, that those minors who are at risk are provided with a Coast Guard-approved jacket, and that parents be allowed to provide their own jacket if they choose to do so.

The law was named in honor of Christian Frechette who drowned at summer camp in Cedar Lake in 2007. On July 13, 2007, Christian arrived at camp with his brother Cameron and his father Derek. Derek had taken life jackets for his son, but was not allowed to leave them because it was against camp policy. Christian was later found in 3 feet of water near a dock.

Derek Frechette and his wife, Christina, established the CEF Foundation in memory of their son Christian. The foundation plans to provide free life vests to public and private camps, or others who need them. West Marine, a life jacket manufacturer, donated 100 jackets for the cause. Frechette would like to distribute 2,000  a year in the area. if possible, he would to give out 100,000 nationwide.

We would like to offer our condolences to Christian’s family, and congratulate his parents on accomplishing their goal of establishing the CEF Foundation.

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Christian's Law

December 30th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Leisure Time Calcium Booster

When it comes to extending the life of your spa, maintaining proper hardness levels is a good start. Water that is low in calcium corrodes equipment. Calcium Booster raises the water hardness level and prevents foaming and equipment corrosion.

Calcium Booster is meant to be used as needed, one oz. raises calcium hardness 7 ppm in a 500 gallon spa. The ideal hardness level is between 150-400 ppm.


  1. Determine the amount of Calcium Booster you need to add. 
  2. Turn jets ON to circulate the spa water.
  3. Pour required amount into the water.
  4. Run filter 1-2 hours.
  5. Retest water to ensure it’s at the proper level.
  6. repeat 1-5 until the proper level is obtained

Calcium Booster is compatible with Chlorine, Bromine, Ozone and Biguanide Sanitizers

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December 29th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Nature2 Fusion Soft

The Nature² Fusion Soft system is an in-ground all-in-one salt water sanitizer and mineral system. Nature² uses silver and copper, which are known for their antimicrobial properties. The Fusion Soft system brings you the benefits of silver and copper along with the convenience and benefits of an automatic salt water sanitizer. The system will destroy bacteria and control algae without any of the harsh chemicals traditionally used, leaving your pool water cleaner, clearer, and softer.

Nature² Fusion Soft is easily and quickly installed, and doesn’t require much maintenance. It works with virtually all pool filtration systems, keeping your pool clean and bacteria free. Fusion Soft uses a professional-grade electrolytic cell with AquaPure technology, an integrated Nature² mineral cartridge to sanitize, and exclusive hybrid innovation.

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Nature² Fusion Soft

December 28th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

90 Sq Ft Star-Clear Plus Filter

The 90 Sq Ft Star-Clear Plus Filter by Hayward is compatible with both new pool and aftermarket installations. The filter offers quality, value, and convenience in a single element cartridge filter that requires no backwashing. Not needing backwashing saves hundreds of gallons of water a year!


  • It’s reinforced thermoplastic filter tank is made from extra durable glass reinforced copolymer material. It’s designed to meet tough application and environmental conditions, including in-floor cleaning systems.
  • It has a single piece injection-molded base and body that provides additional strength to help ensure reliable, corrosion-free performance.
  • The 90 Sq Ft Star-Clear Plus Filter has a single locking knob that securely fastens the head to the filter tank, eliminating the need for bolts or clamps.
  • It comes with an extra-large reusable cartridge that allows for longer time between cleanings. The cartridge also has a new precision engineered core that helps provide extra strength and maximum flow.
  • Another very convenient feature is the elevated filter water collector and debris stump to prevent the accidental by-pass of heavy debris into your pool water.

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 90 Sq Ft Star-Clear Plus Filter

December 27th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Super Sequa-Sol

Super Sequa-Sol is a sequestering agent ideal for protecting your pool surface from minerals in the water. It even works in hard water!!

Super Sequa-Sol features a highly concentrated granular formula that helps prevent staining and scaling. It helps protect pool equipment, and is great for pool start-up or when make-up water is added. Make-up water is added to compensate for evaporation or leakage.


  1. For best results, add as you are filling the pool and allow to circulate overnight before adding more chemicals.
  2. Add 10 oz. per 10,000 gallons of water. If the water is 200 ppm, or has iron, copper, or manganese over .1 ppm, add 20 oz. per 10,000 gallons of water.

After the initial treatment, add 2 oz. per 10,000 gallons once a week during the pool season.

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GLB Super Sequa Sol

December 27th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Is Your Body Dehydrated

Dehydration is easy to reverse but is commonly overlooked. It can even cause a person’s death if they become severely dehydrated.

Several symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Weakness
  • Sugar Cravings/ Salt Cravings
  • Dizziness
  • Dark Urine
  • Dry Mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If you experience any of these, the cure might be as simple as drinking more water!

Drinking water is the best option to stay hydrated, but there’s more to keep in mind:

  • Make sure to stay hydrated during and after exercise
  • Drink pure, high quality water whenever possible*

*High quality water is mineral rich water. Several types are well water, natural spring water, artesian/spring water, and mineral water. If you choose to drink tap water, it’s recommended to use a high quality water filter.

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are you dehydrated?

December 26th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Citrabright Surface Cleaner

With Citrabright Surface Cleaner, Leisure Time harnessed the natural cleaning power of citrus to create a powerful formula that can clean and degrease almost any surface.

It can be used on spas, hot tubs, swimming pools, patio furniture and more! Citrabright is compatible with chlorine, bromine, ozone and biguanide sanitizers. The best part about Citabright, is that unlike other cleaners, it leaves behind a pleasant citrus scent.


  1.  Rotate nozzle to spray position
  2. Spray Citrabright on the intended surface
  3. Wipe the surface clean with a damp sponge or towel
  4. Rinse vinyl and plastic surfaces with water after cleaning

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December 26th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Benefits of a Saltwater Swimming Pool

Chlorine swimming pools are the most common type of pools, but they’re not you’re only option. Saltwater pools are a great option for people with a sensitivity to chlorine. Salt is softer on your skin, and doesn’t cause red eyes, itchy skin, and hair discoloration. Chlorine pools also create organochlorines which are similar to human hormones. The organochlorines can cause reduced fertility, immune system problems, and several cancers. With a saltwater pool you don’t have to worry about any of those things.

Besides being better for your skin and hair, saltwater pools don’t require harsh chemicals. So these pools are more environmentally safe! Because the saltwater pools don’t require all sorts of chemicals, they are more low maintenance. They practically clean themselves! The chlorine generator converts salt into chlorine, which sanitizes the water without any work by you.

A saltwater pool is more expensive upfront than a chlorine pool. However, maintaining a saltwater pool can cost less than half the amount it takes to maintain a chlorine pool. This is because with the saltwater pool you don’t need to buy as many chemicals or hire professional pool technicians.

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saltwater pool