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Water Testing Equipment for Pool and Spa Use
A complete line of testing products for homeowners and professionals.
ColorQ All-Digital Pool and Spa Testers  WaterLink SpinTouch PRO Labs PockeTesters for Salt, TDS. pH & more
#2056 ColorQ PRO 7, all-digital pool and spa tester. WaterLink SPIN Touch Lab #1749 PockeTester Kit, for salt TDS and temperature.
Choose from 10 models of ColorQ digital, water analyzers. One will surely suit your needs. No color-matching or guessing.  There's a model, for every need, homeowner or professional. The 4 models of WaterLink SpinTouch labs are ultimate pool and spa water analyzers.  Add one 3-ml syringe, to a SPIN disk and in a minute, you'll have results. So fast! So easy! So Precise! PockeTesters are electronic, dip and read testers, that can perform a variety of important pool and spa water tests, including Salt, TDS, pH, ORP Temperature and Total Chlorine.
 
Individual Pool & Spa Specialty Test Kits Insta-Test Strips, for Pools and Spas LaMotte Replacement Test Supplies
Specialty Test Kits, for pools and spas. Insta-Test Strips for Pools and Spas Replacement chemical and supplies for all LaMotte testing products.
Occasionally, water quality issues arise that require a more specialized test, such as, iron, manganese, copper, phosphate, nitrates, biguanide and biguanide shock. Insta-Test Strips for the most important pool or spa tests. Strips for Borates, Phosphates, Peroxide, MPS, Sodium Bromide, Nitrates, Iron, Copper, Biguanide & more. Factory-Fresh replacement test chemicals and supplies, for all LaMotte Testers, including all ColorQ models, Spin Disks, UDV's, Specialty Kits & PockeTesters.
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Stain Removal and Mineral Treatment Products for Pools and Spas
A complete line of mineral treatments, stain prevention and removal products.
Non-Toxic, Metals Stain Remover  Removes Phosphates & Heavy Metals Stain Removal and Prevention Kit
MetalTrap Stain Remover Pool Refresh TotalTrap removes phosphates and metals. MetalTrap Stain Reversal Kit, for pools and spas
METALTRAP Stain Remover is 100% active, all-natural, non-toxic chemical that reduces iron and copper to a more soluble and less colored state. Contains no toxic oxalic acid. Safe for all surfaces. Unique 2-part system removes phosphates, iron, copper, manganese and silver.  Refreshes the water, when you don't have the option of draining.  POOL REFRESH can be the perfect solution.  Unlike other stain treatments on the market today, the METALTRAP Stain Reversal Kit, dissolves heavy metal stains.  The unique, POOL REFRESH product permanently removes heavy metals.
 
Metals Removing Filters - 3 Sizes Dual-Cartridge Filters - 3 sizes 1-Micron Pre-Filter, Pool & Spa Sizes
MetalTrap Fiters MetalTrap Dual-Cartridge Filter for pools and spa use. 1-Micron Pre-Filters.
 The METALTRAP utilizes a new filtration media, that reacts with metals, such as iron, copper and manganese and removes them from source, using a garden hose. If your source water contains sediments, this is the product to use.  One cartridge removes sediments & the other removes the dissolved metals, avoiding problems. These 1-micron pre-filters attach top the garden hose, used to add new water, removing sediments, contaminants and sulfur. Ideal with well water.
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Maintenance and Repair Products for Pool and Spa Use
The right products can solve many common problems.
Fixing A Leaking Pool or Spa? Structural Concrete Crack Repairs Automatic Filter Cartridge Cleaner
Fix A Leak sealant for pools, spas, fountains and more. Torque-Lock Staples make structural concrete crack repairs. Automatic Filter Cartridge Cleaners, for pools and spas.
FIX A LEAK is the easy, drain-free, long-lasting way to seal all types of leaks in pipes, fittings, equipment, walls & liners, as big as 1/8" in diameter. Avoid costly repairs. When Torque Lock Staples are used with epoxy, you can rest assured that the structural, concrete crack has been properly repaired. Make a rock-solid repair. THE BLASTER™ rotates your swimming pool or spa filter cartridge, while PowerJets spray focused water to clean the filter pleats or ceramic spa filter.  Three Pool or Spa sizes.
 
High-Quality, Water Sweeper Broom The Pool Circulator Boosts Circulation Magnetic Water Conditioners
Water Sweeper Broom cleans deck, patios, walkways and more. The Ciruclater replacement return jet fitting improves pool water circulation. Magnetic Water Conditioner, for calcium hardness and scale issue.s
These American-Made Water Sweeper Brooms can pressure clean the areas around the pool.  Cleans pool covers, decks, patios, walkways, shingled roofs, garages & more. The Pool Circulator is an easy to install return-jet fitting, that will dramatically improve circulation, by as much as 1500%, eliminating dead spots. For all pool types. A Magnetic Water Conditioner helps prevent and remove scale deposits, improves water quality. No electrical hookups needed. Strap around any pool or spa return line.
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Improving The Look of Your Pool
Don't settle for dull and boring!!!  Go for beautiful.
Hybrid-Epoxy Pool/Spa Coating Premium Pool Graphic Mosaic Mats Premium Pool Graphic Mosaic Mats
Ultra Poly One Coat Hybrid-Epoxy Pool and Spa Coating. Pool Graphic Mosaic Mat - Tropical Fish Drop-In Graphic Mosaic Pool Art Mats
Ultra Poly One Coat is the easy-to-apply, high-tech, hybrid-epoxy, coating that creates a beautiful new look, in plaster, gunite, marcite, fiberglass pools and spas.   Use a Premium Pool Graphics Mat to decorate your pool floor, without using any adhesives. The image appears to be tiled on your pool floor.  3 sizes and 9 designs Choose from 9 designs, in 3-sizes, or a 47" Custom Monogram.  Simply place in the pool and position, with a pool pole.  Suitable for use in Plastered, Fiberglass or Vinyl pools.
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Alternative Sanitizers for Pools, Spas, Swim Spas and Hot Tubs
Make sanitizing easier, more consistent and more effective.
Salt Chlorine Generator, for Pools Ultraviolet Sterilizers, for AG Pools Pool & Swim Spa Salt Chlorinator
ModelSR Salt Chlorine Generator, for all types of pools, up to 20,000 gallons. NUVO UV Sterilizer, for above ground pools. Reliant Salt Chlorine Generators, for all types of pools, up to 40,000 gallons.
The Model SR is a self-contained sanitizing system, that generates pure chlorine, uses a very low level of salt. Generates free chlorine, with no installation needed. Ultraviolet sterilizers are extremely effective at killing microorganisms, that are resistant to normal levels of chlorine or bromine sanitizers. UV reduces chemical usage. Three (3) In-Line salt chlorine generators treat all types of pools, up to 40,000 gallons.  This is the easier and better way to chlorinate any residential pool.
 
Swim-Spa & Pool Salt Chlorinator Swim-Spa & Pool Salt Chlorinator UV Sanitizer for Residential Pools-Spas
MegaChlor salt chlorine generator. MegaChlor-CD salt chlorine generator, with Chlorine Detection Technology. Card On Guard, Solar UV Sanitizer, for pools and spas.
The MegaChlor models are simply Plug-n-Play ready, with and without available Auto Chlorine Detection Technology. For spas, swim-spas and pools, up to 17,000 gallons. The MegaChlor-CD Salt Chlorine Generator features automated chlorine detection technology. Never over chlorinate again.  Only produces chlorine, when it's needed. BioPhotonX™ UV Light Conversion Technology magnifies ultraviolet light, creating Free Radicals, which  attack, weaken and inhibit algae and bacteria.
 
SmarterSpa Salt Chlorine Generator Replacement Spa Salt Chlorinator Cell Drape-Over Spa Salt Chlorinator
SmarterSpa Salt Chlorine Generator, with Chlorine Detection Technology. Replacement spa salt chlorinator cell - ace ChlorMaker salt chlorine generator.
SmarterSpa is an Automated, Drape-Over Salt Chlorine Generator, for Spas and Swim Spas. It's SMART enough to know when to produce more chlorine and when to shut off. A replacement spa salt chlorinator cell for ace.  A direct replacement, for use in a popular line of spas, with built-in salt chlorine generators. Drape-Over Saltwater System Hot Tub and Spa Chlorine Generator. A simple press of a button, changes power level and chlorine output. A better way to do chlorine.
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Salt Testing for Salt Chlorine Generators

Salt PockeTester and Test Strip Kit 6-in-1 Water Chemistry Tester PockeTesters for Salt, TDS. pH & more
Professional Salt Water Test Kit. Safe-Dip 6-in-1 all-digital pool and spa tester. #1749 PockeTester Kit, for salt TDS and temperature.
The PockeTester measure salt and TDS, up to 10,000 PPM and water temperature.  The test strips perform the phosphate and all other common pool and spa water tests, for Professional or homeowner use. This 6-in-1 digital water chemistry tester measures salt up to 5000 PPM, as well as TDS, pH, Free Chlorine, ORP and water temperature. Salt level affects cell life. PockeTesters are electronic, dip and read testers, that can perform a variety of important pool and spa water tests, including Salt, TDS, pH, ORP Temperature and Total Chlorine.

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Pool Surface Skimming and Cleaning Made Easier
A pool surface skimmer keeps debris from sinking and helps maintain a cleaner pool.
Remote Control Surface Skimmer Robotic, Solar-Powered, Pool Skimmer Return-Jet Powered Surface Skimmer
Remote-Controlled Pool Surface Skimmer Solar-Breeze Solar, Robotic Pool Skimmer/Cleaner. Return Jet Powered Skimmers, for above ground and inground pools.
The boat-like, Remote-Controlled, Pool Surface Skimmer quickly and easily skims the surface of your pool and removes floating leaves, insects and debris.  No more tangles. The world’s first solar-powered, robotic pool surface skimmer-cleaner operates, whenever the Sun is shining, collecting debris from the pool surface.  Simply better and easier. Return Jet Powered, Pool Surface Skimmer works with inground and above ground pools, that have a standard return fitting of 1-1/2 inches (38mm). Works off the RETURN side.
 
The Pool Circulator Boosts Circulation Water Sweeper Brooms - 4 models Magnetic Water Conditioners
The Circulator boosts pool water circulation. Water Sweeper Broom, for cleaning pool decks, patios, pool covers, walkways and more!!! Magnetic Water Conditioner for scale problems.
The Pool Circulator is an easy to install return-jet fitting, that will dramatically improve circulation, and help the filter remove silt and suspended solids. These Quality-Made Water Sweeper Brooms can pressure clean the areas around the pool.  Cleans pool covers, decks, patios, walkways, shingled roofs, garages & more. A Magnetic Water Conditioner can help you control scaling and other hard water problems.  Requires no power supply and installation is snap-on easy.
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Aquatic Fitness Products
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Professional Aquatic Fitness Trainers Electrified Water Detection Alarm Monitoring Safety System for Pools
Aquatic Training System - deck mounted. Shock-Guard Electrified Water Detection and Alarm System. Monitoring System, for pools and Outdoor/Indoor areas.
You don't need a big pool, to swim endlessly in place. Use in inground, above ground pools or swim-spas. Many Swimming Pros & Olympians use this product. Six models. The Shock-Guard 24/7 Volt Detector and Alarm System warns of electrical hazards, by sounding an alarm and creating a safer aquatic environment.  Safety matters. An advanced Pool and Outdoor/Indoor Monitoring System, that collects key information from pools and the surrounding environment.  Bluetooth contectivity.
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Miscellaneous Spa, Swim Spa and Hot Tub Products
Products designed with the caring spa and hot tub user in mind.
Spa Thermal Cover Lifters, 4-Styles Spa Cover, Scenic Backdrop, 2-Sizes High Performance Hybrid-Epoxy Coating
Spa Thermal Cover Lifter Systems. Scenic back-drop for spa thermal covers. Ultra Poly One Coat, for pool and spas.
The Cover Valet is the world's leading premium spa cover removal system. It is designed to fit in almost any back yard environment.  As easy to install as 1,2,3. Turn an opened Spa Thermal Cover
into a Scenic Backdrop.  Why settle for a dull and boring look? Thermal Covers serve a useful purpose, but why look at ugly?
Ultra Poly One Coat is the easy-to-apply, hybrid-epoxy, coating that creates a beautiful new look. Use on plaster, gunite, marcite, fiberglass and acrylic spas.   
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