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Just in time for Spring: Free, online How to Inspect Pools and Spas course.

March 8th, 2010
InterNACHI is pleased to announce the release of its long-awaited, free, online How to Inspect Pools and Spas course.  This course is the largest, most in-depth pool and spa inspection course of its kind.  The purpose of this training is to teach an inspector how to perform inspections of pools and spas, including: how pools and spas work, circulation, heating and filtering systems and components, electrical components, water chemistry, safety issues, and maintenance recommendations.  The course also includes an inspection checklist.  And, in keeping with InterNACHI’s commitment to Continuing Education, this pool and spa inspection course is open and free to all members, and can be taken again and again, without limit.

The How to Inspect Pools and Spas course includes:

  • 19 sections;
  • 27,000 words
  • 60 illustrations and diagrams;
  • 12 quizzes;
  • 75-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and
  • accreditations and state approvals.

The course covers the following categories:

  • Safety First
  • The Basics
  • How Big is It?
  • Square or Rectangular
  • Circular
  • Irregular
  • Parts per Million
  • Types of Pools and Spas
  • Concrete
  • Vinyl-Lined
  • Fiberglass
  • Above-Ground
  • Wood
  • Construction Process
  • Plumbing
  • Follow the Path of the Water
  • More Drains
  • Skimmers
  • Gutters
  • Pipes
  • Support
  • Rubber Fittings
  • Size
  • Return Inlets
  • Water Levels
  • Valves
  • 3-Port Valves
  • Shutoff Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Unions
  • Solar Heating Systems
  • Pumps and Motors
  • Nameplate
  • Turnover Rate
  • Inspection Tips
  • Electrical
  • Dry-Niche Luminaire
  • Forming Shells
  • No-Niche Luminaires
  • Underwater Luminaires
  • Wet-Niche Luminaires
  • Luminaire Location
  • Flexible Cords
  • Receptacles
  • GFCI-Protection Required
  • Spa or Hot Tub GFCI
  • Receptacles for Indoor Spas and Hot Tubs
  • Switches
  • Panel Fans and Luminaires Overhead
  • Overhead Conductor Clearances
  • Underground Wiring
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Panelboards
  • Permanently Installed Radiant Heaters
  • Filtration
  • Sand and Gravel Filters
  • Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Filters
  • Cartridge
  • Pressure Gauge
  • Air Relief
  • T-Fitting
  • Backwash Valve
  • Backwash Water
  • Backwash Sight Glass
  • Pool Heaters
  • Ignition Types
  • Standing Pilot
  • Mid-Efficiency
  • High-Efficiency
  • Intermittent-Pilot
  • Thermocouple
  • Thermopile
  • Mercury Flame Sensor
  • Gas Pressure Regulator
  • Disconnects
  • Fireman’s Switch
  • Thermostats
  • Gas Valves
  • Vent Connections
  • Flue Pipe
  • Flue Details
  • Draft Hood
  • Size of the Pool Heater
  • Other Components and Devices
  • Timers
  • Time Clocks
  • Twist Timers
  • Electronic Timers
  • Remote Controls
  • Air Blowers
  • Diving Boards
  • Slides
  • Ladders
  • Automatic Pool Cleaners
  • Lighting
  • Pool Covers
  • Safety Barriers
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Barrier Locations
  • Exemptions
  • Water Chemistry
  • pH
  • pH Adjustment
  • Controlling pH
  • Increase pH
  • Lower pH
  • Total Alkalinity
  • Calcium Hardness
  • Scum Line
  • Temperature
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Testing
  • Disinfection
  • Chlorine
  • Non-Chlorine Shock Treatments
  • Algae
  • Repairs Needed
  • Commercial Pools
  • Inspection Tips
  • Pool/Spa Inspection Checklist
  • Maintenance Schedule

CLICK HERE to take InterNACHI’s FREE, online How to Inspect Pools and Spas course.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on pesticide dangers

March 5th, 2010

It’s surprising how far pesticides can travel through air and water – and how little of the chemical actually makes it to its intended target. This wouldn’t be so bad if pesticides weren’t so good at killing living things, including people and their pets. Learn to read the labels on pesticides so you know what to wear while applying them, as some require respirators and other personal protective equipment. To find out more, check out our new article on pesticide safety.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

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