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Who is onBalance?
Que Hales
Doug Latta
Kim Skinner
 
What has onBalance accomplished?
Accomplishments
   
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Accomplishments to-date

¨ Corrected industry dosage chart for lowering alkalinity with muriatic acid
¨ Corrected industry dosage chart for lowering alkalinity with sodium bisulfate
¨ Corrected industry dosage chart for raising alkalinity with sodium bicarbonate
¨ Dispelled the “Acid Column” Myth
¨ Mapped chlorine distribution through pools as a function of pH change
¨ Developed a systematic dosage formula system for most common pool chemicals
¨ Proved the cause of and a mechanical model for the formation of calcium nodules
¨ Proved the cause of and a mechanical model for spot etching
¨ Dispelled the “Bicarb vs. Soda Ash Alkalinity and pH Effect” Myth
¨ Performed an Etching Study to develop hallmarks of plaster acid attack
¨ Developed a systematic method for chloride analysis of hardened pool plaster
¨ Exposed the Dow Whitney Report’s plagiarism and mis-reporting of experiment results
¨ Performed an Alkalinity Experiment to study the effects of various alkalinity levels on various pool surface materials
¨ Performed a comparative study between spectrometer, “wet”, and test strip methods of analyzing pool water chemistry
¨ Performed a comparative study on the efficacy of sand, cartridge, and DE filters on the removal of turbidity
¨ With the University of Arizona, performed a comparative study on the efficacy of sand, cartridge, and DE filters on the removal of pathogens
¨ Developed the sodium bicarbonate start-up method
¨ Analyzed start-up chemistry methods, and showed why bicarb starts are a better alternative than either acid or traditional start-up methods
¨ Studied the effect on pool plaster of the length of time between finish troweling a pool surface and starting the water to fill the pool
¨ Developed buffer charts and formulas for carbonate, cyanurate, and borate buffer systems
¨ Developed a chemical method for determining pool volume
¨ Identified and educated the industry about calcium sulfate crystal formation
¨ Educated the industry on CO2 chemistry, with practical applications
¨ Developed and distributed several dozen case histories, including onsite examinations and failure analysis of spot etched, crazed, discolored, and stained pools
¨ Studied and educated the industry on the effects of calcium chloride abuse, including discoloration, crazing, and cement-color incompatibility issues
¨ Served as consultants and expert witnesses in plaster/chemistry confrontations
¨ Taught at NSPI, WPSS, NPC, NAGC, SPWTP, IPPSA, and other trade conventions and conferences

Individually, or as members of other organizations, we have:
¨ Founded the National Association of Gas Chlorinators (NAGC)
¨ Sat on the Boards of National Spa and Pool Institute (NSPI) chapters, the National Association of Gas Chlorinators (NAGC), Swimming Pool Water Treatment Professionals (SPWTP), Western Pool and Spa Show (WPSS), and the National Plasterers Council (NPC)
¨ Chaired the Research and Education Committees of the NAGC and SPWTP
¨ Sat on Research and Technical Manual Committees of the NPC
¨ Developed and published the Journal of the Swimming Pool and Spa Industry
¨ Developed and produced Technical Symposia at the WPSS and the NSPI Expo
¨ Edited and produced the four annual NSPI Technical Symposia Proceedings books

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