Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, "Creating Water as Art."™

Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa, "Creating Water as Art."™
Pools as an art form - the way it should be!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Moveable Pool Floors - Basement, Rooftop, Indoors, Outdoors, Commercial or Residential

Maximize your floor space and the utility of your real estate with a moveable pool floor.


In regions of the country where every inch of real estate is considered prime, a moveable pool floor makes total sense.

Real estate is not lost to a pool, as the moveable pool floor can support people and furniture.  In, fact people will not even know that there is a pool beneath their feet.

Limited Space

In many urban centers, such as Manhattan, London, San Francisco, London, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Palo Alto and the UAE, townhouses and highrise apartments have properties that cannot accommodate an outdoor pool.

A basement pool with a moveable floor is the ideal solution.  You will not lose any rooms for the pool, and you will maximize the utility of that space.

The moveable pool floor will also assist in controlling humidity and heat loss.

Indoors, the moveable floor can double as a dance floor or game room.  No one will know that there is a pool beneath their feet.

Safety and Security

When closed the moveable floor provides the utmost in safety and security.  Accidental access to the pool is impossible.

Freedom of Shape and Design

Pools with moveable floors are not limited to square or rectangle shapes.  Additionally, there is no limitation on the size of a pool with a moveable floor - they can exceed Olympic swimming pools!

A pool with a moveable floor does not increase the footprint of the pool, only it's depth.  Additional space must be provided beneath the pool for the lifting system.

A rooftop pool will drop into the space below.  Additional structural members will be required to support the load of the pool and the mechanical systems.

If you can dream it, we can design and build it!
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Paolo Benedetti - Aquatic Artist "Creating water as art."™ 
Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa 
You may contact Paolo Benedetti at: or at 408-776-8220

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Swimming Pool Expert Witness

Swimming Pool Design and the National Electric Code.

NEC 680

Though section 680 deals specifically with swimming pools and spas, this is not the only section that applies to swimming pools.  This is where most swimming pool builders, watershape consultants, aquatic designers and even pool equipment manufacturers stumble.  

They fail to familiarize themselves with the rest of the NEC, and those sections that also apply to swimming pools.

Major Failing

One major failing of pool pump manufacturers and pool contractors who install these pumps, is the failure to provide notice of the requirement for or the installation of, the appropriate service disconnect.

The NEC states that any permanently installed motor larger than 1/2 horsepower (data plate rating), may not utilize the circuit overload interrupted (aka: circuit breaker) as the service disconnect [NEC 430.109(B)].

The NEC specifically identifies the acceptable type of service disconnect required, depending upon the horsepower of the motor
[NEC 430.109(C) & (D)].

When was the last time that you saw a service disconnect switch between the control panel and the pool pump motor?
This 30A Square-D service disconnect can handle up to 7.5 horsepower and 1 or 3 phase.  This unit is rated for indoor use only.

What your contractor does not know CAN HURT YOU!

Paolo Benedetti - Aquatic Artist 
"Creating water as art."™ 
Aquatic Technology Pool and Spa © 
You may contact Paolo Benedetti at: or at 408-776-8220