Grilling for Father’s Day

On Mother’s Day, mom wants peace and quiet. She doesn’t want to cook. She doesn’t want to parent. She wants a respite from all everyday life occurrences.

Dad, on Father’s Day, just wants to light up the grill, relax and watch the game or play video games. If the family is around, cool. If not, it won’t change his activities for the day.

Now, your Father’s Day festivities may be a little bit different. You may have the whole extended family over, you may spend the day with friends, or you may even go out to do something fun, like go-carts. Chances are, though, grilling fits in there somewhere. And if it doesn’t, it’s probably because Dad doesn’t have the set-up he wants yet; he doesn’t have a Cal FlameTM Grill Island.

And that’s going to be the Father’s Day gift that sets the bar so high you won’t know what to do next year.

Cal FlameTM  distinguishes itself as an elite BBQ cart manufacturer by providing the best craftsmanship, the finest materials, and the most experience as an outdoor outfitter. At Pool Tech Plus, we have designs to fit any budget. We can help you design a full outdoor kitchen space for your prolific grillman, or pick a basic stand-alone unit that fits his occasional use needs.

And if you already have a great grilling set up in your backyard, then you’re probably looking for some awesome recipes for your Father’s Day festivities. Here are some ideas:

Plan the menu, thaw the meat and light the flame. Don’t worry about pomp and circumstance. Dad will be happy with a great, manly meal and quality time with those that mean the most to him. Happy Father’s Day from Pool Tech Plus!

Hot tubbing in the summertime

Yes! You can – and should – enjoy your Master Spas hot tub all year long. Once you get used to the calming, relaxing, rejuvenating effects, you don’t ever want to be without it, even in the middle of a New Mexico summer.

It seems like a no-brainer, but during the summer you’ll probably enjoy your hot tub more if you lower the temperature. Most people find somewhere between 85-94 degrees comfortable in the summer heat. Keep the cover on to insulate the water from the ambient temperature. On very hot days, you might consider just turning off the heater completely. The sun and air can warm the water to a comfortable – but not hot – temperature, just like it would with a swimming pool.

If your hot tub sits in the sun, you’ll need to apply sunscreen just like you would if you were going to the pool. A wide-brim hat and sunglasses are good ideas, too. Of course, if your hot tub is installed in a shaded area – say beneath a gazebo, covered porch or similar structure, the sun won’t be a concern for you.

Staying hydrated in the summer is always important, no matter what you’re doing. So while you’re soaking, keep a bottle of cold water nearby, and be sure to sip frequently so you don’t become dehydrated. Keep the alcohol to a minimum, though. It can actually dehydrate you.

You should also consider a nighttime dip. If you still want the soothing effects of warmer water, even on hot days, think about delaying your soak until the sun goes down. You can turn the temperature back up a little, and enjoy the soothing water and hydrotherapy while you do a little star gazing. Doesn’t that sound perfect?

With just a few minor adjustments you can get maximum enjoyment from your Master Spas hot tub, year round.

Use an Autovac. Get some time back.

When you purchased your pool, you had one thing in mind. Fun. Relaxation. Family time. OK – three things. Probably, at a minimum. But one thing we can guarantee you weren’t looking forward to is keeping your pool clean. It’s the necessary evil of pool ownership.

Everyone wants a pool with fresh, clean, sparkling water. But sometimes achieving that can be a lot of work. Fortunately, there are a lot of great products on the market today that are designed to help. One of the best is the AquaVac robotic pool cleaner.

Robotic pool cleaners work well for pools of almost any size or shape. They’re energy efficient, using about the same energy as a standard light bulb and significantly less than pressure cleaners. Plus, they require less work on your part.

AquaVacs work independently from your pool’s filtration system. The tool-free installation and plug-in-and-go operation means you spend less time cleaning, and more time enjoying your backyard oasis. Plus, the superior suction power can handle nearly any size of debris, so you don’t have to fish out debris other cleaning systems might miss.

Other features include two scrubbing brushes and four wheels so the AquaVac can navigate nearly any obstacle, and two cleaning modes – a quicker floor-only clean and a longer mode to clean the floor and sides of your pool.

Watch the AquaVac in action to see how easily it cleans your pool.

Sure, a robotic pool cleaner is an investment. But think of it not as an investment in pool cleaning, but an investment in your time. Because after all, that’s exactly what it is. A way to get back time spent collecting debris and scrubbing the walls of your pool in the hot sun, and turn it into time spent swimming, playing and relaxing poolside. After all, that’s what the pool life is all about.

You’ve never seen a pool like this before

Above ground pools have been around for a long time. And, let’s be honest – while todays above ground pools have come a long way in terms of dependability and structural integrity compared to their counterparts from 30 or 40 years ago, the designs really haven’t changed much. White. Blue. Off-white. Round. Oval. That’s pretty much it.

Until now!

The Dolce Vita Diva and Playa by Splash Pools are unlike any other above ground pool on the market today. Even if you’ve never considered an above ground pool, the eye-catching design and unique features will have you thinking twice.

The Diva

SPLASH DivaBrown02This pool is available in 6 standard rectangular sizes, from 10’x16’ up to 16’x33’, and can be assembled and disassembled easily, so it can be used in areas where you need a temporary or seasonal pool installation.

It’s finished in hand-woven wicker fabric panels of Chalk White or Americano Brown, echoing the designs of high-end outdoor furniture, and looks beautiful in any setting. The Diva also includes LED lighting, a ladder, skimmer kit and a vacuum cleaner. Winter and solar covers are available.

 

The Playa

Playa w lounge outdoorsThe Playa brings something truly unique to the above ground pool market. The design blends a plunge pool with high-end lounge furniture, creating an instantly welcoming, comfortable, outdoor living space.

This model is available in three sizes, with “sparkling” or still water, and includes LED lighting. The engineered wicker panels are designed to be maintenance free. Optional cushions for the lounging area, and additional matching lounge furniture are also available.

You really haven’t seen a pool like these before. If you’re in the market for an above ground pool, don’t make your purchase until you’ve at least looked at the Diva and Playa models from Splash Pools, especially if design and style is an important consideration for you.

 

Underwater treadmills add variety to swim spa workouts

If you’re shopping for a swim spa, you’re looking for more than hydrotherapy and relaxation from your purchase. Yes, you’ll get those things – and you’ll love them. But with a Master Spas swim spa you’ll also get the opportunity for energizing workouts every day of the year.

Swimming, of course. The variable flow mean you can swim at the pace and intensity you want, for as long as you want. Meters or miles, the choice is yours. Plus, Master Spas swim spas come with rowing and exercise equipment so you can make the most of water resistance training.

But wait – there’s more! Choose to add a stainless steel underwater treadmill to your swim spa, and you can take your workouts and training regimens to the next level. First of all, underwater treadmills are pretty lightweight, so you can easily place it in your spa when you want to walk or run, and remove it when you want to swim, relax, or enjoy some family fun time.

MS underwater treadmilRunning or walking on an underwater treadmill is just like using a treadmill on land – but you get the added benefit of the resistance of the water, plus you experience less stress on your joints. And just like with a “regular” treadmill, the incline is adjustable, so you can vary the intensity of your workouts and the muscle groups you’re targeting.

If you’re recovering from an injury or illness and working to rebuild your strength, an underwater treadmill can be very helpful. Professional therapists have used them in rehab settings regularly for years for this very reason.

If you enjoy variety in your workouts, or if you’re already into walking or running for fitness, you’re sure to enjoy the addition of an underwater treadmill to your swim spa. Make the most of your purchase and turn your swim spa into the relaxation, therapy, workout and family fun center of your home – today!

What to look for in a pre-owned spa

So you’ve decided you’re ready to add a hot tub to your home. You’ll love the health benefits, plus the fun and relaxation of owning your own spa. But like you would with any big investment, it’s important to do your research before you make the final purchase. While you’re evaluating the size of spa you want (and have space for), the jet configuration you prefer and a host of other factors, you might also be wondering, “What about a pre-owned spa?”

If you decide a pre-owned spa is for you, keep these things in mind as you shop around.

Watch and listen to it run

Just like you’d test drive a car before you signed on the dotted line, you’ll want to see a used spa in action before you hand over the money. Ask the owner to turn it on, and watch to make sure it’s running like it should, there aren’t any strange noises, etc. Speaking of noises – the hot tub should make a low, humming sound while it’s running. If you hear anything else, something isn’t right.

Look at the filter

Take a look at the cartridge filter. If you don’t know where it is, just ask the person selling the hot tub. The condition of the filter can be a good clue as to how well-maintained the spa has been. Filters aren’t expensive to replace, but one that is dirty, torn, or in otherwise bad condition, may mean that other spa maintenance was neglected, too. And that CAN lead to expensive repairs.

Examine the thermostat

While the hot tub is running, check the thermostat to see if it’s working correctly. To be comfortably warm but safe, a hot tub should be between 100 – 104 degrees. If the thermostat isn’t working right, you won’t know what temperature the water really is. Additionally, if it isn’t showing an increase in heat, it may mean the spa heater is going out.

Buying a pre-owned spa can be a great investment and a good way to dip your toes into hot tub ownership. But it pays to purchase carefully. You can also purchase a pre-owned spa from someone you trust, and who will stand behind the product. At Pool Tech Plus we sell pre-owned spas beginning at $2999.

Swim spa cover soaked? Here’s a solution!

For most swim spa owners, the cover is sort of a necessary evil. Yes, it helps your spa run efficiently because it holds in heat, and it helps keep your spa clean by keeping out dirt and debris. But it can also be unwieldy, difficult to manage, and unsightly.

You see, most spa covers are made with foam core. They do a fine job of keeping your water clean, and an OK job of holding in the heat. But they’re also absorbent and hold a lot of water. And we’re talking about something that’s around water 100 percent of the time. The foam is exposed to condensation inside the swim spa, and if your spa is outdoors, rain and snow on the exterior. Under these conditions, the foam easily becomes saturated, heavy, and difficult to move.

The material over the foam core on a traditional swim spa cover is constantly exposed to the elements if your swim spa is outdoors. (And most are.) It doesn’t take long at all for the UV rays to weaken the material, allowing more moisture to seep through and weigh down the foam. Additionally, the sun’s rays can cause unsightly fading and cracking.

End 2 End Swim Spa Covers offer a solution. They’re constructed with state-of-the-art technology using closed-cell foam. This material will not absorb any water, under any conditions, meaning your cover is always lightweight and easy to manage. Plus, the full-frame design means it’s strong.

End 2 End Covers also feature a UV coating that will keep the fabric looking great for many years, and an easy roll-on, roll-off design so one person can easily manage the cover.

If you’re ready to protect your swim spa with a stylish cover that will look great for years to come, give us a call or stop by the showroom to learn more.

Are you a grill master?

Sure, anyone can throw a hot dog on a grill. But true grilling – becoming a master of the grill and conquering the flame – well, that’s an art form. It takes practice, and knowledge. But hey – we’re here to help. Whether you have a freestanding grill or a grill island, the same basic rules apply.

First..

You’ll need to set up two zones. One for direct heat, and one for indirect heat. Sear whatever you’re cooking on the direct heat, and then move it to the cooler side so it doesn’t overcook.

Second…

It’s important to know when to close the lid – and when to leave it open. When you’re cooking foods that cook quickly, like vegetables or shrimp, leave it open. But to properly cook meats like chicken or steak, close it to keep the heat in and the temperature high.

Third…

If you’re making burgers, try using salt, pepper and canola oil to prepare the patties. (Then close the lid for a few minutes after you add the cheese to make sure it melts. There’s nothing worse than a cheeseburger with cold cheese!)

Fourth…

Season all other meat well. Pick up your favorite mix from the store or make your own. Marinades are great and can help keep meat tender. If you don’t have time for that, try a dry rub. Yummy!

Fifth…

If you want to cook veggies, keep them whole or in larger sections so they don’t fall through the grate. You can also place them on water-soaked or metal skewers, or use a specially made grill basket. Season your veggies well prior to cooking, too. If you’ve never tried grilled vegetables before, you’re in for a treat. Mushrooms, onions, zucchini, peppers and even pineapple (yes, we know it’s a fruit) are amazing when grilled.

Sixth…

Don’t mess with the food too much. If your food is sticking, it’s most likely because it’s not done cooking. Leave it alone for a bit, and try to turn the food only once. So, what do you think? Are you ready to conquer the flame?

Swim away the summer – in your new swim spa

Who doesn’t love to spend hot summer days (and nights) in the pool? Whether you’re having fun with family and friends or relaxing by yourself – maybe with a cool drink? – there aren’t many better ways to while away an afternoon.
Sometimes, though, budgets or space mean installing your own swimming pool isn’t feasible. If that’s your situation, have you ever considered a swim spa?
We proudly carry the Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas line. They come in a variety of sizes, and offer features that just aren’t available on traditional swimming pools. Install yours above ground, in ground or partially recessed, indoors or out.
If you enjoy swimming for fitness or other forms of water exercise, a swim spa is made for you. The powerful jets allow you to swim against the current for unlimited distances at the speed that’s comfortable for you. Turn off the current, and the flat bottom is perfect for all forms of water aerobics and other low-impact exercise. The Aquatic Exercise System includes a rowing kit and resistance bands and comes standard on all models.
All models also include dedicated hydrotherapy areas with powerful massaging jets, so after your workout, after work, or for any reason you choose – you can enjoy a relaxing massage.
Beyond all that, though, swim spas are fun! There’s plenty of room for the family to play and relax together. The adjustable temperature means you can enjoy the warm soothing water of a spa when you need it, or the cooler water of a typical swimming pool when you’re ready for some summer fun.
Or, add a sound system, water features or LED lights to your swim spa for a truly customized experience. You can even watch your favorite shows or movies on your iPad while you’re in your swim spa, with our waterproof iPad case and heavy-duty suction stand.
If you think a swim spa might be just what your summer needs, stop by our showroom soon to check out our line of Michael Phelps Swim Spas and choose the model that’s best for you! In the meantime, check out this gallery for some inspiration!

Hot Tub Spring Cleaning

When you’re doing your annual spring cleaning around the house this year, be sure to add your Master Spas hot tub to the list. Just like your home needs a thorough cleaning to keep everything in tip-top condition, a deep clean of your hot tub will help ensure months of worry-free operation.

The Water

The first thing you should do is add a system flush to the water, and allow it to circulate for 30 minutes or more, with the jets on. This will break up any unwanted build-up in the plumbing and allow it to be trapped by your filter. Then drain the spa, clean or replace the filter (more on that in a minute), and refill your spa with fresh water. Once your spa is filled, be sure to follow the proper steps to re-balance the water chemistry. If you have questions about this, just ask us!

The Equipment

Carefully check your plumbing, pump, heater and the spa itself for signs of wear and tear. Do you see any rust or leaks? Look closely at the seals on the pumps and motors, too. If you see an issue, it’s a lot easier on your wallet to replace the seal now, than the pump or motor later. When you remove the filter, check it for signs of fraying and if you find them, go ahead and replace it. Filters are relatively inexpensive and when in good condition make it much easier to maintain fresh, clean water in your spa. Finally, check the hot tub itself for cracks, the insulation for any signs of pests like mice or bugs, and look for rotting wood, mold or other potential problems.

The Exterior

Now is also a great time to give your cover a little TLC. Use a mild, general cleanser to remove any dirt and build-up, and apply a protectant to help keep your cover looking great. If you have a vinyl cover be sure to avoid cleaners with ammonia, bleach, wax or silicone, because these can actually damage your cover in the long run. Go ahead and clean up around your hot tub, too. Remove any weeds or debris that may have accumulated over the winter, and clean the outside of the spa as well.

Check it Out

Finally, once it’s refilled and ready to go, it’s time to make sure everything is working as it should. Does the cover latch properly? Are all the jets working correctly? Actually, this last step may require you to slip on your suit and get in for a while. You know – just to make sure everything is OK. We’re pretty sure that won’t be a problem.

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Pool Tech Plus, Inc.
2331 E. Lohman Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Voice: (575) 524-4633
Fax: (575) 647-3373
E-Mail: sales@pooltechplus.com

Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am. - 6:00 pm.

Saturday: 9:30 am. - 5:00 pm.
Sunday: 11:00 am. - 4:00 pm.

***CLOSING EARLY, 2:00 pm Fathers day Sunday June 18th.***