Universal White Cement (Glendale, AZ) offers Radiant Fusion, a pool-finish blend that uses micro-pebbles enhanced with iridescent Pebble Radiance glass crystals and abalone shell to create vibrant water hues and ultra-smooth surfaces. Pre-blended to ensure strength and durability, the mixes include pozzolan-enhanced cement in each formulation. For details, click here.
Construction Specialties (Lebanon, NJ) offers GridLine+ architectural accents. Originally designed as rugged entrance flooring, the system is now being applied in fountain and landscape applications as trench grating. Made with 304 stainless steel, the grates come in three depths from 1-1/8th to 3/8ths inches and with satin or polished finishes. For details, click here.
Frank Wall Enterprises (Columbus, MS) manufactures the Handychute, a system designed to direct the flow of concrete as it comes off the mixing truck. Available in eight- and ten-inch diameters in a variety of lengths from one to five feet, the system keeps forms cleaner, cuts down on waste and reduces spattering as concrete flows out of the chute. For details, click here.
Coverall Stone (SeaTac, WA) supplies Pebble-Tile-1A, a mesh-backed mosaic tile made with natural pebbles. Designed to provide a hand-set look with easy interlocking installation, the pebble materials are available in a wide range of natural colors, shapes and textures and are suitable for use on the floors, walls, steps and benches of watershapes of all types. For details, click here.
Vapco (Valley Park, MO) now offers PVC Spray-N-Lock, an aerosol spray that quickly bonds wet or dry PVC pipe and fittings (as well as other PVC material) in one step without primer, cement or long curing times. The material is intended to fuse paired surfaces on a molecular level, creating permanent bonds that have been pressure tested to 160 psi. For details, click here.
CMP (Newnan, GA) manufactures dry-conduit wall fittings for gunite, vinyl and fiberglass pools. The compact units trap water immediately around a 1.5-inch LED lights to keep them cool – thereby extending their service lives – while also preventing any water from reaching conduits. In addition, they protect against freeze damage in cold climates. For details, click here.
RenoSys (Indianapolis, IN) has added a stainless-steel version to its DuraTech line of gutters for commercial and institutional pools. Designed for affordable reliability, the new units combine gutter and plumbing in a trough that includes pressurized water returns and inlets, thereby eliminating buried pipes that can break in freeze/thaw conditions. For details, click here.
Intermatic (Spring Grove, IL) produces the ComboConnect Junction Box/Transformer. The compact, hybrid unit provides two line-voltage and five low-voltage connections for underwater and dry pool, spa and landscape-lighting applications, all in the same housing. Designed for tight spaces, the units include a 100-watt low-voltage transformer. For details, click here.
Cardinal Systems (Schuykill Haven, PA) has introduced HydroBlox as an upgrade to traditional French drains. Made from 100% recycled thermoplastics, the system uses an exceptionally porous, high-strength plastic that filters and directs the flow of water using surface tension, requires little maintenance and drains many times faster than sand. For details, click here.
Waterway Plastics (Oxnard, CA) has released its 2019 Pool & Spa Product Buyer’s Guide, a 360-page catalog available for online use or downloading. It covers the company’s pumps, filters, blowers, controls, unions, fittings, manifolds, chlorinators, jets, valves and lighting systems along with technical specifications and information on replacement parts. For details, click here.
CCEI (Inglewood, CA) has launched the Plug in Pool System – an underwater electric outlet that works by induction rather than direct electrical contact. Wireless, contactless and safe, as soon as the line to the wall unit is disconnected, electricity stops flowing and the light can be removed and replaced with another white or colored light or an accessory. For details, click here.
Southern Grouts & Mortars (Pompano Beach, FL) makes Diamond Brilliance, a finish that includes a factory blend of quartz, select pebble aggregates and a polymer-modified Portland cement. The material is designed for use on submerged surfaces in concrete watershapes, and ceramic-coated aggregate and/or glass beads may be added for color and texture. For details, click here.
Stetson Development (Lake Elsinore, CA) manufactures Pour-a-Lid trays for use in aesthetically concealing the company’s specially designed channel drains. Once the drain system is leveled and installed in place, trays filled with the surrounding material are inserted to provide a polished look and avoid the visual disruptions these fittings often cause. For details, click here.