CL Industries (Orlando, FL) has launched Hydrazzo Pacifico for the interiors of pools, spas and other waterfeatures. The material is composed of a mid-sized aggregate for easier application and polishing and produces a super-smooth polished-marble surface. The material comes in eight unique colors, from a cool blue to a pale Tuscan red. For details, click here.
Slot Drain Systems (Manitoba, Canada) manufactures the 6000 Series of one-piece, built-in, sloped, open floor/surface drain systems. Featuring a linear design that eliminates grates that can be weak, trap bacteria and are difficult to clean, the units are available in stainless or galvanized steel and come in four-foot, ten-inch or nine-foot, eight-inch sections. For details, click here.
Laticrete (Bethany, CT) has launched 257 Titanium, a lightweight, one-step, polymer-fortified, thin-set mortar that is ideal for the interior and exterior installation of ceramic tile, porcelain tile, stone, quarry tile, pavers and brick. The material features a long open time, superior transfer for maximum coverage, and a creamy, easy-to-spread consistency. For details, click here.
W.R. Meadows (Hampshire, IL) offers Clay-Tite, a dual-layer waterproofing system consisting of virgin HDPE (20 mil), sodium bentonite and a protective layer consisting of a non-woven polypropylene. The polypropylene protects the bentonite during shotcrete application; bentonite’s self-sealing capabilities ensure puncture protection. For details, click here.
Zodiac Pool Systems (Vista, CA) has introduced the Jandy Pro Series Smart JVA Board for its line of standard valve actuators. The compact module is easy to install and allows for incremental, variable valve positioning – meaning users can adjust valve settings and water flows incrementally and electronically through the company’s remote-control systems. For details, click here.
Stegmeier (Arlington, TX) manufactures forms for poured-in-place concrete countertops. Designed to simplify the installation process, the units are available with a number of profiles; are the ideal height for most applications; and can be shaped or mitered to create any angle. They also have smooth, even textures for easier, earlier stripping. For details, click here.
FAFCO (Chico, CA) has developed CoolPV, a combined solar-power-generating/water-heating system – a hybrid that powers a home with photovoltaic modules while heating its pool with water tubes placed beneath the solar cells. As combined, the water system cools the photovoltaic modules, enhancing performance and increasing their output. For details, click here.
Magic Plastics (Valencia, CA) has released the CR2, a back-flow-preventing check valve that is completely resistant to corrosion. The units have clear lids for easy monitoring and are commonly used to protect heat exchangers from the potential damage to be done by in-line chlorinators while also maintaining an uninterrupted, full-flow circulation system. For details, click here.
Kubota Tractor (Grapevine, TX) manufactures the KX033-4 excavator. The compact unit operates with powerful breakout force, even when heavily loaded, down to 10 feet, six inches. It also features a range of operator-comfort features, including a spacious cab, air conditioning, a wide entrance, a deluxe suspension seat and a fully flat floor. For details, click here.
Valcon Industries (Sarasota, FL) manufactures components of the Flexcrete Waterproofing System, which is designed for use in pools and other concrete watershapes. It consists of a highly specialized blend of aggregates, cements, graded sands and proprietary additives that is mixed with a polymer to form a flexible, breathable waterproofing membrane. For details, click here.
Quikspray (Port Clinton, OH) has introduced the Model 200 Hydraulic Grout Plant. Designed for portability, the compact unit comes apart to fit through three-foot gaps, then reassembles quickly, ready for work. It uses peristaltic pumping action to move material; can run dry without damage; and can also be used to spray shotcrete and other materials. For details, click here.
Techniseal (Candiac, Quebec, Canada) has introduced HP NextGel Jointing Sand. Made for use in commercial and residential projects on steep slopes or in high traffic or humid areas such as pool decks, the material is a mix of a binder and graded sand that flows down smoothly for fast, effective installation of a variety of pavers, tiles and slabs. For details, click here.
Frank Wall Enterprises (Columbus, MS) offers PremLease Premium Form Release Agent to ease the stripping of concrete forms. When used on non-porous forms or form liners made of plastic, elastomers, high-density plywood, aluminum or steel, the non-staining, east-to-clean material helps produce attractive concrete surfaces without bugholes. For details, click here.