Rhino Shrink Wrap (Holmes Chapel, U.K.) makes the Fast Tent System for cold-weather construction. The modular system uses self-supporting inflatable ‘air beams’, so no at-height is required, which allows for rapid deployment and easy relocation. It is made with double flame-retardant skin, also provides superb insulation. For details, click here.
RAMUC (Rockaway, NJ) makes Skid-Tex, a slip-resistant deck-paint additive for production of non-skid deck and pool surfaces. The product is designed for use with the manufacturer's pool paint, which may be used to renovate aging pool surfaces, splash pads, steps, shallow lounging areas, beach entries and wading pools. For details, click here.
Frank Wall Enterprises (Columbus MS) makes AquaForms, an aluminum forming system designed for vinyl liner pools with concrete walls. The durable, long-lasting wall sections come in straight and radius versions, and the system also includes options for forming steps, benches, attached spas, shallow lounging areas and automatic-cover boxes. For details, click here.
Thursday Pools (Fortville, IN) has developed a new pool-shell system designed to eliminate the challenge of backfilling under shallow lounging areas. The Backfill Eliminator is integrated into the pool’s structure, eliminating the need for backfilling while allowing groundwater to flow freely and preventing it from accumulating beneath the pool. For details, click here.
RicoRock (Orlando, FL) has introduced a new system for installing grottos and small caves on pools that uses lightweight boulder columns with a “sandwich-type” grotto lid that allows for custom designing without intensive labor: Prescribed areas are backfilled on site with concrete for maximum structural strength to reduce both installation time and costs. For details, click here.
Hayward Pool Products (Berkeley Heights, NJ) solves installation challenges with its BFA series of bulkhead fittings and tank adapters. Designed for applications that require varying shaft lengths, the fittings are pressure rated at 150 psi, feature a long pattern/barrel designs and come with a PVC body and nut as well as FPM or EPDM gasket seals. For details, click here.
Pool & Spa Enclosures (Monroe Township, N.J.) offers a full line of pool, spa, and patio enclosures. Available globally, the systems are durable and timelessly styled and serve to extend the swim season, reduce maintenance, increase heating efficiency, reduce evaporation and even eliminate the need for seasonal closings in cooler-climate regions. For details, click here.
Twinscape North America (Campbell, CA) produces Hydrofloors, moveable-floor watershape systems made of stainless steel beams and plates. Units can be built to almost any required size and are engineered for reliable and easy operation with cable-and-pulley system and water-based hydraulic cylinders that move the floor to desired depths. For details, click here.
Pacific Concrete Images (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) has introduced Formliner. Used in fabricating poured-in-place pool copings, wall caps, stairs and countertops, the reusable forms are made of both flexible polyethylene foam and rigid polystyrene foam in 16 standard profiles with matching finishing tools. Custom profiles are also available. For details, click here.
Deck-O-Seal (Hampshire, IL) makes Deck-O-Seal One Step for caulking joints in structures that are subject to movement due to changes in temperature. The non-sag, single-component, polysulfide-based sealing compound is made for use above the waterline in watershapes where tile meets coping and provides a permanent, weather-proof seal. For details, click here.
Automatic Pool Covers (Westfield, IN) has improved the under-track system for its AutoGuard safety covers. Designed to be as visually unobtrusive as possible, the units have a concealed track that attaches to a pool wall or fits into a track retainer. The system works on pools of all shapes and sizes – even freeform designs – without affecting aesthetics. For details, click here.
Technidea Corp. (Escondido, CA) manufactures the ZipLevel Pro-2000, a digital altimeter and leveling system for use in setting elevations and levels for watershape and other construction projects. The unit operates without rods, tripods or sensors and avoids issues with lines of sight or calibration. The base unit includes a clear digital readout. For details, click here.
Jandy Pool Systems (Carlsbad, CA) manufactures the Levolor K-2300, an electronic autofill device that maintains water levels in two bodies of water with separate equipment sets. Designed to compensates for waves, the units feature lock‐out systems that prevent overfilling and ensure reliability by having no moving parts that can break or rust. For details, click here.