Bobé Water & Fire Features (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a Grass Edge kit that allows for installation of grass or artificial turf right up to the water’s edge in perimeter-overflow systems. Made with a stainless steel substructure that creates a complete barrier between grass and water, the system is engineered to eliminate the need for standard pool decks. For details, click here.
Quikspray (Port Clinton, OH) offers Carrousel Pumps for making artificial rockwork using various approaches – onto rocks and structural molds; over forms for tree stumps and other shapes; and onto surfaces for stamping. With increased capacity for larger jobs, the portable units can spray a variety of materials and offer slow delivery rates for detailed work. For details, click here.
RicoRock (Orlando, FL) now offers builders an improved system for adding custom structural grottos and small caves to poolscapes. The new Component System uses lightweight boulder columns and grotto lids that allow for custom design and installation without intensive labor – everything from simple waterfall overhangs to swim-in caves. For details, click here.
Lightstreams Glass Tile (Santa Clara, CA) makes Jewel Glass tiles for use in marking the edges of pool steps, swim shelves and spa benches and as highlights or markers on pool floors and waterlines. Thick and substantial, the tiles feature complex internal colors and patterns encapsulated in glass. Bullnose and 90-degree trim pieces are also available. For details, click here.
Artistic Pavers (North Miami Beach, FL) has introduced Silver Sam, a deep shade of gray, as a fifth color for its Shellock paver line. Available in two thicknesses – 1-5/8 and 2-3/8 inches – that make them suitable for deck and driveway applications, the material comes in sizes up to 24 by 24 inches and includes sea shells for a deep, lustrous appearance. For details, click here.
New Holland Construction (Racine, WI) has introduced the E55BX mini-excavator, a short-radius unit that offers greater digging power while maintaining the maneuverability and accessibility of more compact excavators. Designed for fuel efficiency and noise and dust reduction, the machine features deep dig depth and high breakout force. For details, click here.
Atlas Copco (Commerce City, CO) now offers an intelligent, easy-to-use compaction-monitoring system that gives contractors real-time material stiffness readings to ensure superior soil compaction. Designed to maximize operator productivity, the unit tracks passes with GPS while measuring relative surface stiffness and detecting any loose materials. For details, click here.
Atlas Copco (Commerce City, CO) manufactures its Model BV30, a compact, two-handled, single-beam vibrating screed that allows contractors to level concrete in various applications, from driveways to decks. With interchangeable blades, a lightweight aluminum body and a rigid screed blade, the units offer versatility, easy handling and stability. For details, click here.
RicoRock (Orlando, FL) is now manufacturing pre-cast, artificial-rock copings for use with new vinyl-liner pools and in pool renovations. Designed to complement waterfalls, boulders and other rockwork details, the coping comes in lightweight, eight-stone sections of cast concrete that can be mortared in place to cover a six-foot bond-beam span. For details, click here.
AquaStar (San Diego, CA) has introduced Fillable Friends as a new approach to mosaic-style designs for pools, spas and fountains. The system consists of stencils the watershaper can prepare with any suitable material – plaster, pebbles, glass beads and more. The stencils come in many forms and, once installed, serve as leveling guides for plasterers. For details, click here.
Deck-O-Seal (Hampshire, IL) makes Deck-O-Treat, a ready-to-use, no-VOC concrete curing aid and hardener for use with gunite and shotcrete. The material eliminates the need to water concrete in the recommended period following application and contains no wax, resin or acids: Cured surfaces can later be covered by plaster, tile, adhesive or paint. For details, click here.
Frank Wall Enterprises (Columbus, MS) has printed brochures on its AquaForms aluminum pool forming system. The 16-page, full-color brochure covers forms used in building all-concrete or concrete-walled vinyl-liner pools in a range of custom shapes, with options including steps, benches, spas, sun ledges and automatic cover boxes. For details, click here.
Hammerhead International (Las Vegas, NV) offers acrylic viewing panels in many shapes and sizes for use in swimming pools. The units can be made to match anything from the most complicated negative edge wall radius to the simplest pool window. They’re also translucent enough to provide unique ambient lighting in adjacent indoor spaces. For details, click here.