Phoenix Measurement Solutions (Concord, Ontario, Canada) offers the ZipLevel Pro-2000, a high-precision, pressurized hydrostatic altimeter that will measure across a 200-foot circle for easy placement and leveling of forms, tile lines and more. The battery-operated device can be set up easily by one person and has an easy-to-read digital display. For details, click here.
Pebble Technology (Scottsdale, AZ) offers Shimmering Sea, a combination of cultivated abalone and mother of pearl that brings subtle color to a pool’s water surface. The material is standard in ten of the company’s PebbleFina finishes and five of its PebbleSheen finishes, and it can be added to any other PebbleSheen and all PebbleTec finishes. For details, click here.
Natare (Indianapolis, IN) offers a perimeter gutter/recirculation system for commercial swimming pools. The pre-engineered, self-contained overflow gutters are made of stainless steel and combine gutter and plumbing functions needed for clean, well-circulated water with a built-in trough and pressurized, filtered water returns and inlets. For details, click here.
Oceanside Glasstile (Carlsbad, CA) has released its Tile Specification Guide and Design Book – a volume available in both printed and digital formats. After illustrating a range of applications (including pools and spas), the idea book becomes a comprehensive catalog of glass and stone tile products, most of them suitable to submerged applications. For details, click here.
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.