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Looking for ways to revitalize your showroom or make your job easier? This month's new products roundup has a little bit of everything, from trendy outdoor living products to new building products and service tools.
The Service ProgramThe Pool Service Software is QuickBooks compatible, easy to set up and easy to use. It features a customer portal, robust mobile solution and a custom branded app available on iTunes and Google. The Service Program tracks service routes, chemical usage, installed equipment and more. View and edit service notes for each of your clients, even while in the field. Compatible with iPhones, iPads and Android mobile devices. theserviceprogram.com | (866) 480-1879
Chem LinkNovaLink TX is a versatile joint sealant. This is a moisture-cured, polyether, elastomeric joint sealant designed for application in damp, dry or cold climates, perfect for use with pools and spas as well as other difficult construction applications with a textured appearance. NovaLink TX is solvent-free, contains no isocyanates and will not shrink upon curing. It also boasts excellent adhesion and resilient elastomeric properties. chemlink.com | (800) 826-1681
S.R. SmithpoolLUX Power is an ETL listed, UL379 power unit for swimming pool, fountain and spa lighting. poolLUX Power features a built-in on/off switch and a triple-protected transformer that guards against power fluctuations. An oversized wiring area with terminal strip connections makes installation easy and comes in a polycarbonate housing that protects against corrosion. poolLUX Power comes in 60 watt and 100 watt models. srsmith.com | (800) 824-4387
LaticreteHYDRO BAN Board is a lightweight wall board designed for bonded tile or stone installations. It is made with an extruded polystyrene core and a waterproof membrane with triple protection from water and vapor intrusion. Available from 1/4-inch to 2-inch thicknesses, HYDRO BAN Board can be used on wood, metal-studded walls, masonry, brick and concrete. HYDRO BAN Board does not contain cement, fiberglass or paper and will not create debris. It carries the LATICRETE Lifetime System Warranty. laticrete.com |(800) 243-4788
Classic AccessoriesMontlake bamboo umbrellas feature durable FadeSafe Fabric and provide years of enjoyment in the shade while resisting stains and weather. A dual stainless steel pulley system makes installation, operation, breakdown and storage quick and easy. Canopy provides a UV protection factor of 50+ and blocks 100 percent of UV penetration. The umbrella framing comes with a three-year limited warranty while the fabric has a five-year limited warranty. Comes in four colors: antique beige, fern, henna and indigo. classicaccessories.com | (800) 854-2315
TekTubeThe NEU-GEN Flexible Pipe features superior strength, greater crush, kink resistance and impressive flexibility. This thicker-wall product maintains Schedule 40 dimensions. NEU-GEN flexible pipe is manufactured using an FDA non-toxic formulation that meets NSF standards while providing UV resistance and antimicrobial properties. Silicone and phthalate free. tektubeusa.com | (877) 782-3055
ITSThe eXact iDip Smart Photometer System by ITS is the first product in the recreational water testing market to provide complete wireless connectivity between an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and a photometric device. Data is seamlessly transferred in real time between the two devices when paired via Bluetooth technology. The application stores the test results history of multiple pool, spa and tap sources. Data can be shared via email and the built-in GPS feature allows for easy retrieval of water locations. NSF certified. exactidip.com | (800) 861-9712
HachThe new DPD Pro test strip kit offers quick, easy, accurate and reliable test results in less than two minutes. DPD Pro comes with two bottles of multi-way test strips and a durable color chart. Test strip refills are also available. The free smartphone app logs, tracks, analyzes and graphs results, making it easier to identify pools or spas requiring extra attention. Hach's DPD Pro is certified by NSF to NSF/ANSI Standard 50 for free chlorine and pH. dpdproteststrips.com | (888) 763-2435
7-TECH7-TECH's Copper Ion Mineral Clarifying System removes chlorine-generating electrodes simultaneously with copper and chlorine from a zero-electricity power supply. Features 3 inches of cold-rolled pure anodes, a patented hydro-electric power supply smaller than a deck of cards and a pool version with a 6-inch electrode cell. 7-tech.biz | (303) 332-8002
BobéThis personalized fire pit, constructed from steel or stainless steel, is a long-lasting feature that will not warp. Matching metal covers convert the fire pit into a table when not in use and the grill attachment allows for cooking over an open flame. The fire pit is both portable and customizable. bobewaterandfire.com | (888) 388-2623
Inter-FabInter-Fab's Paver Jig allows pool professionals to install a slide or diving board on a paver deck without customizing a jig. The Paver Jig accommodates up to a 3-inch paver using new extended studs. This is ordered separately with the diving board or slide, and all other hardware remains the same. Works for both new construction and renovation. inter-fab.com | (800) 737- 5386
Anderson ManufacturingThis simple-to-use kit is designed to find leaks. The one-size-fits-all cones friction-fit into any pipe or fitting up to 2 inches. Use the kit to test returns, jet lines, floor cleaning systems, spa therapy jets and double-bottom drains. Six total cones, including one with a hole, nest conveniently into a compact stack. leaktools.com | (800) 348-1316
No matter how low e-commerce retailers price their products, brick-and-mortar retailers have a big advantage over their online counterparts: the ability to put a product in a customer’s hands before the sale. In fact, according to a report by digital commerce agency Astound Commerce, 73 percent of consumers visit a brick-and-mortar store for that very reason.
Called “Save Our Stores” (or “S.O.S.” for short), the report combines the results of 1,000 consumer surveys with a mystery...
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