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Hydro-Blok Presents: Product Knowledge Tabletop Session

We are excited to start the New Year off right with a Product-Knowledge session presented by Hydro-Blok Shower Systems. Join us on 1.17.18 at our North Hollywood, CA showroom for this free Product Knowledge Tabletop Session.

Hydro-Blok Shower Systems features an innovative line of preformed shower components including shower pans, curbs, seats, niches, and the Ebbe Linear Drain that makes installing a shower easier and more convenient than ever before. Hydro-Blok representative, Rick Coury, will be on site to answer questions and explain the installation process.

Hydro-Block Shower System


Hydro-Blok Shower System

Traditional shower builds are time consuming installations that are best left to contractors or experienced DIY’ers. From start to finish, these types of shower installations often require 2 – 3 days before completion.  With Hydro Blok, a 3 x 3 shower can be installed in about 2-4 hours. This reduction in installation time directly translates to tremendous labor saving costs.

With pre-waterproofed surfaces and accessories for easy customization, the Hydro Blok Shower System is the perfect choice for a fast and simple shower installation in variety of applications from new construction and remodels in both commercial and residential applications to also being the ideal choice for RV’s, yachts, and cruise ships.


Hydro-Blok Shower System

Hydro-Blok Shower Pan

Hydro-Blok Shower Pans feature a environmentally friendly HCFC-free XPS foam core that is lightweight and waterproof. For added strength, fiberglass mesh covers the core and the surface is coated with modified-cement for a tile-ready substrate. The modified cement coating provides maximum adhesion of any tile, stone, or mosaics while the cement surface is also true and level for tile installations.

The Hydro Blok shower pans eliminate the need for a traditional sloping mortar bed or hot-mopping. The Single Slope Shower Pans are designed to accommodate linear drains while the Presloped Shower Pans feature a center drain with a solid brass drain assembly. The Presloped Shower Pans are available in a variety of sizes including:

  • 36″ x 48″
  • 36″ x 60″
  • 48″ x 48″
  • 48″ x 72″
  • 36″ x 72″ Offset

The Single Slope Shower Pans available sizes include:

  • 36″ x 60″
  • 48″ x 72″
  • 60″ x 36″
  • 72″ x 48″

If a pan isn’t quite the right size, it can be trimmed down with a circular saw for a custom fit. Additionally, shower pans be made larger with the Shower Pan Extension.

The Hydro-Blok Single Slope shower pans include 2″ Mesh Tape along with Straight and Corner Putty Knives.

The Hydro-Block Presloped Shower pan includes Solid Brass Drain Assembly, Solid Stainless Steel Drain Cover and Drain Tray, Plastic Drain Riser (can be trimmed to custom height), and 2″ Mesh Tape.

Shop Hydro-Blok Presloped Shower Pans

Shop Hydro-Blok Single Sloped Shower Pans


Hydro-Blok Niches & Benches

For a personalized shower installation, Hydro-Blok brings a complete line of water-proof and ready-to-tile shower niches and seats to their catalog of products. The shower niches are perfect for holding shampoo bottles and other shower items for an organized shower space. With a both a square 16″ x 16″ recessed niche and a 16″ x 28″ recessed niche with positional shelf, you’re sure to find the perfect niche for your shower installation.

Hydro-Blok shower seats add both an elegant and functional design feature to any shower. Like the shower pan, the seats are made from closed cell extruded polystyrene foam core which is 100% waterproof, lightweight, and designed to last. The Suspended 17″ x 17″ Medium Seat will add a modern and stylish finish to your shower.  All shower seats come with the necessary hardware and installation instructions for a perfect fit every time.


Ebbe INNI Linear Drain for Hydro-Blok

For a barrier free, luxurious, open-concept  shower, the Ebbe INNI 73.5″ Linear Drain compliments the Hydro-Blok Single Sloping Shower Pan to achieve your dream shower. The Ebbe INNI Linear Drain is designed specifically to incorporate into the Hydro-Blok Single Slope Shower Pans and can be used with any size tile. With no metal drain cover, the Ebbe INNI Linear Drain fits seamlessly into the shower design and allows for creative and unique tile work.

Unlike other linear drains that are a fixed size, the Ebbe INNI Linear Drain can be cut down in size to fit any shower space. Drain bodies can even be coupled together to create a larger shower. The Ebbe INNI Linear Drain is perfect for both residential and commercial applications.


Hydo-Blok Shower with Linear Drain

The versatility and design features of the Ebbe INNI Linear Drain along with the superior performance and ease-of-use of the Hydro-Blok Shower System makes Hydro-Blok a standout in the preformed shower systems market.

Stop by StoneTooling.com and shop Hydro-Blok for your next shower.


New Product Education & Demo Day with Custom Building Products

Custom Building Products will be stopping the Bonanza showroom in North Hollywood, CA on 11.15.17 from 6:30-9:30 am for an education and demo day of their newest self-leveling and sloping products.

Custom will be on site providing product knowledge on their latest innovative products, TechLevel 150, SpeedSlope, and TechPrime A. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by and learn how these products can become a beneficial part of your next job.


TechLevel 150 Self-Leveling Underlayment

Cutome TechLevel 150 Self-Leveling UnderlaymentFor a premium, self-leveling underlayment, look no further than TechLevel 150. TechLevel 150 features a high quality, calcium aluminate-based formula that achieves greater than 4300 psi compressive strength. Designed to be used prior to prior to the installation of ceramic tile, natural stone tile, resilient flooring, carpet, wood and other floor coverings , TechLevel 150 ensures a level substrate before installation.

The low prep-formula is  as simple as sweep, prime, and pour- in minutes, TechLevel 150 seeks its own level and can be applied up to 1.5″ thick. In addition, TechLevel 150 provides superior crack resistance with a formula that reduces cracks and minimizes shrinkage.


Click Here: more information & purchase: TechLevel 150


SpeedSlope Rapid Set Sloping Mortar

SpeedSlope is an innovative underlayment designed for cement-based mortar beds and sloping mortar beds. It can be used for leveling and ramping up to 3″ on horizontal substrates and up to 5″ in confined areas such as trenches.

Custom SpeedSlope Rapid Setting Sloping Mortar

Custom SpeedSlope Rapid Setting Sloping Mortar

Featuring pre-blended formula, SpeedSlope is a polymer modified mortar that is ready-to-mix with water right out of the bag, and with a rapid-setting cure time, SpeedSlope is ready for ceramic tile and natural stone tile installations in 1 – 2 hours and for tile setting in 12 hours.

SpeedSlope is excellent for shower pre-slopes, floating a shower floor, and deep patching applications. In shower applications, it can be used underneath waterproofing membranes. In addition to sloping mortar beds for showers, SpeedSlope can also be used for walls and countertops and is effective for both wet and dry applications.

Speedslope is a versatile mortar that can be used over a variety of substrates including interior and exterior concrete and masonry surfaces, RedGard/RedGard SpeedCoat Waterproofing Membranes, WonderBoard Lite cement backerboard, existing finishes and substrates with suitable preparation or priming, and exterior grade plywood with lath (dry applications only).


Click Here: more information & purchase: SpeedSlope


TechPrime A Acrylic Primer

Custom TechPrime A Acrylic Primer

Custom TechPrime A Acrylic Primer

TechPrime A is an advanced acrylic primer that preps surfaces for CustomTech self-leveling underlayments. TechPrime A is solvent free and will help seal both porous and non-porous for an improved bond strength with the underlayment to subsurface.

TechPrime A is approved for a variety of substrates including:

  • Absorbent concrete
  • Non-absorbent concrete
  • Lightweight concrete
  • Existing ceramic tile
  • Cement terrazzo
  • Exterior grade plywood
  • OSB
  • Cutback adhesive residue
  • VCT
  • Approved moisture control membranes

Click Here: more information & purchase: TechPrime A

Lackmond Beast Tile Saw Q&A Day

It’s time for another in-store Product Knowledge session with Lackmond. On Wednesday, 10.18.17, Lackmond will be at our North Hollywood, CA showroom for a “show and tell” of their award winning Beast tile and stone saws. With 10″, 7″ and 5″ tile saws available, Lackmond has a Beast tile saw perfect for you whether you’re a tile contractor or DIY weekend warrior.

Beast-10 Tile Saw

Best in Class Cutting Capacity

The Lackmond Beast-10 Wet Tile Saw is one of the most impressive tile saws on the market today. With not only a remarkable cutting capacity, the Beast-10 comes packed with features not available in any other tile saws. With a 10″ blade, the Beast-10 boasts some of the best cutting abilities in its class by performing 34″ rip cuts and cutting 24″ x 24″ diagonally. The powerful 15 amp motor cleanly slices through even the hardest porcelain, stone and thicker materials up to a 3-3/8″ depth. Equipped with a tilting motor head, the Beast-10 performs 22.5º and 45º bevel cuts with ease and can also execute perfect plunge cuts.

Lackmond Beast-10 Tile Saw

Lackmond Beast-10 Tile Saw

Accessories for Ultimate Performance

Unlike most tile saws, the Beast-10 comes with accessories specifically designed for large format tile along with extra features for precision control. A removable extension table helps to support large format tile while a rear water tray catches excess water for a spill free work zone with minimal overspray. To control water placement and water volume over the blade, the Beast-10  comes with a snake-pipe water system and a “Y-fitting” that can be adjusted by the user for precise water flow.


The Beast-10 comes with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty- one of the best around.

Click Here to Purchase Lackmond Beast-10 Tile Saw at StoneTooling.com

Beast-7 Tile Saw

The Lackmond Beast-7 Wet Tile Saw is the little brother version of the Beast-10. With a 7″ blade, the Beast-7 rips 24″ tile and cuts 18″ x 18″ tile diagonally. The saw also comes with side table accessories for supporting large format tile along with the snake-pipe water system and a “Y-fitting” for precision control of water over the blade. The powerful 13 amp motor performs plunge cuts and bevel cuts at 22.5° and 45°. While the Beast-7 features a 7″ blade, it performs better than most 10″ wet tile saws available on the market- at 48 lbs, the compact but powerful design is a force to be reckoned with.

Just like the Beast-10, the Beast-7 comes with an impressive 3-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Click Here to Purchase Lackmond Beast-7 Tile Saw at StoneTooling.com


Beast-5  Stone & Tile Saw

For applications that require an easy-to-maneuver hand-held saw, the Lackmond Beast-5 has some the best performance features available in its class. The Beast-5 has an integrated plunge cut that provides up to 1-1/4″ depth of cut at 90°, and at a 45° bevel position, the saw can perform an impressive 1″ depth of cut.


A powerful 12 amp, 13,500 rpm variable speed motor can slice through a variety of materials from hard ceramic to dense granite with ease while the durable metal base plate provides a strong support and a high strength rip fence ensures accurate rip cuts over long tiles. The Beast-5 is one the most versatile hand-held stone & tile saws- it can be used both wet and dry and accepts both concave and standard blades for the professional contractor.

Click here to purchase the Lackmond Beast-5 Stone & Tile Saw at StoneTooling.com

In-Store StoneTech Product-Knowledge Session

Join us in our North Hollywood, CA showroom on 9.19.17 for a free product knowledge session presented by StoneTech.

Formally distributed by Dupont, StoneTech is now a division of Laticrete, adding a stone care product line to Laticrete’s already impressive selection of stone & tile installation products. Known throughout the stone and tile industry as a standard for premium stone care products, StoneTech’s line of Protect, Clean & Transform products are trusted by stone and tile professionals around the world.  Whether it’s sealing, cleaning, enhancing, or restoration of natural stone and tile, StoneTech has the perfect product for your application.

Laticrete StoneTech BulletProof Sealer

Laticrete StoneTech BulletProof Sealer


One of the most popular sealers on the market today is StoneTech’s Bulletproof. Bulletproof is a water-based penetrating sealer formulated advanced fluorochemicals. This advanced penetrating microbond protection is designed to handle the toughest oil and water-based stains making it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, floors, and other areas subject to water, oil, and dirt.

Bulletproof is also ideal for exterior applications such as patios and decks. With a low solids coating that penetrates the material’s pores for an invisible layer of protection, Bulletproof preserves the original finish by not altering the look of the surface being sealed. Suited for the most porous natural stone, Bulletproof is ideal for sealing marble, granite, limestone, bluestone, saltillo, travertine, sandstone.


StoneTech Revitalizer is the professional’s choice for natural stone cleaners. Unlike damaging and abrasive general purpose cleaners that are typically found underneath the kitchen sink, Revitalizer has been carefully designed for natural stone with a neutral, gentle formula. With a fresh, citrus scent, Revitalizer cleans natural stone without damaging either the existing sealer or the stone.

Laticrete StoneTech Revitalizer Cleaner & Protector

Laticrete StoneTech Revitalizer Cleaner & Protector

Another key benefits to Revitalizer’s formula  includes built-in sealer that helps to reinforce protection as you clean and also make surfaces easier to clean. Revitalizer is the perfect daily cleaner for natural stone countertops  along with all other granite, marble, slate, sandstone, ceramic & porcelain tile surfaces.


Laticrete StoneTech Enhancer Pro

Laticrete StoneTech Enhancer Pro Seal & Enhancer

When you need to not only seal but also enhance natural stone, StoneTech’s Transform line includes  2-in-1 sealer and enhancer products. Water-based Enhancer and solvent-based Enhancer Pro both provide heavy duty protection against tough oil and water-based stains.

Enhancer and Enhancer Pro’s advanced formulas penetrate into the pores of the material being sealed to provide not only repelling protection against stains, but also to leave an enhanced and enriched color finish. Enhancer and Enhancer Pro helps bring out the beauty of faded or worn natural stone surfaces.

While Enhancer is effective for interior applications only, Enhancer Pro is designed to hold up in exterior applications. Enhancer and Enhancer Pro for ideal for natural stone such as limestone, slate, travertine, sandstone, flagstone, tumbled stone, flamed stone & textured stone, masonry & concrete.


Demo Day with Alpha Professional

We are excited to announce Alpha Professional will be joining us in-store on 9.06.17 from 6:30am – 9:30am. Stop by our North Hollywood location for a live demo of exciting new products and tools from Alpha Professional. Our Alpha representative will be on site answering questions and showing how Alpha Tools can take your productivity to the next level!

Featuring demos of the Alpha Katana Blade, Silencer III Blade, AWS-125 Wet Stone Cutter, VSP-320 Variable Speed Polisher, and PVA VP Style Dry Polishing System, this is the perfect opportunity to see Alpha tools in action.


The Katana Blade

alpha-katana-diamond-blade-stonetoolingEvery professional tile contractor needs a dry cutting blade in their toolbox arsenal. For the ultimate in dry cutting blades, Alpha is proud to present the new Katana Blade. The premium, high-grade Katana Blade will cleanly slice all types of tile materials with minimal chipping and can also be used in wet cutting applications. Fitting on most high-speed angle grinders, the Katana Blade is engineered specifically for hard porcelain tile but can also be used for granite, marble, glazed ceramic, and engineered stone.

Available in 4″ and 5″ diameters, the Katana Blade can be purchased here.


AWS-125 Wet Stone Cutter


The Alpha AWS-125 Wet Stone Cutter is professional grade hand-held saw that produces fabrication quality straight cuts. Engineered for the stone, tile, and glass industry, the saw comes equipped with a high quality water-feed system to keep the blade cool and dramatically reduce dust particles. The Alpha AWS-125 also has the unique ability to accept Contour Blades for producing curves making it one of the most versatile wet cutting saws in its class.


Purchase the Alpha AWS-125 Wet Stone


VSP-320 Variable Speed Wet Polisher

The new Alpha VSP-320 is packed with features and ergonomic design. With a variable speed from 700-2500 rpm and a Heavy-Duty Gear System with Step-Down Transmission, the VSP-320 has unparalleled performance that yields the highest quality results. alpha-vsp-320-wet-polisher-stonetoolingFor the ultimate convenience, VSP-320 includes a C-Handle and Side Handle. The C-Handle makes profiling, core drilling, and other torque-oriented applications easier than ever while the Side Handle is perfect for general polishing applications.

Step up your wet polishing game today with the Alpha VSP-320 Variable Wet Speed Polisher.

Purchase the Alpha VSP-320 Variable Speed Wet Polisher


Brand New Lackmond Tile Saws! Now Available on StoneTooling.com

With arrival of Lackmond BEAST-5, BEAST-7, and BEAST-10 Wet Tile Saws to our Los Angeles showroom and warehouse, StoneTooling.com is proud to announce we are now an official distributor for Lackmond.

Over the past two decades, Lackmond had built a brand on high-quality professional diamonds tools for not only the stone and tile installation industry but also for the rental, construction supply, and hardware markets. With an expansive product catalog that includes diamond tools for cutting, grinding, and drilling, Lackmond knows contractors will accept only the best performance from their tools.

The robust, steel-framed Lackmond Beast-7 and Beast-10 Wet Tile Saws are packed with innovative features including impressive cutting capacity and cutting abilities, a customizable water system, and optional accessories to assist in cutting large format tile and further improve water containment. With a powerful 15 AMP motor, porcelain, natural stone, and other thicker materials are cleanly and accurately sliced. Together, these features make the Beast-7 and Beast-10 Tile Saws stand outs in the tile saw market.


Lackmond Beast-7 Wet Tile Saw with Universal Gravity Folding Stand

Bold Cutting Capacity

Offering both beautiful aesthetic appeal and easy maintenance, large format tile has become increasingly popular over the past several years. For contractors, having a tile saw with the versatility to cut large format tiles can give the edge when bidding on jobs. To meet this demand, Lackmond designed the Beast-7 and Beast-10 tile saws with cutting capacities that can tackle plank and large format tiles.

The Beast-7, a 7″ wet tile saw, can execute 24″ rip cut and diagonally cut a 18″ x 18″ tile while the Beast-10, a 10″ wet tile saw, can produce an impressive 34″ rip cut (39″ with plunge) and diagonally cut 24″ x 24″ tile. With the largest cutting capacity in their class, the Beast-7 and Beast-10 are sure to become the cornerstone of any tile contractor’s toolbox.


Plunge Cut and Miter Cut Abilities

Both the Lackmond Beast-7 and Beast-10 Tile Saws come equipped with a tilting motor head for accurate 22.5 and 45 bevel cuts. With the plunge cut feature, cut-outs for wall sockets, receptacles, and V-Cap cuts are a breeze. Save time and money by investing in a tile saw that not only performs straight cuts but has the versatility to produce tailored cuts for a variety of applications.


Exceptional Water Containment

lackmond_beast_10_stonetooling_4While no wet tile saw is going to be completely mess free, Lackmond has developed some of the most innovative design features for water containment. The Beast-7 and Beast-10 Tile Saws come equipped with snake pipe water nozzle for precision water control over the blade. With the snake pipe, the user has complete control of water placement and volume along with a “Y-fitting” customization option that will produce multiple water streams.

With an externally mounted water supply, front access water tray, and water pump that can be used in the water tray or side bucket, the water containment system is easy to keep clean and functioning at its best.


Accessories for Ultimate Performance

Large format tile can be a challenge to handle and cut. With the optional accessories for the Beast-7 and Beast-10 Tile Saws, cutting large format tile has never been easier. Both tile saws offer a Side Extension Table for supporting large format tile and hassle-free cutting. For a cleaner work space, the optional Side Water Tray catches excess water runoff and drips as a result of cutting large format tile.

While the accessories are typically sold as optional add-ons, we know the accessories are important for getting all of the benefits and most productivity out of the Beast-7 and Beast-10 Tile Saws, so we offer both saws as a complete, cost-saving package with all optional accessories included (stands sold separately).

The Lackmond Beast Tile Saws are now available on StoneTooling.com. Be sure to check out some of the best tile saws on the market and step-up your tile game!

Introducing Schluter Ditra-Heat-TB & Touchscreen Thermostats

Schluter is excited to announce the next generation of Ditra-Heat with Ditra-Heat-TB and a new programmable Touchscreen Thermostat (Ditra-Heat-E-RT). Schluter Ditra-Heat is an unparalleled electric floor warming system designed to be used in conjunction with natural stone and tile installations.

Schluter Ditra-Heat-TB


Ditra-Heat combines the properties of standard Schluter Ditra with easy-to-lay heating cables for an exceptional installation that not only provides perfectly warmed tile and stone floors but is also designed to last.

Schluter Ditra-Heat-TB is the newest matting in the Ditra Heat lineup. Just like traditional Ditra-Heat, Ditra-Heat-TB features the same great uncoupling, waterproofing, vapor management, and load support properties of award winning Ditra but also includes a thermal break for improved heating efficiency.

By directing heat towards the tile and away from the subfloor, the tile is heated much more quickly – heat your tile and not the subfloor. With the thermal break, floors are warmed up to 70% faster over concrete substrates. Furthermore, Ditra-Heat-TB has a nominal thickness of 5/16″ (8mm) to maintain the minimum overall thickness of the tile assembly and ease transitions to lower surface coverings.


Schluter Ditra-Heat-TB

Just like regular Ditra-Heat, Ditra-Heat-TB installs quickly and easily – few tools are required and self-leveling compounds are not required for encasing the heat cables in the membrane. The unique design of the Ditra-Heat membrane allows the installer to lay cables exactly where they need to be so unnecessary parts of the floor aren’t warmed.


Schluter Touchscreen Thermostat

Along with the Ditra-Heat-TB, Schluter is also unveiling a new programmable Touchscreen Thermostat (Ditra-Heat-E-RT) to control the floor temperature.


Touchscreen Thermostat Ditra-Heat-E-RT

The Touchscreen Thermostat features built in  Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) along with a digital display and back-lit screen. With a intuitive and interactive 3.5″ color display, programming a floor warming system has never been easier. The thermostat can be programmed for up to six periods a day, and through an adaptive, built-in function, the thermostat learns when to turn heating cables on and off at the correct intervals to reach target temperatures throughout the day.

With the rising costs of energy today, many homeowners are concerned about household energy consumption. The Touchscreen Thermostat has the ability optimize energy use with a touch-driven energy consumption log and also allows the homeowner to input their current Kilowatt-hour rate for calculated energy costs over a given time period. With these features, the homeowner has the flexibility to maximize comfort while saving on energy costs.

Schluter Ditra-Heat-TB and Touchscreen Thermostat combine to make the Schluter Floor Warming System one of the best on the market.

Both are now available on StoneTooling.com!