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Learn About the Deep Lift Process

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Jan 16, 2019 5:34:39 PM

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Alchemy-Spetec offers a unique combination of high quality structural lifting foams along with the equipment and training needed to address deep soil issues. Now you can achieve soil densification and lifting on large projects with the smallest footprint and least amount of heavy equipment required.

The Deep Lift™ process is powerful, painless, and rapid. Deep Lift™ gets to the root of the problems in the soil, it brings the structure back to level, and accomplishes this with minimal imposition or downtime to the property owner.

Alchemy-Spetec will be at World of Concrete 2019!  You can learn more about the Deep Lift™ process at our exhibit space.  Drop by to see us at Booth # O40551 in the Silver Lots (same location we were in last year).

There will be a LOT to see and do at our booth this year: 

Want more information on the Deep Lift™ process?

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Topics: Lift Slabs, Deep Lift, All Posts

Mix Foam Samples at Our Live Mixing Station!

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Jan 14, 2019 5:31:05 PM

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MIX FOAM SAMPLES AT OUR LIVE MIXING STATION!-blogSee first-hand how chemical grouts react and set up when mixed at our Live Mixing Station at World of Concrete 2019

Drop by to see us at Booth # O40551 in the Silver Lots (same location we were in last year). 

There will be a LOT to see and do at our booth this year: 

Want to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a rep at World of Concrete?

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Topics: All Posts, Seal Leaks

See Leak Seal and Curtain Grouting Displays

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Jan 11, 2019 5:19:30 PM

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See Leak Seal and Curtain Grouting Displays-blogLeaking concrete structures can be permanently repaired with concrete crack injection by using a water activated flexible foam. Pressure injection of these liquid polyurethane resins forces the material into leaking cracks, joints, and other defects. After the polyurethane crack injection is complete, the polyurethane resin rapidly reacts with water to form a flexible, watertight seal.

Curtain wall grouting is a leak seal method that is often required when cracks cannot be identified, when walls are made of material that does not respond well to crack injection (such as masonry, stone and CMU), and when previous leak seal methods have failed. Curtain wall grouting is the process of injecting water reactive resin behind the leaking wall in a widespread grid pattern. The water on the other side mixes with the grout and cures to a solid mass covering the surface of the wall on the other side.

See crack injection and curtain wall grouting displays at World of Concrete 2019!  Drop by to see us at Booth # O40551 in the Silver Lots (same location we were in last year). 

There will be a LOT to see and do at our booth this year: 

Want to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a rep at World of Concrete?

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Want more information on our Leak Seal products?

Download the Info-Packed Leak Seal Product Catalog!

Topics: All Posts, Seal Leaks

Learn How to Clean a MixMaster Gun at World of Concrete 2019

Posted by Andy Powell on Jan 9, 2019 5:05:37 PM
Learn how easy it is to clean the MixMaster Pro slab lifting gun. Visit us at the 2019 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas at booth O40551.
 

Learn how easy it is to clean the MixMaster Pro slab lifting gun. Visit us at the 2019 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas at booth O40551.MixMaster Pro – The Production Beast!

The MixMaster Pro slab lifting gun was designed based on years of feedback from slab lifting contractors working in the field. Every known point of frustration and difficulty has been addressed in this sturdy, single-purpose gun. Further benefits include a lower cost of consumables (you can reuse ports with this gun), beefy check valves designed to handle the back pressure, and a short 10-minute breakdown/cleaning session at the end of each day. Not to mention the fact that this gun is a production BEAST - no leaky port connections, no fumbling with clamps. Watch your man hours on each project shrink accordingly. Did we mention you’ll have less replacement part orders? There are only a few inexpensive replacement parts on this gun - PERIOD.

Learn how to do a quick 10-minute breakdown/cleaning session on the MixMaster Pro at World of Concrete 2019!  Drop by to see us at Booth # O40551 in the Silver Lots (same location we were in last year). 

There will be a LOT to see and do at our booth this year: 

Want more information on the MixMaster Pro?

Download an Info-Packed MixMaster Pro Brochure! 

Want to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a rep at World of Concrete?

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Topics: All Posts, Equipment & Accessories, Lift Slabs

Visit Us At WOC 2019 with a Discount Registration Offer

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Jan 7, 2019 4:30:18 PM

On behalf of the International Concrete Repair Institute, Alchemy-Spetec would like all of you attending the World of Concrete 2019 show in Las Vegas to take advantage of the source code A36 upon registration at the checkout line below for a discount worth as much as $50 upon registration checkout.

On behalf of the International Concrete Repair Institute, Alchemy-Spetec would like all of you attending the World of Concrete 2019 show in Las Vegas to take advantage of the source code A36 upon registration at the checkout line below for a discount worth as much as $50 upon registration checkout.

On behalf of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), Alchemy-Spetec would like all of you attending the World of Concrete 2019 show in Las Vegas to take advantage of the source code A36 upon registration at the checkout line below for a discount worth as much as $50 upon registration checkout.  There is no catch to this offer.  If you are attending the World of Concrete, simply click here to register, and enter the source code A36, and receive your discount.

We invite all of you to come see the live chemical grouting demos offered at the top of every hour during the show at the Alchemy-Spetec exhibit in Booth # O40551 in the Silver Lots (same location we were in last year)

We would also like to draw attention to the ICRI kick-off party at the Paris rooftop club, Chateau on Monday night.  To all of those planning on attending, safe travels and we look forward to seeing you soon.  

Want to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a rep at World of Concrete?

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Buy Slab Lifting Rigs and Equipment with Low Monthly Payments

Posted by Andy Powell on Jan 4, 2019 1:40:50 PM

Did you know you can finance a slab lifting rig, a PolyBadger mobile lifting system and other equipment you purchase from Alchemy-Spetec?  Let's take a look at some estimated monthly payments.

Did you know you can finance a slab lifting rig, a PolyBadger mobile lifting system and other equipment you purchase from Alchemy-Spetec?  Let's take a look at some estimated monthly payments.Did you know you can finance a slab lifting rig, a PolyBadger mobile lifting system, and other equipment you purchase from Alchemy-Spetec?

Let's take a look at some estimated monthly payments. These figures are based on a 60-month payment period.  Shorter terms are available. Estimates are of course based on good credit.  Actual numbers may vary. 

Financing Slab Lifting Rigs

Purchase Price Range: $50k to 85k, depending on the rig and options.

Estimated Low End
$1,045/month

Estimated High End
$1,777/month

Financing PolyBadger Lifting Systems

Purchase Price Range: $22k to 25k, depending on the options.

Estimated Low End 
$460/month 

Estimated High End
$523/month

As you can see, the purchase price breaks down into easy monthly payments.  Call support rep at 404-618-0438 to discuss your options.  If you've already discussed your equipment options with a rep, click here to apply for Alchemy-Spetec financing now! 

Want more information on Alchemy-Spetec Geotech products?

Download the Info-Packed Geotech Product Catalog!

Topics: All Posts, Equipment & Accessories, Lift Slabs

See a Live Slab Lifting Demo at World of Concrete 2019

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Jan 2, 2019 1:26:12 PM

See a Live Slab Lifting Demo

See a Live Slab Lifting Demo

Alchemy-Spetec manufactures polyurethane lifting foams for slab jacking and structure lifting. Among the most dependable products for jacking and leveling concrete slabs, these two component, high-strength, hydro-insensitive structural foams serve as an extremely effective solution for contractors.

See these amazing lifting foams in action at World of Concrete 2019!  Drop by to see us at Booth # O40551 in the Silver Lots (same location we were in last year). 

There will be a LOT to see and do at our booth this year: 

 Want more info on slab lifting?

Download an Info-Packed Slab Lift Brochure! 

Want to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a rep at World of Concrete?

Sign Up for a Consultation Now!

Topics: All Posts, Lift Slabs

The Gift of Safety

Posted by Andy Powell on Dec 21, 2018 11:03:19 AM

Last week, I had the opportunity to spend a day in an OSHA safety training class. Find out what I learned...

Last week, I had the opportunity to spend a day in an OSHA safety training class. Find out what I learned...We had a great response to this blog post when it was first published last year.  All the sentiments still apply and all the key points are still critical, so we're sharing it once again...

It’s the Friday before Christmas and the marketing department is trying to get one more blog out of me before the holidays.  They wanted a Christmas themed blog that is somehow industry related so I’ll do the best I can.

This time of year most people will spend a little extra time with their loved ones.  It is also a time to reflect on the loved ones we miss that are no longer with us.  In the past year, some people I know in our industry have either been lost or have suffered through a loss.  In those cases there was nothing that could have been done to stop it.  However, there are things that we can do to guard against job related safety hazards.

I recently had the opportunity to spend a day in an OSHA safety training class.  It was required in order to be present supervising a project at a chemical facility.  Signing in at 6 AM, I’ll admit I was not looking forward to spending all day there.  By the end of the day I was glad that I went.

In an intro video, the narrator said that every morning when you kiss your loved one goodbye before you go to work, keep in mind that someone, somewhere will not come home from work that day.  Workplace accidents are almost entirely preventable.  Investigations typically find the cause quite easily. 

The class I attended contained a dozen or so modules, each one with a video case study followed by the teaching.  Every case study module covered a different accident where people didn’t come home from work that day.  All of them could have been prevented.  I learned about fire, electrical and chemical safety; as well as confined space, ladders, scaffolds, and working in trenches.  I have worked in the construction industry since my teenage years, so it was sobering to look back and think about some of the close calls I had.

If you're a contractor or industry related business owner looking for a good $100 investment, send your employees to one of these classes.  It’s a good opportunity to learn safety principles that can protect you, your coworkers, and your business from being lost.  It’s a gift that will keep on giving.  You don’t need Christmas as a reason to do this, but in the spirit of the season, you may want to make it the reason.  

Click here to find an OSHA safety class near you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Topics: All Posts, Business Tips

Get an Alchemy-Spetec Pocket Knife

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Dec 19, 2018 5:43:03 PM

Get a complimentary Alchemy-Spetec pocket knife at World of Concrete 2019!  Drop by to see us at Booth # O40551 in the Silver Lots (same location we were in last year).  Show us a social media post you made with the hashtag #AlchemySpetecWOC and you'll receive one absolutely free!

Get a complimentary Alchemy-Spetec pocket knife at World of Concrete 2019!  Drop by to see us at Booth # O40551 in the Silver Lots (same location we were in last year).  Show us a social media post you made with the hashtag #AlchemySpetecWOC and you'll receive one absolutely free!

Get a complimentary Alchemy-Spetec pocket knife at World of Concrete 2019!  Drop by to see us at Booth # O40551 in the Silver Lots (same location we were in last year).  Show us a social media post you made with the hashtag #AlchemySpetecWOC and you'll receive one absolutely free!

There will be a LOT to see and do at our booth this year: 

Want a personlized one-on-one meeting at World of Concrete?

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Slab Lifting in Cold Weather

Posted by Andy Powell on Dec 17, 2018 1:15:11 PM

Don’t let common preconceptions deter you from slab lifting in cold weather. There are many jobs to be done and many ways to keep your material conditioned.

Don’t let common preconceptions deter you from slab lifting in cold weather. There are many jobs to be done and many ways to keep your material conditioned. Contrary to popular opinion, as a contractor, you don’t have to put up your equipment and rigs due to cold weather. There are many jobs to be done and many ways to keep your material conditioned. Use this season to your advantage and gain valuable business.

Cold Weather Markets

Seasonal attractions such as theme parks are a great place to start looking for winter work. Many of these parks (the ones that aren’t in Orlando) shut down for the winter and this is the time they do maintenance and repairs. Think of all the concrete lifting and leveling that can be done.

Factories can be less active in the winter months with production slowing down in many industries. This is a good time for them to do maintenance and floor repairs as well.

Warehouses typically operate year round, so there is always work available. Warehouse floors are used and abused on a daily basis and will sooner or later need some form of repairs done to keep business running at a steady pace. In addition, many warehouses have dangerous voids beneath their floors that require repair.  

Exterior concrete slabs are still worth considering, even in the cold weather. These slabs experience the most wear and tear from the environment itself (think erosion) and daily traffic. You’ll need to lift concrete slabs before the ground freezes and only after your materials have been thoroughly conditioned.

Conditioning Materials

Your slab lifting equipment probably has built in heaters and a heated hose. Each brand and model of pump has different sized pre-heaters and different ∆T (∆ = Delta and T = Temperature). This sounds complicated, but is actually quite simple.  ∆T is simply the change in temperature.  Let’s say your material has been sitting in a cold trailer all night and the temperature has dropped to 40 degrees F. If the required temperature of your B side material is 120 degrees F, then your pump better be rated with a ∆T of at least 80 degrees. However, if your material is preconditioned to 70 degrees F, then your machine only has to be rated for a ∆T of 50 degrees. As I said, every machine is rated differently based on the size of the heaters. What is important to know is that there are limitations to how much heating your machine can do.

Keeping your materials conditioned in the winter months is a lot easier than it sounds. The main point is to keep your AP Lift products above 60 degrees at all times. Keeping the polyurethane at or above that temperature can be accomplished in a number of ways.

If you have an insulated rig, it should stay around 40 degrees warmer than outside temperatures. Most foam rigs have built in electric heaters that require an extension cord to a power outlet at the job site or at your facility for overnight storage. Alternately, you could buy an electric radiator heater. Other available heating devices include drum band heaters and heated drum mats (be careful not to scorch the polymers by turning band heaters up too high). For a more DIY approach, you could build a hot box around the material storage area in your rig.

Heat Sink

Another consideration when lifting cold slabs is the heat sink factor. AP Lift products come out of the gun hot and get even hotter as they react. However, cold concrete acts as a heat sink and sucks the energy out of the foam as it starts to react. This can slow down the reaction speed of the foam. If you are pumping into a void, it will have little effect because most of the foam is not in contact with the concrete. If you are trying to lift a slab with little void, it will have more of an effect because more of the foam is in contact with the cold concrete and cold soil. More volume = more energy.

Conclusion

Don’t let common preconceptions deter you from slab lifting in cold weather. As noted above, there is no need to shut down completely for the upcoming winter months if you don’t want to. Opportunities still exist and one of them may just be the job you’ve been looking for all year. There are many ways to keep your equipment and materials conditioned to efficiently work in lower temperatures. Have more questions about slab lifting in cold weather? Call us at 404-618-0438.

Want more in-depth info on slab lifting?

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Topics: All Posts, Lift Slabs