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Geotech Accessories

Posted by Anthony Sandone on Jun 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Geotech Accessories

Geotech AccessoriesAlchemy-Spetec offers a variety of accessories for use with the geotech product line.  In this post, we'll take a brief tour.  If you have any questions about these products, don't hesitate to call us at 404-618-0438.

Slab Lifting Gun & Stand Up Attachment

Two-component resin injection gun manufactured specifically for lifting concrete slabs, designed to handle back-pressure. As the essential piece of foam jacking equipment for Alchemy-Spetec’s expanding polyurethane foams, the resin injection gun provides highly-efficient concrete leveling. The attachment allows the user to stand while operating the gun.

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PolyBadger Lifting System

The Alchemy-Spetec PolyBadger lifting system is tough and compact. This system is an affordable entry-level option for new contractors, as well as an extremely portable addition to the experienced contractor’s arsenal. The PolyBadger is a lot less expensive than your standard 20 foot trailer rig. The set up is simple and requires minimal equipment. The entire system can easily fit in the back of a pickup truck!. The genius of the PolyBadger is the auto calibrator. It keeps the flow of A and B on ratio, eliminating the possibility of a crossover in the gun or the whip hose. 

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Slab Lifting Pumps

As the essential piece of concrete leveling equipment, the PMC plural component hydraulic proportioner is used to inject AP two-component structural polyurethane foams for Slab Lifting, Filling Voids and Soil Stabilization.  Rugged and dependable, this line of concrete leveling equipment utilizes relays and circuit breakers instead of circuit boards, vastly increasing reliability and preventing maintenance problems.  Read more here...

AP Flush 121

Reusable, biodegradable, high performance pump flush that is friendly to the environment and does an excellent job flushing out pumps.

AP Flush 125

Water based gun flush specifically used for flushing out the MixMaster impingement gun. Also used to protect concrete from resin stains.

AP Soak 130

AP Soak 130 is a reusable, non-flammable solvent for cleaning cured resin from metal components. 

AP Lube 190

AP Lube 190 is a lubricant for preventing isocyanate from setting up inside pumps or hoses.

Spetec Gel Reinforcing Agent

Spetec Gel Reinforcing Agent is an acrylic latex additive used to increase the strength and flexibility of our AG series of acrylic gels.

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Topics: All Posts, Lift Slabs, Stabilize Soil, Deep Lift

Filling Abandoned Pipes with Spetec PUR H100

Posted by Anthony Sandone on May 15, 2019 3:39:12 PM

Filling Abandoned Pipes with Spetec PUR H100

Filling Abandoned Pipes with Spetec PUR H100I was recently contacted by an engineer in New England who requested a demo with one of our products.  Specifically, he wanted to test Spetec PUR H100 for filling abandoned pipes.  In this case, we tested the material on a 6-inch diameter PVC pipe (but any type of abandoned pipe can be filled with expansive polyurethane as long as it's 30 inches in diameter or less).  This pipe was 10 feet long, but there is no real length limit using the technique I describe in this blog post.

First, we plugged both ends of the pipe.  We drilled a hole in the top middle of the pipe and inserted a port.  We then injected the Spetec PUR H100.  For longer pipes, you would place a port every 3 feet or so.  You'll also want to drill one 3/8" vent hole per 10 feet of pipe, in between ports.  Of course, most abandoned pipes are located underground, so your crew will have to dig down to expose top of the pipe.

Want information on other uses for Spetec PUR H100 and similar products?

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Topics: All Posts, Fill Voids

Product Mixing Demos at 2019 Spring Training

Posted by Anthony Sandone on Feb 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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Leak Seal & Geotech Products & Procedures

March 14 & 15, 2019 at Alchemy-Spetec HQ in Tucker, GA

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Get a thorough education in Leak Seal, Slab Lifting, Soil Stabilization and the Alchemy-Spetec Deep Lift™ process. You’ll also get hands-on training from a technical staff with decades of on-the-job experience.

Thursday - Leak Seal

  • Leak Seal Product Line Overview
  • Curtain Grouting
  • Permeation Grouting
  • Leak-Seal Product Mixing
  • Pump & Packer Overviews
  • Leak-Seal Accessories
  • Municipal Applications
  • Live Injection Demos
  • Open Discussions

Friday - Geotech

  • Geotech Product Line Overview
  • Soil Stabilization
  • Geotech Product Mixing
  • Rig & Mobile System Overviews
  • Geotechnical Accessories
  • Slab Lifting Live Demo
  • Deep Lift™ Overview
  • Soil Testing with the
  • GPR & Penetrometer
  • Maintenance Discussions
  • Pricing / Estimating / Cost Savings
  • Open Discussions
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Participants receive a Samsung tablet loaded with training material.

Your Instructors:

Stephen C. Barton (President/CEO), Jim Spiegel (VP Sales & Business Development), Andy Powell (Southeastern Regional Manager), Anthony Sandone (Eastern Regional Manager), and Charlie Lerman (Western Regional Manager). Each instructor is a seasoned professional with at least a decade of experience in the industry.  

Topics: Repair Seawalls, Equipment & Accessories, All Posts, Lift Slabs, NSF Certification, Seal Leaks, Stabilize Soil, Business Tips, Repair Cracks, Waterstop, Deep Lift, Floor Repair

Spetec PUR H100 Hotshot Cartridge

Posted by Anthony Sandone on Aug 3, 2018 10:11:18 AM

The Spetec PUR H100 Hotshot Cartridge contains one component, closed cell, hydrophobic, water reactive, solvent/phthalate free, low viscosity polyurethane injection resin for stabilization and water cut-off of large water leaks. The cartridge packaging is ideal for small jobs in locations that prohibit the use of pumps.

The Spetec PUR H100 Hotshot Cartridge contains one component, closed cell, hydrophobic, water reactive, solvent/phthalate free, low viscosity polyurethane injection resin for stabilization and water cut-off of large water leaks. The cartridge packaging is ideal for small jobs in locations that prohibit the use of pumps.The Spetec PUR H100 Hotshot Cartridge contains Spetec PUR H100, a one component, closed cell, hydrophobic, water reactive, solvent/phthalate free, low viscosity polyurethane injection resin for stabilization and water cut-off of large water leaks. The cartridge packaging is ideal for small jobs in locations that prohibit the use of pumps.

Advantages:

  • Single component cartridge.
  • Good compression strengths.
  • Rapid set time.
  • No volatile solvents.
  • Cures to rigid foam.

Applications:

  • Water cut-off.
  • Dams.
  • Manholes.
  • Storm pipe joints.
  • Box culverts.
  • Limited access areas.

For details on preparation, application instructions, required tools and more, please download this Spetec PUR H100 Hotshot Cartridge datasheet.

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Topics: All Posts, Seal Leaks

WaterStop: Spetec WT400 Hydrophilic Caulk

Posted by Anthony Sandone on Jun 13, 2018 10:11:36 AM

WT400 is a hydrophilic waterstop caulk that swells when water is present. This product can be used in many applications with the main one being sheet piling. Read more...

WT400 is a hydrophilic waterstop caulk that swells when water is present. This product can be used in many applications with the main one being sheet piling. Read more...WT400 is a hydrophilic caulk that swells when water is present. This product can be used in many applications, the main one being sheet piling. WT400 is a single component hydrophilic polyurethane that can be applied in wet or dry environments. Upon contact with ground water it can swell 2 or more times its original volume. When applied to the interlocks of sheet piling, it can swell and seal the leaking interlock in the sheet.

This product is very easy to install with standard caulk guns. There are two application methods:

  • Apply WT400 to the female opening of the piles and allow to fully cure before driving the sheets. (This method is used when WT400 is applied to the piles before they are shipped to the job site.)

  • Apply WT400 to the female opening of the piles and drive the sheets before it is cured. (This method is used when WT400 is applied to the piles on the job site.) This is the preferred method.

Some other applications for WT400 include manhole joints, precast segments, cold joints, tunnel segment joints, pipe penetrations, poured wall joints and general waterstop applications.

This product is an MDI based product which is more environmentally friendly than TDI based products!

Want more information on sheet piling with WT400?

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Topics: All Posts, Waterstop

The Importance of Good Communication

Posted by Anthony Sandone on Jun 1, 2018 10:45:25 AM

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tiogc-BLOG-1Have you ever been in a room with a group of people talking around an issue, but no one is directly addressing the problem? Or you are working with a group of people on an acknowledged problem, but there's no agreement on how to tackle the issue? These are signs of bad communication! According to some research I have found, companies practicing good communication have a 20% higher employee retention rate on average. 

Alchemy-Spetec holds weekly company meetings to facilitate ongoing communication between employees. Something as simple as a regularly scheduled company meeting can keep the lines of communication open at your organization as well. Contracting firms, engineering firms, municipalities and property management companies can all benefit from the practice of honest and direct interchange between key decision makers and departments.

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Topics: All Posts, Business Tips

Spetec PUR H100 Hot Shot Cartridge

Posted by Anthony Sandone on May 4, 2018 10:54:34 AM

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Need a convenient leak seal solution? The Spetec PUR H100 Hot Shot Cartridge is your product of choice. This water activated semi flexible foam injection resin starts to foam at 15 seconds and will have a full rise in 40 seconds, so it can shut down very active water leaks quick. This Hot Shot Cartridge is perfect for those jobs that don’t require a full pump set up. Simply bring a hammer drill, drill bits, a single cartridge gun - and you’re good to go!

Spetec PUR H100 shuts down leaks in walls, manholes, box culverts, floors, storm sewer pipes and more. This 10.5oz single cartridge is very easy to use. Competing products often require a dual cartridge gun!

Application is simple:

  1. Just drill a 3/8”, 1/2" or 5/8” hole through the substrate that is leaking.
  2. Next, place the injection tip in the drilled hole and pump the Spetec PUR H100 cartridge into the soil for a very quick and easy seal. 

Want more information on Alchemy-Spetec leak seal products?

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Topics: All Posts, Seal Leaks

Spetec AG200 for Crack Injection and Soil Stabilization

Posted by Anthony Sandone on Apr 30, 2018 1:58:59 PM

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Acrylic polymers are noted for transparency, resistance to breakage and elasticity. Spetec AG200 is a three-component, water-swelling hydrogel based on acrylic that hardens into an elastic product. It's a great choice for fixing leaking cracks and joints in walls. This product is also used in curtain wall grouting applications for soil stabilization.

The main benefit of Spetec AG200 acrylic is its very low viscosity. The viscosity of water is 1.002 centipoise (cps), which is very thin. Spetec AG200 is 4.2 cps which allows this product to penetrate deep into concrete cracks, and also permeate soil very thoroughly. Another benefit is the product's tenacious bond to concrete.

Flexibility in set up time is another key feature. Spetec AG200 can be made to set up anywhere in the range between 15 seconds to 60 minutes. With the fast set time option, you will be able to shut down very active leaks quick. With the slow set up time option, you will be able to permeate soil very effectively before the material sets up.

Want more information on Alchemy-Spetec soil stabilization products?

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Topics: All Posts, Seal Leaks, Stabilize Soil

Spetec Pur F400 for Sealing Cracks

Posted by Anthony Sandone on Mar 30, 2018 11:38:22 AM

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Spetec PUR F400- blog-2When it comes to leaking cracks, Spetec PUR F400 is an excellent solution. This product is free of solvents and phthalates, which is much safer for our contractors to use. It's also NSF/ANSI 61 approved for use with potable drinking water. This allows contractors to fix leaking wall or floor cracks at water treatment plants. Spetec PUR F400 is also safe for use around water containing fish and other wildlife.

Spetec PUR F400 is designed to shut down leaks in concrete, brickwork, concrete sewers pipes and precast concrete. This product works very well with leaking hairline cracks due to its low viscosity. Spetec PUR F400 is very flexible after it sets up, which allows it to retain its bond if the concrete shifts or moves due to freeze/thaw cycles. When the concrete shifts, the grout continues to bridge the crack.

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Topics: All Posts, Seal Leaks

Sealing Manholes with Spetec PUR GT350

Posted by Anthony Sandone on Mar 28, 2018 10:52:15 AM

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Spetec PUR GT350 is an MDI based hydrophilic one component flexible polyurethane grout. It is used for many things, most commonly for leaking cracks, soil grouting and joint leaks.  This highly flexible grout works very well in wet moving cracks.  The flexibility of this grout allows it to bridge cracks if they're still moving.  Spetec PUR GT350 works very well in the soils behind leaking walls.  This product has a quick reaction time.  With very heavy water flows, Spetec PUR H100 Accelerator can be used for faster set times.

One of our customers did a big project with Spetec PUR GT350 for the city of Beaumont, TX. They had 200 manholes that had leaking joints and cracks. The contractor soaked backer rod with Spetec PUR GT350 polyurethane grout to fix the leaking manhole joints. Crack injection was also done on the precast structures. If you're a leak seal contractor, consider going after these very profitable types of large scale municipal jobs. If you'd like assistance in that matter (or any others), call us now at 404-618-0438.

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Topics: All Posts, Seal Leaks