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The Jack & Beam System

Posted by Jim Spiegel on May 24, 2019 11:17:42 AM

The Jack & Beam System

The Jack & Beam SystemThe Jack & Beam System provides mechanical leverage for guiding the lift direction of slabs or holding them in place while filling voids beneath.

Advantages

Improves accuracy of final slab position.
Helps prevent over-lifting.
Works with a variety of concrete anchors.
Cuts down on wasted foam.

System Components

Two steel structural beams.
Four mechanical jacks.
Accessories kit with chains, hooks and clevices.

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

The Sidewinder Scuff Guard

Posted by Jim Spiegel on May 22, 2019 10:08:20 AM

The Sidewinder Scuff Guard

The Sidewinder Scuff Guard

When your reputation is on the line, we’ve got you covered.
Sidewinder Scuff Guard incorporates the most advanced
insulation and abrasion-resistant materials to enhance application
and provide higher yields when pushing foam.

Available in both insulated and non-insulated versions, Sidewinder installs in minutes and offers unmatched hose protection from heavy abrasion, moisture, and temperature energy loss.

Forget the duct tape and nylon sock! Bundle up with Sidewinder’s “all-season” Scuff Guard from Alchemy-Spetec.

  • RUGGED SIMPLICITY. Sidewinder’s sleek, low-profile design makes dragging hose a breeze.

  • OPTIMIZED FOR SPF. Sidewinder’s specialized cover provides added protection in wet, high UV applications and remains extremely flexible in temperatures from -60°F to 250°F.

  • UP TO 60% ENERGY SAVINGS. Insulated sleeve can reduce temperature loss by up to 60%.

  • GETTING HEATED? Sidewinder Scuff Guard helps control viscosity & reduces wear to proportioners eliminating these headaches:
    • Inability to maintain ideal temperatures under varying conditions
    • Hours spent repairing heavy hose sock & replacing tattered duct tape
    • Replacing costly FTS cables, FTS sensors & defective whips
    • Loss of yield, cutting into profits

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Topics: Equipment & Accessories, All Posts, Lift Slabs, Deep Lift

Alchemy-Spetec Releases 4 New Products

Posted by Jim Spiegel on May 20, 2019 1:33:36 PM

Alchemy-Spetec Releases 4 New Products

Alchemy-Spetec has added 4 new items to our product line!

Slab-Lift-Equipment-JackAndBeamJack & Beam System

The Jack & Beam System provides mechanical leverage for guiding the lift direction of slabs or holding them in place while filling voids beneath. This invaluable tool provides polyurethane slab lifters with a distinct advantage in precision slab placement.

The system includes 2 beams, 4 jacks and all the necessary hardware.

Slab-Lift-Equipment-Sidewinder-Scuff-GuardSidewinder Scuff Guard

The Sidewinder Scuff Guard incorporates the most advanced insulation and abrasion-resistant materials to enhance application and provide higher yields when pushing foam. Available in both insulated and non-insulated versions, the Sidewinder installs in minutes and offers unmatched hose protection from heavy abrasion, moisture, and temperature energy loss.

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.

AP Lube 190

AP Lube 190 is a multi-purpose lubricant for use with both electric injection pumps and proportioner/reactor pumps.

Want more information on Alchemy-Spetec products?

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Topics: All Posts, Lift Slabs, Seal Leaks

US Department of the Interior Study Finds Spetec PUR F400 Effective in Sealing Contraction Joints

Posted by Jim Spiegel on May 8, 2019 4:17:13 PM

US Department of the Interior Study Finds Spetec PUR F400 Effective in Sealing Contraction Joints

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation recently conducted a study in which they evaluated methods for sealing contraction joints in dams. They tested 8 methods. Spetec PUR F400 was used in one of only two methods that reduced water flow 100%. We'll share some excerpts from their report in today's blog post...

The U.S. Department of the Interior protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future. The mission of the Bureau of Reclamation is to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public. 

All Reclamation concrete dams have joints which experience pressure caused by the reservoir water elevation. These joints have waterstops between the formed drain and the upstream face of the dam to prevent water leakage through the joint. Over time, the waterstops can begin to leak which can become a significant maintenance issue. These leaks can lead to millions of dollars of increased maintenance costs across numerous facilities, since they corrode metalwork, increase operation costs through increased pumping to remove excess water, and reduce worker productivity as they work around the leaks, etc. In some cases, the water leaks can threaten or damage expensive equipment.

Conventional leaking contraction joint repair methods are either very expensive or do not last long. Based on work from previous years looking into cheaper repair options, where we developed an inexpensive method to deliver repair materials to a specific location deep under water, several prototype repair methods were developed. To test those methods, we built a laboratory fixture to simulate a leaking contraction joint in a dam under pressures as high as 35 psi. With this fixture we tested different repair options. These options included sawdust, hydrophilic waterstop chips, chemical grouts used for sealing water leakage through concrete, and combinations of the chips and grouts.

In this testing we found that sawdust didn’t slow the water flowing through the test fixture joint. Hydrophilic chips slowed the water by as much as 65%, and Hydrophilic chips combined with some chemical grouts completely stopped the water flow through the test fixture jointThese results could have substantial implications at Reclamation facilities with leaking contraction joints. These methods can be implemented to significantly reduce or completely stop the infiltration of water and are much cheaper than many alternatives.

Here is the product comparison table excerpted from the report...

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You can read more about the report here and download the entire report here.

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Topics: All Posts, Seal Leaks

Alchemy-Spetec Seeks Midwest Regional Manager

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Mar 11, 2019 4:01:32 PM
The quickly-growing Alchemy-Spetec team is seeking a Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest to manage and promote the A-S Leak Seal and Geotech product lines in the construction industry. Please contact Jim Spiegel via LinkedIn message and/or email at jspiegel@alchemy-spetec.com for job descriptions or questions.
The quickly-growing Alchemy-Spetec team is seeking a Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest to manage and promote the A-S Leak Seal and Geotech product lines in the construction industry. Please contact Jim Spiegel via LinkedIn message and/or email at jspiegel@alchemy-spetec.com for job descriptions or questions.
 
The quickly-growing Alchemy-Spetec team is seeking a Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest to manage and promote the Leak Seal and Geotech product lines in the construction industry.  Ideally, this candidate would be based in Chicago or Minneapolis.  Relevant chemical grout experience in Leak Seal or Geotech is preferred.  Competitive packages offered.
 
Please contact Jim Spiegel via LinkedIn and/or email him at jspiegel@alchemy-spetec.com for job descriptions or questions.  
 
Learn more about Alchemy-Spetec's product lines now.
Download our product catalogs...
 
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Presentations and Group Discussions at 2019 Spring Training

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Feb 27, 2019 2:54:56 PM

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Leak Seal & Geotech Products & Procedures

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

The best classroom learning in the business! 

Informative presentations and group discussions packed with practical application instructions, business tips and more.

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

Click Here to Register NOW!

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

Sunshine Supply Hosts Alchemy-Spetec Grout Lab in Anaheim

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Feb 21, 2019 1:45:51 PM

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Leak seal product distributor Sunshine Supply, headquartered in California, hosted a well-attended Alchemy-Spetec Grout Lab today for local contractors in the Anaheim area. The curriculum included…

Classroom Polyurethane Leak Seal Training

  • Safety Considerations for Polyurethane Leak Seal Work
  • Crack Injection Products and Application Procedures
  • Curtain Grouting Products and Application Procedures

Live Polyurethane Leak Seal Demos

  • Concrete Crack Injection
  • Curtain Grouting
  • Pump Startup and Maintenance

Watch this brief clip (from a demo at the grout lab) of a crack cross section showing off-gassing pressures creating full depth repair... 

Want an Alchemy-Spetec leak seal grout lab in your area? Find your local product distributor and ask them to call us!

Don’t want to wait? Travel to the Atlanta area for the next Alchemy-Spetec contractor training on March 14th and 15th at our headquarters. Click here for more information on the Atlanta-area training program!

Want more info on Alchemy-Spetec leak seal products?

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Topics: All Posts, Seal Leaks

Sunshine Supply Hosts Alchemy-Spetec Grout Lab in San Diego

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Feb 19, 2019 4:06:01 PM

Sunshine Supply Hosts Alchemy-Spetec Grout Lab in San Diego

Sunshine Supply Hosts Alchemy-Spetec Grout Lab in San Diego

Leak seal product distributor Sunshine Supply, headquartered in San Diego, hosted a well-attended Alchemy-Spetec Grout Lab today for local contractors in the area. The curriculum included…

Classroom Polyurethane Leak Seal Training

  • Safety Considerations for Polyurethane Leak Seal Work
  • Crack Injection Products and Application Procedures
  • Curtain Grouting Products and Application Procedures

Live Polyurethane Leak Seal Demos

  • Concrete Crack Injection
  • Curtain Grouting
  • Pump Startup and Maintenance

Want an Alchemy-Spetec leak seal grout lab in your area? Find your local product distributor and ask them to call us!

Don’t want to wait? Travel to the Atlanta area for the next Alchemy-Spetec contractor training on March 14th and 15th at our headquarters. Click here for more information on the Atlanta-area training program!

Want more info on Alchemy-Spetec leak seal products?

Download the Info-Packed Leak Seal Product Catalog!

Topics: All Posts, Seal Leaks

How to Seal a Persistent Footer Leak

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Feb 15, 2019 1:40:12 PM
How to Seal a Persistent Footer Leak
 
How to Seal a Persistent Footer LeakThe dreaded floor/wall leak. Anyone who has seen enough leaks in their time knows that the wall/floor detail can be an injection contractors arch-nemesis. But it doesn't have to be so difficult. Please take a look at the basic detail depicted in the graphic which shows a common mistake as well as a couple of ways to remedy this situation with chemical grouting. Alchemy-Spetec has several products that can be used for this application. For an explanation of when and why you would use Spetec PUR H100, Spetec PUR F400, Spetec AG200, or Spetec PUR GT500, please call us at 404-618-0438, or click the button at the bottom of this article to schedule a consultation with a technical consultant.

See a close up of the graphic and an overview of the drilling methods below:
 
Top Arrow: The location of the top arrow in the graphic represents a good drilling technique, but it requires depths that many contractors are not used to drilling for joint injection.  Drilling here is very effective when grout is delivered to the positive side of the footer joint.
 
Middle Arrow: Drilling a shallow hole that does not reach the joint here (see how the arrow stops mid-wall?) is the most common mistake when doing footer details. The contractor thinks they are hitting a wall/floor joint that is not there. Often they damage existing waterstops in good condition if they do reach the joint. However, drilling here can be effective if the joint is actually reached and the grout is injected successfully.
 
How-to-Seal-a-Persistent-Footer-LeakBottom Arrow: This is the least commonly used drilling location, but when done correctly it seals the under-slab leak path as well as the wall/footer leak path. It's the least intuitive because it requires specific knowledge of the footer construction. 

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Topics: All Posts, Seal Leaks

Remember to Schedule a Personalized Meeting with Your Alchemy-Spetec Rep at World of Concrete 2019

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Jan 21, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Reminder!  Book your personalized meeting with an Alchemy-Spetec rep at World of Concrete! Alchemy-Spetec will be at World of Concrete 2019!  Drop by to see us at Booth # O40551 in the Silver Lots (same location we were in last year).

Reminder!  Book your personalized meeting with an Alchemy-Spetec rep at World of Concrete! Alchemy-Spetec will be at World of Concrete 2019!  Drop by to see us at Booth # O40551 in the Silver Lots (same location we were in last year).Reminder!  Book your personalized meeting with an Alchemy-Spetec rep at World of Concrete!

Alchemy-Spetec will be 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: 

Respecting YOUR time is important to us.  So, in addition to the action-packed list above, you can schedule a one-on-one consultation with your regional rep for personalized product or equipment demos, tips and advice on building your business, etc.

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

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