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Attention Spray Foam Installers - Alchemy-Spetec Seeking Geotechnical Services Representative

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Sep 5, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Attention Spray Foam Installers  Alchemy-Spetec Seeking Geotechnical Services Representative

Attention Spray Foam Installers  Alchemy-Spetec Seeking Geotechnical Services RepresentativeAlchemy-Spetec Seeks Field and Phone Support Technician

We are a manufacturer of geotechnical soil and concrete repair foam and we use the same equipment to lift concrete slabs as you have been using to spray foam insulation. 

General Duties:

  • Conduct hands-on in-field training of contractors and participate in evaluation of potential projects.
  • Perform slab lifting and void fill projects.
  • Manage customer service activities and support the technical sales team at Alchemy by becoming an internal expert on the company’s products, applications and customers with the goal of being able to answer most general and technical incoming questions from customers, prospects, and engineers.
    More specifically:
    • Answer incoming calls and respond to website inquiries
    • Coordinate customer orders and related documentation
    • Be a proactive and hands-on learner about Alchemy’s products, customers, partners and processes so that candidate can properly and independently respond to questions in a timely manner.
  • Develop positive working relationship with all parties by properly representing the company.
  • Participate in other marketing related activities such as trade shows and industry events for the purpose of furthering company’s profile in the industry.
  • Other activities and duties may be assigned. 

Are You Right for This Job?

  1. Are you mechanically inclined and detail oriented?
  2. Do you have an entrepreneurial personality?
  3. Do you thrive on producing professional results?
  4. Are you comfortable with a casual dress code?
  5. Do you like occasional travel?

Are We Right for You?

  1. We maintain a laser-like focus on serving our customers.
  2. We care more about the results you achieve than how you achieve them.
  3. We enjoy our work and we work hard.
  4. We are a small team doing big business on a global scale.

Overview:

Alchemy-Spetec is headquartered in Tucker, GA outside of Atlanta. We manufacture polyurethane grouting technologies for the construction and engineering industries. As part of our growth both domestically and internationally we have a need to bring on an additional support technician.

This customer support position represents an excellent opportunity for a career-minded, technically oriented individual who is an outgoing self-starter, enjoys multi-tasking and wants to deliver results with accountability in an entrepreneurial environment.  This role is a career development position best suited for savvy candidates who are interested in professional growth with a growing company.

General Requirements:

  • At least 5 years of experience with technical industrial products is a must - reference industries include spray foam application, general construction, materials, engineering or automotive.
  • Ability to easily interface with technically oriented people at all levels of a company, domestically and internationally.
  • Friendly, outgoing personality that must be able and comfortable to work independently in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment and maintain a can-do attitude.
  • Possess a strong focus on customer service and teamwork.
  • Solid written and verbal English communications
  • Flexibility to travel (up to 50%) as well as work on some weekends when needed
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications.
  • Other key skills: quick study, thoroughness/attention to detail, deadline-oriented, ability to resolve problems and find creative solutions.

Competitive compensation and benefits available based on relevant professional experience.  

Application Instructions:

Please contact Jim Spiegel via LinkedIn and/or email him at jspiegel@alchemy-spetec.com for job descriptions or questions. 

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Introducing AP Microfine 10

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Sep 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Introducing AP Microfine 10

Introducing AP Microfine 10A Microfine Cement from Alchemy-Spetec

AP Microfine 10 is a blast furnace slag ultrafine cement intended for use in specialty grouting applications. With a D95 particle size of ten microns and a D50 particle size of three microns, this microfine cement is able to penetrate very small openings such as soil pores and microscopic rock fissures in order to improve strength and reduce permeability.

Advantages

  • Excellent permeability.
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Long-term durability.
  • Highly adaptable.
  • Brine tolerant.
  • Highly predictable.

Applications

  • Pre and post-excavation grouting.
  • Water cut-off grouting.
  • Dam and embankment grouting.
  • Foundation stabilization, new and existing.
  • Soil consolidation.
  • Oil and gas well remediation.
  • Hazardous waste containment grouting.
  • Maintenance grouting of existing dams and tunnels.

Packaging

  • 44 lb (19.96 kg) plastic pail.
  • 6 oz (0.17 kg) bottle of plasticizer included.

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The Best Pump for Joint Filling

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Aug 21, 2019 9:15:41 AM

The Best Pump for Joint Filling

The Best Pump for Joint Filling

In this post, we'll profile the Alchemy-Spetec Joint Filling Machine, which is used with AP Joint Fill 800 and AP Fast Repair 850 for structural repair jobs.  This article covers a lot of technical territory in a few short paragraphs.  So, if it raises any questions for you, please call us at 404-618-0438.
 
Off-ratio product is probably the most prevalent issue with polyurea joint pumps.  This typically comes down to just a few possible scenarios.  Most commonly the material may be a bit too thick for the machine.  For instance, many suppliers market their pumps as "joint filling", but fail to specify product choices for the pump.  A small difference with the Alchemy-Spetec Joint Filling Machine (manufactured by US Saws) is the 1" throat from the bottom of the hopper leading to the rotary gear pumps.  Most suppliers are using 5/8" or 3/4" throat.    
 
Another common symptom you may run across with some pumps: Any time there is any build-up in the static mixer (which is common with material that sets in 30 seconds or less), there may also be back pressure put on the system, and the seals around the shaft for the sprocket/chain assembly may blow, and then you'll see material dripping from the shafts by the chain.  This is another tell-tale sign that the pump you are using is not pressure rated high enough.  And once a seal is compromised at all, the ratios go all over the place.  Concentric seals do much better with this. Also be careful with your flushing agent here.  If you're not using the Alchemy-Spetec Joint Filling Machine, ask your pump manufacturer what the seals are made of.  PTFE seals typically hold up to solvents better than Viton, for example.  A chewed up Viton seal caused by acetone flush can be a common cause of off-ratio product. 
 
The reason we chose the pump we have for our line is because US Saws has it best figured out.  Feel free to browse the US Saws link below for specifics on the machine...
 
One of the things we really like with this pump is that they have a unique configuration of the chain/sprockets which keeps more teeth of the sprocket engaged, and that prevents any skipping of the chain when back-pressure is encountered.  Also, the HDPE tanks are nice because you can see the levels of the material.  With the steel tanks of other pumps, often times the applicator will happen to look into the tanks only to realize that the last 100' of joint fill he put down is off-ratio.  It's much better to see this in real-time, all the time.  This pump also has the wide throat and PTFE seals.

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Charlie Lerman Promoted to Director of Technical Services – Leak Seal Division

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Aug 9, 2019 10:20:33 AM

Charlie Lerman Promoted to Director of Technical Services – Leak Seal Division

Charlie Lerman Promoted to Director of Technical Services – Leak Seal DivisionAlchemy-Spetec is proud to announce that Charlie Lerman "The Grout Geek" will be shifting roles to start up our North American Leak Seal Technical Services Department. Charlie not only brings two decades of specialty waterproofing and construction experience to his new role as Director of Technical Services - Leak Seal Division, but he also brings nine years of service in the US Navy. He understands the value of teamwork and is dedicated to the mission.

While the trend in the last few years for chemical grout manufacturers has been to reduce or eliminate their technical service roles, Alchemy-Spetec understands the needs of the specialty waterproofing contractor and is committed to customer success. Leveraging Alchemy-Spetec’s quality products, strong distribution, and our rapid response technical service is what gives our contractors the edge they need in today's fast-paced market.

Please let us know how we can assist you with your next waterproofing challenge. Whether you need help with product selection, hands-on field training, or creative grouting solutions, Alchemy-Spetec is here for you.

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ICRI Webinar - Specifying Concrete Repair

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Jul 8, 2019 4:26:55 PM

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ICRI Webinar - Specifying Concrete Repair

As a member of the ICRI Board of Directors, I'm happy to share the following information about the upcoming ICRI Webinar: Specifying Concrete Repair.

Time and Date:
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
1-2 PM CDT / 2-3 PM EDT

This webinar will review issues that should be addressed when preparing a specification for concrete repair. ICRI developed an editable specification titled “Guide Specification for Structural Concrete Repairs” that can be used by design professionals. The webinar reviews the specification and discusses decisions that should be considered when developing a concrete repair specification.

Register for the ICRI Webinar

Learning Objectives

  1. Become familiar with ICRI Technical Guide No. 110.1, “Guide Specifications for Structural Concrete Repairs,” based on the CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) Masterformat.
  2. Understand the breakdown of key information in the three parts of the specification: Part 1: General, Part 2: Products, and Part 3: Execution.
  3. Understand the decisions made by the committee during the development of the specification. 
  4. Be introduced to the decisions that will need to be made by the Design Professional when using the specification.
  5. Learn the standard practices commonly used in the concrete repair industry, with options and commentary, and how to require them through specifications.

About the Presenter

Karl Rickert, PE, was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Arnold, Maryland.  Thanks to familial connections, his father was a structural engineer. Karl obtained a job at Lamprecht Consultants, a structural engineering firm in Baltimore, where he worked during the summer after his junior year in high school until about 2 years after finishing college.

Between 1971 and 1975, Karl attended Drexel University, participated in their cooperative education program and became a student member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Following graduation with a BS in Civil Engineering, Karl spent the next 11 years gaining experience as a structural engineer through work at Lamprecht Consultants, Skarda & Rickert Structural Consultants, and Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani.  In 1979, Karl became a registered professional engineer in the State of Maryland and is currently registered in eight states and the District of Columbia.  Karl completed an MS in structural engineering at George Washington University in 1984.

In 1986, Karl founded Rickert Engineering, Inc. and continues to serve as President of the firm.  Karl completed an MBA at Loyola College in Baltimore in 1994 and has maintained memberships in professional organizations including ACI, ACEC, AISC, ASCE, CSI, ICRI, and NSPE.  He has been an officer at the local level of several of these organizations and is currently active on committees (past-chair of Committee 110) at the national level of the International Concrete Repair Institute.  He is also currently serving on the Maryland Board of Professional Engineers.

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Using Oakum with Chemical Grout

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Jun 24, 2019 5:34:28 PM

Using Oakum with Chemical Grout

Using Oakum with Chemical Grout

Using oakum with chemical grout is a way of sealing gushing leaks, as well as sealing the area (annular space) around pipes passing through concrete structures. When a pipe passes through a concrete structure and the annular space around the pipe is large, the saturated oakum technique can be used to seal off the water infiltration. Oakum saturated with grout can be used alone to seal off water flow. It can also be utilized to build a surface seal or “dam” behind which grout can be pumped. 

Procedures

This is a two-person process.

  1. Clean the crack or space to be sealed of any loose debris and foreign material.
  2. Cut the oakum in various lengths to fit the perimeter requirements of the area to be sealed.
  3. Soak the oakum in the grout.
  4. One person will wring out the soaked oakum and hand it to the other person, who will...
  5. Dip the oakum into a pail of water to activate the grout and then place the activated oakum into the crack or space using a screw driver or a similar tool.

After the space has been packed with saturated oakum, you can inject grout behind the seal with an injection needle. 

For more information, see our previous post on this subject and call us at 404-618-0438.

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Slab Lift Product Bundles Expire August 31st

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Jun 21, 2019 2:49:42 PM

Slab Lift Product Bundles Expire August 31st

Slab Lift Product Bundles Expire August 31stDon't miss out on the AP Lift 430 and MixMaster Pro slab lifting gun product bundle offer!

AP Lift 430 Concrete Leveling Foam

AP LIFT 430 is a two component, high strength, high density, hydro insensitive slab lifting foam. 

  • Traffic ready in 15 minutes.
  • High strength.
  • Works in wet environments - displaces water.
  • Bonds with soil and concrete.
  • Closed cell.
  • Certified by Truesdail Labs to NSF/ANSI 61-5 (approved for contact with drinking water).

MixMaster Pro Concrete Leveling Gun

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. 

  • Completely mechanical actuation
  • No side seals or O-rings in the mixing block to replace
  • Integrated rebuildable check valves to save your whip hose
  • Easy break down and clean up at the end of the day
  • Utilizes smaller 3/8” injection port
  • Uses water based flush

AS-Special-Offers---Good-Through-Aug-31-2019

Call 404-618-0438 to order your Slab Lift Product Bundle NOW!

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Bigger, Better, Stronger - The Stainless Steel MixMaster Gun Block

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Jun 17, 2019 2:07:50 PM

Bigger, Better, Stonger - The Stainless Steel MixMaster Gun Block

Bigger, Better, Stonger - The Stainless Steel MixMaster Gun Block

The new stainless-steel block for the MixMaster Pro concrete leveling gun is an option you may want to consider. This stronger, more durable gun block was developed to prevent stripping of injector ports (which can sometimes happen with the aluminum block if the ports are over-tightened). 

There are no problems with the aluminum block as long as all your crew members are trained not to over-tighten the ports.  But if you would like that extra level of projection and durability, consider spending a little more for the stainless-steel option.

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Spetec Gel Reinforcing Agent

Posted by Jim Spiegel on May 31, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Spetec Gel Reinforcing Agent

Spetec Gel Reinforcing AgentSpetec Gel Reinforcing Agent is an acrylic latex additive used to increase the strength and flexibility of our AG series of acrylic gels: Spetec AG100, Spetec AG200 and AP SoilGel 200.

Advantages

  • Improved adhesion.
  • Increased hydrostatic pressure resistance.
  • Improved resistance to wet/dry cycles.
  • Improved low temperature flexibility.
  • Minimizes hydrophilic shrinkage in dry cycling.
  • Solvent free.
  • Non-toxic.

Field of Application

  • Soil stabilization in below grade structures when used in conjunction with the AG series of products.
  • Leak seal in below grade structures when used in conjunction with the AG series of products.

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AP Lube 190

Posted by Jim Spiegel on May 29, 2019 4:34:48 PM

AP Lube 190

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

Advantages

  • Extends the life of the electric injection pump.
  • Protects and extends the life of pump packings.
  • Prevents isocyanate from setting up inside pump or hoses.

Field of Application

  • Lubricating electric injection pumps.
  • Flushing out proportioner/reactor pumps for long-term storage.
  • Lubricating A-side pump line on proportioner/reactor pumps.

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