Alchemy-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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a two-person process.
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.
Don't miss out on the AP Lift 430 and MixMaster Pro slab lifting gun product bundle offer!
AP LIFT 430 is a two component, high strength, high density, hydro insensitive slab lifting foam.
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.
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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.
AP Lube 190 is a multi-purpose lubricant for use with both electric injection pumps and proportioner/reactor pumps.
The Jack & Beam System provides mechanical leverage for guiding the lift direction of slabs or holding them in place while filling voids beneath.
Improves accuracy of final slab position.
Helps prevent over-lifting.
Works with a variety of concrete anchors.
Cuts down on wasted foam.
Two steel structural beams.
Four mechanical jacks.
Accessories kit with chains, hooks and clevices.
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.