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Best of 2017 Blog Posts: Part 2

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Dec 29, 2017 11:30:00 AM

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We round out this year with a look back at some of the best blog articles from 2017.  Today's post is part two of a two-part series.  Enjoy!

benefits of buying through distribution

Benefits of Buying through distribution

It is much more convenient to buy from a distributor that can deliver product directly to your job site, as opposed to depending on a freight company to deliver it from the manufacturer.

To make it simple: a distributor already knows the local job site, the area, the traffic patterns, and the key people to make seamless drop offs.  We have experienced first hand the frustration of trying to get materials to a project address. The logistics, the timing, the limitations of a freight carrier's route and schedule can drive someone mad. Having someone else handle that can be a no brainer. 

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Alchemy-Spetec's NSF Certification Spells Environmental Protection

Alchemy-Spetec's NSF Certification Spells Environmental Protection

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) gives the EPA latitude to impose criminal and civil penalties on industries not in compliance. In 2014 enforcement efforts policing clean water netted $163 million in penalties and fines, 155 combined years of incarceration for sentenced defendants, and $16 million in court-ordered project clean-ups.

Having products that may come into contact with drinking water certified to NSF 61-5 (approved for contact with drinking water), ensures compliance with the SDWA and guarantees peace of mind for stakeholders on construction projects where this could be an issue. 

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Sealing Leaks with Spetec F400 - Underneath the St Lawrence Seaway

Sealing Leaks with Spetec F400 - Underneath the St Lawrence SeawayOne of our regional managers recently had the opportunity to train a crew on a very interesting job inside an underwater utility tunnel beneath a lock and dam in the St. Lawrence Seaway. This seaway connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. This tunnel is underneath a giant concrete deck, so the walls have taken a lot of pressure over time. 

The soil also shifts and settles underneath the tunnel as the years go by. Those factors, in addition to freeze/thaw cycles have caused cracks to appear in the walls. 

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Waterstop Essentials: Three Solutions


While similar in function, there is a difference between leak seal products and waterstop products. Waterstop products are designed to prevent water leaks from occurring, while leak seal products are designed to repair existing leaks.  

This article contains an overview of the following Alchemy-Spetec waterstop products:

  • Spetec WT400
  • Spetec ITS Kit
  • Spetec SST500

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