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Announcing Spring 2019 Infrastructure Repair Training

Posted by Stephen C. Barton on Feb 13, 2019 5:06:30 PM

Leak Seal & Geotech Training Event - March 14 & 15, 2019 at Alchemy-Spetec HQ in Tucker, GA. A thorough education in Leak Seal, Slab Lifting, Soil Stabilization and the Alchemy-Spetec Deep Lift™ process. You’ll get hands-on training from a technical staff with decades of on-the-job experience.

Leak Seal & Geotech Products & Procedures

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

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

Leak Seal & Geotech Training Event - March 14 & 15, 2019 at Alchemy-Spetec HQ in Tucker, GA. A thorough education in Leak Seal, Slab Lifting, Soil Stabilization and the Alchemy-Spetec Deep Lift™ process. You’ll 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: Floor Repair, Deep Lift, Waterstop, Repair Cracks, Business Tips, Repair Seawalls, Stabilize Soil, Seal Leaks, Lift Slabs, All Posts, Equipment & Accessories

Slab Void Fill with Polyurethane Foam

Posted by Stephen C. Barton on Feb 6, 2019 5:03:08 PM

Slab Void Fill with Polyurethane Foam

Slab Void Fill with Polyurethane FoamVoids beneath concrete slabs can be filled with two component polymer foam designed to work in wet or dry conditions. AP Lift 430 foam can support up to 7,200 lbs per square foot and will cure to 90% full strength in 15 minutes.  (Of the most resilient concrete slab jacking foams, AP Lift 430 is proven to lift concrete slabs under harsh conditions. This two-component, high-strength, high-density, hydro-insensitive structural polyurethane foam is the top slab jacking solution for concrete slab foundation repair, soil stabilization, and compaction grouting. AP Lift 430 weighs 2.75 – 3.25 pounds per cubic foot.)

Polyurethane foam conforms to void shape more accurately than cement grout, and - unlike cement - it doesn't shrink or sink over time.

The video below depicts a real time example of void fill and slab stabilization. A residential driveway is undermined by a large void. Because an entire bank of soil washed away on one side of the slab, we get an unusually clear view of polyurethane void fill in action. 

Observe the process closely and let us know if you have any follow up questions. We have the most knowledgeable and helpful customer support in the industry, so don't hesitate to call us at 404-618-0438 after you've watched this video! 

Want in-depth info on slab lifting and slab void fill with polyurethane foam?

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Topics: All Posts, Stabilize Soil, Lift Slabs

Warehouse and Industrial Slab Repair With Polyurethane

Posted by Stephen C. Barton on Feb 4, 2019 5:03:41 PM

Warehouse and Industrial Slab Repair With Polyurethane

Warehouse and Industrial Slab Repair With PolyurethaneOne of the hidden dangers a warehouse or industrial property owner and their employees can face is an unstable or sunken slab with a large void underneath.  The last thing anyone wants is injury and/or a lawsuit resulting from an un-repaired trip hazard or worse - a complete slab collapse.  Take a good long look at the photo in today's blog graphic.  This occurred when a forklift carrying a heavy piece of equipment crossed a slab with an un-detected void underneath.  Luckily, no one was injured.

This video below depicts (via an inexpensive borescope lowered through a drill hole) a real time example of a warehouse slab with cavernous voids below and heavy equipment resting on top.  Next, you'll see the slab repair process in action as the voids are filled and the slabs are restored to a safe, stable state with AP Lift foams that support between 7,200 - 14,000 pounds per square foot (depending on the product selected). 

Watch the process closely and contact us if you have any questions!

Want in-depth info on warehouse & industrial slab repair with polyurethane?

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Topics: All Posts, Lift Slabs, Stabilize Soil

Polyurethane Concrete Leveling Saves Harvest Season at Seed Plant

Posted by Andy Powell on Feb 1, 2019 3:54:08 PM

Polyurethane Concrete Leveling Saves Harvest Season at Seed Plant

Just outside Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is a 12,000 square foot cement manufacturing plant that was being re-purposed for use as an agricultural seed sorting facility.  Built in the 1960s, the plant’s 10” thick, double rebar, 8000 psi concrete floors had settled.  An undetected broken water main on an adjoining property had been pumping thousands of gallons into the soil for years causing the floors to become independent of the footings which had sunk as much as 7 inches.  The new owner’s plan to demo the slabs – including some as large as 52 feet by 25 feet – and replace them came to a screeching halt when they proved to be too tough for even a track hoe mounted jackhammer.  All of the high tech seed sorting equipment was still sitting on pallets and couldn’t be installed until the floor problem was resolved.  With harvest season fast approaching, a mudjacker was hired to lift the slabs with cement grout.  This effort proved unsuccessful in that the final levels were not accurate enough, leaving the property owner in dire circumstances.

Polyurethane Concrete Leveling Saves Harvest Season at Seed PlantPowerful Polymer

Among the most dependable products for leveling concrete slabs, AP Lift 440, provides an exceptional DOT grade solution for these types of situations. This 4 lb. density, high-strength, hydro-insensitive structural polyurethane foam is perfect for lifting and supporting heavy concrete floors that have settled due to water infiltration.

Painless Procedure

An Alchemy-Spetec certified contractor lifted 5 slabs and fine-tuned 3 others that the mudjackers had unsuccessfully attempted with cement grout.  Overall, nearly 900,000 pounds of sunken slab were lifted with only twelve 100 gallon sets of 440; all in less than a week.

Rapid Result

The level of precision achieved with polymer foam was not only far greater than anything the mudjackers were able to deliver, but the rapid results allowed for the heavy seed sorting equipment to be installed on stable floors just in time for the fall harvest.  The floors are still perfectly level to this day.

Want more in-depth info on polyurethane concrete leveling?

Download an Info-Packed Slab Lift Brochure!

Topics: All Posts, Lift Slabs

Concrete Leveling Polyjacking Product Saves Chinese Railway

Posted by Andy Powell on Jan 30, 2019 3:08:52 PM

Concrete Leveling Polyjacking Product Saves Chinese Railway

Nowhere on earth are they building more railroad lines than in the People’s Republic of China. The most populous nation in the world is developing rapidly and with it comes a need for more and more freight and passenger rail - and the demand for higher and higher speeds. Unfortunately, these high speeds cannot be achieved on rail that is sinking and settling in various places, especially in tunnels. This slows down people and commerce and is also a concern for safety. The culprit is groundwater, soil consolidation, and in some cases poor compaction. This is the type of environment where AP Lift 475 has done some of its best work.

Concrete Leveling Polyjacking Product Saves Chinese RailwayPowerful Polymer

AP Lift 475 is a two component, hydrophobic, structural lifting polymer designed for airport, highway, and railroad applications. It can be used to stabilize structures, fill voids, and lift slabs supporting tremendous loads. The real beauty of it is the ability to be traffic ready for a train or a jumbo jet in less than one hour. A few years ago, it was put to the test in tunnels in the mountains of China.

Painless Procedure

With rails sitting on double concrete slabs (the top slab was 1 meter thick, the bottom 30 cm) a plan was developed to bring the low spots back into tolerance by injecting AP Lift 475 underneath both slabs through extra-long injection packers.

Monitoring with laser levels, the low spots in the rail were lifted back to the original grade. AP Lift 475 performed as advertised. The railroad track was raised and supported, while at the same time the ground water was displaced, literally jetting out of relief holes as it sought a place to escape.

Rapid Result

Working in 4 hour windows where the rail traffic is shut down at night, crews lifted low spots in these tunnels quickly and efficiently.  At 5 AM equipment and personnel had to be clear of the tracks and 15 minutes later the trains would rumble through.  Vibration monitoring by railway engineers showed a smoother ride and the people and commerce of China were allowed to move once again at a frenetic pace.

Want More In-Depth Info on Concrete Leveling Polyjacking Products?

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Topics: All Posts, Lift Slabs, Stabilize Soil

Choosing the Right Slab Lifting Polyurethane for the Right Application

Posted by Andy Powell on Jan 23, 2019 10:00:00 AM

In our continuous effort to make sure you have the technical knowledge to succeed, we’ll explain how to select the appropriate slab lifting polyurethane.

In our continuous effort to make sure you have the technical knowledge to succeed, we’ll explain how to select the appropriate slab lifting polyurethane.In our continuous effort to make sure you have the technical knowledge to succeed, we’ll explain how to select the appropriate slab lifting polyurethane.

Use the Right Supplier

First and foremost, you want to be sure you’re working with the right supplier.  For niche work like polyurethane slab lifting, you need a company that specializes in polymer concrete repair materials.  Some larger polyurethane manufacturers make everything under the sun in addition to lifting foam, such as mattress foam, carpet padding foam, etc.  Your materials would be manufactured quarterly at most.  Technical support, if it exists, is unfocused and lacking in detailed expertise.  Don’t set yourself up for failure by going this route.

The right supplier will be a specialized polymer manufacturer with a laser-like focus on producing the best slab lifting foam possible.  Even better, they should offer dedicated tech support from professionals with field experience on actual slab lifting jobs.  Set yourself up for success with the absolute best supplier partner you can find.

If a Specification Exists, Read it!

If you’re working on a larger job involving an engineering firm, make sure you read the specs!  (If the Department of Transportation is involved, they will also have one available.)  For experienced contractors, this is just basic common sense obviously.

Foam for Filling Voids

An empty void underneath a slab needs to be filled with a lighter density foam that has an excellent expansion rate yet still ahs the structural strength for the application.

Different Foams for Different Lifting Jobs

The foam you choose for lifting will depend greatly on the size of the slab and the amount of weight it typically bears.

  • Residential Jobs
    Driveways, walkways, garage floors and the like can usually be lifted with 3 lb density foam such as AP Lift 430.
  • Common Commercial/Industrial Jobs
    Warehouse floors, concrete retail floors, larger concrete parking slabs and the like will require 4 lb density foam such as AP Lift 440.
  • Maximum Weight Bearing Slabs
    Airport runways, railroad slabs, transformer pads, factory floors with heavy equipment, grain silo slabs and the like will require 4.75 density foam such as AP Lift 475.

Foam Designed for Wet Environments is Essential

At LEAST 90% of the time, water is the underlying cause of slab problems.  On most jobs, the soil will contain at least some infiltration.  So ALWAYS make sure your foam is designed for environments with moisture in the soil.  Many companies offer resins that will NOT work in wet environments or will require a lot more material to get the job done.  Why pay good money for a product that won’t work 90% of the time?  Every Alchemy-Spetec lifting foam is designed to work in wet environments.

NSF Approval is a Must

NSF approval is ESSENTIAL for doing work near waterfronts, food processing operations, water treatment plants, etc. 

This single designation ensures compliance with the Safe Water Drinking Act (SDWA) and guarantees peace of mind for in-the-field stakeholders on construction projects of almost any scope and size.

The 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.

Contractors and engineers must be able to confidently choose vendors whose products and services won’t become the source or cause of drinking water contamination.

Alchemy-Spetec is one of only TWO companies in the world with NSF approved lifting foam.

We’ve Got Your Back

If you’re still not sure what the right choice is for an upcoming job, then not to worry – we’re here for you!  Our staff has the expertise both in the lab and in the field.  We can help you make the right decision.  Just give us a call!

Want in-depth info on slab lifting polyurethane and procedures?

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Topics: Lift Slabs, All Posts

Tour a Fully Stocked Slab Lifting Rig at World of Concrete 2019

Posted by Andy Powell on Jan 18, 2019 10:05:30 AM

TOUR A FULLY STOCKED SLAB LIFTING RIG AT WORLD OF CONCRETE 2019 -banner

When it comes to custom slab lifting rigs of all shapes and sizes, Alchemy-Spetec is your one-stop shop!  Want to see a 16-foot V-Nose rig, stocked with top of the line slab lifting equipment and gear?  We'll give you a personal tour at World of Concrete 2019!  Drop by to see us at Booth # O40551 in the Silver Lots (same location we were in last year).

TOUR A FULLY STOCKED SLAB LIFTING RIG AT WORLD OF CONCRETE 2019 -blogThere 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? 

Sign Up for a Consultation Now!

Topics: All Posts, Deep Lift, Lift Slabs

Learn About the Deep Lift Process

Posted by Jim Spiegel on Jan 16, 2019 5:34:39 PM

Learn About the Deep Lift Process-banner

Learn About the Deep Lift Process-blog

Alchemy-Spetec offers a unique combination of high quality structural lifting foams along with the equipment and training needed to address deep soil issues. Now you can achieve soil densification and lifting on large projects with the smallest footprint and least amount of heavy equipment required.

The Deep Lift™ process is powerful, painless, and rapid. Deep Lift™ gets to the root of the problems in the soil, it brings the structure back to level, and accomplishes this with minimal imposition or downtime to the property owner.

Alchemy-Spetec will be at World of Concrete 2019!  You can learn more about the Deep Lift™ process at our exhibit space.  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: 

Want more information on the Deep Lift™ process?

Download an Info-Packed Deep Lift Brochure!

Topics: Lift Slabs, Deep Lift, All Posts

Learn How to Clean a MixMaster Gun at World of Concrete 2019

Posted by Andy Powell on Jan 9, 2019 5:05:37 PM
Learn how easy it is to clean the MixMaster Pro slab lifting gun. Visit us at the 2019 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas at booth O40551.
 

Learn how easy it is to clean the MixMaster Pro slab lifting gun. Visit us at the 2019 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas at booth O40551.MixMaster Pro – The Production Beast!

The MixMaster Pro slab lifting gun was designed based on years of feedback from slab lifting contractors working in the field. Every known point of frustration and difficulty has been addressed in this sturdy, single-purpose gun. Further benefits include a lower cost of consumables (you can reuse ports with this gun), beefy check valves designed to handle the back pressure, and a short 10-minute breakdown/cleaning session at the end of each day. Not to mention the fact that this gun is a production BEAST - no leaky port connections, no fumbling with clamps. Watch your man hours on each project shrink accordingly. Did we mention you’ll have less replacement part orders? There are only a few inexpensive replacement parts on this gun - PERIOD.

Learn how to do a quick 10-minute breakdown/cleaning session on the MixMaster Pro 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: 

Want more information on the MixMaster Pro?

Download an Info-Packed MixMaster Pro Brochure! 

Want to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a rep at World of Concrete?

Sign Up for a Consultation Now!

Topics: All Posts, Equipment & Accessories, Lift Slabs

Buy Slab Lifting Rigs and Equipment with Low Monthly Payments

Posted by Andy Powell on Jan 4, 2019 1:40:50 PM

Did you know you can finance a slab lifting rig, a PolyBadger mobile lifting system and other equipment you purchase from Alchemy-Spetec?  Let's take a look at some estimated monthly payments.

Did you know you can finance a slab lifting rig, a PolyBadger mobile lifting system and other equipment you purchase from Alchemy-Spetec?  Let's take a look at some estimated monthly payments.Did you know you can finance a slab lifting rig, a PolyBadger mobile lifting system, and other equipment you purchase from Alchemy-Spetec?

Let's take a look at some estimated monthly payments. These figures are based on a 60-month payment period.  Shorter terms are available. Estimates are of course based on good credit.  Actual numbers may vary. 

Financing Slab Lifting Rigs

Purchase Price Range: $50k to 85k, depending on the rig and options.

Estimated Low End
$1,045/month

Estimated High End
$1,777/month

Financing PolyBadger Lifting Systems

Purchase Price Range: $22k to 25k, depending on the options.

Estimated Low End 
$460/month 

Estimated High End
$523/month

As you can see, the purchase price breaks down into easy monthly payments.  Call support rep at 404-618-0438 to discuss your options.  If you've already discussed your equipment options with a rep, click here to apply for Alchemy-Spetec financing now! 

Want more information on Alchemy-Spetec Geotech products?

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Topics: All Posts, Equipment & Accessories, Lift Slabs