Crack injection is the most common method used to repair foundation cracks in poured concrete foundations and structures and also provides waterproofing to the structure.
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CARBON FIBER PLATES
There are several problems with carbon fiber plates. The main issue is carbon fiber plates do not secure to the sill plate or the floor where the major problem areas occur. Due to the lack of top and bottom attachments, the outside ground pressure shifts to the top and bottom of the foundation wall and makes the wall move as one unit resulting in a total failure. The wall shears at the cove, where the wall meets the floor. It is a disastrous situation. In the event this happens, it is possible the whole basement may need to be rebuilt.
The other problem is that fiber plates are pre-impregnated with an epoxy resin. This makes the product very rigid and straight. You will most likely be working with a bowed or deflected surface so a rigid product is going to be have a harder time bonding to the work surface. In addition, epoxy has a difficult time adhering to other epoxies. Since the plates are already pre-impregnated with epoxy, the bond is only as good as the bond between epoxies. It doesn’t have a chance to bond the carbon fiber to the foundation wall. This causes the carbon fiber plate to delaminate with time, requiring additional work in the future. If the contractor has to come back after a failed carbon fiber plate install, the damage done to the wall is commonly worse than at the time when the wall was originally repaired.
CARBON FIBER KEVLAR WEAVE
This carbon fiber product has a Kevlar weave that produces some horizontal strength. A necktie is attached to the rim joist, which disperses the outside force more evenly. This allows for continued movement because it is difficult to install with tension. This creates a situation where the necktie is obsolete until it is placed in tension. Unfortunately, the only way for the necktie to be placed under tension is for the wall to continue to move inward.
Carbon fiber Kevlar straps do not attach to the footer, which allows for the wall to shear at the bottom block. This is because the bottom block is partially below the poured concrete floor, which holds it in place. Over time, the outside pressure will push the entire wall inward as one unit off of the bottom block. This results in a total wall failure, requiring the wall to be rebuilt or pushed back into place if possible.
CARBON FIBER SHEETS
Carbon fiber sheets are similar to carbon fiber plates in the sense that they don’t secure to the sill plate or floor. When the wall support is not connected to the house framing and attached to the top and bottom of the foundation wall, the pressure moves to the weak areas and causes the wall to move as one unit. The whole wall shifts inward and results in total failure or a shear at the cove (where the wall meets the floor).
Carbon fiber sheets are appealing because they cover a wide surface area, typically 2-3 times more than carbon fiber straps and plates giving the appearance of a superior repair. This is a common misconception because carbon fiber sheets are typically unidirectional, thinner and lighter than other carbon fiber products. Sheets typically weigh between 240g and 280g. Carbon fiber sheets are used because they do not require a custom weave, making them easier to source and cheaper to obtain. A high-quality carbon fiber will be bi-directional weighing above 550g.
Introducing a revolutionary new concrete repair product designed to make crack reinforcement more efficient and less labor intensive.
The Concrete Crack Lock is uniquely engineered to permanently stop cracks in concrete slabs, poured walls, masonry, concrete block foundations, columns, industrial buildings, bridges, foundations, swimming pools, as well as preparation for floor coatings.
Additionally, it is designed for cracks of various sizes under virtually any circumstance and can even be used to increase seismic strength to repairs after an earthquake. Another benefit is the minimal aesthetic impact of the repair which can easily be painted over or covered with a finishing product.
Less epoxy is used in the installation process as a result of the ultra thin profile. No special tools are required. A diamond blade and drill can efficiently install the Concrete Crack Lock in minutes. The reduction in labor also means higher profits.
The patent-pending Concrete Crack Lock permanently locks both sides of the crack together, preventing any further movement. Once set in place, using RCF’s Structural Epoxy Injection Resin, it welds the crack together maximizing the tensile strength of the carbon fiber, unlike steel products this eliminates any potential for corrosion and reduces callbacks and warranty claims.
The Concrete Crack Lock is installed by removing a thin slit of concrete across the crack and drilling two small holes at each end. The cut is then filled with RCF Structural Epoxy Injection Resin, and the Concrete Crack Lock is inserted. Less concrete is removed and less epoxy is needed than common crack repair products, thus taking less time to install. The Concrete Crack Lock is an evolution of the staple, and can be installed in any application where a staple could be used. SINGLE
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