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New Full-depth Hairline Crack Injection Breaks the Rules

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ and Easy-injection mixers make full depth crack repairs in hairline cracks without cutting. This less evasive crack repair technique breaks the rules for concrete repair.

Broken Rule One
 Hairline cracks are not worth the trouble fixing.

 

Broken Rule Two
 You have to cut open a hairline crack if you want to actually repair it.

 

Broken Rule Three
Crack injection requires pumps, ports, slow epoxy, and lots of time.

 

Lets look at these, “rules” one by one. 

Broken Rule One: Hairline cracks are not worth the trouble fixing. Did you know that just about every crack in concrete started out as a hairline crack? Some so fine, you can not even see them with the naked eye. Cracking naturally occurs in concrete slabs as the concrete cures and shrinks. We use saw cut control joins to encourage the concrete to crack inside the saw cut or tooled joints. The problem is, the concrete doesn’t always listen and can crack where it wants to crack. We don’t like it, but that’s just the way it is. The truth is, we would fix hairline cracks if there was a good and efficient way to do it. Most of the time, we ignore hairline cracks and blame them on the nature of concrete and say things like, “It will be fine, you still have aggregate interlock and the crack is just on the surface.” Or, “All concrete cracks, and its just the nature of the product… Check out our new floor covering selection.” The customer, who just invested in a new concrete floor, is never happy with these explanations.

The truth is, we would fix hairline cracks if there was a good and efficient way to do it.

Scoring a concrete crack with a diamond grinder.

Broken Rule Two: You have to cut open crack if you really want to repair it.  A repair material has to actually get into a crack so it will actually do some good. Anything short of that is no better than caulk. For the most part, this is true. We can’t repair what we can’t reach. Traditional cut and cover techniques us a diamond blade saw to open up a crack, forming a shallow well for Concrete Mender to accumulate and flow down into the crack. It works really well and Roadware has been doing this for over twenty years.

What is needed is a way to actively push repair products into hairline cracks. With a few simple techniques and Easy Injection Mixers, Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender can do the job. That brings us to:

Broken Rule Three: Crack injection requires pumps, ports, slow epoxy, and lots of time. 

For a successful crack injection repair you need to accomplish three things:

  • Delivery of materials to the repair area.
  • The repair material needs to set before if flows away from the repair area .
  • The repair has to be structurally effective.

Roadware Easy Injection mixers make getting Concrete Mender cracks as small as 20 mil (0.02 inches) simple. Just drill a 3/8 inch  hole into the crack and push the nearly water thin Concrete Mender into the cracks. You can actually watch  the Concrete Mender flow along the length of the hairline crack. Leave the expensive injection pumps in the shop. A cartridge of Concrete Mender and a manual application gun is all you will need.

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender starts to thicken and cure in about 5 minutes after application, so the material will stay where you put it. Traditional injection epoxies take hours to cure. In many cases,  at the end of the day, the epoxy all ends up under the slab and no longer in the crack.

Diagram showing Concrete Mender Soft-tip mixer injection into a concrete slab.

 

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ with Microdoweling™ penetrates traditional bond lines and repairs concrete from the inside out. This structural polyurethane will not become brittle over time. Epoxy injection resins become very hard and brittle. As the the concrete deflects under traffic, the brittle epoxy will start grinding away at the bond-line and the deterioration will start all over again. Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender is designed to restore aggregate interlock and  deflect with the concrete under heavy traffic and loading. This structural polyurethane will not become brittle over time and is designed to bring the cracked concrete back to original pre-cracked condition.

 

 

 

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender with Easy-injection mixer repairing a hairline crack.

 

Concrete Mender crack injection into 24 inches of concrete.
Concrete Mender crack injection into 24 inches of concrete. Notice the material penetrating full depth.

 

 

 

Hairline cracks less than 20 mil across repaired using Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender and Easy Injection application. UV Forensic Photography. See More Here

 

Getting Started

80300 Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender 600ml Cartridge

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender #80300 600ml cartridge kit.
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender #80300 600ml cartridge kit.

1006-RST Easy Injection Mixer

Roadware 1006-RST Easy Injection Mixer

5300C 300x300ml Application Tool

Roadware 5300C 300ml x 30ml cartridge application tool.

 

Emergency Repair at Service Station with Concrete Mender

Bill Neal of Neals Design recently repaired spalled and cracked concrete on the fly at a service station in Washington.  A customer had broken an ankle stepping out of a truck into the badly spalled concrete. Bill was able to make the repair in minutes, eliminating the safety hazard without major disruption to the service station.

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender is your go to product for making long-lasting repairs with minimal downtime.  At 70 degrees F  or 21C, A Concrete Mender repair can be ready for heavy truck traffic in about 10 minutes.

Finished Concrete Mender repairs at a truck fuel station.
Finished Concrete Mender repairs ready for traffic.

The ultra low viscosity Concrete Mender mixes very easily with manufactured sand or quartz.  A tough and durable polymer concrete mortar can be mixed in a bucket by hand with simple tools. No expensive pumps or power mixers needed. See how it is done here. Concrete Mender™ Bulk Application Instructions

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Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ Two-gallon Kit #80020

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ two gallon kit. Item #80020
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ two gallon kit. Item #80020

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Floor repair stands up to forklift damage.

 

The Microdoweling™ action of Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ can structurally, “glue” concrete back together. Pictured here is a concrete break-out caused by a forklift hitting an anchored steel bollard.

Anchored post hit with forklift causing damage to floor.

 

Concrete Mender™ was used to re-attach the broken concrete piece and repair the crack.

Damaged floor anchoring steel post is repaired and loose concrete piece re-attached with Concrete Mender™.

 

After about 10 minutes, the repair was buffed smooth and open for traffic.

Concrete Mender™ repair is buffed smooth and ready for service.

 

About a week later, the bollard was again hit with a forklift and at the same angle. The repaired concrete held in place. The concrete broke on the other side of the bollard this time. Concrete Mender can’t stop forklifts from hitting bollards. It can help minimize the damage and make lasting repairs.

Concrete Mender floor repair one week after installation. The steel post was hit again with a forklift and is still holding in place.

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ Top Applications

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ top applications:

General full depth crack repair:

Use the high-penetration abilities of Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ to make full depth crack repair.

 

CRACK REPAIR

1. Clean out with diamond grinder and remove dirt and dust.
2. Flood with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
3. Add a fine graded silica sand and additional liquid to grade.
4. Strike off excess material and allow to cure for 10 minutes at 70°F.
5. Open to traffic. Finish and blend with a grinding stone if desired.

 

SPALL REPAIR

1. Clean out with diamond grinder and remove dirt and dust.
2. Flood with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
3. Add a fine graded silica sand and additional liquid. Work in one inch lifts to grade.
4. Strike off excess material and allow to cure for 10 minutes at 70°F.
5. Open to traffic. Finish and blend with a grinding stone if desired.

HAIRLINE CRACKS

1. Score the top of the crack with diamond blade or wire brush.
2. Remove dust with a vaccume.
3. Flood with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete
Mender™ supplied in twin cartridges and optional needle tip mixer.
4. Add a fine graded silica sand to larger areas and allow to soak in.
5. Strike off excess material and allow to
cure for 10 minutes at 70° F.
6. Open to traffic. Finish and blend with a
grinding stone if desired.

SPALLED CONTROL JOINT

(Fully cured non-moving)
1. Clean out with diamond grinder and remove dirt and dust. Score back spall with blade for a finished look.
2. Flood with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
3. Add a fine graded silica sand and additional liquid to grade.
4. Strike off excess material and allow to cure for 10 minutes at 70°F.
5. Open to traffic. Finish and blend with a grinding stone if desired.

DELAMINATED SLAB

1. Drill hole into void.
2. Remove dust with a vacuum.
3. Flood with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete
Mender™ supplied in twin cartridges.
4. Add a fine graded silica sand and
additional liquid to fill holes to grade.
5. Strike off excess material and allow to
cure for 10 minutes at 70° F.
6. Open to traffic. Finish and blend with a
grinding stone if desired.

THRESHOLDS AND
UNEVEN SLABS

1. Clean out with diamond or wire grinder and remove dirt and dust. Score lower edge with diamond blade for a finished look.
2. Flood with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
3. Add a fine graded silica sand and additional liquid to a mortar consistency.
4. Shape with a clean steel trowel and allow to cure for 10 minutes at 70° F.
5. Open to traffic. Finish and blend with a grinding stone if desired. Maintain existing expansion joint if necessary.

Cracked floor in data center repaired with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™.

When permanent repairs are needed for a data center that will operate 24/7/365, the contractor turns to Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™. Concrete Mender’s Microdowling™ action penetrates deep into concrete cracks and can re-bond slabs back together to form a structural repair. The repairs can be polished flush in about 15 minutes leaving a smooth high performing surface.
Cracked concrete in a space to be converted to a data center in Omaha, Nebraska.
The cracked topping span at this data center needs to be repaired so a dust free environment can be maintained.
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ is used to repair the cracks and spalls prior to concrete polishing.

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™is mixed with sand and applied with a margin trowel.  Unlike polyureas, Concrete Mender™ will not gum-up and will remain trowel-able for several minutes before setting.

Concrete crack repairs with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ can be most any length, width or depth.

After about 10 minutes, repairs can be polished smooth using standard concrete polishing equipment. Concrete Mender™ will not smear into the surrounding surface under  the heat if the diamond polishing.

The polished floor is now smooth, dust free and ready for the data center.

 

The polished floor is now smooth, dust free and ready for the data center.

 

When the busses have to keep rolling, Concrete Mender gets going.

When a city bus garage in the Pacific Northwest needed a fast concrete repair solution, crews turned to Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™.
Repairing concrete cracks with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™

Mission critical concrete repairs is what we do here at Roadware. Facilities like city bus garages have areas that are required to be open and operational 24/7 365 days per year. Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ is your best choice for fast repairs that have to last.

January 18, 2014
Dear Roadware,
“I am writing this letter in regards to Roadware Incorporated, in particular their 10 minute mender concrete repair product. I have been involved in the concrete industry for 28 years. I am a former Certified American Concrete Institute field testing technician and have been an ACI Concrete Flatwork Finisher and Technician for more than 10 years. For the past 15 years, I have been working to perfect the art of concrete rehabilitation on structural concrete and Architectural concrete. Other repair textures include masonry, slate. granite, clay artworks and architectural stone works.At the 2011 World of Concrete Convention, I met with The Roadware sales staff. I was quite intrigued and impressed with their 10 minute concrete mender product line. I was given some test samples which ultimately persuaded me into using Roadware product.
Our first project using Roadware products was a complicated repair contract with a bus transit authority and I had to include a two-year warranty. There would be limited time access during the repair and I needed a product that would withstand heavy bus traffic within hours of application. I submitted my bid using the specifications and MSDS for the 10 minute mender product line and believe this may have been the reason I was awarded the job. End result 10 minute mender works! Fractured concrete, spalled concrete, cracked concrete. Concrete deficiencies e.g. all surface and deep restoration repairs. Microdoweling works period! 

While I was confident in the product, it is always reassuring to experience it first hand. I am quite familiar with what it takes to provide world class service to demanding customers. Roadware Employees deliver excellent customer service and unmatched product support.”

Sincerely,

William F. Neal
Bothell, WA

Repairing concrete cracks with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
The process starts with removing dirt and debris from the cracks and preparing them for repair.
Repairing concrete cracks with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
Sometimes, remove and replace is not an option. Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ can have this back in service in minutes, not hours or days.
Repairing concrete cracks with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ mixed at a one to one ratio and blended with two parts sand. Each gallon of Concrete Mender makes about 2.2 gallons of repair material.

 

Repairing concrete cracks with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ can be mixed in bulk with simple tools and equipment.
Repairing concrete cracks with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
Manufactured sand or quartz is added to the Concrete Mender to make a trowel-able mortar.
Repairing concrete cracks with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ is available in 10 gallon kits or convenient 2 gallon jug kits.
The Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ blended with silica sand is poured into the cracks and troweled flat.
Repairing concrete cracks with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
Repairs can be made in all seasons with an ambient temperature range of -20F to 100F.
Repairing concrete cracks with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ repairs are ready for bus traffic in about 10 minutes at 70 degrees F.
Repairing concrete cracks with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™
Customer letter to Roadware

 

 

New videos showing MatchCrete™ Clear.

Last week I posed two new videos on the Roadware YouTube Channel showing Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear in action repairing cracks in an exposed aggregate concrete sidewalk and patio. I also posed a video on how to repair a hairline crack in a driveway or sidewalk.How to repair a crack in an exposed aggregate concrete patio using Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear in a 600ml cartridge.

How to repair an exposed aggregate concrete sidewalk using Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear in the 50 ml cartridge.

How to repair a hairline crack in a driveway, sidewalk, patio, or pool deck with Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear.

 

Repairing vertical cracks in concrete structures with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™.

The same Microdoweling™ properties of Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ that make the material excellent for repairing horizontal surfaces also make a good choice for vertical repairs.

 

UPDATE: New method recommended for vertical crack repair. See the Gebbie System.
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ is a very low viscosity polyurethane that uses a surface tension one-third of water to penetrate quickly and deeply into concrete cracks. The typical process relies on self-gravity injection to fill cracks completely. What is not seen by the naked eye is the capillary action of the Concrete Mender polymer chains flowing horizontally into the sidewalls of the crack.  We call this chaining of polymers into the concrete Microdoweling™.  This chaining of the concrete together works on vertical surfaces too.
So, your saying, “How do we get this super thin material to stay in place long enough for the Microdoweling™ to take place and the repair to cure?” Over the years, Roadware contractors have come up with creative and ingenious ways to use Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ on vertical surfaces. Here are some techniques that have evolved.
UPDATE: New method recommended for vertical crack repair. See the Gebbie System.
1.     Vertical Crack Injection
This technique involves covering the vertical crack with transparent duct tape and injecting Concrete Mender through the tape with a needle tip meter/mix cartridge. This method will work well if the concrete surface is smooth and the tape can make a good bond with the surface. The crack should be 1/4 inch (5mm) or less in width. The tape will make the, “form” while the Concrete Mender sets. Concrete Mender will not stick to duct tape, so once the material cures, you can cleanly pull off the tape. It is best to warm the cartridges up to 80° F (26°C) before use for a faster gel time. Start filling the crack at the lowest point and work you way up.
See the video here.
2.     Bulk Mix and Trowel Applied Repair
Mix bulk Concrete Mender and 60-80 grit manufactured sand into a thick mortar. Working in small batches, use a margin trowel to make the repair. The fine sand will hold the Concrete Mender in place long enough for the Microdoweling™ effect to take place and for the material to set.
3.     Bag Mix and Apply
This method uses a heavy duty, clear plastic bag to quickly mix one part of blended Concrete Mender to two parts of 60-80 grit manufactured sand. Once mixed by kneading the bag for several seconds, the bag is opened and the whole batch is applied and held in place with the bag. This technique is used around building mechanical entry points such as refrigeration and HVAC units.
Whatever method you choose, Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ stands at the ready to perform. Finished repairs can be ground smooth and painted to match the wall if necessary.
Kelton Glewwe
VP Operations

See actual bridge deck repairs in PA on Google Maps.

See actual bridge deck repairs on Google Maps.

Google has spent the last few years mapping and photographing roads all over the world. If you know where to look, you can see actual concrete repairs with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™

The Google Map photo below shows actual bridge deck repairs with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ on Interstate 279 in Pittsburgh, PA.  See all the lighter colored spots? Each one is a hole or spall filled with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™. The repairs here are over three years old. Thank you Roadware distributor, Express Polymers, Inc., in the Pittsburgh area for sending this project in.


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Roadware Commercial for World of Concrete 2011

The World of Concrete 2011 in Las Vegas is next month, January 17-21. Roadware will be in Booth S11847. If your coming to the show, I hope to see you there. You can register for the World of Concrete 2011 here.  Use source code A20 for free registration courtesy of the American Society of Concrete Contractors. 
Here is a 15 second commercial we will be running at the WOC on the shuttle busses and on screens at the show.