Category Archives: Concrete Repair

Smart floor repairs for AGV’s and warehouse robots.

AGV’s or Automated Guided Vehicles are the reliable workhorses of the modern warehouse. They are designed to run smoothly and predictably all day and everyday. AGV’s are great at repetitive tasks moving freight as needed day in and day out. These repeated trips over the same path can be very punishing to concrete floors. The small hard wheels of an AVG can crush control joint sidewalls and grind the concrete surface to dust. This leads to rough, uneven floors that can cause premature breakdowns of AGV drive systems, wheels, and even damaged freight.

“If your AVG could talk, it would ask for Concrete Mender. ” Richard King, Roadware, Inc.

AGV carrying beer on a preset path in a warehouse.
AGV’s move thousands of pounds in a single trip over the exact same path hundreds of times per day.

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender with Microdoweling™ penetrates into concrete surfaces repairs concrete cracks, joints and spalls where others fail. Over the years we have noticed some conditions needed for successful repairs in the path of AVG’s.

  1. Repairs need to be as tough as the concrete itself. But not too tough. Let’s say your concrete is a typical 4000 psi in compressive strength. The AGV wheels are grinding away the surface of the concrete and spalling the control joints. You repair the “bad” sections of the path with fairly brittle 10,000 psi epoxy. Now you have sections of the original concrete and sections of much harder epoxy. As the original concrete continues to grind away, the hard epoxy remains and you just created more speed bumps for the AVGs. Concrete Mender will wear with the concrete and deflect with the concrete under load. Your AVG’s favorite path will be smoother longer.
  2. Stop your repairs from popping out. Did you ever notice common warehouse floor repairs popping out in chunks? This can happen when you put a super hard epoxy patch in a not as hard concrete floor. The epoxy is so brittle that it fractures the bond-line when a load is applied. Epoxy repair products have a modulus of elasticity that is so high, it will fracture the concrete before deflecting under load. Concrete Mender has a modulus of elasticity that is slightly less than concrete so it will deflect with concrete concrete under load and gently transfer load from the repair to the surrounding concrete.
  3. Time is money! Closing down aisles or sections of a warehouse is a disruption for everyone including AVG’s. With minimal prep requirements and less invasive techniques including Roadware Easy Injection, 10 Minute Concrete Mender can have your AVG pathways back in service in minutes, not hours or days. You can even make repairs in operational freezers down to -30F.
Concrete repairs for AGV’s need to bond under heavy traffic as well as deflect with the concrete and transfer loads to the surrounding concrete without fracturing.

AVG’s like to take the same path every time. This can prematurely wear out concrete floors.
AGV drive system in an Automated Guided Vehicle.
The drive system in a typical AGV can haul a lot of weight, but the floor needs to be smooth.
Warehouse and AGV floors can be repaired and open for traffic in about 10 minutes after application with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender.

Products used in this application:

80300 Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender 600ml Cartridge
80300 Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender 600ml Cartridge

80300 Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender 600ml Cartridge

80020 Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender Two-Gallon Kit
80020 Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender Two-Gallon Kit

80020 Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender Two-Gallon Kit

 

Automotive Lift Anchoring Floor Repair

Two post automotive hoists and lifts are generally bolted to the floor using compression anchors. When the lift needs to be replaced, the new anchors can not interfere with the old anchor points. If the old anchor points are too close to the new anchor points, the concrete needs to be replaced before the new lift can be installed. This can close a service bay for a month or more. 

With Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender, we can remove the old compression anchors, repair the concrete and install new compression anchors without having to replace the concrete. 

Automotive lift floor attachment patten over existing list installation.

After removing the old lift, the compression anchors need to be removed. If the original anchor hole was drilled full depth, they can be driven down beneath the floor with a hammer and a punch. If the anchor are not full depth, a core drill is used to remove the anchor.

Using a 2″ core drill to remove existing anchors.

After drilling, the holes are cleaned and reamed with a reaming bit to roughen up the sidewalls. A shop-vacuum is used to remove all dust and debris. The concrete is than cleaned with alcohol or a similar evaporating cleaner.  The holes have to be clean and completely dry before proceeding.

Core drilled anchor holes are cleaned and roughened with a hole reamer.

Use duct tape to mask off the holes to be filled with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™

Masking off the old anchor holes in preparation for repairing with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender.

Gather the materials needed to repair the holes. Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender is designed to repair cracks, spalls and holes in concrete. Not just simply fill them. The Microdoweling™ penetration of Concrete Mender into the concrete is a structural repair and can bring the concrete back to original design parameters. 

Items needed:

  • 80020 Two-gallon kit of Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender.
  • 4030 grit or similar dry manufactured sand or quartz. Enough to fill the holes.
  • Mixing and measuring pails. One quart paint mixing pails work well.
  • Gloves, safety glasses and PPG as needed.
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender, sand, mixing buckets, and mixing sticks.

We made a short video to demonstrate the basic technique of filling a core drilled hole in concrete. Concrete Mender doubles in volume when adding sand. All we need to do is fill the hole halfway with Concrete Mender and then add sand to bring it up to the top. Note: In the field it may be impractical to get the bottom of the hole completely dry or clean especially if the hole is full depth into the base material. Simply repair the bottom 1/4 of the hole with Concrete Mender and sand first and allow it to cure before repairing the rest of the hole up to the top.  

Measure out equal parts of Side A and Side B Concrete Mender and combine them into your mixing bucket. Mix with a stick by hand for about 15 seconds. 

Pour equal parts A and b into a mixing container and mix for about 15 seconds with a mixing stick.

Mix equal parts Side A and Side B by hand in a mixing pail for 15 seconds.

Fill the holes half-way with mixed Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender.

Fill the hole halfway with mixed Concrete Mender. Use a marked stick to gage the halfway mark.

Add sand into the hole bringing the Concrete Mender level up to the surface. Make sure all the sand is completely saturated. 

Pour sand into the hole bringing the Concrete Mender up to the surface.

Level the surface with a trowel or stick and allow to cure for about 10 minutes at 70 degrees F (21C). 

Smooth the top of the repairs with a trowel or mixing stick.

Remove the tape after the Concrete Mender cures and turns grey in about 10-15 minutes.

Concrete Mender turns grey when it cures. Pull the tape.

A finishing rubbing brick is used to quickly bring the repairs flush with the floor.

Concrete Mender repairs are made flush with a rubbing brick.

Holes to anchor the new lift are marked and drilled into the concrete. Time to test the repairs and make sure the repairs will hold the anchors for the new lift.

New anchor holes are drilled for the new lift next to the repaired holes from the old lift anchors.

New compression anchors are installed and torqued to the specified level.

New compression anchors and installed.

For the repair to be successful, the compression anchor must hold 3000 lbs or 1360 kg for 12 hours without cracking or splitting of the surrounding concrete.

An anchor testing device is used to pull 3000 lbs of force on the anchor for 12 hours.
Compression anchor testing device showing 3000 pounds of force.

Several anchor were tested. All passed and the lift was installed the next day and placed into service. Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ is designed to bring most concrete slabs back to original design strength. Repairing anchor holes prior to new automotive lift installation with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender is now the specified choice for two of the largest auto service companies in the United States.

Roadware Products used in thie repair:

80020 Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender Two-Gallon Kit
80020 Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender Two-Gallon Kit

80020 Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender Two-Gallon Kit

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New Full-depth Hairline Crack Injection Breaks the Rules

1006-STR Roadware Easy Injection static mixer for Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender 600ml Cartridge.

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
80300 Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender 600ml Cartridge

80300 Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender 600ml Cartridge

1006-STR 24-element static mixer with Easy Injection Tip
1006-STR 24-element static mixer with Easy Injection Tip

1006-STR 24-element static mixer with Easy Injection Tip

5300C 600ml Dual Cartridge Application Tool
5300C 600ml Dual Cartridge Application Tool

600ML (300x300) dual cartridge application tool for all Roadware 600ML cartridges.

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

Product used:

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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Concrete Mender on the Busan Metro Line 4

The Busan Transportation Corporation uses Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender to repair the roll-way of Busan Metro Line 4 in South Korea. Metro Line 4 is a rubber-tired line with 14 stations and runs driverless with pneumatic tires on a 6.7 mile (10.8km) concrete track. Concrete Mender is used to structurally repair the cross joints in the track approximately every ten meters.

Concrete Mender is the right product for the job because it has a long service life and cures in about 10 minutes. This allows for minimal down time and keeps the Busan Metro Line 4 running on time with minimal service interruption.

Repair crews of a very limited repair window, The train operates approximately 20 hours per day from 5am to 1am the next day. That leaves a minimal amount of time for maintenance and repair operations. Crews have to be efficient and productive. The fast cure and rapid strength gain of 10 Minute Concrete Mender is well suited for these mission critical applications.

 

 

Having a smoother roll-way saves wear and tear on the rubber tires and reduces operating costs.  Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender will keep the Busan Metro Line 4 running smooth and efficiently for years to come.

Edward Cheon of Concrete Doctor in Seoul on the concrete roll way at Busan Metro Line 4.

 

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender is a self-injecting structural polyurethane for the permanent repair of commercial floors, decks, slabs and surfaces. The exclusive Microdoweling™ action in Concrete Mender allows it to migrate past bond lines, restore aggregate interlock and make long lasting repairs.

Crack in concrete floor ready for repair with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender.

 

Click here to request more information of find a local Roadware distributor.

Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ comes in 50ml or 600ml cartridges or two and ten gallon bulk kits.

 

Warehouse floors can be repaired and open for traffic in about 10 minutes after application.

 

Click here to request more information or find a local Roadware distributor.

Busiest Cargo Gateway Airport in the World uses Flexible Cement II – HKG Hong Kong China

The Hong Kong International airport HKG is home to the world’s busiest cargo gateway airport. In 2015, HKG moved over 4.38 million metric tonnes of air cargo.  It is also one of the world’s business passenger airports accommodating over 68 million passengers that same year.

HKG Airport at night
HKG Airport at night

Operations at the world’s busiest cargo airport run 24/7/365 without stopping. Maintenance crews need a crack and joint repair material that can be applied in a wide range of conditions and be ready for service in minutes. Roadware Flexible Cement II  is a tough polyurethane crack repair material that can be applied at any ambient temperature. It bonds very well to distressed concrete and forms a tough semi-elastic polymer that will withstand heavy airline traffic in about 15 minutes. Crews at HKG airport have relied on Roadware Flexible Cement II to make repairs whenever and wherever needed for over 5 years.

Maintenance workers repair the taxiway with Roadware Flexible Cement II.
Maintenance workers repair a taxiway at night with Roadware Flexible Cement II.

 

Crews use Roadware Flexible Cement II in 600ml cartridges to quickly repair concrete cracks in a taxiway at HKG airport.
Crews use Roadware Flexible Cement II in 600ml cartridges to quickly repair concrete cracks in a taxiway at HKG airport.

 

HKG crews use Flexible Cement II to seal cracks near an in-ground refueling port in damp conditions.
HKG crews use Flexible Cement II to seal cracks damp conditions.

 

Roadware Flexible Cement II™ 300x300ml cartridge Item #91300
Roadware Flexible Cement II™ 300x300ml cartridge Item #91300

 

 

Concrete Polishing and Staining Conference Free Registration

Roadware is exhibiting at the CP&S show in Milwaukee on October 20-22, 2016 in booth #119. NOW #219

The International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference and Expo is the only event of its kind specifically designed for concrete polishing professionals. This show offers 20+ conference sessions, an Exhibit Hall featuring polishing equipment and products, slab demonstrations and more.

To take advantage of our exclusive VIP offer for free access to the CP&S Exhibit Hall, simply enter promo code RINC when registering online. We look forward to seeing you at the show! P.S. Be sure to check out the CP&S Conference, offering more than 20 technical and business management sessions geared specifically for concrete polishing professionals!

On Wednesday, October 19 … CP&S is offering Brad Humphrey’s All-Day Leadership Boot Camp for contractor owners and employee leaders in ANY construction business. With more than 35 years in the industry, Brad is a veteran construction contractor and coach who is in high demand throughout the industry. Don’t miss this intensive, all-day coaching session to help you take your company to the next level!

Crack Repair Under VCT or Laminate Flooring

Use Concrete Mender™ to repair  cracks, joints and curling slabs under VCT or tile floors. The permanent performance and 10 minute cure turns this 2 day job into a one day (or one night) job. Keep business running with minimal down time.

Repairing control or contraction joints under VCT.
Repairing contraction joints under VCT.

For spalled or failed control joints that are reflecting through the tile and the slabs are not curled, clean out the joints with a dust collecting diamond grinder.

Control or contraction joints repaired with 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ under VCT.
Control or contraction joints repaired with 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ under VCT.

Repair the control joints with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™, grind the surface flush and replace the tile.

 

For curled and buckled slabs, a major retailer specifies this heavy duty solution. This is the ultimate fix it once and fix it forever repair.

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Step 1: Remove VCT, Ceramic, or vinyl floor coverings.

 

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Step 2: Saw cut parallel lines to the crack at a depth of no less than 1.5 inches. Ideally 30% of the slab depth.

 

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Step 3: Chip out the concrete between the saw cuts. Clean the surface well with a wire brush and vacuum.

 

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Step 4: Add Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender and Sand to the finished grade. Also use Concrete Mender to repair the underlaying crack. See Concrete Mender™ Bulk Application Instructions.

 

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Step 5: Replace the floor treatment and open to store traffic.

 

 

Stamped Concrete Patio Pop-out Repair

Repairing seasonal pop-outs in stamped and colored concrete is easy with MatchCrete™ Clear. Just add some powered pigment or grout to the clear MatchCrete™ aliphatic polyurethane and you can match most any color. Come back after 24 hours and give the repairs a light sanding to blend them in. See the short video below.

Repairing pop-outs in stamped decorative concrete with MatchCrete™ Clear and added dry pigments.
Repairing pop-outs in stamped decorative concrete with MatchCrete™ Clear and added dry pigments.