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Archive for the ‘Groove Inlay’ Category

Surface Preparation Inspection Tests for Concrete and Pavements

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Surface Preparation Inspection Tests for Concrete and Pavements

To confirm the profiled surface is properly prepared, the inspector conducts the following field tests: Key Scrape, Tape Pull, Surface Profile, and Cut Depth. These tests are performed before, during, and after the surface is prepared, prior to the new coating or overlay application, with provisions provided under specifications and acceptable engineering practices.

Key Scrape Test: This test determines the surface integrity prior to starting any surface profiling or preparation work. With the serrated side of a key, lightly scrape the surface. If the key dislodges aggregate or some of the surface, it would receive a failing “F” grade. A passing “P” grade indicates the surface is structurally sound.

Should the key test fail after the surface-profiling work, the inspector shall give immediate notice for the contractor to remedy at contractor’s expense prior to receiving acceptance notice. The contractor shall not be held responsible for the repair of any pre-existing failed surface conditions under or adjoining the coating or repair material. If discovered, the contractor shall notify the engineer of the defect to take corrective action as specified under the contract plans.

Tape Pull Test: This test is used to determine surface cleanliness prior to the coating application. Cut a 10” length of duct tape and hand tamp the adhesive side to the prepared area. Quickly peel the tape off the surface and reposition the tape with the adhesive side up. Measure the captured dirt/debris and record the results. If dirt covers more than 1”, representing 10% of the overall coverage area, the surface requires additional cleaning. Continue cleaning until the inspector gives a passing “P” grade.

Surface Profile Comparison: Confirm that the desired profile (SP#1-10) of the surface has been achieved by visually inspecting and comparing the prepared surface and outlying areas to the profiles depicted by replica profile pads, replica putty, replica tape, or SP photos. Record all findings in a journal. Should the profiles not meet the specified range, the inspector shall give immediate notice for the contractor to remedy at contractor’s expense.

Cut Depth Test for Surface Shaving or Grooving: Measure the slot cut depths using depth plates or a dial depth gauge. Take several measurements to obtain an average to accurately measure the depth of the slot. Should the slot dimensions and surface conditions not be met, the inspector shall give immediate notice for the contractor to remedy at contractor’s expense. 


Note:

Prep-before-coating specifications should be intentionally separate from the materials application specification portion of the project to assure all parties (contractor, engineer, and inspector) have clear guidelines and expectations on what is and is not acceptable surface conditions for the new application. The specifications should describe the prep process controls to achieve the correct SP roughness, surface soundness and cleanliness to assure the successful bond between the binder and the surface.

The details of the location of the prepared surface work shall be designated on the plan drawings, or as required by the engineer. The contractor and engineer should evaluate the surfaces prior to commencing work so that all parties can acknowledge and record existing concrete and/or joint conditions. The contractor shall schedule and coordinate the surface-prep work with the engineer prior to the start of any coating, marking, repair, or overlay work.

Definitions:

Surface Profile (SP) is the measure of the average distance from the peaks of the surface to the valleys as seen through a cross-sectional view of the hard surface.

The dimension is defined pictorially and through physical samples in the SP Profile Chart as is expressed by a Surface Profile Number SP1 – 10 (SP1 is a nearly flat, smooth surface; SP10 is extremely rough with amplitude greater than 1⁄4”). Surface profiles can be accomplished by a variety of tools, equipment, and materials, and is dependent upon the type of surface to be prepared, plus the type of system and material thickness to be installed. All factors play an important role in the selection process.

For further details, please contact your SMITH Rep.

Marking Removal 101, Rotary or Drum, what to use on pavements and floors

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Marking Removal – Drum or Rotary?

marking removal

On March 22, 2017, Steven Smith presented “Marking Removal 101” at the ATSSA How-To Conference to help stripers decide which style of pavement-marking remover (drum or rotary) is best.

This presentation will help the user select the right equipment to remove and replace pavement markings cost-effectively without ghost lines or grooves.

Leaving grooves when removing markings makes driving and biking unsafe. Grooving also causes pavement surfaces to rut and fail prematurely.


Surface-Prep Innovations

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
From automatic depth controllers for consistent surface-prep profiles and HEPA Dust collectors, to front-wheel jacks for easy FS351 loading, SMITH surface-prep innovations help to make your hard removal work faster and easier. 

 Sidewalk Trip Abatement Innovation

 
Grinding down trip hazards on sidewalks is hard work. The new AES depth control actuator assures accurate cut depths for whatever you are grinding. Adding this accessory will produce consistent finishes and increase cutter life. When you attach the SMITH Sulky driver to your SPS10 with AES, the chore of removal is now easier. Of course, unlike this municipality that elected not to use a dust collector, SMITH always recommends using a HEPA vacuum to contain all airborne dust during removal.

 

Pavement Preservation Innovation

 
Getting consistent surface finishes use to be an art. Now anyone can achieve the right SP finish with the AES depth controller. With a simple push of the button, you will automatically remove in the “cutter impact zone” for perfect finishes and longer cutter life. Ask your SMITH Representative about pre-ordering an AES with your new SMITH LNX8. Don’t forget to attach a SMITH Sulky Power Driver to your walk-behinds for fast, easy, and effective removal.

Transport Innovation

Moving the FS351 on and off your work trucks used to be a chore. We developed a handy front wheel jack to make the transport of your SMITH FS351 faster and easier.
 
If you own an FS351 self-propelled scarifier, planer or shaver, consider ordering this transport innovation.
 
If you have an idea for an innovation or need assistance with your operation, please share them with us here.

 
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