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Hydrophilic Waterstops for Cast In-Situ Concrete

Friday, September 28, 2018 4:36:29 PM Australia/Melbourne

Where waterproofing is concerned, construction joints are one of the weakest points of the structure. These areas are highly susceptible to water infiltration, which can lead to the deterioration of the concrete and its surrounding reinforcement. As a result, concrete joints require a considerable amount of protection.

Hydrophilic Waterstops and How They Work

Hydrophilic waterstops are a cost-effective solution for protecting the watertight integrity of cast in-situ concrete. They prevent moisture from seeping into weak concrete joints, specifically zero- to low-movement concrete like the cold-joint between a footing and foundation. Hydrophilic waterstops can also be applied to formwork spacers, tie rods and pipe penetrations.

The ‘hydrophilic’ name comes from how these types of waterstops work. When they absorb water, hydrophilic waterstops expand dramatically, enough to create a protective, impermeable and long-lasting compression seal.

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How to Select Concrete Repair Products to Maximise Cost-Effectiveness

Monday, September 24, 2018 1:34:30 PM Australia/Melbourne

Concrete is widely used in construction projects, but it deteriorates and can be damaged over time. There are many causes of concrete damage, such as variations to material specification, improper installation or wear caused by environmental conditions that lead to scaling, drying or corrosion. Quality standard inspectors are always on the lookout for these defects because they can cause personal injury, operations disruption and loss of business income.

The challenge to concrete repair contractors is to provide the most suitable concrete repair products that will restore or improve the long-lasting strength and aesthetic value of the concrete. The three things to consider to maximise the cost-effectiveness of a concrete repair product is an assessment of the structure, selection of the repair solution and working with choosing who will execute the repair.

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Maximise Hydration with Concrete Curing Agents

Friday, August 3, 2018 1:45:39 PM Australia/Melbourne

Hydration is essential to curing cement since the integrity of the result highly depends on the success of the hydration process.

The hydration process takes place once the cement grains begin to dissolve in water. The combination produces a series of reactions that produce more compounds over time. The accumulation of compounds results in the hardening and strengthening of concrete.

But there is more to hydration than just mixing water and cement and creating as many compounds as possible. Successful hydration depends on a number of factors.

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Maximising the Benefits of Concrete Toppings

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 2:02:58 PM Australia/Melbourne

Conventional construction knowledge holds that concrete, regardless of integrity, can damage over time due to factors such as changing temperatures and reinforcement steel corrosion. While old, worn concrete is susceptible to cracks, surface stains and imperfections, freshly applied concrete is also at risk of damage. This is possible if the concrete has been installed incorrectly or has encountered certain issues during application.


If these problems are not addressed immediately, the aesthetic condition and the strength of the concrete are compromised


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Ensuring Sound and Lasting Concrete Repairs

Monday, June 25, 2018 2:52:27 PM Australia/Melbourne

For concrete repair contractors, premature repair failure is a massive red flag. Not only can this tarnish your reputation as industry professionals, you can also be liable for property damage or personal injury should the faulty repair job cause accidents. Your business may be also charged with the cost of repairs, including your client’s income loss from disruption of operations.

The two most common causes of premature repair failure are incorrect root cause diagnosis and inappropriate selection of repair strategy. To help you prevent these, here is a guide on determining the cause of cracked concrete and as well as possible repair methods.

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Durable and Chemical-Resistant Construction Joints with PVC Waterstops

Friday, June 22, 2018 6:22:49 PM Australia/Melbourne

Waterstops act as water-resistant barriers to protect concrete from moisture exposure and damage. Common applications include water towers, sewage tanks, bunded areas protecting tanks containing hazardous liquids and underground passageways.

PVC waterstops are ideal as they present high tensile strength and superior elongation capabilities. PVC can be moulded and welded with the appropriate amount of heat, while presenting strength in the expansion and contraction of concrete joints.

As a protection barrier, their chemical-resistant properties guard concrete from discolouration or damage caused by moisture, metal electrolysis and corrosive substances like acids and alkalis. This makes PVC waterstops ideal for water-retaining structures like pools, dams, tanks and reservoirs.

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Six Types of Concrete Repair Products

Friday, February 23, 2018 10:59:22 PM Australia/Melbourne

concrete repair productConcrete is a powerful material used in several industries. It is an excellent material for building and road foundations because of its high compressive strength. A mixture of aggregate and water, concrete is responsible for keeping structures together.

Over time, however, concrete damage can occur. The older concrete structures are, the more vulnerable they can be to cracks and corrosion. Changing temperatures, moisture and corroded reinforcing steel can all contribute to damaged concrete.

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Fixing Concrete Floors the Professional Way

Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:41:40 PM Australia/Melbourne

cementJust like any other construction material, concrete deteriorates over time. You’ll notice that the concrete floor is starting to deteriorate when cracks start forming on its surface and when some areas are starting to chip off. At this point, you should consider thinking about ways to seal or repair the cracks or chipped off areas. Fixing concrete damage early prevents cracks from becoming bigger and affecting the entire structure or floor.

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Proper Care for your Construction Tools & Equipment

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 7:49:33 PM Australia/Melbourne

construction tools cleaning materialsOn a construction site, tools and equipment suffer a lot of wear and tear. Regular maintenance and proper care of construction tools and equipment are vital to their longevity and performance. Proper usage and care is an effective way of reducing maintenance costs from repairs and machine downtime. Following regular maintenance checks for your tools and equipment will ensure that they are in excellent condition.

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Why You Should Get All Your Supplies from a Single Supplier

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:20:08 PM Australia/Melbourne

It is no secret that we at Form Direct aim to be the only supplier you need. With this goal, we make sure to provide all of your construction needs, going out of our way to create custom solutions.

Through getting all your construction needs solely from us, you can profit from your team’s saved time and energy. There are more benefits, however, to single sourcing. With our services, enjoy better reliability, reduced costs, a more efficient procurement process and continuous service improvement.

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Posted in News By Terry Eade