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Concrete Casting News from the Hill and Griffith Company

Do I need to remove concrete release agent from rebar?

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 16, 2018 11:20:02 AM

No. A common misunderstanding in the concrete industry is clarified in this review of an article from ForConstructionPros.com.

Question: On several of our most recent projects, the inspector has been complicating our pour schedule when finding form oil over-sprayed on the rebar. Is it our misunderstanding that form oil on rebar shouldn’t pose a problem to the performance or the acceptance of our pre-pour inspection?

Answer: Your question addresses a common problem across the construction industry. Code edition after code edition presents challenges throughout the industry to remain current with the latest acceptable practices. This is a question of appropriate code reference — ACI 332 — rather than ACI 318, and of referencing the most recent version, ACI 332-10, instead of older versions -04 or -08.

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Stated in section 4.2.4 of ACI 332-10, the code provides:

"4.2.4 Surface conditions of reinforcement—At the time concrete is placed, deformed bar and welded wire reinforcement shall be free of materials deleterious to development of bond strength between the reinforcement and the concrete."

"R4.2.4 Common surface contaminants such as concrete splatter, rust, form oil, or other release agents have been found not to be deleterious to bond."

First, during construction, nothing should be found on the reinforcement that would adversely affect the bond strength of the reinforcement in the concrete. Second, what common site conditions found on rebar are not to be considered deleterious to bond. Form oil is a surface contaminant that is not considered deleterious to bond.

Deformed bar and welded wire are designed to achieve a mechanical bond with the concrete rather than a chemical or adhesive bond. The mechanical bond relies on a keying action with the deformations along the length of the reinforcement bar. As long as the surface contaminants do not effectively eliminate the presence of those deformations, they would not be considered deleterious to bond.

ACI 332-10 is available through the bookstore at www.concrete.org.

To read the full article about concrete form oil on rebar go to, "Oil on Rebar."


The Hill and Griffith Company also works closely with pipe and form equipment manufactures to provide optimum concrete release characteristics with their equipment.

All Grifcote products are readily biodegradable, which means they have a half-life of 28 days or fewer. And by definition, all Grifcote products are inherently biodegradable with a half-life of 60 days or fewer.

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Winemaker takes a concrete step forward (NSF Potable Water Concrete Release Agents)

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Mar 15, 2018 3:22:47 PM

French oak and stainless steel have earned their place in the winery, but a growing number of Northwest winemakers are experimenting with a third maturation material: concrete.

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Jesse Lange, winemaker and general manager at Lange Estate Winery in Dundee, Ore., takes a sample of Pinot gris fermented entirely in the winery’s new concrete vessel. A 500-gallon, egg-shaped vessel weighs 6,000 pounds.

By Margarett Waterbury For the Capital Press
Published on February 15, 2018

At Lange Estate Winery in Dundee, Ore., winemaker Jesse Lange celebrated the 30th anniversary of his family business with a brand-new piece of equipment: a 500-gallon concrete tank from Sonoma Cast Stone. With a pricetag of about $15,000, it weighs about 6,000 pounds, is made from specially formulated concrete, and is shaped like a gigantic egg. According to the company’s CEO, Steve Rosenblatt, they’ve sold roughly 500 concrete tanks to wineries. “It shows up during the middle of harvest,” Jesse laughs of his purchase. “We had to use two forklifts to unload it, it was so heavy.”

Why concrete? Jesse had tasted some concrete-matured wines from other wineries, including Syncline Wine Cellars in the Columbia Gorge AVA, and was excited by the textural and flavor contributions of the material, especially when it came to the balanced, Burgundian-style wines he and his team produce.

After an initial treatment that included spraying the egg with a solution of tartaric acid, Jesse was ready to take the egg for a spin. The very first fill was Pinot gris must, which underwent a complete fermentation in concrete.

A sample pulled from a valve in the side revealed a citrusy, lightly tropical wine with chalky mineral undertones and a soft, almost powdery texture. “The wine has gained some gravity,” Jesse says, “especially in the mid-palate. There’s a lot of richness, but it’s not heavy, it’s more like volume.”

After the Pinot gris is finished, Jesse plans to replace it with Chardonnay, followed by Pinot noir. It’s all part of the getting-to-know-you process, he says. “You can’t improve something until you understand it, and you can’t understand without experimenting.”
Concrete is trendy right now, but it’s not a brand new material in the wine world. Subterranean tanks made from concrete have historically been used in Burgundy, France, and ceramic amphorae made from similar material have been employed for millennia in Georgia in eastern Europe. Jesse is excited about concrete’s potential contribution to Oregon wines, especially white wines such as Pinot gris and Chardonnay, which he says are becoming more popular.

“We’ve been making Chardonnay for 30 years, but all of a sudden, people are like, ‘Can we get more?’” says Jesse. “I know we’re making some of the best Chardonnay in the world. New world Pinot gris started in the Willamette Valley. As Oregonians, we don’t toot our own horn very well, but as an industry, we need to do it.”

While Lange Estate Winery hasn’t released any concrete wine yet, Jesse is feeling optimistic about the first tests.

He’s not sure yet if this year’s concrete wine will be bottled as a standalone label, or if it will be used as a component of Lange’s annual Pinot Gris Reserve release, but he is already eyeing another concrete vessel — this one even larger than the first.
“It’s a 1,000-gallon cube,” he says. “I’ve heard the shape might make solids drop out of solution more quickly.” Why more concrete? Jesse says he’s excited about the way the wines taste. Then he laughs. “And having a story to tell is always important.”

Thanks to the March 9, 2018 edition of the Precast Digest, published by the National Precast Concrete Association


NSF Potable Water Concrete Release Agents

Grifcote LV-50 Plus was created specifically for use with castings that would be exposed to potable water.

The material is NSF (ANSI 61) approved for use with potable water and some restrictions do apply in specific applications.

 

 

Low VOC and Biodegradable Release Agent

  • All Grifcote products are EPA VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) compliant with less than 250 grams per liter of VOCs. Grifcote is compliant in all 50 States and Canada.

  • All are classified as either readily biodegradable, with a half-life of 28 days or less or inherently biodegradable with a half-life of 60 days or less.

  • All products comply with federal or state regulations regarding concrete release agents.

  • "Biodegradability Redefined and Volatile Organic Compounds Update" by Bob Waterloo, Precast Inc.,
    January/February 2010
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  • Biodegradable, NSF Concrete Form Release Agents Offer a Range of Options for Concrete Applications
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Automated Block Casting, Concrete Release Agent Application

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Jan 11, 2018 2:24:32 PM

Video Review of an automated machine for forming retaining wall blocks which shows the application of the concrete release agent to the form.
 
This week's post comes from a video produced by CGM Machines and Moulds for Concrete Products
  • CGM block making machines are designed to make vibro-pressed hollow blocks, interlocking blocks, pavers, a variety of special products and custom made-designs.
  • CGM interchangeable moulds are designed to meet any customers’ need and specifications.
  • CGM Block Machines are easy to use, reliable and with a high production capacity.
  • CGM block machines produce high quality products with international standards, drastically cutting down labour costs.

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Concrete Form Release Selection

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Dec 14, 2017 10:12:13 PM

 

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Concrete Form Release Definitions

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Dec 7, 2017 3:12:18 PM

 

From Wikipedia

Barrier release agents prevent adhesion by the development of a physical film or barrier between the forming surface and the concrete.

Reactive release agents are chemically active and work by the process of a chemical reaction between the release agent and the free limes available in fresh concrete. A soapy film is created which prevents adhesion. Because it is a chemically reactive process, there is generally little to no residue or unreacted product left on the forming surface or concrete which provides for a cleaner process.

Water-based release agents are a result of more focus on health, environment and safety issues. This has resulted in development of new technologies largely focused on water-based formulations, with the movement being away from petroleum- or solvent-based products.

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How Safe (and Legal) is Your Form Release Agent?, Excerpt from Precast Inc. article

By Bob Waterloo

Become familiar with the safety standards and regulations to help protect your workers, plant and environment.

My grandfather used to show me a trick: He would strike a match and throw it into a pail of gasoline. (I do not suggest that anyone attempt this “trick.”) Because the oxygen supply was so quickly diminished, nothing happened except for the match going out. Does that mean gasoline is “safe”? Not by a long shot.

We can also make some comparisons with concrete release agents. Safety rules, both from an employee and environmental perspective, must be observed carefully to ensure we are not dealing with materials that are harmful, or potentially harmful, to our employees and environment.

Environmental safety
The vast majority of concrete form release agents use a petroleum solvent as the carrying agent. In reactive form release agents, the amount of reactive material added is relatively small – usually less than 10%. While the reactive portion is usually biodegradable (“environmentally friendly” or “readily biodegradable”), the carrying agents are normally less so.

The first assumption is to question why the material is being introduced to the environment instead of being applied to the concrete forms. Over-application of form release agents is very common in the precast industry and eventually some of this overspray ends up on the floor, ultimately washes off and contaminates the outside ground. Water run-off analyses will determine if you are contaminating the environment and perhaps ground and sub-surface water. While over-application is a waste of money and encourages bug holes and staining, we need to also educate our workers that “thinner is better” to help avoid ground contamination, reduce our costs (no matter how little) and have better-looking castings.

A second area of concern regarding the environment is Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in form release agents. Federal Regulations for allowable levels of VOCs have been in effect since September 1999. Since then, individual states have enacted legislation reducing the allowable levels of VOCs from the federal level of 450 g/L to a maximum of 250 g/L.

As local, state and provincial regulations are sometimes more stringent than federal regulations, you should check with your local authorities as to what requirements are in place for your area.

Potable (drinking) water
If you are producing castings that will be exposed to potable (drinking) water, a form release should meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 61 requirements. The intent is to establish standards and certify that the end product exposures are acceptable for human consumption. Very few release agents are ANSI 61 approved due to stringent tests that are conducted on the product. The tests include plant and quality certification, along with tests on the form release. It is not an inexpensive procedure, and recertification is handled on an annual basis.

Bob Waterloo is technical sales manager, Hill and Griffith Co., based in Indianapolis. For additional information, contact him at bwaterloo@hillandgriffith.com or visit the Hill and Griffith website at www.grifcote.com. 

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Biodegradable, NSF Release Agents Offer A Range Of Options For Concrete Applications

National Sanitation Foundation (NSF/ANSI 61) certified companies now have more options for the type of concrete release agents they use during their construction projects. The Hill and Griffith Company offers the concrete industry readily biodegradable release agents that are VOC- compliant and NSF-certified. Multiple reactive technologies create a metallic soap that reduces bonding/adhesion, while promoting quick, clean stripping at the same time deterring build-up on forms and pallets.

Hill and Griffith produces concrete form release agents that are classified as either “Readily Biodegradable” or “Inherently Biodegradable,” based on OECD 301-B. Since the release agents are readily or inherently biodegradable, the environmental impact is lessened. (Precasters should check local regulations for specifics pertaining to their operation). Contractors have noticed cleaner releases, better-looking castings as well as minimized employee safety concerns. GRIFCOTE® products are widely used on precast, prestressed and poured-in-place applications among others.
The Hill and Griffith Company, headquartered in Cincinnati, has created an entire family of specialized concrete form release agents and form seasoning agents with the knowledge of what customers need and an eye on the future. For nearly 115 years, The Hill and Griffith Company has been a trusted provider of raw materials and technical expertise to the metal casting, concrete and hydraulic fluids industries.

In 1896 when John Hill founded the Hill and Griffith Company, the concept of quality was adopted. He stated, “Hill and Griffith feels that the integrity of the company must be represented in the products and services bearing our names and labels.” Today, this tradition lives on. 

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Precast Concrete Form Maintenance

Posted by Roger Roatch on Dec 1, 2017 2:29:16 PM

Properly maintaining your precast concrete forms will make them last.

Question: How can I make sure I’m getting the most longevity and use from my concrete forms?

Answer: We asked Roger Roatch with APA - the Engineered Wood Association, to respond:

When it comes to concrete structures, formwork may represent close to half the cost. Fortunately, concrete forms are durable workhorses that can be used over and over with proper maintenance and upkeep. Here are seven ways to extend the life and usefulness of your plywood concrete forms:

1. Strip forms carefully. Metal bars or pry bars should not be used on plywood because they will damage the panel surface and edge. Instead, use wood wedges, tapping gradually when necessary.

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2. Clean and apply release agents. Soon after removal, plywood forms should be inspected for wear, cleaned, and repaired, spot-primed, refinished, and lightly treated with a form-release agent before reusing. Use a hardwood wedge and a stiff fiber brush for cleaning. Avoid using a metal brush because it may cause wood fibers to “wool.”

3. Apply sealants and release agents as directed. Protective sealant coatings and release agents for plywood increase form life and aid in stripping. Some panels may require only a light coating between uses. Applying a form release agent a few days before the plywood is used, then wiped so a thin film remains, will prolong the plywood’s life, increase release characteristics, and minimize staining. 

A chemically reactive release agent will give overlaid panels the longest life and should be applied before the first pour. Check with the manufacturer of the forming plywood for more details.

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4. Know the difference between release agents and coatings. Release agents and coatings can affect forms and concrete differently, so select a release agent keeping mind its influence on the finished concrete surface. For example, some release agents including waxes or silicones should not be used where the concrete is to be painted.

Plywood form coatings, such as lacquers, resin, or plastic base compounds sometimes are used to form a hard, dry, water-resistant film on plywood forms. Usually, the field-applied coatings reduce the need for application of release agents between pours and result in greater reuse.

5. Patch and repair forms. On prefabricated forms, plywood panel faces (when the grade is suitable) may be reversed if damaged. Tie holes may be patched with metal plates, plugs, or plastic materials. Nails should be removed and holes filled with patching plaster, plastic wood, or other materials.

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6. Handle and store forms properly. Be carful to prevent panel chipping, denting, and corner damage during handling. Panels should never be dropped. Forms should be carefully piled flat, face to face and back to back. Forms should be cleaned immediately after stripping and can be solid-stacked or stacked in small packages with faces together.

Hairline cracks or splits may occur in the face ply. These “checks” may be more pronounced after repeated use of the form. Checks do not mean the plywood is delaminating. Form maintenance, including careful storage to assure slow drying, will minimize face checking.

7. Consider the effects of admixtures and chemicals. Many admixtures and pozzolans increase the abrasiveness or alkalinity of the concrete. While wood and phenolic overlays resist alkaline solutions and abrasion, some admixtures may significantly decrease the lifespan of a concrete-forming panel.

There’s much to consider when it comes to proper upkeep and maintenance of concrete forms. But following these tips will ensure the best life and use of forms project after project.

Roger Roatch is an Engineered Wood Specialist for APA. For more on concrete form maintenance and selecting the best form panel for the project, download the APA Concrete Forming Design/Construction Guide here.


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Precast Concrete Plant - Application of Form Oil Video

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 26, 2017 1:45:29 PM

NPCA Precast Concrete Plant Video Virtual Tour of US Concrete, a state of the art precast manufacturing facility acquired by Oldcastle Precast in August 2012

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There's no job too big, too unique, or too challenging for US Concrete Precast Groups, San Diego facility. The plant is one of seven in US Concrete's Precast division, which serves the West, Southwest, and Midatlantic regions. Located in sunny southern California, it is the newest and largest facility in the family. Constructed in 2007, after years of planning, it is state of the art and designed with employee input, future growth, and the environment in mind. With 49 production workers and another 17 office employees, the plant manufactures a wide variety of products for a diverse range of customers. Standard products include site furnishings and a number of underground utility and waste water solutions. With a dedicated staff and a modern facility, custom projects are a regular part of the mix as well. 

Hello, my name is Todd Everett. I'm the general manager for US Concrete Precast Group Southern California, sunny San Diego. Our San Diego plant has been a member of the MPCA since 1981, so 31 years. To get to where we are today, we were in another location in Santee, California for over 30 years, and we got to the point through growth that we were beginning to be landlocked, could not grow anymore in the area we were in, and in 2005, we approached the board of US Concrete about expansion. We were given approval to do that so the search was on. Located the property we're on now in, I think it was late 2006. Got all the permitting done and started, broke ground in 2007, early February, and opened the plant in November of 2007.

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Even more important than the facility are the people. The employees are part of a team, a point that is taken very seriously.

It's my belief that the keys to a successful precast operation, first they start with your people. We've been very blessed at this location, this plant, with the group of people we have assembled here. We consider ourself a team, therefor, we have team members.

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As with most precast plants, a typical day begins bright and early at 6 am for production employees.

The production crew usually starts about 6 am in the morning. They get in and there's a lot of untarping, stripping, unbolting. There's usually a flow that's been predetermined already by weeks of planning ahead already before all the molds are out there. It's a system.

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In the center of the plant, smaller products, such as drain boxes, catch basins, and meter boxes are stripped and laid on dunnage awaiting transport to either a delivery vehicle or the yard.

On the eastern end of the plant, utility vaults as large as 40 tons are stripped and flipped.

Once all products are stripped, workers immediately begin prepping the forms, including cleaning, caulking, and the application of form oil.

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Meanwhile, on the western end of the plant, the weld shop is busy preparing cages for the empty forms. Large vault cages are assembled upside down on a raised platform by a welder, using pre-bent rebar. A cage for a large vault can take several hours.

Over by the state of the art batch plant, the morning begins with daily preparations in anticipation of the first batch, which usually occurs around 9 am. Once details are entered into the computer, the automated batch plant comes to life.

Outside, bins release the specified amount of fine and coarse aggregate, taking into account moisture content. The aggregate falls to a conveyor belt, which transfers it into one of two hoppers. One serves a one-yard mixer, the other a two-yard mixer.

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One in the intended hopper, the aggregate is lifted up an elevator and released into the mixer.

Meanwhile, specified amounts of cement and fly ash are pumped into the mixer. After allowing the dry ingredients to mix, the batch plant releases water, add mixtures, and if needed, color and fiber.

Inside the plant, workers place a bucket under one of two chutes. Once full, the bucket is moved by forklift to one of the many overhead cranes and taken to the needed part of the plant.

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In this instance, a yellow tinted batch is taken to the southwest corner of the plant where it's placed into forms for sidewalk pavers.
Once the batch arrives, the forms are filled, and a quality control inspection takes place.

In addition to standard products, the plant has found a niche in the custom market.

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The team that we have assembled over the years at US Concrete, at this facility, San Diego Precast, is a team of individuals who have a great deal of knowledge. This is definitely one of those companies where there are some senior people here that have a lot of knowledge in concrete. The way we work through a custom project that's unique to us, is we get the team together. We get those that are going to be involved. We get our draftsmen, our salesmen, project managers, plant managers, quality control. We get a group of people together and then what we do is we go over the project. The goal is to make sure that it's successful, so we need to make sure that we're all on the same page. It's not a choice of will we fail. It's a choice of here's what's been put in front of us, now how do we make that succeed. That's what makes this company so special.

One recent example of the plant's custom work, is a stress ribbon bridge the company produced in 2009.

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The stress ribbon bridge at Lake Hodges, it's actually the world's longest stress-ribbon bridge. It consists of three spans totaling 990 foot. It was also an endangered species area where they had a lot of nesting grounds for birds and things like that. The project had to be non-intrusive to the local surroundings. At the same time, the construction had to be mindful of that, schedule-wise. The finished product was quite a surprise, I think, overall to the designer that it came out so well.

Another extremely important facet of production is the quality control process. The plant has been MPCA certified since 1988, the first year certification was offered, and was among the first group of plants to reach the 20-year Continuous Certification mark in 2008.

Quality is important because we have control of every aspect from start to finish. We can control every environment on site and they can't do that. We have the ability to produce extremely precise products. The plant was designed at our old facility and we were able to incorporate everything that we wanted into the lab. A lot of the stuff we built in is stuff that we know that we're going to use 20 years from now.

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The plant was also designed with many environmentally friendly details.

We're very mindful of the environment. The solar panels, over 60% of our energy comes from the sun. Skylights, so we're using natural light, we're using motion sensors throughout the plant, as well as the offices. Our environmentally friendly technology in our concrete, with our fly ash and other supplemental materials. We're contemporary, cutting edge if you will, precast plant.

US Concrete Precast Groups, San Diego facility, continues to find a steady flow of orders for waste water and underground utility products, as well as its custom projects. Looking to the future, it hopes to continue the growth it's had since it was founded and adapt to the ever-changing needs of its customers.

I think through our industry, through the National Precast Concrete Association, we continue to keep pushing the envelope and challenging ourself and challenge each other to continue to advance.


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Hill and Griffith Customer Service

We're known for our hands on approach. Let us visit your plant and recommend concrete release agents, packerhead concrete form releases, concrete form seasoning, potable water concrete form release, non-petroleum concrete form release, biodegradable concrete form release, rust inhibitors and concrete dissolver products that suit your needs.

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"How-It's-Made" Precast Concrete Walls with release application video

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 17, 2017 12:19:38 PM

Precast concrete walls are made in a controlled plant environment where weather can't interfere with the curing process. They're cast with insulation before they arrive at the construction site. All that's needed is a crane to do the heavy lifting.

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Precast concrete walls have a tough exterior that holds up to all kinds of weather, but making these structural walls panels is an inside job. By manufacturing them indoors, they can better prepare them for the outdoors.

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Production starts with a mix of crushed rock and sand. This mix is limestone based. The mineral mix can be altered for different strengths and finishes. A conveyor delivers the minerals to a huge mixer. They inject cement, water and additives to improve the flow of the concrete, accelerate the cure and give it a brownish hue. Beaters whip the ingredients into a thick gritty mix.

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They cast some of the concrete into cylindrical shapes for testing. After a one day cure, they crush the cylinders with a ram. The amount of force it takes to crush the cylinders is a measure of the concrete batch's strength.


(Release application video)

Before they cast the wall, a crew arranges giant foam letters to make an imprint in the mold. They position the letters in the center of the casting form and secure them with silicone. A release agent is sprayed onto the casting form and letters.

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High strength steel cables are strung throughout the form. With a hydraulic device, they pull each cable to a specific tension.

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Then, they bend a rebar rod into a loop. The rebar loops are linked, creating long cages. They place one cage at the top of the form and one at the bottom. Then, a team inserts a sheet of welded wire mesh. It's been cut to fit the size of the form.

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They're now ready to pour concrete. A truck dispenses the concrete directly into the form. The concrete flows around the steel reinforcement. The steel will keep the wall strong when the concrete expands and contracts as the weather changes. The team spreads the concrete and levels it with a tool called a 'Screed'.

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This first layer of the wall panel is essentially one side of a sandwich. It will be the exterior part of the wall. At the center of the sandwich is this rigid foam insulation. It's studded with protrusions to secure it to the concrete. More steel reinforced concrete completes the wall sandwich. This final layer will face the inside of the building, so the crew takes extra care to ensure that there are no pits or crevices.

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After about 12 hours, the wall is solid enough to be handled. They take it outdoors where a worker sandblasts a small section of the exterior side. This removes the surface cement to expose the aggregate, creating a decorative band next to the embossed lettering.

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After a three day cure, the precast concrete wall is ready for the construction site. A crew guides it onto footings. They align its design to the one on the next wall. When the two walls match up perfectly, they bolt it down. The concrete continues to cure over time, so these precast walls will stand strong for many years.

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Cast-O-Magic® Consolver Concrete Remover and Dissolver

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 10, 2017 9:03:29 AM

Consolver Concrete Dissolver and Remover

Consolver Concrete Remover is a biodegradable, environmentally friendly concrete remover for the toughest concrete removal jobs. It is specially formulated for the ready-mix, precast, pipe, and block industries. The cherry-scented, sugar-based product is safe for equipment, vehicles, tools, and workers, yet fast acting on concrete and lime.

Concrete form release products and concrete casting supplies from Cast-O-Magic are now available through Hill and Griffith

The Hill and Griffith Company recently acquired the Cast-O-Magic Concrete Form Release Agent product lines from Rostine Manufacturing & Supply, Inc., of Springfield, Mo. The purchase contributes to Hill and Griffith's market share growth and strongly fits within our core product range. Please contact our sales service department at 513-921-1075 or orders@hillandgriffith.com for more information.

Cast-O-Magic® Consolver Sugar-Derived Concrete Cleaner

The most Biodegradable and Environmentally-Friendly Concrete Remover

  • Sugar-based Concrete Remover
  • Safe for Equipment and Fleet Vehicles
  • Will not Etch Glass
  • Safe for Metal
  • Better Employee Safety
  • Cherry-Scented
  • Non-Irritating
  • Fast-Acting on Concrete and Lime
  • Deswcales and Cleans

 

APPLICATION

Methods:

  • Apply Consolver to vehicle, equipment, or tools undiluted
  • Apply by spraying area to be cleaned starting at  the bottom and working upwards.
  • Allow cleaner to penetrate and dissolve concrete for five minutes.
  • Reapply for heavy concrete.
  • Rinse clean with fresh, high-pressure water from a power washer.
  • Safe for use on glass, painted surfaces, aluminum, chrome, or steel.

Consolver Concrete Dissolver Sizes

 

AVAILABILITY AND COST

Availability:

Consolver Concrete Remover is available in 55, 5, and 1 gallon containers. It is also available in disposable or recyclable 275 gallon Magic-Pak.

Cost:

Material costs can be obtained by contacting The Hill and Griffith Company through our contact form.


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How to prevent precast concrete mold and mildew from growing

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Nov 3, 2017 2:19:06 PM

Ugly black precast concrete mold and mildew can be prevented with a simple spray-on solution.

This week's post comes from Tim Carter and his tips for keeping patio pavers mold and mildew free. The same applies to precast concrete.
 
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Dear Tim: My wife and I have an outdoor patio with colored precast concrete paving blocks. It doesn’t take long each year for black mold and mildew to start growing on it. We also have an issue with moss and algae growing on it. I have to power wash it at least once a year and wonder if there’s a way to prevent the moss, mildew and mold from growing in the first place. Am I damaging my patio with the power washer? Why is it growing on the precast concrete pavers? This problem can’t be that hard to solve. — Loren P., Okatie, S.C

Loren: I used to have the same problem on two massive brick paver patios in the back of the last house I lived in. It was a mind-numbing job that took hours and hours of work to restore the patio to brand-new condition each spring. I hated doing that job.

Let’s talk about why the moss, mold and mildew grow in the first place. Many years ago I couldn’t understand how it could grow on solid rock, precast concrete or brick, but now it’s crystal clear to me.

Moss, mold and mildew need food to survive, just like you and I. The food sources are assorted, just as humans’ diets are. Dust, ultra-fine sugar aerosols from trees and bushes, tree sap, minerals, organic debris, etc., are all food sources for the unsightly things growing on your patio.

You can do a test that produces dramatic results by just pouring out a small amount of carbonated soda that contains sugar or high-fructose corn syrup on your patio. You might have mildew growing on the spill as soon as 48 hours later if you do it in a shaded area of your patio.
Water is the only other missing ingredient needed to fuel the moss, mold and mildew since their spores are constantly falling down on your patio. If you could keep your patio completely dry, you’d not have any growth. But even morning dew is enough to sustain the green and black organisms. They’re tenacious and know how to make a little water go a long way.

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Let’s discuss power washing. There’s a raging debate in the home improvement community about whether power washing can be destructive to concrete, brick, precast pavers and wood. The unequivocal answer is yes — it’s destructive.

The rate of destructive force is directly proportional to the pounds-per-square-inch (psi) power the machine delivers, the angle of the spray-wand tip and the distance the tip is from the surface being cleaned. You just have to look at the Grand Canyon to understand that water flowing over rock can do damage.

Water directed at a surface with 1,500 psi or more can do immense damage on softer surfaces, and it does cumulative damage to harder surfaces with each successive washing.

In your case, power washing will rapidly remove the colored cement paste that covers the small sand and gravel particles in your precast pavers. If you saved a paver in your garage that the installer left behind, one that has never been washed or exposed to the elements, you’d notice that it’s got a uniform color over the entire surface.

After one or more washings, you’ll start to notice the individual colors of the different grains of sand and bits of gravel that was used to make the pavers. The colored cement will still be there between the individual particles of sand and gravel.

The good news is you can prevent the growth of patio moss, mildew and mold. All you have to do is borrow technology developed hundreds of years ago by mariners. Clipper ships and warships that depended on speed to make money and win wars had copper plates on their hulls so barnacles and other marine life would not grow on the wood below the water line.

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Copper is a natural biocide. It’s pure, it’s pretty much harmless to mammals, and it’s found in multivitamins that you might take to stay healthy. Copper in our bodies helps us to retain iron, and it aids in producing the energy we need to get through the day.

You can’t cover your patio with copper sheets, but you can spray on a liquid solution of copper that will soak into the top surface of the concrete pavers. This copper will stop the growth of the pesky green and black organisms in their tracks.

The easiest way to apply the copper is to buy copper sulfate crystals. This is available online, and the blue crystals dissolve readily in warm or hot tap water. I’d mix 1.75 pounds of copper sulfate in each gallon of water. My guess is you’ll discover that two or three gallons of water is plenty to treat the average-size patio.

I’d apply the solution when the patio is dry as a bone. You want the solution to soak into the surface. Concrete is absorbent unless it has a shiny steel-troweled finish. Most exterior concrete is rough, so the solution will soak in. Apply just enough so the pavers get nice and wet but not so much that the solution runs off into surrounding vegetation. You don’t want to poison expensive landscaping nearby.

You’re going to have to periodically reapply the copper sulfate solution, because normal rain water will leach the copper back out of the pavers. I can’t tell you how often because it’s a function of the amount of rainfall where you live. But I do know it’s far easier to apply this solution in minutes rather that bend over for hours and hours using a power washer!

Need an answer? All of Tim’s past columns are archived free at www.AsktheBuilder.com. You can also watch hundreds of videos, download Quick Start Guides and more.



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