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SlabGasket, you ROCK!
date posted: 06-15-2013

One of our customers in Camarillo, CA, wrote us a very nice note.

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How about a 2" width?
date posted: 06-15-2013

Soon SlabGasket will be available in a 2" width

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Another new size! 1"
date posted: 06-15-2013

Continuing our quest to offer a full line of widths, SlabGasket now has 1"!

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NO UP FRONT COST! NO AGREEMENTS! NO INVENTORY REQUIREMENT! PURCHASE BY THE FOOT AS NEEDED FOR EACH JOB!

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Customer comments
date posted: 06-15-2013

George;
 
  I think I've finally found a solution.  Thanks.
 
Bernie
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"Filling the gap again" with another new SlabGasket size. The 1-3/8" width is available in Gray or Almond.

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Folks, I have seen some beautiful concrete overlays and sprayed on decking. I just had an inquiry from "Ryan", who was asking about the use of SlabGasket in conjuction with the above. His question is "I wanted to find out if this product could be used with some of the concrete overlay or spray on decking used around pools?  Would those coatings be put on first and then the slabgasket or could you use the slabgasket then put down the coating so there could be one uniform surface?" This is a good question, and most of us need to ask more questions when we hire a contractor to do any home repair or remodeling job. How many times do we have to settle for less than we expected?

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SlabGasket in the Spring!
date posted: 10-8-2011

Spring is the perfect time to replace the missing or weed filled joints in your driveway. Winter is almost over here in Houston and the cool weather enables the do-it-yourselfers out there to take advantage of a perfect time to replace their rotten, missing, or broken expansion joints in their driveway, sidewalk, or around the pool deck with SlabGasket.

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Rotten, missing or broken expansion joints leave gaps in your driveway which, for safety reasons, need to be replaced before you or anyone else gets hurt because of a trip and fall hazard.

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SlabGasket Expansion Joint Replacement Products now include two new sizes in both gray and almond.

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An Expansion Joint is used when a driveway is poured to allow for expansion of the concrete and help keep the driveway from cracking. Until recently, the expansion joint was generally a 1x4 board used with wooden stakes to frame around the concrete pour areas. The construction crew nails a frame of wood and pours the concrete inside the frame to form a sidewalk or driveway. After the concrete dries, the outside boards and stakes are removed. The inside boards and stakes remain as expansion joints. Recently, true expansion joints have been replaced by control joints. A control joint is designed to control where the expanding driveway will crack. In this case, the boards used are 1x2 or shorter, and a frame is staked and nailed together. This time, when the concrete is poured, it flows under the shorter boards and is added until level with the top of the boards. Once the expansion joints in your driveway, sidewalk, or pool deck rot away, you will see concrete below where the board used to be. 

A missing expansion joint can create a safety hazard for adults and small children. Rainwater can wash through the empty areas and under the slab, which can remove sand and weaken the integrity of the surface. Dirt, weeds and grass can fill in these areas, prompting herbicide use or a letter from the homeowner’s association.

There are different methods to replace expansion joints.

1. For the doityourselfer, there is a product which comes in a caulking tube which is used with a closed cell foam rod or sand below it.

2. There are companies who professionally use a multi stage self leveling product. The slab surface has to be extremely clean and dry before using either of these products, and must cure for at least 24 hours before walking or driving over it. If done improperly, when the expansion joints contract, these products can lose the grip or rip down the center.  

3. You can purchase new boards and try to hammer them into the empty areas. This can be very difficult and usually the boards warp at the ends and foster an additional trip hazard.

4. A new product has been introduced which is made from extruded vinyl. To date, seven sizes are available. It is called SlabGasket, and is available at SlabGasket.com, at the local office in Park Ten, or from one of our dealers. (see dealer locater on the web site) After the old expansion joints have been removed, step and tap in SlabGasket. No curing or pressure washing is required. Snug fitting SlabGasket helps eliminate trip and fall hazards, impedes weed growth, and greatly improves the home curb appeal. It is readily available for the doityourself homeowner, or professional installation can be arranged in limited areas. Browse the web site for pricing, available sizes, installation tips, pictures and videos.

 

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