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Basics & Theory

Adhesives: Glossary Of Terms For Adhesives & Sealants
Adhesives provides a comprehensive glossary of adhesive and sealant terms and terminology, courtesy ASTM International.

Building Science: Understanding Sealants
Building Science online slide show presentation describes sealant basics, purposes, installation, applications, failures, warranties, and more. (PDF)

Buildings Magazine: Pre-Cured Joint Sealants For Construction
Buildings Magazine discusses several types of these new sealants which are packaged in cured form, often in rolls instead of liquid form. It explains their properties and some specific uses in building construction.

Fine Homebuilding: Little Difference In Paintable Caulks
Fine Homebuilding article on paintable caulks says siliconized acrylic-latex caulk adheres better, and acrylic-latex caulk is only barely less expensive.

Fine Homebuilding: Making Sense Of Caulks & Sealants
Fine Homebuilding provides tips on what types of caulks & sealants to use, where & when, common failures, a brief overview (with links to suppliers) of common water-base, silicone, synthetic rubber, polyurethane, butyl, and hybrid products.

HBC: Evolution Of Caulking
Home Builder Canada magazine talks with technical people to find out about the recent evolution of caulking materials.

Home Energy: Overview Of Urethane Foam Sealants & Air Leakage Control
Home Energy magazine covers urethane foams used for air sealing, including features & benefits, properties, permeability, application, codes & standards, and some supplier listings. 1995

US DOE: Overview Of Caulking Materials
US Department of Energy describes features and benefits of various types of caulking materials.

Walls & Ceilings: Tying Building Together With Polyurethane Foam Sealants
Walls & Ceilings magazine article say polyurethane foam sealants can be of great advantage in modern building projects. In addition to preventing air and water intrusion through the building envelope, they also offer the potential for energy savings, increased occupant comfort, weather resistance, sound mitigation, and improved indoor air quality.
Information Sources

Adhesives: Resource Site On Adhesives & Sealants
Adhesive & Sealant Council site for engineers, designers, architects and others who wish to understand the benefits and values that adhesives and sealants bring to modern product design and assembly. It offers information ad resources on adhesives and sealants, TechSelect Tool to help you determine the right type of product for your application, and new applications/uses for adhesives.

Sealant Technologies: Resource Site On Sealants
Sealant Technologies offers sealant resources and guidance for finding the right solution for your specific application needs.

SWRI: Technical Question Response For Sealant Industry
Sealant Waterproofing & Restoration Institute has a Technical Question Response Committee whose members respond to online questions of members and non-members at no charge.
Issues & Performance

AAMA: AAMA 800-16 Voluntary Specifications & Test Methods For Sealants
American Architectural Manufacturers Association published AAMA 800-16, Voluntary Specifications and Test Methods for Sealants. This document is an update to the previous version (AAMA 800-10) and will help users evaluate the performance of sealants, tapes and compounds as related to air infiltration and water leakage in window and similar installations.

Adhesives: Health & Safety When Using Adhesives & Sealants
Adhesives industry site describes how handling of raw materials and products in a responsible way throughout their lifecycle, namely from their manufacture via the usage stage right through to recycling and disposal, is nowadays a generally recognized health & safety principle.

ASTM: In Situ Measurement Of Compression Set In Sealants During Outdoor Aging
ASTM study shows short term accelerated weathering or outdoor aging approaches that are not long enough in duration to induce compression set or do not allow for in situ measurement of compression set and its effect on apparent modulus may miss or underestimate this important factor in service life prediction. (PDF)

Building Diagnostics: Article On Why Construction Sealant Joints Fail
Building Diagnostics Associates has an article for glaziers explaining joint failure issues, design, correct materials, common mistakes, and installation tips.

Healthy Indoors: Does Caulking Have Asbestos or PCBs?
Healthy Indoors says some types of caulking used in the past contain both asbestos and PCBs.

RCI: PCBs Present In Sealants
RCI technical advisory PCBs Present In Sealants provides informative advisory regarding the potential for sealants located in exterior walls of buildings to contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at levels that warrant certain measures. (PDF)

BC Housing: Overview Of Sealant Types & Maintenance
BC Housing bulletin describes sealant purposes, types, characteristics, uses, and maintenance requirements. (PDF)

Building Green: Bond Breaks Important For Sealant Jobs
Building Green describes how to address the most common sealant application error, forgetting the bond break.

Building Science: Anatomy Of Sealants & Performance In Different Environments
Building Science online slide show Anatomy of Sealants and their Relative Performance with Building Materials in Different Environments describes physical properties, types of joints, thermo-mechanical effects, use considerations, and failure modes. (PDF)

Canadian Contractor: Correct Use of Backer Rod & Bond Breaker Tape
Canadian Contractor online video describes how backer rod allows you to keep the depth of the caulk no more than one-half of the width, and how bond breaker tape goes in the bottom of the crack or crevice, so that you donít get a three surface bond with the caulk.

Fine Homebuilding: Create the Perfect Caulk Joint
Fine Homebuilding says masking tape and solvents are the key to a clean bead of sealant.

Fine Homebuilding: Remove Old Caulk From Tubes
Fine Homebuilding online video shows how to revive old caulk tubes and even improve on the design.

GreenSpec: How To Choose A Sealant That Works
Green Spec provides brief tips on sealants and how to use them.

IRC: Joint Movement & Sealant Selection
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction Building Digest report details estimating joint movement, installation temperature, selection tips, along with a bibliography. 1973 (PDF)

JLC Forums: How To Tool Caulking Joints
Journal of Light Construction forum provides comments on how to improve the appearance of caulk joints.

JLC: Should Caulk Guns Be Pushed Or Pulled
Journal of Light Construction describes whether you should push or pull a caulk gun for the best-performing and longest-lasting caulk joint, as well as some tips on getting a good-looking, watertight seal.

Tremco: Online Calculator For Quantity Of Sealant Required
Tremco supplies this online calculator which estimates the amount of sealant required based on bead length, width and depth if you need to figure out how much sealant you need to complete a job.

YouTube: Online Video On Maintenance Of Sealants
BC Homeowner Protection Office online video explores the different types of sealants and how to maintain their effectiveness.
Product Supply

Adhesives: Online Buyers Guide For Adhesives & Sealants
Adhesive and Sealant Council online Buyers Guide is an online directory for locating products and services from Adhesive and Sealant Council member companies.

Adhesives: Online Questionnaire To Select Right Adhesive & Sealant
Adhesives industry site online form assists designers in selecting the best adhesive or sealant for their applications.

Adhesives: Online Tool To Select Adhesives & Sealants
Adhesive and Sealant online Vendor Select Tool is a quick and efficient way for a user to find a particular chemistry type that is typically used in a market segment divided by adhesives and sealants for finished goods. The tool can also be used to find typical raw material types, as well as equipment. It drives the user to companies within the ASC membership that supply finished goods, raw materials and equipment for the adhesive and sealant industry.

Perma-Chink: Manufacturer Of Log Home Chinking & Sealants
Perma-Chink offers you a guide for log home sealants, including external (installed after stacking logs), internal (used between mating surfaces of stacked logs), and gasket tape.
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