Issue #45 Adhesives & Sealants August 10, 2005

Contents: Issue #45
Adhesives & Sealants

  1. The Basics: Glossary, Envelope Guide, Product Standards
  2. Select An Adhesive: Guide, Wood, Mask Tape, Online Tool
  3. Use Adhesives: Surface Prep, Q & A, Woodworking
  4. Sealant Use: Failures, Tests, Increase Life, Designing
  5. Sealants: Guide, Products, Tips, Quantity Calculator
  6. Specialty: Urethane & Latex Foams, Pre-Cured, Logs
  7. More: Suppliers Association, Directory, Ask A Question
  8. Kenís Top Pick: If You Have Time To Surf Only One Site

1. The Basics: Glossary, Envelope Guide, Standards

Adhesives & Sealants Glossary
An accelerator is more than a lead footís favourite tool. For finding the meanings of adhesive & sealant terms, check out this alphabetical glossary from SpecialChem 4 Adhesives.

Building Envelope Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants
Part of an IRC Canadian seminar presentation, this guide offers you a detailed overview of product types, properties, problems, applications, and design & selection considerations.

Search For Product Standards
Techstreet provides a place online where you can search out, order, and download various industry standards. Enter the product type into search box at the top of the page.

2. Select Adhesive: Guide, Wood, Mask Tape, Online Tool

Buying Guide To Glues & Adhesives
For a brief overview of different types of natural and synthetic glues and adhesives, their use, features, safety, and tips on application, check out this handy buying guide from Lowes.

Wood Adhesives Chart
The US Forest Products Lab developed a chart that may help you select wood adhesives. It covers types, form & colour, preparation, application, strength properties and typical uses.

Masking Tape Types & Suppliers
Carpenter Gary Katz provides a brief overview of his opinions on which masking tapes he prefers based on tack strengths, along with some supplier listings and links to their Web sites.

Online Selection Tool For What Glues This To That
Although it doesnít cover all construction materials, this simple online selection tool at the This To That site shows you which types adhesives are used to glue different materials together.

3. Use Adhesives: Surface Prep, Q & A, Woodworking

Surface Preparation & Pretreatment (PDF FILE)
For getting the best performance from adhesives, this section of the Ciba Adhesives manual gives detailed procedures for materials surface preparation and pre-treatment.

Q & A Archive On Adhesives
You may find an answer to your gluing challenge in this JLC Q & A archive. They cover a wide range of topics relating to the uses of glues and adhesives in building construction.

Knowledge Base On Adhesives Gluing & Laminating
For those of you doing finish carpentry and/or woodworking, this searchable Woodweb Knowledge Base provides lots of tips, tricks and techniques for hobbyists and professionals.

4. Sealant Use: Failures, Tests, Increase Life, Designing

Why Construction Sealant Joints Fail
Repairing joint failures can be costly. Building Diagnostics Associates has an article for glaziers explaining joint failure issues, design, correct materials, common mistakes, and installation tips.

Building Envelope Air Barrier Joint Materials Test
CMHC completed research into different materials used as air barrier joints, and their behaviour over time at various pressures and temperatures. Results are shown on this chart.

How To Increase The Life Of Sealant
Here are some design and installation tips from an IRC Construction Practice that help avoid premature failures of sealant & caulking in joints between building components.

Designing Properly Sealed Construction Joints
IRC covers the design of construction joints for pumpable caulks and sealants, along with the properties of caulks & elastomeric sealants, their selection, and application tips.

5. Sealants: Guide, Products, Tips, Quantity Calculator

Guide To Joint Sealers
The Whole Building Design Guide has an overview of sealant types, selection, features, applications, installation, problems, design tips, codes & standards, and links to other resources.

Caulk & Sealant Products
For a brief overview (with links to suppliers) of common water-base, silicone, synthetic rubber, polyurethane, butyl, and hybrid products check out this article from Fine Homebuilding.

Silicone & Acrylic Sealants
GE has a library of articles explaining the basics of silicone and acrylic sealants, surface preparation, tools, tack & cure times, use & storage, removal & reapplying, and more.

Calculate Quantity Of Sealant Required
Need to figure out how much sealant you need to complete a job? This online calculator from Tremco estimates the amount of sealant required based on bead length, width and depth.

6. Specialty: Urethane & Latex Foams, Pre-Cured, Logs

Urethane Foams For 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.

Latex Foam Sealants
New easier-cleanup aerosol-can latex foam sealants, their properties, installation, benefits & costs, limitations, regulatory issues, and suppliers are explained here by NAHB.

Pre-Cured Joint Sealants For Construction
These new sealants are packaged in cured form, often in rolls instead of liquid form. This Glass Magazine article explains their properties and some specific uses in building construction.

Log Home Sealant Guide
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.

7. More: Suppliers Association, Directory, Ask Question

Adhesives & Sealants Suppliers Association
Select a product category and a listing of Adhesive & Sealant Council member companies will appear. You can then access more specific company information by clicking on their name.

Sealants & Coatings Suppliers Directory
You can also find suppliers in this directory from the Sealants & Coatings site. It lists product providers by category, with data sheets, MSDS search, where to buy, and contact form.

Ask A Question
You may get your technical question answered by the Sealant Waterproofing & Restoration Institute. The Technical Question Response Committee provides this service at no charge.

8. Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine

ASI Magazine
ASI, the adhesive & sealant industry magazine site, has links and listings of key industry members, events, information, and a searchable archive of very detailed technical articles.

Dittie For Today: On Challenges

When I hear somebody sigh; "Life is hard" Iím always tempted to ask; "Compared to what?"
      - Source Unknown

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