StablWall Carbon Fiber Straps Overview and Installation

StablWall Carbon Fiber Straps Overview and Installation


Thank you for purchasing the StablWall system.
Stablwall consists of carbon fiber polymer sheets. They’ve been used for many years in
the aerospace and heavy construction industry for stabilizing a variety of concrete structures,
including buildings and bridges. Now they’re available to reinforce residential concrete
walls. The StablWall system is considerably stronger than steel. Carbon fiber will not
stretch. Once they are applied to a wall perpendicular to a crack, the crack won’t open wider. This
vide will help you install the StablWall system. In addition to watching this video, make sure
you read the manual before you begin installing. Your installation should go smoothly, and
you should be able to finish the project in an afternoon or less! These are the components
of the StablWall reinforcement system. The kit includes nearly everything you’ll need
to install it. You’ll need a few items you may have around the house—such as a drop
cloth, a pair of rubber gloves, some stirring sticks, and a drill with a wire wheel if you
have to remove paint. You’ll also need a paint roller pan and a standard 9″ roller frame.
Divide the materials into three groups. Your first group consists of your Paste Filler.
Set the Paste Filler parts A and B in the first group along with a putty knife. Your
second group consists of Surface Primer parts A and B. You’ll be applying them with one
of your 1/4″ nap roller covers. Place these together with one of the included disposable
roller pan inserts. The last group consists of your Bonding Adhesive. Place the Bonding
Adhesive parts A and B together with the other 1/4″ nap roller cover, and a disposable roller
pan insert, the carbon fiber, and the ribbed roller. There will be 4 steps. First, is to
prepare the area. You may have to grind paint off the wall. Second is to apply the Paste
Filler if you have any irregularities or indentations in the wall. Third, is to apply the Primer.
Fourth, is to apply the Bonding Adhesive, lay the fiber over it, and then lay a second
layer of Bonding Adhesive over the fiber. That’s all there is to it! It’s important
to install StablWall at a temperature above 60 degrees, and that the temperature remains
above 60 degrees for 1-2 days, until it has cured. Each kit comes with enough materials
to install two strips. But for this demonstration, we’re only installing one. If you install
them both, make sure you follow each step for both services at the same time, so the
mixed materials don’t dry prematurely. Let’s take each step, one at a time, so you can
see it in action! Step 1 is to prepare the surface properly. Mark the area where the
sheets will go. Make the marked area 1-2 inches larger than the sheet and remember that the
sheets go perpendicular to the cracks. For any type of wall, it’s important to remove
all the lose material such as dirt, that might interfere with bonding the material to the
wall. If there’s paint on the surface, remove it. Otherwise, you won’t get a good bond.
If you need to remove paint, you can rent a grinder from a local rental store. Some
grinders have an attachment for a wet dry vac. That will make the job faster and easier,
and help minimize the dust you get from grinding the paint off the wall. Or, you may use a
wire brush attached to a regular drill. Make sure you ventilate the area properly, and
take precaution to protect yourself from breathing in any dust. Step 2 is to mix and apply the
Paste Filler. It is used to fill cracks or any other irregularities in the wall’s surface.
If reinforcement fiber lies in a smooth plane, it will be structurally strongest. The paste
filler is an epoxy and will feel about as thick as spackle. Because it takes a little
longer to mix, its components are pigmented black and white. That way, when it’s fully
mixed, the mixture will turn gray. Fully empty the contents of Container B into Container
A. Mix until there is no streaking of the components. Remember, all StablWall ingredients
are time-sensitive materials. All mixtures used in this video should be applied immediately
after they’re mixed so don’t take a restroom break between mixing and applying a material.
The Paste Filler works best on deeper joints on the wall’s surface. This is how the wall
should look after the Filler is applied. Wait about 10 minutes before applying the Primer.
Step 3 is to mix and apply the Primer. All the StablWall adhesives are mixed in a 3 to
1 resin ratio and are supplied in that ratio. The buckets are big enough to mix right in
them. Always mix all of B into all of bucket A. Mix the materials for about 5 minutes with
a stirrer until thoroughly mixed. The StablWall Primer is applied like any typical commercial
paint with a 1/4″ nap roller. Make sure you cover the area completely, all the way to
the edge of where you marked it. Wait about 15 minutes before applying the Bonding Adhesive.
Step 4 is to mix and apply the Bonding Adhesive. Roll it on with the remaining paint roller
cover. It goes on just like paint. Use about one quarter of the supplied Bonding Adhesive
if you’re installing one sheet of carbon fiber, and one half of the Bonding Adhesive if you’re
installing both sheets. Once it’s applied, place the reinforcement fiber into the first
coat. It goes up like wallpaper. Once the material is tacked in place by hand, use the
ribbed roller to push the adhesive between the fibers and press out any pockets of air
from underneath it. Roll the ribbed roller in the same direction as the fiber. It works
best when you roll up from the center to the top, and down from the center to the bottom.
Once you’ve got the air bubbles out from behind the fabric, apply a second coat of Bonding
Adhesive. Use the same amount of Bonding Adhesive for this coat that you used for the first
coat. If you’re installing both carbon fiber sheets, you’ll use up all of the remaining
Bonding Adhesive on this coat. Finally, use the ribbed roller again to make sure no air
bubbles are trapped. And that’s it! You’re done! All that’s left is to clean up. Wait
about 48 hours before you paint over it. Again, don’t forget to read the Installation Manual
completely before installing. We’d like to thank you for choosing StablWall, the leader
in concrete reinforcement.

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