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  • #31
    Re: What the Heck is this??? Weird foundation

    Originally posted by Josh View Post
    My question is... how do you seal the gaps between the sheets of blue skin? We are talking about the stuff that Henry makes right? http://www.henry.com/blue_skin_henry/
    I can't remember if Henry is the company that makes it, but what you're showing there is window and door stuff. The BlueSkin that I'm talking about is a spray-on coating - it's a blue, polyurethane coating.

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    • #32
      Re: What the Heck is this??? Weird foundation

      I'm lost on where I would find this stuff and who to have do it. What equipment I would need etc. May just go with the tar stuff. Gotta get this covered up but want to do it right so still open to the idea.

      Found this nice pic.

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      • #33
        Re: What the Heck is this??? Weird foundation

        Originally posted by canucksartech View Post
        I can't remember if Henry is the company that makes it, but what you're showing there is window and door stuff. The BlueSkin that I'm talking about is a spray-on coating - it's a blue, polyurethane coating.
        This is the product I've seen as well.

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        • #34
          Re: What the Heck is this??? Weird foundation

          That's the stuff, Josh. I don't do it myself, nor does my boss. We get a company that specializes in it to come in and do it when needed on jobs. So I'm not sure if it's something that you can do yourself in your area - whether or not you can rent the sprayer, etc., or whether you have to have a licenced contractor/company come in and apply it for you. It's pricier than the tar, obviously, but it's worth it's weight in gold, especially in climates like ours when you have frost issues leading to ground heaving and movement, etc. Unlike the tar, this stuff is way more stretchy, if you want to call it that, and will move/adapt with some cracking/expansion.

          Also, unlike the tar, you could, if you wanted, just go with this stuff. Yes, the dimpled membrane is a nice added barrier, and makes it perfect. But its not as needed with the BlueSkin stuff, whereas with the tar, it's almost a must.

          So, the cost can even out either way.

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          • #35
            Re: What the Heck is this??? Weird foundation

            Here's some stuff that I found on the BlueSkin membrane:

            This is the sheet stuff (not the nice to apply spray-on stuff), but still the same general product:

            http://www.can-save.ca/Foundation/ba...rproofing.html

            And this is all the efficiency ratings, etc., for our building codes for the sheet stuff:

            www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/ccmc/registry/pdf/13297_e.pdf

            Here's the spray-on stuff, in grey:

            http://www.decoproducts.com/deco20wp.htm

            And then, after a bit more searching, is the actual stuff I've been talking about:

            www.bluesealwaterproofing.com/resources/pdf/ICFTechData.pdf


            So, it's called BlueSeal (BlueSkin, which in my experience, is the common term that everyone calls this stuff, but actually refers to the sheet version / another product / same idea, while BlueSeal is the spray on stuff). This stuff is the best IMO for your need. The biggest thing that I like is that it is rated for expansion, once dry, up to 340% - which means that even after you use hydraulic cement to patch up your cracks, if things still shift, this stuff retains it's integrity. It'll even bridge open cracks, and still retain it's seal, up to 1/16", which doesn't seem like much, but it's impressive. With this stuff applied after a powerwash and the application of hydraulic cement to patch up your cracks and openings, you'd be set.

            And here's their webpage:

            http://www.bluesealwaterproofing.com/

            All of this is our Canadian stuff. I'm not 100% sure what's available to you there in Ohio, but I'm sure if you get into contact with the company, they can guide you better for your needs on that side of the lake.
            Last edited by canucksartech; 09-23-2009, 11:59 AM.

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            • #36
              Re: What the Heck is this??? Weird foundation

              The end of the story....

              http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/sho...d.php?p=256338

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