Torque Lock

Torque Lock
Torque Lock

 

When the Torque Lock Structural Repair Method was first introduced more than 10 years ago, it didn’t take long for our phone to begin ringing.  Not only did we receive phone calls from distributors and contractors interested in Torque Lock, but also from homeowners asking if there were contractors in their area who were familiar with Torque Lock System.  Since then, quite a number of contractors have purchased Torque Lock Structural Repair kits and we still receive inquiries from homeowners frequently.  Due to the frequency of calls we receive from homeowners and taking into consideration the success we’ve had with theLeakTronics Leak Detection Specialist locator, we decided to create the Concrete Repair Network.  The network is comprised of contractors who have purchased Torque Lock Kits.

Three commonly asked questions about Torque Lock Staples and structural cracks are:
1.  How do I know if there are any other cracks in the structure?
2.  Can Torque Lock Staples be installed in a radius?
3.  Can Torque Lock Staples be installed in a corner?

The answer to the first question is simple.  After you’ve drained the pool, perform a detailed visual inspection completely on the vessel.  Once you’ve checked it visually, spray or mist the walls and floor of the pool, spa, basin or fountain with a garden hose.  Get it real wet and then let it dry.  The structural crack(s) will retain the moisture while the rest of the pool dries.  Then using a wax marker, mark the wet cracks before they have time to dry completely.

The answer to the radius question is not so simple.  The short answer is that it depends on the radius and how the structural crack is running. Most swimming pool structures (but not all) will have a curved radius (where floor meets wall, or where wall meets wall).  We can often get a staple in the wall and one in the floor and fill in the crack knowing that these staples are going to limit movement.  If the wall has a slight radius, we will often go in at an angle.  We usually use a 3 inch staple for ease of installation.  This procedure is also the same in spa benches, spillways, negative edges, etc.

TL in a cornerTorque Lock Staples are able to be installed in a structural crack located in a 90 degree corner or angle. One particular method we use when we run into a complete 90 degree angle, is a method we call building a radius.  Building a radius is basically this: using 3 inch staples, hold the staple on an angle to the crack (not perpendicular).  Drill holes for Torque Lock Installation and set the staple in as far as possible.  (Do not cut out the rectangle TL in a corner created radiusportion as you normally would.)  Torque the staple to about 20 lbs and then build a complete radius over the area using mud (cement)  to achieve a radius and to cover the staple completely. This could be done consecutively, especially if the crack is running along the radius.  It is always best to set all of the staples first so you can see the entire area where you’ll be creating the radius.  Sometimes we’ll also build out other corners so that the pool looks symmetrical.

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