CAV-GRIP III Dos and Don'ts
July 9, 2019
CAV-GRIP III Low-VOC Adhesive is an optimal choice when you’re installing fully adhered EPDM or TPO roofing systems. This low-odor adhesive requires minimal setup time, dries fast, and can be applied quickly and accurately. Plus, its long “open time” makes it a prime candidate for projects utilizing larger sheets.

Like anything else, there are dos and don’ts associated with using CAV-GRIP III. Check out these guidelines to ensure a proper, headache-free installation.

DO
Keep replacement tips handy – CAV-GRIP III spray guns have brass tips which achieve the optimal spray pattern. However, a clogged or damaged tip can negatively affect spray capabilities and result in wasted adhesive. To ensure that a damaged tip won’t delay your progress, it’s a good idea keep a bag of replacement tips handy.

Use a splitter – Consider using a splitter if you’re working with the larger 85 lb. cylinders. Splitters allow you to attach two hoses to one tank, which can double productivity.

Store properly – Store CAV-GRIP III cylinders in a protected, conditioned space with temperatures above 70°F prior to and during application. If CAV-GRIP is stored below the 70-degree mark, you’ll have to wait for it to warm up before application. If a cylinder is below the minimum temperature, it will produce an intermittent spray or “sputter” when it is used. TIP: try warming the product up before checking to see if your gun or hose are clogged.

Secure all cylinders
– Make sure you properly secure cylinders (regardless of whether they’re full, partially full, or empty) so they can’t roll off the roof.

Use the right gun for the situation
– The CAV-GRIP III Spray Gun with Extension Wand is perfect for wide-open roof areas, while the regular CAV-GRIP III Spray Gun (without the extension wand) is ideal for tight or confined areas.

Keep the gun moving
– Keep the spray gun moving while you’re spraying the adhesive to avoid thick or puddled areas.

Adjust your technique if necessary
– While you’re spraying, you may need to adjust the distance between the gun and the substrate to attain the proper coverage rate. In windy conditions, control the amount of trigger pull to ensure a proper web pattern is achieved and to prevent adhesive from being blown away.

Clean up
– You can reuse your guns and hoses over and over again if you keep them clean. First, completely depressurize the cylinder. Disconnect the gun and hose assembly and immediately attach it to a canister of Low-VOC UN-TACK™. Pull the trigger and allow the UN-TACK to flow through the hose and gun for five to ten seconds, or until the liquid coming out is clear. Depressurize the UN-TACK, remove the assembly, and store for future use.

DON'T

Don’t wipe adhesive off the spray tip – Immediately after spraying CAV-GRIP III, you may see adhesive buildup on the tip of the spray gun. The installer’s first reaction is often to wipe away this residue with a rag; however, doing this forces cured adhesive back into the tip orifice, leading to improper spray patterns and ultimately a clogged gun. Instead, allow the adhesive to thicken on the tip and peel away the buildup when you’re ready to spray again.

Don’t shake
– Unlike Carlisle’s Flexible FAST™ Dual Tank Adhesive, you do not need to shake the CAV-GRIP III cylinder prior to application. Shaking the cylinder will disrupt the adhesive and result in the loss of propellant, which is vital to achieving the expected 1,000 ft2 coverage rate per cylinder in a two-sided application.

Don’t tilt
– Don’t tilt the cylinder or lay it on its side while applying adhesive. Doing so will result in air pockets within the gun and hose assembly which could affect the spray pattern and reduce your coverage rate.

Don’t mishandle
– CAV-GRIP cylinders are pressured tanks and must be handled with care. Treat cylinders more like a propane torch set and less like a pail of standard bonding adhesive, both on and off the jobsite.

Don’t overspray
– Don’t apply adhesive to splices to be hot-air welded or areas where primer and pressure-sensitive tape will be applied. If overspray occurs, use Weathered Membrane Cleaner or commercial-grade duct tape to remove it.

Don’t install membrane too soon
– Don’t install membrane over wet or puddled CAV-GRIP III. Doing so will trap solvents between the membrane and substrate, causing “solvent bubbles”. Allow the adhesive about three to five minutes to set up, or become tacky, before installing membrane.

Don’t use band heaters in cold weather
– Band heaters can reach temperatures of more than 400° F, which can cause over-pressurization inside the cylinder and lead to a valve failure and loss of product. Instead, try power-heated blankets and/or hot boxes when necessary.

Don’t let a disconnected hose sit around
– Adhesive can cure inside the hose or gun, causing it to sputter or become blocked. When switching a hose and gun assembly from one cylinder to another, make sure both cylinders are sitting side-by-side during the change. Shut the empty tank off, point the wand into a trash bag, and pull the trigger to empty all excess adhesive out of the hose and gun. Then, unhook the hose from the empty tank and immediately hook it up to a new cylinder.

Don’t punch a hole through the side of the tank when the tank is under pressure
– Once the hose is removed, open the tank back up slightly to relieve excess pressure. From there, punch a hole through the designated area and properly dispose of the tank.

Additional Resources
Request Free Trials 
CAV GRIP III Low-VOC Adhesive/Primer Product Data Sheet 
CAV GRIP III Low-VOC Adhesive/Primer Accessories Product Data Sheet
CAV GRIP III Application Video
CAV-GRIP III Time Trial Video

For technical assistance, or for more information on CAV-GRIP III, please contact Ryan Ferguson.


    Ryan Ferguson
    EPDM Product Specialist
    Product Marketing
    [email protected]

November 26, 2019
Seam Probing

Seam probing is an important final step in the hot air welding process because it is a good indicator to determine if proper fusion has occurred between the membrane layers. Whether the membrane is TPO or PVC, both products need to be probed – but with slightly different techniques. Probing must be done once hot air welds have thoroughly cooled (at least 20 minutes). Premature probing can damage warm seams. Hot air welded seams must be probed throughout the day to check seam quality and to make proper adjustments to hot air welding equipment. The repair of deficiencies must be done routinely throughout the day, but no later than the end of each workday. A blunt or dull cotter pin puller is an acceptable tool to perform the probing task. Carlisle offers a custom-designed Seam Probe that incorporates an ergonomic, threaded handle with a heat-treated, plated steel tip. With continued use these tools will wear down, creating a tip that is too sharp for probing. Blunting the tip is necessary when this occurs. When a substantial amount of probing is necessary, an extension pole can be threaded into the handle of the Carlisle probe. This allows the operator to stand up while probing long runs of field seams. Getting started: Draw your probing tool tip along the edge of the heat welded seam. Apply firm pressure to probe the seam junction, but not into the bottom membrane sheet. The tool will not penetrate into the lap area of a properly welded seam. If the seam probing tool penetrates into the welded overlap area, use a water-soluble marker to mark the beginning and the end of voids or wrinkles in the seam edge. Repair seam deficiencies as soon as possible using the hand held welder. Carlisle recommends that repairs be made the same day deficiencies are discovered. Probe repaired seams after they have cooled completely. If the repair is acceptable, wipe off the water-soluble marker lines; if not acceptable, repair the seam using standard heat welded overlay procedures. Another reason all laps must be probed each day soon after they have cooled is to verify the welder set-up is effective. Particular attention must be given to all membrane intersections and heat welded seams at insulation joints. In addition, there should be periodic checks (including at the start of each day) to verify good peel strength. Considerations when probing TPO systems: TPO does not "flow" like PVC. If you observe an area in which you see "flow" of the bottom ply, scorched areas of detail/flashing membrane, or scorched field membrane welds, these areas should be probed. If these areas are overheated to the point of membrane damage, an overlay repair will be required even if the weld probes successfully. A properly heated field membrane weld will typically have a visual "sheen" approximately 1/2" wide on the bottom sheet at the weld overlap. When walking seams, look for the sheen. If it is not present, probe to ensure weld quality. TPO seams require a minimum 1.5" weld. Welds less than 1.5" must be overlaid as stated in Carlisle’s specifications and details, even if probing does not produce deficiencies. Considerations when probing PVC systems: Welds on PVC systems should produce "bleed out". Bleed out refers to the flow of the bottom ply (of the top sheet) outside of the weld. If you do not see bleed out at seam areas, this increases the probability the seam did not receive enough heat when it was welded. Be sure to probe these areas to ensure weld quality. PVC is a “softer” and more flexible membrane than TPO. As such, a different probe should be used than the one used on TPO roofing systems. The PVC probe should have a blunt/dull tip, or utilize a "hook" screwdriver with a flat head. PVC seams require a minimum 1.5" weld. If you observe welds which are less than 1.5", these should be overlaid following specifications and details, even if probing does not produce deficiencies. Remember, application of Cut Edge Sealant should not begin until all probing is completed. Please contact Jim Gage with questions.     Jim Gage     Senior Technical Specialist     Product Marketing     [email protected]

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November 12, 2019
Benefits of Using Sure-White EPDM Accessories on TPO Systems

Carlisle SynTec Systems allows applicators to use several of its productivity-boosting Sure-White® EPDM Pressure-Sensitive accessories on Sure-Weld® TPO roofing systems with up to 20-year Total System Warranties. Sure-White Pressure-Sensitive (PS) accessories can provide substantial labor savings on projects with hard-to-flash penetrations and are ideal when using a generator and hand welder isn't practical. Regardless of which roof system is being installed, experienced roofers understand there is always a good chance of encountering hard-to-flash roof penetrations, or simply a high volume of penetrations. Determining the best way to flash these items in a productive manner while ensuring a long-term watertight seal can be a serious challenge. This is where Sure-White PS accessories come into play. Keep in mind your alternative EPDM flashing options for TPO systems: Run into a hard-to-flash penetration? Sure-White PS Elastoform Flashing® is an option to consider. This material is highly malleable and adapts easily to odd shapes and surfaces, making it ideal for flashing pipes, scuppers, and other irregularly shaped penetrations. Overwhelmed by hundreds of roof curbs? Boost productivity by flashing curbs with Sure-White PS Cured Flashing in conjunction with Sure-White pre-cut 7" x 9" Inside/Outside Corners. This is the fastest way to flash roof curbs and can reduce application time by up to 70% when compared to non-PS flashing options. Sure-White PS accessories are also a great option for repairs on TPO roofs when access to power is difficult or it isn't practical to use a generator and hand welder. Transporting generators, power cords, and welders to difficult-to-reach roof sections can be cumbersome and labor-intensive. This additional labor can be avoided by utilizing Sure-White PS accessories, since most of these materials will fit snugly into a backpack! If you’re interested in receiving a free trial of Sure-White flashing, please submit a request using this form. APPROVED PRODUCTS: Sure-White Pressure-Sensitive Molded Pipe Seal Sure-White Pressure-Sensitive Pourable Sealer Pocket  Sure-White Pressure-Sensitive Inside and Outside Corners Sure-White Pressure-Sensitive T-Joint Covers Sure-White Pressure-Sensitive Elastoform Flashing  Sure-White EPDM Wall and Curb Flashings      Ryan Ferguson     EPDM Product Specialist     Product Marketing     [email protected]

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October 1, 2019
Special Color TPO Accessories

As the demand for different colored roof membranes has grown, Carlisle introduced its TPO Color Palette with five new colors. In addition to standard white, gray, and tan, Carlisle’s TPO Color Palette now features Rock Brown, Slate Gray, Terra Cotta, Patina Green, and Medium Bronze. Projects that use special color membrane from the TPO Color Palette usually need flashings and accessories in the same color. Here, contractors have two choices, one of which is painting standard accessories to match the membrane. However, this is a great opportunity to use Carlisle’s custom TPO accessory program and avoid painting altogether. All Carlisle custom accessories are available in the five TPO Color Palette colors, as well as white, tan, and gray. Whether it’s a simple split pipe seal or a complex prefabricated curb wrap, Carlisle can make it in all eight TPO colors and get it to the job quickly. In addition to being available in eight colors, here are some other great advantages to using custom flashings from Carlisle: • Save time vs. field fabrication: Trying to field-fabricate flashings can be time-consuming work, even for the most skilled and experienced roofers. Using prefabricated flashings saves time. • No need for paint: There’s no need to prime and paint the accessories to match the membrane; just install and go. • Speed: Custom accessories can be fabricated and shipped within days, not weeks. • Quality: All of Carlisle’s custom TPO accessories carry the Certified Fabricated Accessory (CFA) stamp of approval, indicating they are eligible for coverage as part of the Carlisle Total Roofing System Warranty. Next time you have a project using Carlisle’s TPO Color Palette TPO, consider using custom accessories to make the job faster and easier to install. Sure-Weld TPO Special Color Painting Guide  Sure-Weld TPO Special Color Program  Custom Accessory Quote Request Form      Adam Burzynski     TPO Product Manager     Product Marketing     [email protected]

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