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Joint testing of pipe and structures is still seen by some as an unnecessary or unrealistic extra step, but without it we risk far more than just a leak. Plenty can go wrong during and after the homing or installation process, whether because of an open joint failing to create a seal with the gasket or a bad seal allowing infiltration or exfiltration. Testing takes the uncertainty out of the sealing capability and means a better product, installation and conveyance system for everyone involved.

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Conversations regarding joint gaps in concrete pipe are a necessity for a number of reasons, but the allowable size of that gap varies depending on the state and specification within which you are working.

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Precast concrete box culverts are essentially the Legos of the construction world. You have a set number of pieces, and if they’re gasketed on arrival, there is no extra work except simply putting them together. They slide into place one-by-one and you’re good to go.

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Deciding on precast box culverts for your next project is just the first step in the decision-making process. Here’s a breakdown of the different choices in joints and sealants, fastening devices, and testing procedures, among other considerations for your application.

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Working closely with our clients has been a great way to continue to engineer our innovative gaskets and sealing products. We recently spoke with Benoit Tanguay, vice president of Engineering at Decast. The company regularly deploys Hamilton Kent products and services with its reinforced concrete pipe, manholes and box sections, as well as concrete pressure pipe.

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ASTM Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe has presented Roman J. Selig III with The Frank J. Heger Memorial Award. Selig is the former national accounts manager for concrete products and now a consultant for Hamilton Kent LLC. The Heger Award recognizes distinguished services and dedication to Committee C13. The committee has a portfolio of standards that play an important role in the standardization of concrete pipes.

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ASTM has honored Hamilton Kent’s Pardeep Sharma with a recognition award for his longtime contributions to the C13 Committee. Since becoming a member of ASTM International in 2000, Pardeep has been actively involved with the committee and with several C13 subcommittees. Currently, he is in the midst of four years of service as vice chairman for subcommittee C13.04. In addition to his service to ASTM Committee C13, Pardeep is also a member of ASTM Committees C27, F17 and F36, and is actively involved with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA International), the American Concrete Pipe Association, and the National Precast Concrete Association.

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ASTM International Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe has presented the Award of Merit to Roman J. Selig III, former national accounts manager and now a consultant for Hamilton Kent LLC, in Birmingham, Ala. The Award of Merit and its accompanying title of fellow is ASTM’s highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to standards activities.

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