Polecrete FAQ

Q: Can I use Polecrete™ on fiberglass poles?

A: Yes, The foam works equally well with fiberglass, wood, metal, or concrete poles.

 

Q: Is special clothing needed to safely use foam?

A: We recommend wearing gloves and protective glasses when mixing the chemicals. Gloves are provided with 1 ‐ gallon, 2 ‐ gallon and 3 gallon kits.

 

Q: Will cold temperatures affect the foam?

A: Yes, as with all chemical reactions, low temperatures will slow the reaction. We recommend raising the temperature of the chemicals above 10°C. prior to mixing by simply storing kits in the truck’s cab before using.

 

Q: Is Polecrete™ ruined if it freezes?

A: No. We formulate Polecrete™ Stabilizer with ingredients that are not effected by freezing. If freezing occurs, we recommend bringing the chemicals to liquid state by raising the temperature. Then, simply tumble the containers prior to mixing.

 

Q: Are other products available for different applications?

A: Yes the following products are available.

  • Postloc structural foam used for setting and straightening road side sign structures and posts. Available in easy to carry 1,2 and 3 gallon kits
  • Padcrete™ Structural foam specially formulated for pad levelling.
  • Polecrete™ Stabilizer 6lb structural foam used for transmission pole applications and stabilizing poles in hard rock areas that require high bearing capacity.
  • Polecrete™ Hydro Structural foam used for setting and straightening poles in moist /damp soil and wetland areas.

 

Q: Can I set a pole in standing water using Polecrete™?

A: No. We recommend pumping water from the hole prior to foaming. A damp hole will not adversely affect foam.

 

Q: If more rigid foam is needed in a hole, can more be added?

A: Yes. However, never pour more Polecrete™ Stabilizer on foam while it is rising. It is recommended to wait five minutes between pours.

Q: Will the foam cause the pole to rise from the hole during a flood?

A: No. The amount of buoyancy the foam gives to the pole is as negligible as the amount of flotation tires give to an automobile in a lake.

 

Q: You always include a pre‐assembled mixed blade with Polecrete™ kits. If a hand drill is not available on site, can we hand stir it to mix the chemicals?

A: No. We recommend always using a drill to ensure thorough blending, proper expansion, and maximum strength.

 

Q: We have been using a competitor’s foam out of 55‐gallon drums. In order to keep the “B” side mixed we have to stir it at least once a day. Is this necessary with Polecrete™ Stabilizer?

A: No. We do not add “extenders” to our product because they adversely affect results. Consequently, daily mixing of either of the components is not necessary. Also, because we use only top quality ingredients, we guarantee shelf life for 12 months.

 

Q: Is Polecrete™ Stabilizer foam affected by acid soil conditions?

A: No it’s not only not affected by acids, it also keeps the preservatives in wood poles from leaving the poles. If you set new wood poles in foam, you can expect them to last longer. Utility companies have reported virtually no ground line decay on poles set with foam.

 

Q: Are poles originally set with foam difficult to remove?

A: Yes this is why companies have used foam to counteract wind uplift on H‐frame structures. Poles can be removed by drilling one or two holes next to them and rocking them back and forth. The foam will stay on the pole and can be removed with a shovel or a saw. However, by leaving the foam on wood poles that are to be reset, and setting them in new holes with additional Polecrete™ Stabilizer, the preservatives will remain in the pole, and a much longer pole life should result.

 

Q: Is the foam rigid enough in ten minutes to stabilize a leaning pole?

A: Probably not. Since a leaning pole is under load from conductors, it is advisable to hold the pole straight for 15 minutes before releasing it. Unlike straightening a pole using conventional backfill materials (earth, rock riprap), which often requires several trips due to compression, you only have to perform the job once with Polecrete™ Stabilizer. The foam provides continuous support from the butt of the pole to the ground line with a compressive strength of over 10,000 psf. That’s three to four times that of undisturbed earth. This feature alone makes using foam very cost effective.