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Does Vortabrush fulfill the required cleaning procedure instructions for major epoxy products?

5/8" Vortabrush

Yes, in general application situations.

Below are 2 examples of typical installation instructions for widely used anchor epoxies. Both require that a tube be inserted to the bottom of the hole with compressed air being applied and a brush that will reach the bottom of the hole to scour the sides of the hole for loose dust/debris. Vortabrush technically fulfills both of these requirements.

Vortabrush even goes a step further by requiring that specific brush sizes match the inside diameter of the drilled hole. This serves to get a more thorough brushing of the entire inside surface of the drilled hole. With its Patent Pending coil design, it allows dust and debris to escape through the “keyway” space between the coils. It is suggested that brushing and application of compressed air (minimum 80-120psi) be done for a minimum of 10-15 seconds with Vortabrush. This exceeds the 4 second minimums mentioned in the Simpson SET requirements.

I hope that this general information is helpful to representatives, contractors and inspectors. Vortabrush cannot officially speak for all epoxy manufacturers regarding their installation instructions. But in principle, and backed by lab testing, Vortabrush accomplishes its basic designed purpose.

Jaimie D. Gordon

ICC Special Inspector/Inventor of Vortabrush

Owner of Flash Services, LLC

 

Simpson SET Epoxy

1. HOLE PREPARATION: Horizontal, Vertical and Overhead Applications

Notes:
Refer to Hole Cleaning Brushes for proper brush part number.

1. Drill –
Drill hole to specified diameter and depth.

2. Blow –
Remove dust from hole with oil-free compressed air for a minimum of 4 seconds. Compressed air nozzle must reach the bottom of the hole.

3. Brush –
Clean with a nylon brush for a minimum of 4 cycles. Brush should provide resistance to insertion. If no resistance is felt, the brush is worn and must be replaced.

4. Blow –
Remove dust from hole with oil-free compressed air for a minimum of 4 seconds. Compressed air nozzle must reach the bottom of the hole.

 

Red Head® Epcon® Installation Steps for
A7, C6 and G5
For more information about Red Head® products go to the Red Head® website at:
http://www.itwredhead.com/
Drill proper size hole. Clean out hole from botton with forced air. Complete hole preparation with use of a brush and repeat cleaning with forced air. (leave no dust or slurry). Please, always protect your eyes from flying debris by wearing safety glasses.