Category Archives: Polyurethane Concrete Raising

“How you get the work has changed as much as how you do the work!”

As I was sitting back and observing the recent April HMI Training Seminar, two thoughts came to mind:

1.      How you get the work has changed as much as how you do the work!

2.      When you consider; marketing, estimating, and sales HMI devotes as much time in our seminar on getting the work as we do training future equipment owners on how to do the work!

More than 3 decades ago I started my mudjacking business by putting a 2’x4’ ad in the local newspaper. That one ad generated 14 requests for estimates and my first 10 jobs. RaiseRite/HMI was born and I had a new career. For the next 10 years, newspaper advertising was the anchor to my marketing program.

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Polyurethane Concrete Raising verses Traditional Mudjacking, how do these two methods match up?  Which one is better?  Will both processes survive the long term market test? Will one surpass the other in popularity?

For all those businesses who are presently using mudjacking to raise settled concrete or for those entrepreneurs who are thinking about starting a concrete raising business, these are monumental questions.  Below I will attempt to apply 36 years experience to assist in predicting the future.

Polyurethane concrete lifting is the new-comer to the arena.  Although it has been a known solution for about 20 years, until recently it was primarily applied to the DOT work to raise concrete streets and highway pavement.  The equipme

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The Answer

FINALLY – “THE ANSWER”

I have been designing, building and selling mudjacking equipment for over 30 years. I have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs start their own business and support their families. Over time I have observed and participated in the evolution of an industry. From the beginnings when wheel barrow style pumps forced contractors to shovel material into a mixer to the development of self propelled units that mix material themselves, slabjacking has progressed with technology and innovation. Through all of the progress one constant roadblock remained – “a consistent dependable and economically feasible source of good pumping material. Finally– “ I have an answer

– Polyurethane!!”

Over the years I have candidly

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Using polyurethane to lift concrete slabs is not a new concept. It was first introduced in Europe in 1989 and quickly spread to the United States. The process was initially patented here in the US and was primarily used on large DOT projects. The big news is that the patent expired in

2003. Now any contractor with the know how and correct equipment can use this efficient technique to raise concrete slabs for jobs of any scale.

Yes – polyurethane concrete slab lifting can be a profitable business even with a project focus at the residential level. When first introduced, prohibitions and costs of equipment and material made profitability elusive at a small scale. That is not the case today.

Why Is Polyurethane Concrete Lifting Advantageous?

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HMI’s pumps are the highest quality slabjacking equipment in the world, HMI introduced the Raiserite system for polyurethane concrete raising as a way to grow one’s business, and our customer support/ training is second to none.

Did the gamble pay off?  In my own informal survey of exhibitors, I found that most exhibitors thought that traffic was off but the quality of the participants was much higher.  One exhibitor told me that on the first day of the show they sold more product than any prior year.  What a statement!  For HMI, we heard from many of our existing customers that our pumps are performing above expectations.  New potential customers were able to stand in our booth and talk to existing customers about equipment, servi

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We are on our way to the World of Concrete 2010!  I remember when we would wait to get the notice for the next year's conference and hope it would be somewhere exciting.  Houston, Atlanta, Orlando, it was like winning

the trade show lottery.  Now the show has exceeded any of those venues and we are headed to Las Vegas to learn what is new in the World of Concrete.

Always full of the newest products and methods, the World of Concrete is put on by Hanley-Wood and will no doubt out-do itself in 2010 as it has the past 30 years since we have been attending.  This year we will bring a new product line of polyurethane concrete lifting equipment that is sure get some attention.  Every aspect of concrete is covered which makes it a great plac

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The equipment is costly and the material is 4 to 5 times more expensive than mudjacking.  Why would polyurethane concrete raising be used instead of traditional mudjacking? Four major questions need to be answered.

I’ve been hearing about polyurethane concrete raising for the past 20 years.  Having been in the mudjacking business for the past 35 years, I thought that because the process was so expensive it would come and go.

Polyurethane Concrete Raising
Vs.
Traditional Mudjacking

The equipment is costly and the material is 4 to 5 times more expensive than mudjacking.  Why would polyurethane concrete raising be used instead of traditional mud jacking? Four major questions need to be answered.

I’ve been hearing about polyurethane con



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