Problem Solvers

Solve your maintenance challenges from everyday applications to large, complex operations with our extensive technical knowledge, engineering depth and in-house services. We bring a personal, hands-on approach, while helping you anticipate business needs and prevent costly downtime. Below is a collection of solutions for everyday problems.

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PROBLEM: SOLUTION:
CHEMICALS top
Adhesives
Adhesives, Gasketing and Sealants
  • Concrete damage from water penetrating through cracked concrete
  • Concrete crack sealers that are not flexible, dry out and crack easily
  • Crack sealers that don’t stick to both sides of the concrete
  • Crack sealers that don’t hold up to extreme weather conditions
  • Roof flashings sealed poorly causing leaks in roofs
  • Adhesive isn’t effective on porous or irregular surfaces
  • Some adhesives don’t allow for repositioning bonded materials
  • Many adhesives take too long to set up and hold
  • Adhesive Isn’t safe on sensitive materials such as Styrofoam
  • Difficulty in controling the application and preventing overspray
Threadlockers/Thread Sealants
  • Threaded pipe fittings leak due to vibration, corrosion and pressure
  • Pipe sealant cannot be used with high-temperature, high-pressure fittings
  • Pipe tape shreds and fouls hydraulic systems
Automotive
Acrysol™
  • Ordinary cleaners can leave residue that interferes with the adhesion of primers and paints
  • Solvent cleaners can damage painted and plastic surfaces
  • Ordinary cleaners can take a long time to dry
  • Solvent cleaners can leave a lingering odor
Plastic Repair System
  • User needs to choose repair material based on chemical type of plastic
  • Special procedures, adhesion promoters or flame treatments are often required
  • Repair materials are too hard to sand or load up the sandpaper
  • Repairs crack, shrink or peel
  • Repairs show through the finish
Two-Part Seam Sealers
  • Standard sealers must be dried for hours before they can be painted
  • Solvent-based sealers can shrink, crack or blister in high-temperature paint booths
  • Ordinary sealers can be difficult to tool when matching the look of OEM sealers
  • Ordinary sealers don’t have the strength or durability for severe applications
High-Tech™ Clear Seam Sealer
  • Standard sealers must be dried thoroughly and painted to match
  • Seams must be completely dried after water testing before sealers can be applied
  • Sealers must be completely dried before retesting to verify the fix
  • Ordinary clear sealers shrink, peel, crack and yellow
One-Part Seam Sealers
  • Seam sealers that run on vertical surfaces
  • Applicator gun needed to apply material
  • Seam sealers that crack, shrink or bubble when baked
  • Solvent-based seam sealers that cannot be painted immediately
  • Product that does not tool-in for a professional finish
Cleaners
Glass Cleaners
  • Most glass cleaners run and do not stay in place
  • Streak marks are left behind, requiring additional cleaning
  • Glass appears hazy after wiping cleaner off
  • Strong smell of ammonia is unpleasant and can cause dizziness
Food Service Cleaners
  • Fats and greases travel from the floor to the drain, causing drain clogs
  • Soiled floors create a wet, slippery, hazardous work ennvironment
  • Common degreasers do not contain d-limonene which cleans deep into surface pores
  • Dirty floors contain substances that cause foul odors
  • Many cleaners are not strong enough to provide a deep-down clean without damaging the surface
  • Some cleaners contain harsh solvents and chemicals
  • Oven has burnt-on carbon, grease, food and oily residue that needs to be removed
  • Oven cleaner does not cling to surface long enough to maximize cleaning power
  • Need to clean a warm oven
Multi-Purpose Cleaner/Degreasers
  • Painted surfaces are damaged because cleaner is too aggressive
  • Need to use cleaner on a vertical surface
  • Product is highly flammable
  • Some cleaner/degreasers contain strong chemicals such as chlorinated solvents
  • Product won’t remove grease and oil
  • Many cleaners have a strong chemical odor
  • Need to clean heavy deposits of grease, grime, soot, resin, oil, baked-on carbon, dyes and inks
  • Harsh petroleum and/or chlorinated solvents
  • Many products leave a surface film after cleaning
  • Cleaners which contain toxic chemicals, carcinogens or other harmful compounds
  • Cleaner/degreasers which are harmful to the environment
  • Preventing skin irritation and allergic reactions
  • Packaging is not recyclable
  • High shipping costs
Solvents
  • Removing substances like oil, grease, dirt, ink and adhesive residue
  • Many solvents contain toxic ingredients with harmful concentrated vapors
  • Some solvents harm the environment and are restricted in certain areas
  • Solvent vapors give off an offensive odor and could be carcinogenic
  • Solvents are not always safe on the equipment being cleaned
  • Removing residue without damaging paint
Specialty Cleaners
  • Removing hard water deposits, rust stains, urine stains, heavy soap scum and lime buildup on bath, shower and food service surfaces
  • Flash rusting after surfaces have been cleaned
Coatings
Anti-Slip Coatings
Undercoat and Rubberized Coatings
  • Exposed metal rusts easily
  • Inflexible coatings crack and peel easily
  • Coating goes on too thick and dries too slowly
  • Coating does not withstand temperature changes, UV and harsh outdoor environments
Lawson High Solids (HSP) Paints
  • Many store-bought brands require multiple coats to get desired look
  • Some aerosol paints don’t resist rust and chemicals and aren’t heat resistant
  • Paint fades after application
  • Limited color selection
  • Added costs of buying and disposing of the cans
Floor Care
  • Stubborn carpet stains
  • Too much time and effort spent wiping, blotting and rubbing carpet to remove stain
  • Risk of carpet damage from over-scrubbing to remove stain
Lubricants
Chain, Open Gear and Wire Rope
  • Product only applies an external coating and does not penetrate wire ropes and cables
  • Water is trapped inside cables, leaving them vulnerable to rust and corrosion
  • Lubrication failure in extreme pressure applications
  • Exposure to rainfall or equipment washdown causes wash-out
  • High-speed applications cause lubricant to sling off
Metal Cutting
  • Lubricant stains metals such as aluminum
  • Product has a tendency to sling off drill bits and reamers
  • Lubricant fails under extreme pressure conditions
  • Multiple products required for different operations such as tapping, reaming, cutting or drilling
  • Costly products which can’t be diluted
Oils
  • Lubricant only lasts a short time and must be reapplied often
  • Lubricated equipment freezes up in cold temperatures
  • Lubricant loses its performance at high temperatures
  • Metal parts are rust-frozen and locked
  • Nuts, bolts and chains keep corroding
  • Difficulty lubricating wet or dirty equipment
Penetrating Oils
  • Removing rusted-on nuts, bolts and fittings quickly
  • Loosening frozen, corroded parts without breaking them
  • Protecting against rust and further corrosion
  • Lubricating moving parts to prevent friction wear
  • Using a penetrant which is flammable
Greases
  • Can’t apply grease through tight gaps, cracks, openings and crevices
  • Thin, oily lubricants sling off and won’t adhere to metal
  • Lubricant must be clear and non-staining
  • Extreme temperatures necessitate frequent lubrication
  • Metal locks and hinges keep rusting
  • Can’t apply a grease through tight gaps, cracks, openings and crevices
  • Thin lubricants sling off and won’t adhere to metal
  • Lubricant needs to be clear so it will not show on exposed hinges
  • Extreme temperatures require frequent lubrication
  • Door, hood and hatch hinges keep rusting
  • Ordinary grease has no additives to protect metal surfaces in heavy load applications
  • Many greases have little or no tackifiers to provide staying power and resist pound-out
  • Grease with a low dropping point is ineffective in high-temperature applications
Anti-Seize
  • Lubricant breaks down and melts at high temperatures
  • Lubricant hardens or gums up at low temperatures
  • Lubricant is flammable at high temperatures
  • Lubricant washes out in wet environments
Dry Lubricants
  • Most dry lubricants do not contain PTFE
  • Ordinary dry lubricants stain in clean applications
  • Many lubricants are not resistant to chemicals
  • Lubricants can attract and hold grit and dust
Odor Control
Liquid Odor Control
  • Heavily-soiled areas and mildew odors in carpets
  • Smelly drains, drain lines and grease traps
  • Urine stains and odors in rest rooms and on carpeting
  • Smoke damage and odors on fabrics, carpets and other surfaces
Pest Control
  • Strong, annoying pesticide odor
  • Pesticide does not kill bugs quickly
  • Pesticide can’t be used indoors and outdoors
  • Product stains or discolors fabrics and carpets
Seasonal Maintenance
Ice Melters & Winter Products
  • De-icer doesn’t melt ice and snow quickly and leaves a residue
  • Product damages painted surfaces, metals, rubber, glass and plastics
  • Product doesn’t prevent buildup of ice and snow
  • De-icer needs to penetrate and free up door locks
Sewer and Drain
Drain Openers
  • Drain lines are clogged or slow-running
  • Some drain openers contains dangerous acids or bleach that can damage pipes and fittings
  • Many drain openers have a harsh chemical odor
  • Many degreasers sink to the bottom and do not prevent grease buildup
  • Finding an effective degreaser that will also mask offensive odors
  • Some products won’t keep the pump seal filters clear
  • Many products don’t prevent grease buildup on floats
Drain & Grease Trap Maintenance
  • Drain cleaner does not open drains and works too slowly
  • Drain cleaner does not control odors
  • Drain cleaner can only be used in drains
  • Drain cleaner is too expensive to use as a maintainer
  • Drain cleaner contains hazardous chemicals
  • Grease traps constantly need to be cleaned
  • Too much money spent rodding out clogged pipes
  • Drain opener contains harsh acid and/or caustic ingredients
  • Drain opener doesn’t remove unpleasant odors from drains and grease traps
  • Slow-running urinal drains that sometimes cause overflow
  • Persistent foul odors emanating from urinals
  • Drain treatment product is not effective on urinal drains
  • Removal of urinals and mechanical drain rodding to restore flow is time-consuming and costly
  • Recurring urinal drain restrictions
CUTTING TOOLS & ABRASIVES top
Abrasives
Coated Abrasives
  • Abrasive flap paper is either too stiff or too limp for most projects
  • Steel mounting cap can damage finish
  • Flap wheel falls apart at high RPMs
  • Flap wheel works too slowly at low RPMs
  • Ordinary abrasives have only one abrasive side and can load up rapidly
  • Ordinary abrasives can’t be used in wet or oily conditions
  • Wasted material is costly
  • Type 27 grinding discs do poor finish grinds, leaving excessive scratches and gouges
  • Conventional grinding discs leave difficult-to-remove burn marks
  • Resin fiber discs will not grind, and wear too quickly
  • Too much time spent changing grinding discs to fiber-finishing discs
  • Stocking both grinding and finishing discs is expensive
  • Grinding and finishing rounded or odd-shaped objects is difficult
Wire Wheel Brushes
  • Straight wire breaks at random points along the plane of the wire
  • Wire strands are not heat treated and do not spring back when deflected
  • Wire wheels are out of balance because wire tufts contain unequal amounts of strands
  • Wire strands are tied in place with wire and are not secure
  • Face plates are unfinished and damage wire strands
Cutting Tools
Drill Bits & Accessories
  • User needs to pre-drill to prevent walking on irregular surfaces
  • Hole cutters cut around the weld leaving a plug which must be ground off the inner panel
  • Hole cutters wear quickly or chip and dull easily
  • Drill bit walks on curved surfaces
  • Dull, bent or broken drill bits
  • High-speed burnout from friction
  • Chip buildup from soft material
  • Drill bit spins in keyless chuck; chuck spin destroys size identification
  • Drill bit walks and doesn’t center well on broken bolts, studs and screws
  • Clockwise rotation of drill bit compounds the problem of broken or frozen part
  • Drilling ceramic tile or glass with ordinary drill bits produces out-of-round holes
  • Drill bit life is shortened when used to drill ceramic tile/glass
  • Ordinary drill bits walk when drilling ceramic tile or glass
  • Splintering or feathering when drilling fiberglass with ordinary drill bits
  • Metal storage cases may not be durable enough to provide adequate protection for drill bits, resulting in damage or rusting
  • Metal storage cases may not close properly
  • Time is lost changing from drill bit to driver bit; chuck keys are not always readily available
  • More than one power tool is needed to avoid re-chucking
Tungsten Carbide Saw Blades
  • Problems cutting ceramic, concrete, wire rope, hydraulic hose, hardened steel parts, stone, glass, wire-reinforced hose, or thin and perforated metals
Hacksaw Blades
  • Hacksaw blades break or shatter
  • Blades wear rapidly and teeth strip
  • Blade bends in the frame making it difficult to cut straight
Hole Saws
  • Ordinary hole saw teeth strip and dull
  • Plug is difficult to remove from hole saw
  • Inability to cut tough alloys or stainless steel
Reamers
  • Need to drill holes through steel quickly and safely
  • Need to drill holes in truck frames
  • Large drills chip and break
  • Need to enlarge an existing hole
  • Need to align a distorted or irregular hole
  • Need a solution that does not require special alignment equipment
  • Need to drill burred holes
  • Reciprocating Saw Blades
Reciprocating Saw Blades
  • Teeth strip when cutting through nail-embedded woods
  • Blade breaks when out of position
  • Short blade life under maintenance conditions
Taps
  • Ordinary taps bend, dull and break
  • Taps are difficult to start
  • Taps that bind and seize in place
  • Extra torque is required
ELECTRICAL top
Electrical Tools
  • Regular side cutters can’t cut large cable
  • Cutting with a hacksaw is time-consuming, requires a vise and leaves badly-frayed ends
  • Cable slitter is too large for confined areas
  • Conductors get nicked
  • Cable slitter produces uneven strip lengths
  • Cable slitter provides little or no adjustment for insulation thickness
  • Exposed blade is unsafe
  • Cable slitter has limited range and uses
Electrical Wire
  • Soft insulation is very susceptible to cuts and abrasions
  • Temperature surges from current overload can damage the insulation
  • Electrical wire may be affected by solvents and moisture
  • Insulation can flame and burn
Fleet & Automotive
  • Ordinary battery cable can corrode
  • Battery cable has inferior conductivity and heat dissipation
  • Battery cable has poor resistance to heat, cold and flame
  • Battery cable has limited application flexibility
Terminals & Wire Connectors
  • Corroded electrical connections from using standard non-insulated electrical terminals
  • Standard non-insulated electrical terminals have limited access area, hampering insulation
  • Standard non-insulated electrical terminals have low voltage rating and poor tensile strength
  • Unable to inspect effectiveness of crimp with standard non-insulated electrical terminals
  • Wire is difficult to install into the terminal
  • Insulation splits during crimping
  • Butted seam barrels separate during crimping
  • Wires pull out easily
  • Short barrels result in poor electrical connections and cause shorts, heat buildup, high electrical resistance and failure
Wire Protection & Accessories
  • Difficulty insulating electrical connections in hard-to-reach areas
  • Road grime can contaminate electrical connections on vehicles
  • Corroded electrical connectors and wiring from exposure to varying weather conditions
  • Ordinary tapes and wraps can leave an adhesive residue
  • Difficulty insulating electrical connections in hard-to-reach areas
  • Corrosion from exposure to varying weather conditions
  • Road grime can contaminate electrical connections on vehicles
  • Wrapping ordinary insulation tape in very tight spots
  • Tape loosens when adhesive properties of electrical wraps and tape deteriorate
  • Voids in the electrical wrapping allow moisture, dust and dirt to enter
  • Electrical wraps and tape are not resistant to chemicals
  • Electrical wraps and tape have limited outdoor and industrial applications
    Corrosion on exposed battery terminal connections Corrosion from abrasion of cable insulation Corrosion caused when cable is exposed as insulation pulls away from terminal
Visa Seal Connectors
  • Connections can get exposed to moisture and contaminants
  • Some color-coded insulators hinder the view of the crimped connection
  • Loose wires and poor tensile strength
FASTENERS top
  • When using ordinary production-grade fasteners in a maintenance application the bolts can break, strip, bend, twist and elongate; hex nuts can strip or seize; flat washers can bend, dish or warp
  • Vibration in bolted joints causes fasteners to lose their clamp load
  • Ordinary lock washers can dilate open
  • Use of threadlocking compounds makes disassembly difficult
  • Using ordinary nuts and bolts on frame machines
  • can waste time and may be dangerous"
  • Standard nuts and bolts just don’t have the strength for critical applications
  • Bolts stretch and wear
  • Nuts deform and bind, and washers dish
  • Nuts and bolts bind and must be cut off
  • Clamps slip and damage body panels or injure technicians
  • Material scoring during socket head cap screw installation
  • High friction resistance from thread engagement and bearing surface when installing socket head cap screws
  • Low clamping force due to friction on work material when installing socket head cap screws
  • Encountering out-of-round or deformed recesses while installing socket head cap screws
  • Ordinary sheet metal screws strip out during installation
  • Material separates from the screw during installation
  • Poor thread engagement when installing ordinary sheet metal screws
  • Installation with power tools can strip material
  • Slotted, Phillips and square heads can strip out
  • Large equipment can vibrate when using standard anchoring systems
  • Protruding stud head is unsafe
  • Stud-type anchor cannot be removed
  • Alignment problems when drilling while using standard anchoring systems
  • Standard anchoring systems may lack strength for critical structural applications
Thread Repair
  • Ordinary coil-type inserts require special taps or installation tools when used to replace damaged or stripped threads
  • Ordinary coil-type inserts strip and pull out in high-strength applications
  • Removal of tangs is difficult and time-consuming
  • Replacing spot-welded nuts
  • Tapping threads in thin materials
  • Placing threaded nut in blind areas
  • Screws pulling out of thin, solid and curved materials
  • Thread restoring files are difficult to use and results are inconsistent when restoring damaged threads on fixed equipment
  • Thread chasing dies have a limited number of pitches available
  • Hard to identify proper thread pitch when using thread restoring files
FLUID POWER top
  • Ordinary rubber air hose comes in fixed lengths – excess length gets tangled and messy
  • Rubber air hose is heavy, and has poor resistance to oil, chemicals and abrasion
  • Ordinary air hose can fail prematurely due to ripping and tearing at the ferrule
  • Proper repairs require elaborate equipment and matched ferrules
  • Hose clamps used for repairs protrude and present a safety problem
  • Ordinary brake line kinks and ruptures easily
  • Ordinary brake line needs special bending or flaring tools
  • Unnecessary stocking of pre-formed brake lines
  • Too much time spent looking for proper size brass fitting
  • Ordinary brass fittings are difficult and time-consuming to install
  • Ordinary brass fittings are one-time use only
  • Aligning brass fittings in tubing is difficult
  • Hose whips when ordinary air couplers are disconnected
  • Two hands are required to connect or disconnect ordinary air couplers
  • Connecting ordinary air couplers under pressure is difficult
  • Ordinary air couplers disconnect when pulled or dragged
  • Ordinary air couplers can pose a safety hazard if hose whip occurs when disconnecting
  • Connection is not completely secure and can disconnect if dropped or dragged
  • Brass is susceptible to damage
  • Brass or steel couplers can damage finish on automobiles
  • Identifying different styles and interchanges of couplers and plugs within a shop
  • Using different couplers for different interchanges on different tools and equipment
  • Getting full flow out of conventional couplers
HAND TOOLS top
  • Ordinary locking pliers and clamps require continuous adjustment to accommodate different size workpieces
  • Gripping force of ordinary locking pliers doesn’t always match application
  • Ordinary locking pliers and clamps are difficult to release once in locked position
  • Bent or broken screwdriver and nut driver blades
  • Shaft of screwdriver or nut driver bends
  • Handle of screwdriver or nut driver has broken from shaft
  • Hands slip from handle due to poor grip
  • Poor grip limits torque
  • Handle lock design of ordinary self-gripping pliers makes sizing difficult
  • Wide, bulky jaws of ordinary self-gripping pliers prevent access to tight spots
  • Position setting is easily lost when ordinary self-gripping pliers are set aside
  • Ordinary self-gripping pliers can pinch hands
MATERIAL HANDLING top
  • Ordinary tarp straps and shock cords wear and tear easily
  • Ordinary tarp straps and shock cords can lose their stretch after a few uses at low temperatures
  • Ordinary tarp straps and shock cords deteriorate quickly when exposed to sunlight, ozone, salt air and chemicals
  • Ordinary straps and cords can leave unsightly black scuff marks
STORAGE EQUIPMENT top
  • Frequently-used parts and supplies are not available when needed
  • Deciding which items to stock with when funds and space are limited
  • Searching for small parts causes time loss and equipment downtime
  • Boxes, tin cans and paper bags are inadequate, disorganized storage containers for small parts and supplies, and can cause expensive waste
WELDING top
  • Difficult-to-reach, out-of-position repairs on stainless steel pipes, tanks or containers
  • Repair is time-critical or equipment can’t be disassembled for repair
  • Need to make a repair when dripping water is present
  • Repair has poor corrosion resistance due to carbide precipitation
  • Base/weld metal cracking
  • Need to cut or gouge metal quickly without access to a plasma, oxy-fuel or carbon arc cutting system
  • Carbon arc gouging system is very noisy and requires all nearby personnel to wear hearing protection
  • Problems with porosity and slag inclusion when welding dirty, oily and contaminated cast iron
  • Need to weld steel to cast iron
  • Need to make an out-of-the-way cast iron repair without pre-heating
  • Poorly-performing low hydrogen electrodes cause hydrogen damage due to moisture pick-up
  • Loss of control over weld deposit due to fingernailing caused by eccentric coating of low hydrogen electrodes
  • Slag inclusions on multi-pass welds while using low hydrogen electrodes
  • Porosity when welding contaminated steels
  • In-service weld cracking
  • Rpairing unknown, dissimilar or crack-sensitive steels
  • Removing a broken bolt or stud in an out-of-position or difficult-to-reach location without damaging the threads
  • Making a difficult-to-reach, out-of-position repair to galvanized steel without removing the zinc coating
  • Poor alloy operability on a low-duty cycle A/C machine (buzz box)
  • Making a moisture-resistant, crack- and spatter-free, out-of-position repair to high-strength steel, with no slag inclusions between passes
  • Making an aluminum repair without access to special MIG or TIG equipment and inert shielding gases
  • Typical aluminum stick electrodes produce inconsistent deposits and excessive spatter
  • Making repairs in the vertical or overhead position without dismantling equipment and costly multiple passes
  • Burn-over on thin edges of workpiece
  • Many welding blankets are thick and heavy
  • Some welding blankets are Impregnated with fiberglass which is not very flexible and tends to shed
  • Ordinary welding blankets have low operating temperatures and are subject to burn-through from molten slag or direct contact with extreme temperatures
  • Direct contact with flame may result in fire