National Miner's Day Recognizes One of the World's Most Dangerous Occupations

Imagine: You’re finally home after a long day at work. After unlocking your front door, you instinctively turn on the lights and fall to your plush, comfy couch with a big sigh. You worked hard today. But now you’re home, and you’re warm and watching TV to relax. And chances are, you haven’t thought, for…


MIT's Carbon Fiber Blocks Could Build Bridges, Rockets, and More!

Carbon fiber has been named the “building material of choice” by several industry experts, and is traditionally produced in large, continuous pieces, requiring big machines and facilities to support them. Smaller carbon fiber pieces have been created by 3D printing, but 3D printing, at this point, is highly impractical for large objects like bridges, rockets, and airplane…


Advantages of Carbon Fiber

Since its introduction to the aerospace industry in the 1950’s, carbon fiber has become a “material of choice” across a wide variety of industries, including automotive, construction, sporting goods, and medical equipment, among many others. Its high versatility and incredible strength provides a solid value in many industrial applications. Advantages of Carbon Fiber Include: Stronger…


Carbon Fiber Magazine Bunker Repair

Earth Covered Magazine (ECM) structures are built to safely store ammunition and explosives, and are frequently used by the Department of Defense and the US military. While they are not designed to resist the damaging effects from an accidental explosion, a structurally sound ECM can effectively limit these effects in an explosion caused by small…


Cracked Ceiling Repaired with Carbon Fiber

Ceiling cracks aren’t uncommon, especially in older homes with plaster or concrete slab ceilings. Cracked ceilings can be a result of several different factors, including shifting with age, excess moisture from heavy storms, improper roof drainage, and too much weight from the floor above (see my previous blog, Ceiling Cracks: Causes and Remedies for more…


What's Causing Your Cracked Floor?

You Love Your House. It’s your biggest investment, your comfort zone, your shelter. You’ve decorated it how you want it to look, and you’ve probably shelled out a whole lot of money to make it yours. But now your basement, garage, and other concrete floors are cracked. Should you worry? What’s causing this blatant disrespect…


Parking Garage Column Restoration

Parking garages are subjected to regular vibrations from vehicles and people passing through. Over time, these vibrations cause tiny cracks in the garage’s concrete supports. Freeze-thaw cycles, as well as moisture and oxygen penetrating the concrete, corrodes the structures and reinforcing steel within. In this case, a parking garage at a federal building required crack…


HJ3 Awarded "Best Place to Work" at 2014 Copper Cactus Awards

HJ3 Composite Technologies, LLC., based in Tucson, AZ, has just been named the Blue Cross Blue Shield “Best Place to Work” at the 2014 Copper Cactus Awards! Since 1997, the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce has been recognizing local small businesses and leaders that make a profound impression on their specific industries, employees, and communities….


DIY Carbon Fiber

As a homeowner, you have a list 10 miles long of all the things that could potentially go wrong with your home. You probably also have a super long list of repair options for all of those potential problems. But, if you’re like me, your budget isn’t nearly as long as either of these lists,…


Cracked Wall Repair

When a homeowner purchased this foreclosed property with a severely cracked wall, he knew he needed something stronger than mere crack filler or mortar to repair it. The ¼”-wide crack went all the way through the block wall, and was likely caused by soil displacement. The homeowner needed structural strengthening, and his research led him to StrongHold™….


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