CRACKAMITE is a Non-Explosive Silent Cracking/Demolition Agent
which works by providing silent expansive cracking.

Most effective solution for Rock Breaking, Stone Quarrying,
Mining, Concreate Demolition, Excavations and More...

Recommendations For Usage Of CRACKAMITE®

  • Use a pair of safely glasses, rubber gloves and dust mask when working.
  • DO NOT look at any hole closely or directly within 2 - 3 hours after filling, as there may be splatter or a blowout.
  • Store mixed or dry Crackamite, properly.
  • Choose the correct grade according to the working conditions.

 Usage Tips - Some points to achieve better results:

  1. Mix well and pour, while agitating the slurry, to make sure that no air gaps are left in the hole.
  2. Fill the hole almost to the top, leaving at least ½ inch before reaching the top.
  3. In summer, the best time to use CRACKAMITE is early morning or evening when temperature of the material is low. High material temperature might cause blowouts.
  4. In summer, cover the holes to avoid direct sunlight, by using a tarpaulin or wet hay.
  5. When the ambient temperature is high, put some ice into the water, and then mix with CRACKAMITE.
  6. Depending on the material to be cracked, CRACKAMITE may be mixed with more water to lower the costs.
  7. For better results, it is important to note both air and material temperature. Material temperature is the temperature inside the rock or concrete which can be different from the air temperature. DO NOT GUESS! Tie a string on the thermometer and lower it into the drill hole.
  8. In winter, mix 1% calcium chloride with CRACKAMITE.
  9. If CRACKAMITE has completely dried into powder and there are no cracks, then pour additional water onto CRACKAMITE filled holes.
  10. Never fill glass or metal containers with CRACKAMITE or any container that widens towards the bottom.
  11. Never pump CRACKAMITE with pressure.
  12. Mixing by hand lengthens mixing time, and is more likely to result in a blowout.
  13. When rock or concrete temperature is above 23°C, add approximately 150 ml of extra water per 5 Kg bag.
  14. Holes have to be cleared after hole drilling
  15. For marble the hole depth has to be 95% - 98%
  16. To make the splitting faster, more number of holes are to be made closer to each other.
  17. For 5 kg of Crackamite 1.5 ltr clean cold water has to be added.
  18. The mixture has to be continuously stirred to avoid lumps
  19. The mixture has to be poured within 5 minutes of preparation
  20. After filling the holes, cover the same with tarpaulin to avoid direct sunlight
  21. Cold Water may be added to the holes after 2 hours to speed up the process.
  22. For 5 kg powder add 1.5-ltr water, the total volume will become 2.68 ltr. This is sufficient to fill 11 running feet of 32 mm holes with the mixture.
  23. The advantage of using Crackamite is very clear i.e. NO EXPLOSION IS REQUIRED.
  24. Shelf life of Crackamite is one year -Two years depending on the storage conditions, i.e. humidity, ambient temperature etc.
  25. The thumb rule has to be kept in mind, which is: A = K X D, where A is the hole spacing in mm, D is the Hole Dia, and K is the cracking coefficient of stone.
  26. Kindly study carefully the Sections: “ Hole Design” in the CD, and printed catalog.
  27. The best results can be achieved by intensive study of our catalog/CD/ Web site and with experiments on the actual work site, as the hardness, density and other parameters of stone / concrete to be cracked and working conditions vary from time to time and place to place.
  28. H&P and its staff are always available for any technical / commercial discussion in this regard

Safety Precautions

  1. Do not use Crackamite for purposes than cracking rocks or concrete.
  2. Crackamite is a highly alkaline product. The Ph reaches 13 after contact with water and can cause severe irritation to mucous membranes, especially eyes. Rinse with large amounts of water any portion of the skin that comes in contact with Crackamite. Consult a doctor immediately.
  3. Wear safety glasses, rubber gloves and a helmet during CRACKAMITE handling, mixing and filling. Wear a dust mask when using CRACKAMITE in poorly ventilated areas such as tunnels or mines.
  4. Do not pour and leave Crackamite in bottles or cans to avoid shattering of the bottle or can.
  5. Do not look directly into any holes for at least 6 hours after pouring. Crackamite may splatter or blow out of the hole due to heat generation when temperature of material to be broken is over the temperatures found in the temperature chart. Do not get your face close to or stand near filled holes for at least 3 hours after completion of filling.
  6. Shelter the holes from rain or sunlight only with a tarpaulin sheet.
  7. Do not use hot water.
  8. Do not mix over one bag (5 kg, 11 b.) of Crackamite with water at a time.
  9. Use the proper grade of Crackamite.
  10. Keep out of reach of children

Notes On CRACKAMITE® Working

  1. The most cost effective demolition technique for ledge is often a combination of CRACKAMITE (to produce cracks) and a hydraulic hammer or a jackhammer. Drill holes can be spaced out further in this case.
  2. The best way to demolish underwater rocks or concrete is to build a cofferdam and pump out the area. CRACKAMITE hardens in fifteen to twenty minutes, and after that the area can be flooded again.
  3. CRACKAMITE must be used in holes; pouring it into existing cracks in the rock will not work.
  4. Safety glasses must be worn at all times by everyone in the area. Hard hats and steel-toed boots are a good idea on any construction or demolition site. As an added benefit, use of safety gear enhances your professional image in the eyes of the public.
  5. When using the usable temperature chart, bear in mind that the actual drill hole temperature may be much higher than the surrounding air temperature if it is in the sun or affected by nearby heat from machinery or from drilling the holes.
  6. Cold temperature, hard rock, or holes spaced too far apart can lengthen breaking times. If it did not break overnight-wait a while before assuming failure. CRACKAMITE continues to increase pressure for 24 - 28 hours
  7. When mixed, if CRACKAMITE begins to steam in the bucket, add ½ gallon or more of water, stir, and throw it away. You’ve allowed too much time to pass from beginning to mix.
  8. If filled holes start to smoke or steam, that is a sign they may be about to blowout. Immediately clear the area of people. The vapors are only steam, and are not hazardous or toxic in any way.

Blowouts - Causes and Precautions

WHAT CAN CAUSE A BLOWOUT?

  1. Using too large a hole diameter.
  2. Using too warm mix water. See the temperature chart.
  3. Using too little water, especially when rock or concrete is above 23 °C.
  4. Too much time passing between beginning to mix and filling holes.
  5. Mixing by hand.
  6. Guessing at drill hole temperature instead of measuring it.
  7. Guessing at water temperature instead of measuring it.
  8. Holes that are too shallow. Depth MUST be 4 times the diameter or more.
  9. Allowing the powder to become too hot before mixing with water.
  10. A "know-it-all" attitude that causes some people to ignore this manual instead of reading it thoroughly, cover to cover.
  11. Holes drilled closer than 10 " apart in soft rock or concrete, in hot weather
  12. Drill hole diameter 1½” is the best to work with
  13. Blowouts will usually not occur more than 3 hours after filling holes.

HOW TO PREVENT BLOW OUT SHOTS

  1. Use the right grade of CRACKAMITE for the temperature range, especially with rock or concrete.
  2. Keep every source of heat away from CRACKAMITE
  3. Do no store CRACKAMITE in direct sunlight or near a source of heat. Cool Crackamite before use.
  4. Do not mix CRACKAMITE into small or narrow-mouthed plastic cans or bowls. Instead use a metal bucket.
  5. Cool every tool you are going to use before mixing.
  6. Use the indicated water amount (11.5 liter for each bag of 5 kg of product)
  7. Do not use hot water to mix CRACKAMITE
  8. Mix manually no more than two bags (10 kg) for each batch at a time.
  9. Mix thoroughly, avoiding lump formation for at least 2 - 3 minutes.
  10. If the mortar becomes slightly stiff, add a little more water to achieve the right fluidity.
  11. Pour all freshly mixed mortar into holes within 5 minutes of mixing.
  12. Do not overfill the holes
  13. Do not tamp filled holes with bars or similar tools
  14. Do not plug holes with hard or setting materials after filling.
  15. Do not pour CRACKAMITE mortar into glass bottles or similar containers; the pressure will shatter the glass. Dispose off unused mortar only after substantial dilution with water on an open surface.
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