Sep 11, 2023
Pop Cores with Ease
For the toolbox tips this month, we’re concentrating on quality control/quality assurance, which starts with grabbing the sample. If you want to test a core from behind the paver, you want to get a nice core without damaging it.
If you find the core barrel wobbling or acting like it’s jammed, you may need to do something as simple as realigning the barrel. Here are some easy fixes to share with the crew during the morning tailgate talk to pop cores stress-free.
The team at Asphalt Testing Solutions & Engineering LLC (ATS), shared:
- Make sure the core barrel is perpendicular to the pavement.
- Take it slowly and make sure the core barrel is properly lubricated with water and liquid dish soap during the cutting process.
- Watch your core barrel for visible signs of an issue.
- If you feel resistance, back the core barrel out, readjust/realign if you need to, and begin again. Too much pressure will cause the barrel to bind as well.
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