Hot pour crack sealing


The work covered by this section of the specification consists of furnishing all plant, labor, equipment and materials necessary to perform all operations in connection with the reshaping, cleaning and filling of construction and random cracks in bituminous concrete pavements and vegetation removal and sterilization of cracks where necessary.

  • Federal Specification SS-S-164 or 1401b hot-poured joint sealer.
  • SS-C-192g Portland cement, type 1 or 2.
  • Bituminous treated hemp or jute roving, or reclaimed neoprene material ground to maximum size of 1/4″ to 1 1/4″.

Technical Specifications


1. Scope
The work covered by this section of the specification consists of furnishing all plant, labor, equipment and materials necessary to perform all operations in connection with the reshaping, cleaning and filling of construction and random cracks in bituminous concrete pavements and vegetation removal and sterilization of cracks where necessary.

2. Materials

  • Federal Specification SS-S-164 or 1401b hot-poured joint sealer.
  • SS-C-192g Portland cement, type 1 or 2.
  • Bituminous treated hemp or jute roving, or reclaimed neoprene material ground to maximum size of 1/4″ to 1 1/4″.

3. Equipment
Equipment used in the performance of the work required by this section of the specification shall be subject to the approval of the engineer and maintained in a satisfactory working condition at all times.

  • Equipment for reshaping cracks shall be vertical spindle or rotary-type cutter or router.
  • Air Compressor: Air compressors shall be portable and capable of furnishing not less than 100 cubic feet of air per minute at not less than 90 pounds per square inch pressure at the nozzle. The compressor shall be equipped with traps that will maintain the compressed air free of oil and water.
  • Manually operated, gas powered air-broom or self-propelled sweeper designed especially for use in cleaning highway and airfield pavements shall be used to remove debris, dirt and dust from routed cracks.
  • Hand tools shall consist of brooms, shovels, metal bars with chisel-shaped ends and any other tools which may be satisfactorily used to accomplish this work.
  • Melting Kettle: The unit used to melt the joint sealing compound shall be double-boiler, indirect-fired type. The space between the inner and outer shells shall be filled with a suitable heat transfer oil or substitute having a flash point of not less than 600°F. The kettle shall be equipped with a satisfactory means of agitating the joint sealer at all times. This may be accomplished by continuous stirring with mechanically operated paddles and/or by continuous circulating gear pump attached to the heating unit. The kettle must be equipped with thermostatic control calibrated between 200°F and 500°F.
  • Hand-pouring pots must be equipped with mobile carriage and have a flow control valve which allows all cracks to be filled to refusal so as to eliminate all voids or entrapped air, and not leave unnecessary surplus crack sealer on pavement surfaces.

4. Preparation

  • Cleaning – All cracks shall be thoroughly cleaned to remove all dirt, moisture, foreign material and loose edges from crack wall. Compressed air and/or routing may be utilized.
  • Debris Removal – All old material and other debris removed from the cracks shall be removed from pavement surface immediately by means of power sweepers, hand brooms or air brooms.
  • Vegetation – When cracks show evidence of vegetation, it shall be removed and, if necessary, sterilized by use of propane torch unit, eliminating all vegetation, dirt, moisture and seeds.
  • All cracks of sufficient depth and 3/4″ or over in width shall first be pre-filled with bituminous treated hemp or jute roving, or reclaimed neoprene material ground to maximum size of 1/4″ to within 1″ of top of pavement before applying prepared joint sealer.
  • When necessary to allow vehicle traffic to pass over crack sealer prior to curing, dry Portland cement shall be dusted over cracks to eliminate pick-up.
  • General – No crack sealing material shall be applied in wet cracks or sheer frost, snow or ice is present, nor when ambient temperature is below 320F.

5. Preparation of Sealer
Joint sealing material shall be heated and applied at temperature specified by the manufacturer and approved by the engineer.

6. Installation of Sealer
All cracks shall be sealed as specified herein, and the sealer shall be well bonded to the pavement. Unless otherwise directed, the cracks shall be completely filled flush with the pavement and not less than 1/4″ below surface, without formation of voids or entrapped air.

7. Workmanship
All workmanship shall be of the highest quality and excess or spilled sealer shall be removed from the pavement by approved methods and discarded. Any workmanship determined to be below the high standards of the particular craft involved wil not be accepted and will be corrected and/or replaced as required by the engineer in charge.

8. Performance
It is the intentions of the Public Agency not to award a contract for this work under this or any other proposal if the bidder cannot furnish satisfactory evidence that he has the ability and experience to perform this class of work and that he has sufficient capital and equipment to enable him to prosecute the work successfully and to complete it within the time named in the contract; and that the Public Agency reserves the right to reject this or any other proposal or to award the contract as is deemed to be the best interest of said Public Agency.

The contractor must submit with his bid proposal a list of six (6) jobs which he has successfully completed, giving the name and the address of these projects so they can be investigated prior to the award of the contract.

9. Sampling and Testing:
Joint sealer will be tested for conformance with Federal Specification SS-S-164 or 1401 b. Joint material sample shall be submitted for approval prior to start of the work. Manufacturing certificates that joint sealer meets Federal Specification listed above will be accepted by the engineer, unless otherwise stated in specification proposals.

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In this installment, Copeland provided USTA Eastern a step-by-step view of a recent court repair and resurfacing project at Katonah Memorial Park in Katonah, NY. Please check out the PDF of the full article!

Track & Field has always been a major part of my life.  I was an athlete from a young age growing up in New York and now a Master official and high school track & field coach.  Never did I imagine that I would have the ability and opportunity to build a track & field facility.

Every detail was planned carefully.  It was very important to me to choose the correct workers and companies that would make my dream a reality.  Most of the workers were local with many being Bethel track & field alumni and families.  When it came to choosing a track surfacing company, the choices were many, but one significantly stood out from the rest….Action Track Surfacing.

My first meeting with Steve Hinding & Doug Stone left me with an impression of honesty and commitment, as well as superior knowledge and expertise.   They listened carefully to my desires and needs. They offered suggestions and a well organized plan to accomplish my goal.  They were as concerned with completing a high quality track facility as I was.  Every question was met with a timely answer.  There were no hidden costs.  The project was completed in the contracted budget with no surprises.  Their crews worked perfectly with in the time table.  They were clean, hard working and professional…even to the point of cutting a slot drain on their hands and knees to meet the desired design!  Steve has been back several times to check the quality of his work.  Action Track has made sure that I am completely satisfied with the project.  

 Each day I arrive at the facility it takes my breath away.  The beautiful 8 lane track, javelin runway, and sealed walkways, all completed by Action Track Surfacing, have given my team and the town of Bethel a first class track & field facility!  I would highly recommend their services for all track & field surfacing needs.

Bethel Track

It is my pleasure to recommend the services of Copland Coating. During the past fifteen years, we have worked with Copland on numerous projects. These projects included resurfacing our twelve tennis courts as well.

Copland offers top-notch quality, service and rates. They have demonstrated their attention to detail and skill. When it comes to applying recreational surfaces, I cannot think of a better company to work with. I would highly recommend Copland for the job and look forward to working with them in the future.

Larry Siegel French Woods

Camp Seneca Lake has been in business for over 30 years and we have used hundreds of vendors over the years. Copeland Coatings is by far one of the most reliable companies we have ever dealt with. The standard of their work is top notch and they are a pleasure to work with. We look forward to many more years of completing great projects together!

Ross Zuckerman Seneca Lake Camp

I would like it to be known that Copeland Coating is a wonderful company to do business with. I am the Head Tennis Coach at Bard College and have had dealings with Copeland in the person of Steve Puzio over these past 20 years. We have used Copeland as our “got to” company for all our court needs. Our six courts have been resurfaced twice. Steve was involved personally from start to completion both times. He came first to advise and determine our needs, followed by a quote.

He made himself accessible always and we eagerly walked the job after the courts dried to insure our total satisfaction. Copeland allowed us to commit to an acceptable time frame for the job. We were always treated respectfully and fairly. Their many years of experience proved invaluable as their advice was always “spot on”. I feel that they are the best in the business. I am sure you will agree.

Bard College

LBMC has been a satisfied customer of Copeland Coating for
over 20 years

The service is both reliable and timely

Copeland Coating is synonymous with playing services
in Wayne County Camping

Dan Kagan Bryn Mawr Camp

Whenever there is any court resurfacing, repair or painting the only company I have ever used is Copeland Coating. I have found them to reliable, professional and reasonable with regards to pricing.

Fred & Ross Moskowitz Camp Westmont

Our company has been doing business with Copeland Coatings for over twenty-five years. They complete all of our projects on time and on budget. We have never had a quality control problem with their work. They are professionals in their field. I give Copeland Coatings my highest recommendation.

Tom Vandish Bast Hatfield

Over the past 20 years our camps have worked with Copeland Coating to meet our surfacing needs. Steve and the team at Copeland have consistently exceeded expectation in helping to recondition our sport courts and to build new facilities including our hockey rink and tennis courts. I highly recommend them and look forward to working with Copeland in the future.

Marc Honigfeld Trail's End Camp

Vassar College has experienced a very good working relationship with Copeland Coating during the past 8 years. We currently have 3 separate tiers of courts consisting of; 6 varsity courts in the north tier, 3 campus use courts in the center tier and 4 campus/local community use courts in the south tier.

Copeland management and their front line crew have always responded in a timely manner and have worked under very tight schedules to prepare our courts for the fall tennis season. They reconfigured our center tier from 4 to 3 doubles courts per a request from the tennis coaching staff with excellent results and have coated our south tier courts in a manner that will lengthen the useful life even though major renovation work is clearly needed.
I can confidently recommend Copeland Coating for tennis court re-coating and overall renovation work and should add that they are very competitive in their pricing.

Jeff Horst Vassar College

Island Lake has employed Copeland Coating for over 25 years. We have found them to be professional and a quality provider of court surfacing. They are consistently on time and perform as expected. We wouldn’t look anywhere else for this service.

Matt Stoltz Island Lake Camp