March 2014

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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28 SportsTurf | March 2014 T here is no such thing as a "one size fits all" adhesive because an adhesive that is outstanding for one application might be a disaster for another. There are hundreds of adhesives on the market and some are excellent for one application and unsatisfactory for another. When a person asks, "What's your best adhesive?" it shows the person has little knowledge of the complexity of adhesives. For example, that's why the designers of first-aid "band aid" type adhesives do not want the adhesion to be so strong that it tears the skin when being removed. Oppositely, instead of stitches, a surgical adhesive that is designed to hold skin together after an operation must not prematurely peel away or break. Q: Are there many different types of synthetic turf adhesives? If so, what are their differences? Legue: That narrows it down, but it's still a very broad subject. For example, there are adhesives for use outdoors vs. indoors; adhesives for recreational surfaces like synthetic turf athletic fields and playgrounds vs. synthetic turf adhesives for aesthetic purposes like landscaping, lawns, highway median strips, roof tops, etc. [Buyers] need to look beyond price as well; higher performing adhesives can withstand athletic activities and weathering and prevent the need for repairs later. Q: What is your opinion on outdoor synthetic turf adhesives for installing and repairing synthetic turf athletic fields and playground surfaces? Legue: Weather varies from hour to hour, day to day, with different seasons and different climates. Hence, the adhesive selected should not be a "fair weather only" adhesive because there will be a very limited installation and repair time window. Since time is money, unneces- sary delays created by using "fair weather only" adhesives can be very costly. SELECTING TURF ADHESIVE IS CRITICAL: Q&A WITH NORRIS LEGUE, AKA GURU OF GLUE ® Facility & Operations Editor's note: Norris Legue is president of Synthetic Surfaces Inc., which manufactures synthetic turf adhesive products Stand-up Trowel Furthermore, selecting an outdoor adhesive based on indoor laboratory test results after the adhesive has cured is a waste of time. Left: Airless Spray Center: Glue Box Right: Squeegee

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