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Fully Seal the Saw-Cut Loop Yoke – Installation Trick

Want to add an additional layer of protection to your saw-cut loops?
Try this simple trick!

The yoke on a preformed loop is the area where the loop meets the lead-in, protecting the yoke is an important aspect of any loop installation. BD Loops Saw-Cut Loops are designed with a water-tight yoke seal. However, sealant can be used to create an additional water barrier by fully encasing the yoke in sealant. Water can cause loops to short to ground so any extra layer of protection to the loop is helpful in making loops last longer and preventing water damage.  

After laying out the loop and before you push the lead-in into the groove incasing the yoke in loop sealant will add an additional layer of protection for any loops you install.

It is important to note that a polyurethane or rubber-based sealant should be used for this trick, water/latex based sealants are prone to staying wet and conducting electricity which facilitates shorts to ground.

Examples of Polyurethane SealantsExamples of Rubber-Based Sealants
Chemque  Q-SEAL™ 290S
Bondo® 575 Loop Sealant
BASF Gold Label Loop Sealant
Or compatible products
Ruscoe Permanent Sealer 974 Loop Sealant
3M Detector Loop Sealant 5000
Or compatible products

This simple trick can be done in a few minutes and adds an additional water barrier to your saw-cut loop.

Are You Using the V-Cut?

This is the best method for cutting the yoke point (The area where the loop meets the lead-in) The yoke point should be cut in a “V” Shape. This can be easily accomplished by making 2 slightly angled cuts in a “V” shape and popping out the asphalt or concrete using the clean-out hook.
The “V” Cut should be 8”-10” in length and 1.5” wide at its widest point.

The V cut will make it even easier to install BD Loops preformed Saw-Cut Loops. It accommodates taking up any excess loop into the lead-in. It also makes it easier to install cock-eyed loops, with a “V” cut you do not have to perfectly center the loop before pushing it into the groove.

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The Loop Experts!

BD Loops was founded in 2001. Their preformed loops and accessories are designed with the installer in mind. BD Loops offers a complete loop system solution including preformed direct burial loops, preformed saw-cut loops, loop sealant, blades, testing devices, and installation tools. BD Loops has a reputation for reliability and ease of installation. They pride themselves on the quality of their products and their commitment to providing excellent customer service and support. BD Loops preformed loops are made in the USA at their facility in Placentia, CA.