Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Rhino Carbon Fiber® Wall Supports better than the competition?
Patented Rhino Carbon Fiber® Wall Supports link the foundation base with the house framing, making it the strongest system on the market. The carbon fiber is fastened to the sill plate with a galvanized bracket and secured to the foundation floor with a carbon fiber pin. Deterioration does not occur because the carbon fiber system is secured to the foundation wall allowing for an even distribution of outside pressure.
Why is the Rhino Carbon Fiber® system the only system that attaches to both the foundation base and house framing?
Most carbon fiber systems were designed years ago and never factored in the problems they have encountered. These problems include necktie attachment failure to the framing and foundation walls moving below the bottom of the carbon fiber. Instead of fixing their products, the competition has adjusted the warranties to exclude movement at the top or bottom. Now that the Rhino Carbon Fiber® system has a patent on this attachment, it looks like the competition will have to continue on the same path.
How does the Rhino Carbon Fiber® system compare in cost with the competition?
Even though our patented system is far superior and faster to install than the competition, we are still very comparable in cost. In most cases Rhino® Carbon Fiber is a much better value.
HOW MUCH OF A BOW CAN A WALL HAVE AND STILL BE ABLE TO INSTALL THE RHINO CARBON FIBER® SYSTEM?
Two inches is a good rule of thumb. Our product will hold more than this but any more and it would be hard to sell or refinance your home. Our product is warranted up to a two-inch bow.
I have a small crack in my wall. Should I still install the Rhino Carbon Fiber® system?
Yes, if your wall is cracked it will continue to worsen over the next few years. It is better to fix when the wall is not bowing rather than after a large bow occurs. The price is the same, but a much better fix.
My wall is moving at the top and/or bottom and not the middle of the wall, will the Rhino Carbon Fiber® system work?
Yes, Rhino Carbon Fiber® is the only carbon fiber on the market to fix this problem. Because the system attaches to the top sill plate and at the bottom of the wall, it will fix what is known as sheering.
IS IT COMMON FOR THE EPOXY TO BE TACKY DAYS Or WEEKS LATER?
Yes, that is common. The cure time is determined by the temperature and humidity in the workspace. In addition, Rhino Carbon Fiber is specifically designed to cure slowly. This is done to allow painting or parging to occur without having to prep (scuff or score) the newly installed carbon fiber.
Will the Rhino Carbon Fiber® System fix a sinking or settling foundation?
No, unfortunately no carbon fiber system will be able to stop this. You need to consult with a piering or underpinning contractor for a solution.
What comes in a Rhino Carbon Fiber® Foundation repair kit?
Advanced Basement Products™ offers several kits for 8-foot, 9-foot and 10-foot walls. Kits include carbon fiber straps, epoxy adhesive with nozzle, sill plate brackets with hardware, gloves and installation instructions. Also, available for purchase are individual components such as carbon fiber strap, sill plate bracket, epoxy adhesive. If you have walls taller than 10 feet we can customize a kit for your needs.
Is there a warranty available?
Yes, Rhino Carbon Fiber® Wall Supports are warranted for the life of the structure. Rhino Carbon Fiber® covers the foundation walls against any further inward movement in areas the Carbon Fiber is installed. If Rhino Carbon Fiber® fails, materials and labor will be replaced at no charge. Terms and conditions apply.
What is the spacing needed for Rhino Carbon Fiber® Walls supports?
No matter what the height is of the wall or the bow, the spacing needs not to exceed 4' on center. The spacing has nothing to do with the strength of the Rhino it is all based upon the strength of the concrete masonry wall itself.
HOW VISIBLE IS RHINO CARBON FIBER AFTER IT IS PAINTED?
Rhino Carbon Fiber is nearly invisible after it is painted. This doesn't mean it disappears but it is more appealing than other bowed wall solutions. Rhino Carbon Fiber is the thickness of a dime and blends in very well when the entire work surface is painted.
Is the warranty transferable?
Yes, the warranty is fully transferable to the next homeowner.
What is the shipping time?
All orders leave our offices within eight business hours.
How much of a down payment is required?
Payment is due in full upon ordering.
Can you give me a reference for my area?
Yes, contact Advanced Basement Products™ for a reference in your area.
CAn carbon fiber be used if there is no sill plate or if sill plate recessed from the block?
In the event there is no sill plate, you would install the bracket to the rim joist. For a recessed sill plates, make sure the carbon fiber is fully saturated and install as normal. Pull Carbon fiber tight when installing over the face of the block. Note: we recommend if you have a recessed sill plate that you order the next length up.