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OLBA requires water to activate the bonding process. Adding and mechanically mixing water to the OLBA material before spreading ensures a homogeneous saturation that is optimal for material set up. The water activates the Organic-Lock binder to become a gel that connects the particles of the aggregate. Compacting this bonded material is what creates strength and ideal-resiliency. Working with properly hydrated OLBA is crucial to the installation process going optimally.

DO YOU NEED TO ADD WATER?

Start by picking up a handful of the OLBA and attempting to make a snowball. This material should fall apart in your hand either on its own or after a gentle prodding. If the OLBA holds its form already, no further water is needed. If the snowball holds its form and has a wet sheen to it, the material is too wet and you must spread it out and let the material dry.

Not enough water
NEEDS WATER
Ideal moisture
ALREADY IDEAL WATER
(NO WATER NEEDED)
Too Wet
TOO MUCH WATER
(DO NOT USE - MUST DRY OUT)

YES - WATER IS NEEDED

Begin by adding 1% of water by weight (you can use this cheat chart), followed by a thorough and homogeneous blending.
Perform the snowball test once again. You should see a firmer snowball. If it holds its form after a slight prod, the material is sufficiently saturated. If it still crumbles under a slight prodding, add 1% more water by weight and complete the blending cycle once again.

Once it is determined that water is needed, blend water into the OLBA in batches that can easily be replicated (ex. 5 or 10 ton batches). Spend time learning the ideal moisture content on the first batch, so that the cycle can easily be replicated once the proper water amount per batch has been established.

Not enough water
NEEDS WATER
(ADD 1% BY WEIGHT)
Not enough water
STILL NEEDS WATER
(ADD 1% BY WEIGHT)
Ideal moisture
JUST RIGHT!
NO MORE WATER
What you’re looking for is that level where the OLBA just barely holds its form under a slight prodding. Once you get to the ability of the snowball to just barely hold up to a gentle prodding, stop adding water.

DO YOU NEED TO ADD WATER?

Start by picking up a handful of the OLBA and attempting to make a snowball. This material should fall apart in your hand either on its own or after a gentle prodding. If the OLBA holds its form already, no further water is needed. If the snowball holds its form and has a wet sheen to it, the material is too wet and you must spread it out and let the material dry.

Watch this video to see an optimal snowball

Too Wet

DO NOT MAKE THIS MISTAKE – TOO MUCH WATER

Adding too much water will result in a water sheen on the surface. Too much water in the OLBA will negatively impact the installation and overall performance of the material. Compacting OLBA with too much moisture in it will result in a spongy “Jell-O” type texture that will never fully be compacted.

If too much moisture is added, you must spread the material out in the sun to allow evaporation to remove excess moisture over time.