Concrete Form Tips

by Tobe
(New Jersey )

Concrete form tips;Concrete cast in place has many advantages as a material for building a garden wall. A poured wall can be formed into almost any shape to fit the garden plan, for it does not have to be erected on a straightaway and can be shaped to any curve or angle.

Its surface texture can be finished smooth, rough, or embossed with architectural lines. Its tough, durable qualities recommend it for holding back a hillside or containing a planting bed. But pouring a concrete wall is no Sunday picnic for the handyman.

Even the simplest job calls for carefully fitted and strongly built forms to hold the concrete while it cures. If a wall is curved or sharply angled, its forming 'requires know how and skill ; and if the wall is a tall one, say 6 feet, the forms must be stanchly braced so they can resist the pressure of the wet concrete without collapsing.

Construction of a 6-foot wall also requires an elaborate structure of platforms, ramps, and staging to permit loaded wheelbarrows to be rolled to the top of the forms and dumped. Construction of high walls or those requiring complex forming are best entrusted to a reliable contractor.

However, an amateur can readily handle a simple low wall, such as a seat wall or the edge of a raised bed. Forms for a low wall are not difficult to build, and they are easily filled with concrete.

The wet mix can be dumped into the forms from a wheelbarrow with its wheel resting on the ground or on a plank ramp, or from the drum of the mixer if it is stationed close by, or, if the handyman can assemble all his relatives and friends, he may be able to fill his wall in one fell swoop with a load of transitmix. With good luck, an amateur can even cast a modest curve.

FORMING Building and aligning the forms takes more time than the actual pouring of the concrete. You may devote four or five weekends to form building and only one to filling them with concrete. Here are the important points to remember :

1. Provide a suitable foundation by digging down to firm hard ground or below frost level in severe climates. Dig out the foundation trench 4 inches wider than the wall. As the average low wall is 6 inches wide, a 10-inch trench would thus be needed. More tips in the near on future Concrete form tips

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