THE AWARD WINNING BRICK BRACE SAFETY TOOL & SAFETY SYSTEM
Promoting Best Practice During Masonry Alterations.
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When knowing every task of masonry alterations is different, each project will be planned upon its own merit and carried out safely by using a variety/combination of temporary masonry support equipment most suitable that also stabilises the structure, supports all of the masonry and gives the correct fitting/working access.
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Making A Task More Controllable With Safer Fitting Access & A Guaranteed Superior Finish
Brick Brace Half set
Openings up to 3,150 mm (14 brick lengths) at any height high or low, with full access to the task & safely supporting all 91 bricks within the triangle of masonry above the opening (within a typical Stretcher bond). Scaffold tube is used to connect the tools together and to secure into position, which increases stability when removing the brickwork below to create a sufficient area to fit a permanent support safely.
Full Set Options
Openings up to 4,500mm using only one Acrow prop fitted central and clipped to the horizontal scaffold tube.
Openings up to 5,400mm with full fitting access when using a 6 metre aluminium scaffold beam over the opening.
PROP & BRACE FOR SUPERIOR & SAFER RESULTS
9″ Brickwork Example
The Brick Brace holds all of the un-supported brickwork
Green propped, Orange Braced.
(Props fitted internally when possible for clear fitting access)
The Brick Brace, weight charts, correct procedures & proven strategies address all the main causes of minor and major collapse during masonry alterations and ensures future generations are taught safely & correctly.
Brick Brace safety tools are fitted three bricks apart in a cement mortar mix, a maximum of two and a half bricks apart in a weak/ lime mortar mix and within every perpendicular joint upon Block work.
BRICK BRACE LTD
The Worlds Leader Within Temporary Masonry Support
Now in our eighth year of business, with tens of thousand’s of Brick Brace safety tools being sold and used worldwide every year.
Fit a permanent support within existing masonry at any height high or low with superior fitting/work access.
Replace external lintels, fit new cavity trays & D.P.C’s with ease.
Re-instate a load-point to reduce the weight of the load. Strengthen/stabilise cement & lime mortar masonry and a clear benefit to the vast majority of remedial works, brickwork renovations, alterations & repairs.
Please read our 2020 masonry wall propping guide for guidance on the many different tasks of masonry alterations.
The Missing Link To Safer & Superior Results
To Brace masonry, the force required upon the safety tools is estimated at 700N, for a safety factor of x 3 the force is 2.1kN.
A recommended torque of 40Nm produces a force of 3.28kN which is more than adequate even allowing for some fall off in force as the tool beds in. This torque is also readily achievable on site and was also used in the test via a ratchet spanner. It also provides a force well below that to crush the end faces of the brick. When bricks were removed from below there was no distress whatsoever, no visible movement or cracking which suggested that the calculations are very reasonable.
The stability & lateral strength of masonry is unpredictable & varies upon every structure, the length of the opening, the mortar mix, the age & the quality of the masonry.
All propping methods rely upon the unknown & variable lateral strength of the structure to work correctly.
LIGHT YEARS AHEAD
The award winning Brick Brace safety tool is inserted into a drilled out mortar perpendicular joint and tightened with a 19mm ratchet spanner, increasing the unknown lateral strength of bonded lime & cement mortar masonry with a force of 40Nm which through vigorous testing is proven to be strong and stable enough to prevent collapse.
The More Methods Known, The Safer & Easier The Different Projects Of Masonry Alterations Become.
The Brick Brace increases stability & lateral strength where needed and where totally neglected in the past.
(Supporting all of the masonry within lime mortars, to give a clear & safer fitting access upon the fitting/working side)
GUARANTEED SAFER MASONRY ALTERATIONS
We have studied temporary masonry support for many years, more than anyone before us, our fully patented method of strengthening masonry before any alterations take place is the further preparation required for safer fitting access and superior results, guaranteed or your money back.
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We provide instructions of use, a correct procedure, the Brick Brace masonry weight awareness chart and a further help-line with every order.
For unbiased advice regarding any masonry alterations task contact us; 01895 546405
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To help us help you, please read “Planning A Task” within Part 1 of our 2020 masonry wall propping guide to ensure you give us sufficient information of your task.
Book A Brick Brace Demonstration On your own project, from as little as £500.00, Includes ½ day training & the Brick Brace Full Set.
Safer than propping externally and removing an opening down to the full depth to gain sufficient fitting access within a forest of loaded Acrow props.
Proven through risk assessments that the safest method is to remove only a sufficient amount of masonry to allow the fitting of the permanent support.
Unless site and the structure conditions permit, an opening shouldn’t be removed down to the full depth to gain the correct fitting access for mechanical lifting equipment as it increases the risk of greater collapse due to the masonry having a larger void to fall and also creates a higher risk of accidental knocks & removal of fully loaded props during demolition.
BRICK BRACE FEEDBACK
Mr S. Dunaway
Top quality product.
“After taking the time to read and understand what the Brick Brace has to offer, I can now appreciate the impact this system can have on improving the safety of structural alterations.
After all structural alterations are the only general construction based procedures where NO training or advice is offered to any tradesman”.
“For me, Brick Brace is not just a product; it has provided an understanding of the task, with clear guidance on the limitations of all the equipment.
I also received very helpful advice and instructions from the guys at Brick Brace regarding my own project.
I challenge you all to find another company so invested in your own safety when it comes to structural alterations”.
WHY ALSO USE THE BRICK BRACE AS A SAFETY BELT WHEN PROPPING?
“When knowing eccentrically propping masonry upon a misused Acrow prop isn’t safe, further equipment will also be used.”
It’s urban myth that the Strongboy is suitable for every task, with the instructions changed by enforcement of the H.S.E in November 2015 and now read; “Before using a Strongboy you should identify that it is a suitable method to carry out the intended works”.
The Temporary Works forums description of a Tongued prop attachment within the 2017 temporary works tool kit, part 10;
Steel plates (approx. 150mm × 350mm) that fit onto the head of an adjustable steel prop (‘Acrow’). The plates can be cut into the mortar joint above the new lintel. They will be positioned at relatively close centres (around 750mm) and rely on the brickwork arching between them. They can typically support loads of around 350kg (as the applied load is eccentric to the prop) and are generally used for openings up to around 3m wide, with heights less than around 3m. If an opening is to be formed in a thick wall, or the opening is wide, then a designed needling scheme would be required. The needles should be positioned not more than 1m apart and the load on each needle should be calculated.
A Strongboy was designed in the mid 1980’s when the typical opening was smaller and a cavity size was only 50mm but due to changes in construction design a cavity has now doubled to 100mm and over 150mm upon new properties for further thermal value and with open plan living accommodation vastly increasing opening sizes within a typical residential rear extension.
Attempting tasks which require longer & wider steels with welded top/bottom plates for larger openings and bigger cavities and still only using Strongboy’s is where more problems of overloading through over extending even further from the wall to gain sufficient access arise.
Where fitted with a Strongboy or any other similar designed product an Acrow props safe working load decreases by at least 90%, from 3,400kg down to the maximum 340kg and can even reduce down to 0kg of which depends on the size & the working height of the Acrow prop, how plumb, how tightly fitted and how far the Acrow prop is positioned from the centre of the wall.
Where used upon a plumb and suitable sized Acrow prop, both pictures below show a tongued prop attachments position when maintaining the maximum working load permitted.
Without warning a Strongboy changes the direction of the load onto the side of the Acrow props inner tube of which is designed only for vertical loads, from the head plate down to the foot plate, which is why the Brick Brace should also be used when propping eccentrically.
An eccentrically loaded Acrow prop curves and loses height when overloaded or over tightened.
To prevent the inner tube from curving it should exit the outer tube no more than 50% when eccentrically propping; ensure to use the correct sized Acrow prop for the task ahead.
Below is a graph table showing the variations of an Acrow props Safe Working Load when concentrically loaded from head plate straight down to foot plate, when misused by eccentrically loading the safe working load decreases immensely.
Using the Brick Brace in-conjunction with the traditional propping methods reduces labour & repair time without cutting corners or compromising safety, supports the masonry in between props and also improves the unpredictable lateral strength that all existing propping methods rely on to work safely.
The Brick Brace Safety tool/system, weight charts, correct procedures & proven strategies address all the main causes of minor and major collapse and ensures future generations are taught safely & correctly.
NO LOST OR FALLING MASONRY & MINIMAL “MAKING GOOD”
Prop internally upon bonded 9″ to 13″ walls and brace externally for superior and safer fitting access.
Lime mortar 9″ masonry has very little lateral strength and can weigh over 600kg per square metre, (120 bricks plus mortar) which would require at least five Strongboy’s per linear metre (at 167mm centre’s) on wide openings upon a typical two storey residential property, this can weigh 1,440Kg per linear metre without roof loads which makes using Strongboy’s highly unsuitable for the task without also using the Brick Brace to stabilise the masonry beforehand and to reduce & share the weight of the load in uniform.
Reduce risk of minor & major collapse upon wider openings by bracing the masonry when dangerously removing an opening down to the full depth to gain sufficient access for genie lifts within a forest full of loaded Acrow props.
Also use as a safety belt above openings when propping or needling to reduce the weight of the load to prevent collapse from overloading & accidental knocks of loaded props during masonry removal, to safely minimise the number of Acrow props within the fitting area, to hold the brickwork in-between props and to also support the masonry as one whole piece rather than individual bricks as in the case of only using existing propping equipment.
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BRILLIANT! Saved a lot of time and the beam went in with very little effort and no lifting gear due to our scaffold platform. I would highly recommend this system and we will be using it for all opening works from now on.
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The tongued prop attachment has falsely eased a difficult task due to thirty years of insufficient warnings & misleading instructions, increasing the risk of the user to overload a structure and suppressing the true level of knowledge required to carry out masonry alterations correctly.
Which masonry requires support?
A 45 degree angle upon half bonded block work, a 35 degree angle in a Stretcher bond and a 25 degree angle upon a Flemish or English bond, from both ends of the opening, carrying up through the bed and perp joints to the central perpendicular joint where both angles meet is the location of a load-point.
When an opening is made within an existing wall and a load point is intact, the triangle of brickwork above the opening is the only masonry that could collapse, therefore this is the only masonry that requires temporary support.
This small triangle of masonry is also what Strongboy’s were designed to support when fitted 900mm apart and used within the 215mm maximum eccentricity.
Upon larger openings within a typical two storey residential property and any of the 3 points of the triangle do not remain, this law changes and all of the weight of the storey height above will rest back over the length of the opening (including roof loads, when they apply) due to the masonry above not safely arching.
This masonry can weigh up to 10 times more in most cases than just the smaller triangle and is why Strongboy’s are so easily overloaded upon wider openings.
Fit the Brick Brace to reinstate a load-point, as shown within the drawing below to safely reduce the weight of the load back to the small triangle of masonry and to minimise the amount of impeding Strongboy’s required without dangerously overloading the equipment.
(Scenario C below, shows the Brick Brace Safety System being used within a lime mortar mix)
Please view our masonry weight awareness chart for further guidance.
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Designed to prop internally when Bracing the external for superior access
The Prop-Wise uses the top head plate of the Acrow prop, rather than the side of an Acrow props inner tube.
Designed with a flat head to ease internal use at ceiling heights and fits neatly into a tool bag.
The safest method of propping 4″ to 6″masonry.
Superior safe working load due to less eccentricity which means fewer props are required.
The Prop-Wise is supplied with full instructions and Acrow prop guidance and is by far the safest tongued prop attachment on the market.
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