THE AWARD WINNING BRICK BRACE SAFETY TOOL & SAFETY SYSTEM
Promoting Better Practice During Masonry Alterations
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The main cause of collapse during masonry alterations is overloading due to underestimating the weight of the load and where removing Strongboy’s further from the wall to avoid internal 1st floor wall damage upon finished rooms and/or attempting to gain more fitting work space, as over extending greatly effects the safe working load of an eccentrically loaded Acrow prop.
Brick Brace Safety Systems
Safely Removing The Forest Of Acrow Props
Trial/Quarter Set £80.00
Nothing to impede access upon openings up to 1,800mm in a lime mortar mix and up to 2,250mm within a cement mortar mix.
Half set £150.00
Openings up to 3,150 mm (14 brick lengths) at any height high or low, with full access to the task when safely supporting all 91 bricks within the triangle of Stretcher bond masonry above the opening.
Full Set £275.00
The Brick Brace safety system allows openings up to 4,500mm (20 brick lengths) when using only one Acrow prop fitted central and scaffold clipped to the horizontal tube.
LIGHT YEARS AHEAD!
Also use above larger openings when propping or needling to reduce the weight of the load, to strengthen the unknown lateral strength of the masonry for further stability, to safely minimise the number of Acrow props required in the fitting area, to hold the brickwork in-between props and to also support the masonry as one whole piece rather than as individual bricks as in the case of only using existing propping methods.
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.
Single tools only £19.00 each
Designed as an aid When propping
The Brick Brace safety tool Strengthens masonry for a variety of different tasks and offers a far safer fitting/work access at any height, high or low. Learn how to safely support all of the masonry even in lime mortars and save time & money on materials & repairs with a guaranteed superior finish to the task.
Full instructions and a correct procedure are provided with every order.
Support all of the brickwork with fewer props for clearer access & superior results by also using the Brick Brace when propping.
(Example below shows all of the masonry supported correctly over a 2.475m opening which would require two Strongboys fitted at 750mm centres where the Brick Brace wasn’t used)
All existing propping methods rely on the unknown lateral strength of the masonry to work safely.
The Brick Brace ensures strength where needed and where totally neglected in the past.
Old Strongboy Instructions
(In place before Nov 2015)
“For less stable structures or where there are old mortar joints it may be necessary to position the STRONGBOYS closer together”.
Coinciding segment of the new Strongboy instructions
(updated Nov 2015)
“Strongboy Masonry support is not recommended to be used to provide temporary support to unstable structures”.
Correctly used Strongboy’s can be fitted at 900mm intervals when also using the Brick Brace to stabilise the masonry.
Above is a clear visual example of why the Brick Brace should also be used to hold the unsupported brickwork when eccentrically propping, especially within lime mortar masonry.
The Brick Brace counter acts all of the hidden problems of the existing propping methods.
Fully tested in multiples the expanding Brick Brace increases the unknown & variable strength of bonded lime & cement mortar masonry by creating a force of 40Nm which through testing is proven to be strong and stable enough to prevent collapse.
The Brick Brace is designed to offer further & safer options, to give superior results with a far safer fitting/working access and when used in-conjunction with existing propping methods the Brick Brace holds all of the unsupported masonry in between props and also helps to be in total control of the task without needing to have the agility of a professional plate spinner.
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 and superior results, GUARANTEED!
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Orders made over the weekend are delivered on the following Tuesday, excluding Bank Holidays.
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The Brick Brace Prevents Overloading
The main cause of collapse is overloading due to underestimating the weight of the load and where removing Strongboy’s further from the wall to avoid internal 1st floor wall damage upon finished rooms and/or attempting to gain more fitting work space, as over extending greatly effects the safe working load of an eccentrically loaded Acrow prop.
The Maximum Safe Working Loads
An Acrow prop when loaded from head plate down to foot plate, 3,400Kg.
An Acrow prop used within the props and needles method, 1,700Kg.
When fitted with a Strongboy or any other similar designed product, an Acrow props safe working load is severely reduced by at least 90%, from 3,400kg down to the maximum 340kg at 215mm eccentricity (from centre of the Acrow prop to the middle of the propped wall) 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.
The Importance Of A Load-Point?
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 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 the only masonry that requires temporary support.
Below is a clear example of the 25 degree load triangle within a Flemish bond
This small triangle of masonry is what Strongboy’s are designed to support as their safe working load is only 20% of the props and needles method.
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 arching.
This masonry can weigh up to 10 times more than just the smaller triangle and is why Strongboy’s are so easily overloaded upon wider openings and a good reason why the Brick Brace should also be used when propping.
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)
The Brick Brace Safety tool, weight charts, correct procedures & proven strategies address all the main causes of minor and major collapse during masonry alterations.
Please view our masonry weight awareness chart for further guidance.
Fit a permanent support with ease at any height, replace lintels, fit new cavity trays and D.P.C’s with nothing to impede. Re-instate a load point to reduce the weight of the load & safely reduce the number of impeding props from the fitting area. The Brick Brace reinforces & stabilises masonry for a number of different tasks, including under pinning & window replacement and is a further aid for all remedial works, brickwork renovations & repairs.
NO LOST OR FALLING MASONRY & MINIMAL “MAKING GOOD”
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”.
A Strongboy has increased the risk of the user to underestimate the weight of the load due to 25 years of misleading instructions and has also suppressed the true level of knowledge that is required to safely tackle the many different specialist tasks of masonry alterations.
We provide instructions, a correct procedure & guidance to help, teach and influence the majority to change their bad habits, to help prevent the same needless reoccurring accidents and to ensure future generations are taught safely & correctly.
Strangely, the theory behind a Strongboy is to use fewer Acrow props and to reduce masonry damage and is marketed within that manner, which certainly is not the case when the maximum safe working load is only a fraction (1/5) of the correct propping and needling method and when maintaining the 340kg safe working load the hole within both sides of a cavity wall or a 9″ wall is actually larger than fitting a needle and with at least five times more fitting holes required than one 1,700kg safe working load needle.
Without warning! A Strongboy dangerously misuses an Acrow prop due to the severe eccentricity of the load and because the web of the 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.
The inner tube of an Acrow prop curves and loses height when overloaded or over tightened which is the legal duty of the user not to overload and to work with an Acrow prop fitted with a Strongboy in a safe & competent manner.
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Guaranteed to pay for itself within two applications!
To fit the Brick Brace Safety Tool you require a hammer drill with a 10mm masonry drill bit to remove the mortar from the perpendicular joint and a 19mm socket spanner to expand the inserted Brick Brace.
The Brick Brace safety system requires a scaffold tube,Hammer Drill, 8mm and 10mm masonry drill bits, 15, 19, 21mm sockets and a ratchet. The 40Nm torque required to expand the Brick Brace is similar to tightening a scaffold fitting. To remove the masonry below, use a disc cutter and a light set hammer drill with the correct chisel fittings, a masonry or traditional hand saw is sufficient for lime mortar mixes, full instructions and a correct procedure are provided and also available to read or print via our instructions/download page.
Know your legal duties as a builder by reading our 2019 masonry wall propping guide.
The Brick Brace knowledge, guidance, correct procedures, weight charts and proven strategies address all the main causes of collapse during masonry alterations and will keep you within the Construction, Design & Management 2015 guidelines of which now also covers small domestic projects.
We Are Here To Help You Adapt!
For unbiased advice regarding any masonry alterations task contact us; 01895 546405
Call Anthony On; 07545 462463
To help us help you, please read part 2 of our propping guide to ensure you give us sufficient information of your particular task.
Book a Brick Brace demonstration on your own project, from as little as £500.00 of which Includes ½ day training & the Brick Brace Full Set.
For a superior safe working load the Prop-Wise uses the top head plate of the Acrow prop, rather than the 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.
Using fewer Acrow props due to the reduced eccentricity of which also gives a superior safe working load.
The Prop-Wise is supplied with full instructions and Acrow prop guidance and is by far the safest tongued prop attachment on the market.
BRICK BRACE FEEDBACK
Mr S. Dunaway
(Builder From Surrey)
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!
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