3rd: Number of bricks in a full triangle of masonry above an opening of 102mm brickwork Stretcher bond when a load-point is intact.
4th: Total weight in Kg of brickwork above an opening in a full triangle of masonry within 102mm brickwork Stretcher bond.
5th: Number of bricks in a full triangle of masonry above an opening of 215mm Flemish bond when a load-point is intact.
6th: Total weight of a full triangle of masonry above an opening within 215mm Flemish bond.
7th: Total weight of a full triangle above an opening within a cavity wall, Brickwork and lightweight block work.
8th: Total weight of 215mm brickwork above an opening in a typical 2.4m Storey height in any brickwork bond, half the weight for 102mm brickwork; add 50% for 13” brickwork.
The Brick Brace weight chart is designed for weight awareness to show the importance of a load-point.
No roof loads are included with a factor of safety of 215mm for the different possible positions of a new opening within an existing brickwork bond and 5Kg per brick to allow for the different variety of bricks and the variations of mortar and moisture content.
All lengths over 3,150mm are for propping and bracing. When a load point does not exist every task is different and should be calculated on its own merit. If the size and weight of windows are known the weight of the windows can be added and the volume of brickwork that the windows take up can be removed from the calculation.
A 35 degree angle in a stretcher bond and a 25 degree angle in a Flemish bond from both ends of the opening, carrying up to the central perpendicular joint where both angles meet is the 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 and is the only masonry that requires support.
Upon larger openings where any of the 3 points of the triangle do not remain, this law changes and the storey height sits back over the length of the opening due to the masonry above not having the correct arching effect, this can weigh up to 10 times more than the smaller triangle of masonry.
Re-instate A load point
Fit the Brick Brace Safety tool through the broken triangle and it becomes complete, reducing the load to a minimum and safely reducing the number of props required, cost effective without compromising safety.
An overloaded prop attachment relies solely on the lateral strength of the masonry and is always different especially within lime mortars which is why the Brick Brace should be used when possible.
The Brick Brace Safety tool increases the variable safe working loads of all the existing propping methods and addresses all the main causes of minor and major collapse during masonry alterations.
We can answer every question regarding temporary masonry support!
Twenty one questions Andy Gay, Ray Cooke and Simon Longbottom, all from the H.S.E, Istructe & Tim Lohmann, the chairman of the Twf (temporary works forum) can not answer.
Can you confirm that misusing an Acrow prop by eccentrically propping a masonry wall from only one side at a minimum of 200mm from the centre of the wall to the middle of an Acrow prop is safe?
2: Can you confirm that the drawing below is the correct way to support a cavity wall using a Strongboy? And can you confirm it is safe when fitting the tongue three brick courses higher so the web of the Strongboy doesn’t impede the access and the three courses are unsupported.
And are you aware that using Strongboy’s fitted on the same side and within 215mm of an existing floor height must be misused and the safe working load is reduced to an unknown level?
3: Can you confirm it is acceptable to support 9” brickwork or block work on the 215mm tongue of a Strongboy?
4: Can you confirm that if Strongboy’s do not require a maximum opening size or a correct procedure then no other temporary support equipment requires it either?
5: Can you confirm this is an acceptable method of supporting one side of a cavity wall when the internal skin of masonry impedes and when safer options are available?
6: Can you confirm that you know the many tasks of supporting masonry are totally different and that the majority of tasks require far more fitting work space than the low safe working load Strongboy can safely offer when maintaining its maximum 340kg safe working load and when not dangerously removing the opening down to the full finished level without the permanent support being fitted as it increases the risk of accidental removal of loaded Acrow props during the removal of the masonry?
7: Can you confirm that a Strongboy has been fully tested upon a size 1 Acrow prop, a size 2 Acrow prop and not just a size 3 Acrow prop. And as a Strongboy is designed for use with an Acrow prop can you confirm Acrow prop guidance is not required within the instructions of using a Strongboy especially when Strongboys are mostly sold with size one Acrow props through mail order due to their lower weight?
8: Can you confirm the new instructions of a Strongboy are acceptable and do not require any revision? And can you confirm the market monopoly of the Strongboy has not fixed the typical builders and retailer’s mind-set and stopped safer methods and further equipment join the market place?
9: Can you confirm that the same amount of accidents and near misses would occur if a written warning was in place, such as; “fitting a Strongboy misuses an Acrow prop and the safe working load is reduced by at least 90%”?
10: Can you confirm that the Strongboy is safe to use when sold without written guidance especially when the internet is still full of the old out of date instructions from unaware retailers that do not know the instructions were changed in November 2015?
11: I have yet to see a Strongboy being used correctly on site. Can you confirm no further research upon the Strongboy’s design is required and please confirm the self certification tests of the Strongboy are acceptable?
12: Can you confirm a Strongboy is designed to reduce masonry damage without being overloaded and is simple and easy to use without compromising the user’s safety?
13: Can you confirm structural engineers do not specify or recommend the use of Strongboy’s when they do not provide the correct fitting space and when the safe working load can vary to an unknown level depending on the size of the Acrow prop used, the working height of the Acrow prop, how plumb and how far the Acrow prop is fitted from the centre of the wall?
14: Can you confirm it is acceptable to change the instructions of a temporary support product and not tell anyone of the changes including the retailer’s and hire associations?
15: A Strongboy is designed to reduce masonry damage and to reduce the number of Acrow props from the work area, can you confirm that using a Strongboy is suitable and safe to reduce internal 1st floor wall damage on small and larger openings?
16: Can you confirm that the clever marketing of a product with a brand name that implies strength but physically reduces the safe working load of an Acrow prop by 90% with no warning and is sold without guidance and is overloaded with the same amount of ease as the manufacturer says it is to use, has not contributed to the number of accidents and near misses.
17: Can you confirm that when an Acrow prop is fitted with a Strongboy and is either overloaded, over tightened or removed away from the wall the task becomes dangerous as the safe working load is unknown?
18: Can you confirm that using a variety of temporary support equipment most suitable for a task is far safer than only using Strongboy’s for every task.
19: Can you confirm that it is in a builder’s best interest for a so called competent retailer or hire shop to sell Strongboy’s with no written guidance when a variety of temporary support equipment should be used and when the H.S.E are “trying” to change the mind-set of the typical builder.
20: Can you confirm that the H.S.E have not endorsed the Strongboy by allowing misleading and insufficient guidance for over twenty five years.
21, Can you confirm that the structural engineers that specify Strongboy’s when they are not most suitable has not caused the mind-set of the typical smaller builder and retailer? And can you also confirm that structural engineers and the H.S.E have not helped dangerously ease a difficult task by allowing insufficient guidance and instructions of the Strongboy?
We recently asked the institute of structural engineers:
“How is it possible for a structural engineer to design a task safely with Strongboy’s when the safe working load varies from 340kg down to 0kg and depends on the size of the Acrow prop used,which pin-hole height is used, how tight the Acrow prop is fitted, how plumb and how far the Acrow prop is fitted away from the centre of the wall”?
“The Health and Safety Panel has discussed in great detail, and over many e-mails, the comments that you have raised. The Panel has taken the time to discuss the situation and the position of the Institution. With that the Panel thanks you for your query.
As a learned society the Institution exists to promote the art and science of structural engineering and does not comment on the efficacy of proprietary products”
Our response to the above reply!
To whom it concerns, When a builder knows eccentrically propping over 215mm from the centre of the propped wall to the central axis of an Acrow prop is extremely dangerous they will use with the correct caution and the further equipment required.
Any fool can design a work area and use prop attachments without knowing the weight of the load and unknowingly overload by over extending from the wall to gain further access, but to tackle a task safely requires further preparation.
Not commenting on the efficacy of a Strongboy is why collapse is such a reoccurring theme on site. Endorsing and Promoting by designing temporary works with the Strongboy without correct guidance is far from an art form, only dangerous and so nineteen eighties.
A qualified structural engineer didn’t attend university to design inferior temporary support works so why have you made it acceptable to prop the rear of a property on a number of 5mm mild steel bendable tongues that sit eccentrically upon a misused Acrow prop and when the obvious accident occurs it’s only the builder that’s at fault?
The whole idea of a Strongboy was to reduce the number of Acrow props from the work area on smaller openings when suitable, and in itself, is where all the problems of overloading begin.
Every task of masonry alterations is totally different and further fitting space is so often required than what Strongboys can safely offer which I believe is the legal duty of the paid structural engineer to ensure if he recommends their use for a particular task. If more Acrow props are required than 900mm centre’s it should make the Strongboy obsolete as too many are required to handle safely and the correct method of props and needles should be used no matter what the cost as safety is so often compromised to save time and costs on too many occasions.
We live in a society of health & safety and warnings on products which require them, I now know (as I come across this on a daily basis) when temporary support equipment is sold without any guidance the user assumes guidance isn’t required.
How will builders or first time users be aware that the guidance of a qualified structural engineer is recommended if no warning of this is in place? It’s in the interest of every member of the institute of structural engineers that warnings and correct guidance for all temporary support equipment is in place when sold or hired for an extra increase in their workload.
A prop attachment can be dangerously overloaded with the same amount of ease as their manufacturer’s say it is to use especially when sold or hired without any warnings or guidance, we created the Brick Brace safety tool to increase safety awareness and to reduce the risk of overloading and we provide instructions of correct use and guidance with every purchase.
The fully tested Brick Brace safety tool reduces loads by re-instating a load-point when lost due to windows above and supports masonry in-between props when props and attachments are suitable or when using the correct method of props and needles.
The Brick Brace safety system also supports all 91 bricks within the triangle of brickwork within a stretcher bond above a 3150mm opening (approx 14 brick lengths), at any height with no dangerously overloaded props and attachments required and because we provide full instructions of correct use only competent builders that can read and follow instructions use our system. Please read our E-Bay feedback for proof our system is making a difference to the builders that are capable of adapting and completing a task safely.
Due to a severe lack of assistance and wording from the H.S.E it has become widely acceptable to prop dangerously and with further assistance from structural engineers as they do not supply adequate written guidance when designing the work place.
It is in the more than capable hands of both parties to take full responsibility and to address these issues. I am not the enemy! I am someone that looks at a problem from a different angle, you need my knowledge and different view for progress and I offer my assistance for free to give an unbiased opinion.
Where you do not take me up on my offer or do not reply and keep me informed of any progress, my options become limited and I believe I have a case and if forced I will seek compensation for the loss of earnings due to the negligence of the H.S.E and the inability of the learned ISTRUCT to adapt to progress through a court of law as the H.S.E and yourselves have falsely eased a dangerous task by not enforcing or providing correct guidance and obviously refuse to admit any fault.
For the next generation of builder to be taught safely and correctly it is the duty of every structural engineer and tradesman to ensure the temporary support equipment they specify or use provides sufficient fitting work space without overstretching and dangerously overloading itself.
We do not endorse the misuse of any temporary support equipment but anyone that continues to overload Strongboy’s through over extending them away from the wall to gain further fitting space we highly recommend bracing the masonry beforehand to reduce the risk of minor and major collapse.