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Brick Brace review

By Lateral solutions group ltd

Having been a builder now for over 30 years, I could be justifiably accused of being stuck in my ways in certain aspects of the building trade, one of those areas are removing sections of load bearing walls and creating new window and door openings tools required, Props, Needles & Strong boys . . . . . Not anymore!

 

After reading an article regarding safe working loads when using Acrow props, in a nut shell the load calculations are as follows :-

 

An Acrow prop, max S.W.L is 3,400Kg

 

Two Acrow props & a needle method this is then reduced to max S.W.L 1,700kg

 

An Acrow fitted with a prop attachment ( Strongboy) this is then reduced to max S.W.L 340Kg

 

So with a little research on the best kept secret in the building trade . . .

 

Brick Brace steps into the ring!

 

I’ve used this product now for nearly 1 year, first of all, it’s like carrying around 12 Acrows,5 Needles & two Strongboys in a small tool box, Great start!

 

Secondly, does it work & How?

The answer to the first question is an easy yes it does!

The answer to the second question, without sounding like a salesman for this product is as follows:-

 

A single brace that fits in your hand can support an opening of up to 1575mm opening supporting the full triangle of Cement, mortar & masonry above.

With the full kit, as mentioned carried in a small toolbox capable of supporting an opening of up to 4500mm with the use of only 1 prop to the middle! No Acrow hindering access for the installation of steels, no repairing brickwork above where to needles were! Window opening above ground floor. . A breeze!

 

Finally in my opinion . . . IT’S A KNOCK OUT!! Brick brace  wins, hands down!

 

I have now vowed as a builder to stop living in the dark ages and start moving forward with new equipment and new methods of construction.

 

C.R.O.S.S.

Confidential Reporting On Structural Safety.

When carrying out temporary needling and propping one of the most important aspects is to ensure that the props are concentrically loaded and plumb.

The use of a steel bracket on top of the prop giving a minimum eccentricity of 200 mm would not seem to be such a good idea?

Interestingly such a product does exist and has proved very popular with builders who see it an advantage to prop only one side of a wall.

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The prop is sold and hired from builders’ merchants with minimal safety instructions and is potentially unsafe due to bending moments being introduced by this product into Acrow props designed for axial compression only. Any device that modifies the behaviour of props by introducing bending moments is potentially hazardous.

Another reporter has come across these in use and in his view they must only be used in the case of limited openings where the masonry can arch over leaving only a small triangle of masonry below the arching that can potentially break away.

All in all these are for light use only and never for heavy shoring. The reporter thinks that the manufacturers, and possibly the hire companies, would be negligent if they did not provide some guidance on the use of such props.

Another reporter has frequently seen builders using props with cantilevering head-plates which cause the supporting props to bend. Some years ago he photographed a set of such props which had very noticeable curvatures. The wall above had dropped in consequence causing damage to the building and resulting in a substantial claim against the builder. The reporter generally advises builders not to use such head-plates.