Pro Builder Magazines Product of The Year 2015
We created the Brick Brace Safety Tool to provide the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to manage health and safety during alterations. We provide written guidance and instructions with every purchase and also provide over 30,000 words of free, honest and unbiased guidance.
Where collapse is caused by the builder in error due to an unstable structure, it is unintentional, which is more than can be said about the H.S.E and Istructe, as both have deceived the tongued prop attachment user with intent to hide the dangers and also endorsed overloading Acrow props and tongued prop attachments for over thirty years due to not providing the correct factor of safety and working load limit.
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BRICK BRACE BENEFITS
Simple to adapt to
Improves Masonry Alterations knowledge
Providing further temporary support options
Keyhole surgery for face brickwork
Full access to the task
Ensures future generations are taught safely & correctly
Use at any height, high or low
Stabilises lime & weak mortar masonry to prevent collapse
No Lost or falling masonry
The only temporary support equipment fully tested in multiples on brickwork
Supports all of the masonry, even in lime mortars
Guaranteed superior finish to a task
Versatile & Lightweight
No voids/traps in scaffolds
Also use when propping for total control of a task
On-site demonstrations available
Instructions & help-line provided with every order
Increases the variable & unknown S.W.L of bendable tongued prop attachments
Protection against minor collapse in-between props
Re-instates a load point to safely reduce the weight of the load
Allows a prop to be manoeuvred safely during a task
Safely minimising the number of props required
Pays for itself within two applications
Minimal Repair time
Easy To Store/ Fits in a tool bag
Reduced carbon footprint
Designed & Manufactured with British steel in Great Britain
Superior results and time saved
To prevent collapse the force required is estimated as 700N, for a safety factor of x3 the force required in the safety tool is 2.1kN. A 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 were reasonable.
SAFER MASONRY ALTERATIONS GUARANTEED!
We created the Brick Brace to counter act all of the hidden problems of propping the working side of the exterior wall and to make masonry alterations more controllable, safer and easier during the task.
The fully tested Brick Brace safety tool is inserted into a drilled out mortar perpendicular joint and tightened with a 19mm ratchet spanner, increasing the unknown & variable 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.
You require a hammer drill with a 10mm masonry drill bit to remove the mortar from the perp/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.
Fit a permanent support within existing masonry at any height with the correct fitting/work access. Replace lintels, fit new cavity trays & D.P.C’s with ease. Re-instate a load-point to reduce the weight of the load. An under-pinning aid. Strengthen/stabilise lime mortar masonry and aids all remedial works, brickwork renovations & repairs.
We Are Here To Help You Adapt!
For unbiased advice regarding any masonry alterations task contact us;
Tel; 01895 546405
Call Anthony On; 07545 462463
To help us help you, please read our 2022 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.
ONCE USED, ALWAYS USED!
The stability & lateral strength of masonry during alterations is unpredictable and varies upon every task of which depends upon the length of the opening, the mortar mix, the quality & the age of the masonry.
All existing propping methods rely on the unknown stability & lateral strength of the masonry to work safely which is why the Brick Brace should also be used to prevent minor & major collapse.
The Brick Brace Safety System safely supports masonry upon openings up to 3,150mm (14 Brick Lengths) without any impeding Acrow props at any height high or low
Openings up to 5,400mm with full fitting access when using a 6 metre aluminium scaffold beam over the opening.
Also use above openings when propping or needling to reduce the weight of the load and prevent collapse from overloading & safely minimise the number of Acrow props within the fitting area, to hold the brickwork in-between props and support the masonry as one whole piece rather than individual bricks as in the case of only using existing propping equipment.
Full Access & Safer and Superior Masonry Alterations.
RECENT 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 it’s the only general construction based procedure 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!
The more methods known, the safer and easier the different tasks of supporting masonry become.
Temporary support equipment options in alphabetical order; Acrow props, Brick Brace, Needles, Prop-Wise and Strongboy’s?
Using a variety of temporary masonry support equipment allows safer options, reduces repair time and supports all of the masonry in between props and also improves the unknown variable safe working load of the existing propping methods;
Brick Brace with Acrow props, Brick Brace with Needles, Brick Brace with Prop-Wise or Brick Brace with Strongboy’s and depends on the task at hand of which variety is most suitable.
Safety tools are fitted 3 bricks apart in a cement mortar mix, a maximum of 2.5 bricks apart within a lime mortar mix and in every perpendicular joint within block work.
To fit a single safety tool you require the use of 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 Brick Brace. The Brick Brace safety system requires a 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.
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Designed for the head plate of the Acrow prop to take the load and not the side of the inner tube.
Designed with a flat head to ease internal use at ceiling height and to fit neatly into a tool bag.
The safest method of propping 4″ to 6″masonry.
Using fewer Acrow props due to reduced eccentricity which also gives a superior safe working load.
Maximum safe working load 500kg, supplied with full instructions and Acrow prop guidance and is by far the safest tongued prop attachment on the market.
The Brick Brace Safety Tool, the Prop-Wise masonry support, our guidance, weight charts and proven strategies safely ease a difficult task and address all the main causes of collapse during masonry alterations.
To please a client, an architect has the artistic freedom to design & draw any new opening size they wish within existing masonry with a few lines and a rubber and with no care of how the most difficult and dangerous task within the construction industry is carried out in real life.
A structural engineer can provide the method of using the out of date tongued prop attachment which may save time by cutting corners but also compromises the builder’s safety as the method doesn’t allow the correct fitting access without dangerously overloading the structure above.
Upon this assumed, generic and out of date calculation, the builder purchase/hire Strongboy’s of which are supplied with zero guidance by a vast majority of retailers with limited masonry alterations knowledge, and when the obvious accidents of overloading continue to re-occur, only the builder is at fault and fined or worse case scenario imprisoned for corporate manslaughter where collapse causes a fatality.
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 of 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.