What Is Brick Brace?

For Safer Access & Superior Results During Masonry Alterations!

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 It’s not possible for a Strongboy or any similar designed product to give the correct fitting work access for every task without dangerously overloading itself, which is why we created the non intrusive Brick Brace Safety Tool and Safety System.

The award winning Brick Brace safety system is a versatile temporary masonry support lintel that pre-stresses the masonry above a proposed opening to allow full access upon all sized openings up to 3,150mm (14 Brick Lengths) without any impeding Acrow props or Strongboy’s, at any height, high or low and also enhances all the traditional propping methods to safely reduce the number of props required and prevents minor collapse in between props especially when working in lime mortar masonry.

 

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Now in our sixth year of business, with thousands of Brick Brace safety tools being sold and used worldwide every year!

The main cause of collapse during masonry alterations is from overloading equipment due to underestimating the weight of the load and over extending Strongboy’s from the wall to avoid internal 1st floor wall damage upon finished rooms and/or to gain more fitting work space and also a severe lack of awareness that every task is totally different and that a variety of temporary support equipment is required to tackle the different tasks safely and correctly.

The Brick Brace Safety Tool, our guidance, correct procedures, weight charts and proven strategies address all the main causes of minor and major collapse during alterations.

The Brick Brace increases the unknown variable strength of masonry to 40Nm which through testing is proven to be strong and stable enough to prevent minor & major collapse during alterations.

APPLICATIONS

Fit a permanent support within existing masonry at any height with ease and with the correct fitting/work access. Replace lintels, fit new cavity trays & D.P.C’s. Re-instates a load-point to reduce the weight of the load that requires support.Under-pinning aid. Strengthens/stabilises lime mortar masonry and aids all remedial works, brickwork renovations & repairs.

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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.

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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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The Brick Brace safety system is used to support the masonry above any sized opening up to 3,150mm without any props within the work area and also used when propping to safely reduce the number of impeding props and to offer further fitting space. The fully tested Brick Brace safety tool pre-stresses the masonry for lateral stability and safely offers further fitting work access during masonry alterations, reducing the risk of minor and major collapse & saving time on repairs for a superior finish without compromising safety.

Sets Available

Trial Set £80.00

Support all of the masonry for safer and clearer access for any sized Openings up to 2,250mm within a cement mortar masonry & up to 1,800mm within a lime mortar masonry. 

 Half set £150.00 

Every sized Opening up to 3,150 mm (14 brick lengths) at any height, high or low, with full access to the task.


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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 scaffold tube.  

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Use as a safety belt above openings when propping or needling to hold the brickwork in-between props and to support the masonry as one whole piece rather than as individual bricks when only propping.

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Includes ½ day training & Brick Brace Full Set

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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.

 Full guidance is provided with every order and is also available to read or print from our Instructions/download page.

What is a Load-Point?

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 therefore the only masonry that requires support.

This small triangle of masonry is what Strongboy’s were designed to support when fitted 900mm apart.

Upon larger openings when any of the 3 points of the triangle do not remain, this law changes and the weight of the whole storey height will rest back over the length of the opening (including roof loads when they apply) due to the masonry above not having the correct arching effect.

On a typical two storey residential property this can weigh up to 10 times more than the smaller triangle which is why even correctly fitted Strongboy’s are so easily overloaded upon openings with no load-point intact.

A Strongboy relies on the lateral strength of the masonry to work safely which is why the Brick Brace should be used when possible especially within weak or lime mortars.

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The Brick Brace safety system is used with nothing to obstruct the fitting of a permanent support upon openings up to 3,150mm, 14 brick lengths, supporting all 91 bricks (Stretcher bond) within the triangle of masonry above the opening.

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 scaffold tube. 

 

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Openings up to 5,400mm with no props within the fitting side when using an aluminium scaffold beam, please visit our instruction/download page for full guidance. 

A variety of different hammers, screwdrivers, saws and trowels are used to ease different tasks so why not use a variety of temporary support equipment most suitable for the task?

Temporary support equipment options in alphabetical order, Brick Brace, Needles, Prop-Wise and Strongboy’s?

A Variation of mixed options for a far safer fitting work space.

Brick Brace with Prop-Wise, Brick Brace with Needles or even Brick Brace with Strongboy’s, depending on the task at hand of which variety is most suitable. The more methods used the more fitting work space is provided and the safer and easier the different tasks of masonry alterations become.

  PROP-WISE

LIMITED EDITION

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 fits neatly into a tool bag.

The safest and method of supporting 4″ to 6″masonry and when supporting the internal side of a cavity wall. Using fewer Acrow props due to less eccentricity which gives a superior safe working load.

Maximum safe working load 500kg, supplied with full instructions and Acrow prop guidance and is by far the smartest and the safest tongued prop attachment on the market.

Prop-Wise x 4 – Click Here To View Product

Only £99.00

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 minor and major collapse during masonry alterations.

Brick Brace review

By Lateral Solutions Group Ltd

(April 2016)

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.

 KEEP IT SAFE!