What Is Brick Brace?

The Non Intrusive Brick Brace Safety Tool Is The Missing Link To Safer & Easier Masonry Alterations!

LIGHT YEARS AHEAD!

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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, further equipment should also be used which is why we created the Brick Brace Safety Tool and Safety System for safer options during the different tasks of supporting masonry.

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!

APPLICATIONS

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 that requires support. An under-pinning aid. Strengthen/stabilise lime mortar masonry and aids all remedial works, brickwork renovations & repairs.

The main cause of collapse during masonry alterations is through 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.

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


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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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Book A Brick Brace Demonstration On your Own project

From only £500.00

Includes ½ day training & Brick Brace Full Set

For Bookings or Further Information

Call Anthony on; office 01895 546405

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mobile;07545 462463

Back in 2013 the H.S.E website stated that the main cause of collapse during masonry alterations was from overloading equipment due to the lack of awareness of the equipment capacity and underestimating the weight of the load.

 Through our own professional research, the causes of collapse during alterations is also due to the following;

1, The user making assumptions of correct use due to not understanding the misleading Strongboy instructions or verbally misinformed of how to use the equipment safely.

2, Unknowingly decreasing the safe working load when removing a Strongboy away from the wall to avoid internal wall damage and/or to gain further fitting work space as no warning of this is in place.

3, A Strongboy being recommended and permitted by structural engineers even when the device is not most suitable for that particular task and when not giving the correct fitting work access without dangerously overloading itself.

4, No written guidance for Acrow props, Strongboy’s or Genie lifts are provided by the retailers to falsely ease a dangerous task to gain more sales.

5, The user making assumptions of correct use due to no warnings or guidance being provided at the point of sale.

6, No correct procedures of using a Strongboy are in place for the many different tasks of supporting 4″, 9″& 13″ walls or for the different sized cavity walls and due to a severe lack of guidance from the H.S.E.

7, Using Strongboy’s upon larger openings when the props and needles method is far safer and more suitable as they offer the correct fitting work access with fewer impeding Acrow props without dangerously overloading or without having the need to remove the opening to the full depth before a permanent support is in the final position.

8, Compromising safety to save time and to reduce costs by using inferior S.W.L equipment and propping dangerously from only one side to avoid internal wall damage upon finished 1st floor rooms.

9, Not knowing how to safely plan a task and then taking unnecessary risks due to not using the most suitable equipment for the task.

10, Insufficient testing and research of the Strongboy and of similar designed products. 

11, Rushing  a task through not pricing correctly.

12, Not seeking expert temporary support advice when in doubt.

13, Misleading instructions and no drawings of correct use are provided and no Acrow prop guidance supplied at the point of sale or hire.

14, the H.S.E allowing misleading instructions for over twenty five years and allowing a product to be sold without any warnings or guidance to financially gain from the fines.

15, The market monopoly of a product with a brand name that implies strength but reduces the safe working load of an Acrow prop by at least 90%  without warning or testing upon the different sized Acrow props and is overloaded with the same amount of ease as the manufacturer’s say it is to use.

16, A product that is designed to deceive and to be misused and also increases the risk of overloading due to the long bendable tongue that easily exceeds the maximum 215mm eccentricity without any warning.

17, The Strongboy manufacturer making false claims and devaluing the correct method of props and needles for over thirty years.

18, Misleading old instructions of use and misleading new instructions that have increased the maximum eccentricities by over 50% without further testing or any explanation.

19, The lack of awareness that every task is totally different and also not knowing a variety of temporary support equipment is required to tackle every different task safely and correctly.

20, Not knowing that eccentrically propping is dangerous and not using the fully tested Brick Brace safety tool to maximise the unknown variable safe working load of all the existing propping methods to reduce the risk of minor and major collapse when propping.

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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!