Should I put a board behind when putting a nail in?
When ever pounding a nail into plywood, you always put a board behind the wood in order to minimize chipping.
Do forms have to be filled up to the top when placing concrete?
No, #4 finish nails are driven into the inside of the form at the desired grade, with about 3/4" sticking out, usually about 4' apart. A chalk line is then snapped inside the forms at the desired grade. Conrete is then floated off up to the chalk line.
What size do wall ties come in?
4" is the shortest, 144" is the longest.
Can I do a tapered or battered wall with my Advance forms?
Yes. You will need to order special length ties to produce a tapered or battered wall.
Can forms do circles or radius work?
Yes, there are different techniques depending on wall thickness and radius. Contact us for additional information and how to properly accomplish this type of pour.
How do forms handle cold weather?
1 1/8" plywood is a good insulator. Placement of concrete is possible at 0 degrees. Exposed concrete on top must be covered with insulated blankets, and inside corner must be insulated.
How are forms transported?
Flatbed truck or trailer, or boom truck with form cages.
How often are forms braced?
Approximately every 8' to 10', using the Advance turnbuckle braces.
What is used to straighten the top of the wall?
On forms with top bar 16" or 20" down, a top waler is installed every 4' to 6'.
On forms with top bar 8" down, a wells-allen bracket on top bar works the best.
In all cases, brackets are installed on the outside of the forms.
Do forms require a waler on every bar?
No, the backing bars act as walers to keep forms straight horizontally.
Is it necessary to nail 2x4's to secure bottom of forms when setting up?
No, the forms are set right on the footing. The face of forms are set on the building (chalk) line. The slots in the locking lever will allow the forms to "float" up or down every 2' and remain plumb. The weight of the forms keeps them in position.
Can forms be laid on their side?
Yes, for curb height walls, form clips may be used top and bottom. Forms can also be laid horizontally on top of other forms with the use of off-set clips or snap-i-ties and wedges with form clips on top. Additional, Advance offers stacking clips for 1-1/8" to 1-1/8" if you are laying down a form or 1-1/8" to 1-5/8" if you are adding dimensional lumber on top of your form.
Do forms have to be oiled before concrete placement?
Yes, we recommend the forms be oiled before each pour. We offer form releases specifically designed to work with our forms and the specifications of your jobs.
Do forms require cleaning after each use?
Not generally. After forms are stripped you scrape off any loose concrete above pour line and knock concrete out of the holes by tapping the back of steel bars.
How many uses can I expect?
You should get around 200 pours depending on care and how they're handled, oiled, cleaned, transported, etc.
How much do forms weigh?
Between 4.5 to 5.1 lbs. per sq. ft. depending on bar configuration.
What are the forms made of?
Advance forms are made with 1-1/8" 120 / 120 HDO (High Density Overlay) plywood. 120/120 plywood is comprised of 2 sheets of HDO and 1 sheet of MDO to add to the life of the panels.
Can my Advance forms be gang formed?
No, this is a hand set system.
Why choose Advance concrete form over other systems?
Advance forms are chosen for reduced labor costs, easy of use, low iniatial investment, dependable product and reliability.
Can I vibrate Advance Concrete forms?
Vibrating should be kept to a minimum as bowing between bars may occur during excessive vibrating.
What is the recommended rate of pour?
It depends on the wall thickness and height of the pour. Typically for a wall 8" thick and 8' high the recommended rate of pour is 4' per hour at an air temperature of 65 degrees.
What height and width is available?
Form sizes are in 1" increments from 4" to 24" wide . Heights vary between 2' and 10'.
Can I do commercial work with the Advance concrete forming system?
Yes, Advance forms largest growth of use has been in light commercial and industrial work. Engineers have found the system to handle most jobs.
Do my footings need to be perfectly level to use the Advance Concrete forming system?
Does temperature restrict the use of the Advance concrete forming system?
At what interval do I need to brace my wall?
How high can I stack my forms?
What is double tieing and when would you use it?
How easy is it to convert from another concrete forming system to the Advance system?
What type of chemical form release should I use?
What is the cost per square foot of using this forming system?
How many pours will my forms last for?
What is the working load and the maximum load of an Advance concrete forming tie?
In what application would I use a cone tie?
What is HDO plywood?
It is 11 plys of douglas fir veneer bonded together to be 1-1/8" thick. Our plywood has a High Density Overlay called "120/120" for the weight of the paper on each side. Each side is comprised of one sheet of 60 pound MDO paper and two sheets of 30 pound each HDO paper.