Columns are integral parts of a building since they offer structural support. Columns need to be strong to last for years without requiring major maintenance. Formatubes can be used to achieve long-lasting columns. Formatubes refer to cardboard tubes of different diameters that are used to erect columns. Builders use formatubes to pour concrete columns either below or above ground. Apart from pouring concrete, formatubes prevent soil collapse during in-ground digging. Read on to find out more about the use of formatubes in residential construction.
Ease of Installation
Formatubes are manufactured with ease of installation in mind. You don't need to reinforce such tubes before pouring concrete. Remember that reinforcement of column bracing takes days or even weeks depending on the magnitude of a construction project. For instance, wooden supports should be reinforced using wires and nails. The ease of installation of formatubes translates to a shorter timeframe for project completion. Also, using formatubes reduces labour costs since you don't need a big team to install such tubes compared to wooden bracing.
Formatubes come in different sizes depending on the column size you intend to make. When looking for formatubes, consider the diameter/circumference and height requirements of your columns. Confirm the measurements beforehand do avoid ordering the wrong size of formatubes.
Moisture is not the best friend of concrete columns. For example, water can quickly degrade concrete columns to the point of reaching the inner steel bars. When water seeps into concrete columns during the curing process, it can cause all kinds of imperfections, such as cracking and blistering. However, formatubes have a water-resistant plastic coating, which prevents water from penetrating the columns, especially during the curing process. Therefore, formatubes lead to stronger and durable columns. In general, the integrity of the structure is improved when you use formatubes.
Different techniques for bracing columns are known to damage the concrete during release. For instance, disassembling wood bracing from wet concrete columns tends to leave spiral marks that diminish the aesthetics value of a concrete surface. Besides, such type of bracing can chip off parts of concrete if not done properly. However, the plastic lining inside formatubes enables the quick release from wet columns. Moreover, the inside of formatubes contains an oil lining that prevents the sticking of wet concrete to the formatubes. Consequently, the functionality and aesthetics of concrete columns are enhanced. Formatubes also leave a smooth finish on a concrete surface, which can be painted without requiring any procedure to smoothen or sand down the surface.Share
18 August 2020
Greetings to all who come here. My name is Brad Hansen and I am an accountant who happens to know an awful lot about wells. My church began charity work in Cambodia over a decade ago and it has installed dozens of wells in villages across the country. Before I started helping in Cambodia, I had no idea about different types of water pumps. Over the years, I have learnt that different pumps are needed depending on terrain and usage. Of course, making sure that pumps are cost effective and easily maintained is important for charity projects. These days, I use my accountancy skills to purchase water pumps and other equipment at the best possible prices. Initially, I honed my understandings through research and talking to experts, so I feel that I have some knowledge to share. I hope readers of this blog find it helpful. Peace to you all.