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milendorf

10:46AM | 04/26/04
Member Since: 04/21/04
4 lifetime posts
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When poured concrete foundation is done, forms ties are left protruding from inside and outside of foundation walls. How to snap those ties and what to use to patch the cavities left from them? Thanks.

homebild

10:17AM | 04/28/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Several sharp blows side to side from a hammer will cause the ties to snap off usually flush at the concrete level.

There is no need to fill in any 'cavities'.

Piffin

05:52PM | 04/28/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
While the brute hammer blows will work, that is hard on the person doing ot after a few hours.

There is a tool made for this. Without having the tool, there are two ways to similate.

Find an open end wrench that fits the tie at the break point snugly and use it to twist.

or

use a pair if vice grip pliers to lock on and twist.

Sometimes a small cavity is created depending on the quality of the concrete and when forms are stripped. On th einterior, this is cosmetic only and a patchjing mortar can be used to fill.

On th eoutside, it definitely needs attention. A small trowel should be used to dap on fibred roof cement at each tie location before rolling on the foundation coating to moisture proof the foundation wall.

Excellence is its own reward!


homebild

01:51PM | 05/02/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Piffin said:

"While the brute hammer blows will work, that is hard on the person doing ot after a few hours..."

My reply is that any removal of poured foundation clips I have ever experienced has never taken any more than a 1/2 hour on most foundations for homes 3000sf or less.

Cannot imagine finding it hard on a person to make two blows from a framing hammer for each clip for a total of about 15-30 minutes work.

Wondering....? :(

Piffin

07:32PM | 05/02/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
Maybe you be superman mon!

My last job - a crew of six who do this day in and day out came to strip the forms from one a wee bit bigger than that.

The six of them stripped and stacked all the forms to the gates and snapped the ties in six hours. Most of the tie snapping was done by the one guy on the bottom of their pecking order. After four hours of it, he was out of juice and could not do it with two whacks anymore. Th elast wo hours were an agony for him 'till I managed to get the rest of the crew into the hole.

It is darn hard work for anyone. The snap tool makes it easier , even if it is a bit slower. The original Q came from someone I suppose to be a DIY who may hurt them selves whacking away al day like that. Tired people at heavy labor adds up to injuries

Excellence is its own reward!


homebild

07:35PM | 05/03/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
"It is darn hard work for anyone".

Not in any of my experiences.

Snapping metal form ties with a framing hammer is a very light duty and very easy job.

Unless your ties are not MY ties I cannot even conceive of how your experience is true to fact and all that hard.

I mean no disrepect at all.

It just does not jive to my experience with PCC forms under any condition at any time.


Piffin

12:55PM | 05/06/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
Milendorf has a full selection of options now for methods to do it regardless of whether his/her forms and ties are the same.

Excellence is its own reward!


ljmason

06:01PM | 05/08/04
Member Since: 04/23/04
10 lifetime posts
Snapping off form ties is pretty easy. 45 minutes tops!

If someone took 6 hours they are milking the clock.

With respect,

Ljmason

ljmason

01:15PM | 05/09/04
Member Since: 04/23/04
10 lifetime posts
I have once seen this method used. Get a piece of steel pipe the proper diameter to fit over the foundation tie. Have the pipe cut to approximately 2 feet in length. Insert pipe over tie, then use the end of pipe as a lever and push/pull. This will snap off the ties and may be easier then the hammer method.

Piffin

05:19PM | 05/09/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
there are lots of methods easier than a hammer to keep you away from the doctor.

Excellence is its own reward!


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