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Method of Erecting

The method of erecting the formwork will depend on the type of formwork being used. If the
formwork is one of the patent system types then it should be erected to the manufacturers
specification, But if of timber it should be erected with care.
It should be remembered that formwork is uneconomical if it is only used for one pour. For this
reason the formwork should be used to its best capacity and all beams and members should be
erected to carry its load with the least amount of damage to the formwork. All surfaces which
will come in contact with the concrete should be oiled with a release agent, e.g. mould oil, to
prevent the concrete from sticking to the shuttering. One of the most important points to
remember when erecting formwork is NOT to drive the nails home on the structural members.
This also applies to all types of moulds, e.g. column boxes, cill boxes, lintol boxes, etc.
Erection Procedure
1) The scaffold should be erected in continuous sequence starting from the corner of the
structure or the highest ground level point. The ground must be compacted first.

Four base jacks are adjusted to the same height.







2) A standard is placed onto each of the first two adjustable jacks. While one person holds
the two standards, the other person fits the required ledger to the standards.




3) Hold standards upright to allow additional ledgers to be fitted first at 90 to the standard.
Connect next row of standards and jacks to complete the first row which must be
properly aligned, plumbed and squared.


4) Additional bays can now be added by means of standards and ledgers.