When workers work at heights, they need props and supports for shoring and ease of access. Otherwise, they do not have the stability to work up high. That is why you need to review the various props that are used for this purpose. Knowing the vernacular can assist you as a construction manager or a scaffolding assembler.
Prop Types and Accessories
Acrow props are also known as telescopic pros, shore props, formwork props, adjustable props, and builder’s props. All represent support for scaffolding and are tools are well recognised by height safety experts. If you need these types of props, you will find that they are usually made of galvanised steel and that they meet Australian standards for quality.
Tripod stands are also featured as prop accessories. To give you an idea of the offerings, one type of prop, a shore prop, is a telescopic steel tube piece that is made for temporary support. The prop is also called an acro jack or acro prop.
The aforementioned supports are used primarily for shoring and they supply temporary support during a construction repair or modification for overhead structures during a building project. One of the typical uses of the props is to support a vertical beam whilst other supports are restored or removed. A strongboy is an accessory that is employed when brickwork or masonry needs support. The strongboy is placed into the bed joints for this purpose. Afterwards, a proper support is positioned into place.
Do You Need to Support a Doorway?
A current doorway or window may be supported by using a strongboy as well. The top plates and base of an acro prop may be used for supporting vertical loads. However, you have to be careful about toppling if any sideways force is exerted. In this instance, the props should be braced with scaffolding tubes.
While the original use of an Acrow prop was for vertical supports, the range for the equipment has since expanded. Shoring props of the push-and-pull variety, designed with swivelling footplates, are used to support formworks made of concrete. Also, trench struts are designed for shoring trenchwork that is horizontal in configuration. These kinds of supports feature a “claw” to the baseplate.
Consult with a Professional
When you are ordering props for shoring or similar activities, you need to divide the weight that will be held by the kN capacity of each prop. The answer will indicate the number of props needed for support. By adding bracing, you can increase what the propping can hold overall. When making a decision for props, always ask an expert in the field for advice. As this type of buying decision is important, you want to make sure that you are well covered in this respect.
Review the propping service offered by the company that provides your height safety needs. Make sure that you use a business that features telescopic props that can handle heavier loads and recommend a quality scaffold. Ask what brands the company features and review the standard configurations for the permissible loadings. Doing so will give you the information you need to communicate and make a more informed buying decision.