When new concrete needs to be installed, it means that at some point, you will need to figure out how to deal with concrete sawing. Here are some quick and easy tips for making that happen while keeping your workers safe.
Watch the Spacing
During the curing process, keep a close eye on the concrete that you are supposed to start sawing through once it is done. Water will begin to evaporate slowly. Unfortunately, the evaporation causes cracking and splitting in the face of the concrete, which is unsightly. By adding control joints, you can control the amount of cracking and space that affect how level and stable the concrete is. Sawing through unstable concrete is dangerous. Consider the thickness of the slab; this will determine where you can place the joints. Whatever the measurement of depth is in inches, multiply it by three to determine the spaces between the bones. However, if the concrete is going to be placed in expansive soil, you may have to play around with some of the math to find the best results.
Take Depth into Account
Next, you must account for depth. You might start wondering what this means. The joints need to be buried deep enough underground to make a difference. It’s time for more calculations. Whatever the size of the slab, determine what ¼ or ⅕ of that amount is. By doing this, you can decide where the joints should go to maximize their effects. More in-depth than a ¼, they won’t help, and if you go too deep, then you cancel out any positive results you may have already gained.
Account for Timing
The last thing to keep in mind is timing. Although this sounds strange when it comes to successful concrete schedule, it is much more important than you might think at first. When you should cut to make space for a joint comes down to a matter of experience. Inexperienced contractors are bound to make mistakes as they learn how to cut through concrete. The size of the concrete slab that needs sawing will affect the timing of the cuts. Temperature, humidity, and curing methods will also impact how often you can cut and how deep you can go. It depends on the time of year you are sawing, and the weather conditions in the area around your workspace.
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