Pile Caps and Grade Beams


Advantages over wood or modular forms:

  1. Forms Easily: Stay-form easily forms into multiple configurations to accommodate curves, angles and unusual shapes. To make corner bends, ribs are notched to a 90-degree angle by making two 45-degree cuts, leaving the mesh between the ribs intact. By bending the remaining mesh to the desired angle or radius, a perfectly formed corner or shape is created. Tie wire is utilized to hold the corner shape at the appropriate angle. Curves form easily in a direction parallel to the ribs. A full circle tube can be formed with Stay-form. Such a wide variety of form shapes are possible that it is impossible to describe all the flexibility this product offers. Many more shapes are attainable using Stay-form than by using other materials such as wood, steel or plastic. Multiple sections of Stay-form can be joined end to end with a 3-inch to 4-inch lap. End laps should always be braced with a support. To accomplish a side lap, overlap one or two ribs.

  2. Supporting Stay-form is Easy: Utilizing the load tables, the contractor can easily plan for support spacing using readily available materials. This table also provides information on pour rates and pressures at various spacings.

  3. Excellent Support for Both Concrete and Soil: In this application Stay-formís greatest attribute is its ability to support both the soil before the pour and the concrete during the pour. This allows the contractor to backfill the forms prior to the concrete pour if desired, but this step is not required.

  4. Cuts to Size Easily: Stay-form is packaged in five sheet bundles that are wire tied together. Single or multiple lengths or pieces can be cut utilizing a circular saw with an abrasive metal cutting blade. Tin snips or metal shears are used to notch small areas or ribs. Stay-form is manufactured from high strength steel and can be formed into a variety of shapes performing well in tight curves and bends.

  5. Easily Penetrated: Stay-form can easily be snipped (sheared) or punched to accommodate penetrations such as rebars, conduit, pipes, or dowels. Often a sharpened length of rebar is employed for this procedure.

  6. No Stripping Required: Stay-form is a stay-in-place concrete form that requires no stripping. This means that you can leave the pry bar in the truck. Nothing is more labor intensive than prying plywood out of tight corners after a concrete pour. Stay-form provides not only a labor savings in stripping cost, but also saves time and money that would be spent cleaning, oiling, moving and storing the plywood forms. The cost of form release agents is also saved.

  7. Concrete Placement and Consolidation is Aided by Stay-form: Stay-form stays-in-place and is never stripped, allowing the contractor to pour concrete today and move on to other concrete operations tomorrow. Since visual inspection of the pour is possible with Stay-form the contractor can feel a greater degree of confidence that no voids exist in the pour, avoiding over vibration. With typical forms, voids are not visible till the forms are stripped. At this point correction is difficult and costly.

  8. Less Excavation is required: Stay-form does not require stripping therefore the amount of excavation and subsequent back filling required is greatly reduced. This saves excavation cost. Stay-form allows air to reach the back of the concrete sooner and promotes faster set up and curing, allowing back filling to take place sooner. This saves time and reduces equipment rental costs.

  9. Saves Time and Money: All of the above adds up to a savings of time and labor, which translates into financial savings on every project. The old adage rings true, "Time is money".

Customer Appreciation: We would appreciate knowing how our contractors use Stay-form. If you have used Stay-form in a unique or unusual concrete forming or shotcrete application please send us your photos, drawings, written descriptions or just phone us, so that we can share your application ideas in a future publication.

Stay-form will save you money on every project.

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