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Tilt-Up Basics: Concrete

Concrete placement for Tilt-Up panels is very similar to that of regular floor slabs.

Before placing concrete for Tilt-Up panels, clean the base slab. Use compressed air to blow away dirt, leaves, and other loose debris. Also, remove any standing water on the slab.

Concrete placement methods for Tilt-Up panels are the same as those for floor slabs. Since the panels are structural members, make sure the concrete mix meets specifications. Direct chute placement is the most economical method, but pumping and bucket placement also work. Consolidate the concrete to ensure good flow around the reinforcing steel. A trowel finish is suitable for most projects.

As with other types of concrete construction, plan for the unexpected. If the weather will be cold, have insulation blankets ready. If it looks like rain, delay the pour or have a suitable covering material available. Provisions should be made to block off a pour if a concrete truck breaks down or gets stuck in traffic. On hot or windy days, be prepared to cure the panels by water misting or by applying a suitable curing compound.

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) was founded in 1986 to improve the quality and acceptance of site cast Tilt-Up construction, a construction method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment.

About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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