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Tilt-Up Basics: Reinforcing

Panel reinforcing is the next step in the Tilt-Up process.

The steel grid for reinforcing Tilt-Up panels is typically tied in-place after the side forms are erected. Standard Grade 40 or 60 bars are used. The use of plastic support chairs instead of steel chairs is recommended to avoid rust on the panel face. If steel chairs must be used, use a type that is plastic-tipped.

Check to make sure the tips are in place just before the pour. If insulated panels are used or the pour is on a sand bed, use chairs with sand feet. The weight of the steel can force a standard chair foot into the sand or insulation.

Use the correct chair height to maintain the proper depth of the reinforcing.

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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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