The EZ Beaver bracing system reduces the number of workers needed, while setting and stripping twice the foundations and additions. Stakes are driven into solid ground 6-in. back from the footings, which ensure more stability. The wide plate allows two adjoining forms to be set flush and secure, eliminating the need for toe nailing.
- BBS Prism, 480-560-8669, www.beaverbracing.com
Trussing and bracing save time
The Racker trussing and bracing system reduces time-consuming measurements and serves as top and bottom chord bracing, as well as permanent lateral bracing. The system is pre-notched for accurate spacing (24-in. or 16-in. on-center). This approach eliminates the need for measurements, spacer blocks, and other systems. It can be used on masonry, as well as wood-frame structures.
- Wizard Distribution Inc., 866-781-8033, www.wizarddistribution.com
Product used single-side or back-to-back
The Adjust-It bracing system is used for single-side or back-to-back arrangements to support the construction of masonry walls. In single-side applications, it can be used as a pipe brace, with above- or below-ground deadweights on CMU walls up to 27-ft high. The back-to-back setup uses a through-bolt that ensures the braces are opposite each other. Installation of the bracing systems requires two laborers
- Vanguard Manufacturing, 800-624-5000, www.adjustitbracing.com
Braces hold block walls
The Hog Leg bracing system works on all types of block and adjusts to any height wall. Requiring one- to two-person assembly, it fastens through the head joints so there's no need for block cutting or anchor bolts. The bracing system is lightweight, with the heaviest piece weighing 38 lb.
- EZ Grout Corp., 800-417-9272, www.ezgrout.com
Formwork straightens and plumbs
The Panel Jack bracing system allows users to straighten and plumb forms with just a twist of the telescope brace. With an extruded aluminum strongback, the system is lightweight, yet durable. Users can brace any height wall with easy-to-install extensions. The bracing system can be used for ICFs, as well as conventional forms.
- ReechCraft Inc., 888-600-6160, www.reechcraft.com
System braces below-grade walls
The Footlock system uses a rebar hook embedded in the footing to brace below-grade foundation walls in residential construction against the forces and pressures of backfilling. It can be used with block or poured concrete wall foundations. No tools are required for installation, no additional footings are needed for support, and the brace can be installed or removed by one person.
- Direct Steel of Minnesota Inc., 800-658-8429, www.footlock.com
Product matches jobsite requirements
The Brace-Rite system consists of several components, including a pipe brace assembly, strongbacks, struts, and earth augers. The components can be combined four different ways to hold up a wall, though other configurations also are possible to meet specific job conditions.
- Dur-O-Wal, a Dayton Superior Co., 800-323-0090, www.dur-o-wal.com