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Cutting Length of Stirrups

By
Sourav Dutta
Manager-Civil

We generally designate stirrups by its external dimensions. For example, a 250mm x 300mm stirrup has the 250mm and 300mm dimensions in perpendicular directions as shown in Fig 1.

Now a stirrup has 2 bends, types of which are shown in Fig 1 and Fig 4. Guideline of minimum bend length is as per Cl.3.8 of BIS2502 (shown in Fig 3).
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Dampness of Wall And The Necessity Of Kerb Concrete In Sunken Areas

By
Er. Vaishnav C R Nair

Introduction
The slabs are made depressed in depth form the general floor level in wet area like toilets, balconies, wash area in kitchen etc. This is to ensure the wet and dry area separations in buildings. Even though the sunken slabs provided the toilet and balcony areas are found with a major quality problem of Dampness. This is due to the continues contact of water with building blocks. Here comes the importance of Kerb Construction.

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Different tests for rebar

By
Sourav Dutta
Manager-Civil

Brand embossing
On rebar pieces, different items are encrypted in the following manner:

Brand embossing

Here, X = Dia of rebar in mm, eg, 20
ABCD = Brand of rebar, eg, TATA TISCON / SAIL / JSPL etc
Y = Yield stress of rebar, eg, 500 indicates Fe500 with yield stress=500 Mpa
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Formwork : Critical points to take care during construction

By
Sourav Dutta
Manager-Civil

Design and construction:
The design and construction of formwork should take account of safety and of the surface finish required. The formwork should be sufficiently rigid and tight to prevent loss of grout or mortar from the fresh concrete, during its placing and construction.

Formwork and its supports should maintain their correct position and be to correct shape and profile so that the final concrete structure is within the limits of the dimensional tolerances specified. They should be designed to withstand the worst combination of self-weight, reinforcement weight, wet concrete weight, concrete pressure, and construction and wind loads, together with all incidental dynamic effects caused by placing, vibrating and compacting the concrete.

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Readybuild: Pre-fabricated rebars ready-to-fix at site leading to faster construction

By
Sourav Dutta
Manager-Civil

Common Hazards/issues normally countered at all construction sites:

Human error in rebar fabrication (manual).
Fig 1 Incorrect bend
Fig 1 : Incorrect bend

Compromise with safety and quality.

Fig 2 Safety and Quality issues upon using rebar cutter
Fig 2 : Safety and Quality issues upon using rebar cutter

Procurement schedule delays affecting site progress, and thereby delaying project completion.

Inventory management. Capital locked in inventory.
Fig 3 Lack of space at site affects storage procurement
Fig 3 : Lack of space at site affects storage/procurement

Rebar pilferage.
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