Rebar 101

rebarRebar… what is it? What’s it used for? What’s the point and what benefits does it indicate? What does the word even mean? All solid questions and ones that our Restumping Melbourne customers should know the answers to. As a company, we don’t think that there’s much more important than properly educating out customers on the work that’s going to take place. This is your home, one of the most important (and frequently expensive) investments in your life. You should care about the quality of work that takes place and who is crossing your threshold. The Restumping Melbourne team is dedicated to reinforcing your foundation, so really, everything depends on a quality job. And one of the core, mechanical ingredients in the recipe for success is rebar.

It’s everywhere you look. Every building, every bridge, every concrete structure uses it in some way. Rebar is short for reinforced steel bars, and these are the framework that help concrete structures keep their form. They mean that you don’t need to worry about cracking, and you don’t have to worry about the shifting of the structure. Without it, you’re looking at a lot more structural issues. Need a comparison if you’re trying to see a visual? Think of it like the spine of a man or woman. It provides support and keeps structures upright.

It’s an overly complicated structure for a need so simple. It’s basically a network of metal that holds up the structure above. As you may have seen on this blog or when embarking on home improvement projects It’s what really ensures that your home or business is sound and safe, the very best peace of mind.

For us as contractors, the proper way to use rebar is a vital skill. While we are oversimplifying its benefits, it is still a process to learn how to use it. When done manually, it can take days and weeks to bend the rebar, tie it to together and create the best possible foundational structure. You’re looking at long sticks that frequently need to be cut to shorter lengths even before they’re bent during the installation process. The Restumping Melbourne team recommends that you cut first and bend later.

Other helpful tips to have in mind? Make sure that you bend it right. We live in the information age, so there are no excuses for not being able to track down the right resources online. What you will still see are “opportunity” stories, where homeowners or contractors have not done their homework… and it does not benefit them in the long run.

Finally – there is an art to tying it up. You can weld each junction point if you have the money, time and resources, but that’s not often the case. If you’re working on a budget, the Restumping Melbourne team recommends that you use pliers and wire for ultimate success.

Questions? Comments? Let the team at Restumping Melbourne know. We can’t wait to hear from you!