Concrete forming can be tricky, however, not when you’re prepared and knowledgeable on the subject. There are many factors that can influence the success of your concrete forming project, but the likely most important factor is the pour rate of concrete. Pour rates refer to the speed at which you can safely pour concrete into your forms. The faster concrete is poured the more pressure is exerted on the bottom of the forms as Hydrostatic pressure builds.  Much like if you were to dive into a swimming pool, the deeper you dive into the water the more pressure you experience.  This is the reason why most forms blow out at the bottom of the form rather than the center. A blowout is the failure of either the form or the tie bursting. Blowouts are caused by 2 things: ​

  • Faulty product (ties or forms)​
  • Too much hydrostatic pressure from fast pour rates. ​

Most failures are due to concrete being poured too quickly in a short period of time. Temperature greatly affects the set time of concrete. Most blowouts occur in the spring and fall months when morning temperatures are cooler. Pour rate in these months needs to be adjusted accordingly. Most people will blame faulty product for a blowout result from pouring too fast. As blowouts result in a loss of concrete, man hours, and can even result in injury, the following data must be collected as soon as possible when you’ve been informed of a blowout.

  • Time and Date of pour​
  • Weather report from that date and time ​
  • Concrete Ready Mix pour schedule and log​
  • Batch code from Ties being used on project (Advance batch codes can be found stamped on the top of the box. Should be an 8-digit number)​
  • Samples of ties from the site​
  • Pictures and comments are appreciated too

As avoiding blowouts are clearly important, concrete pour rates are of significant importance. A poor/nonexistent final product plus major losses in time and money are the last things you want with your concrete project. Being aware and proactive regarding what was discussed above is crucial to the success of your concrete jobs. Form & Build has been the spot for your local concrete forming professionals for just about 50 years now, meaning we have any and all concrete forming related products you need for any job. You can click here and see for yourself online or give any of our 6 branches a call to speak with any of our representatives.

The world of concrete forming has many details and intricacies. Concrete forming is necessary for almost any kind of large-scale construction. There is a lot to concrete forming and to be consistently successful with forming, you need as much expertise as you can get. Luckily, here at Form & Build, concrete forming is what we do best. Stacked with a team full of experts, we’re glad to be able to share our expertise. What’s the point of having this knowledge if we aren’t going to share it right? Today we’re going to discuss the ins-and-outs of everything related to concrete forming. From helpful and important advice to the specific details of accessories, we’re here to help educate.

Concrete forming involves creating molds or frameworks into which concrete is poured and allowed to harden, taking on the shape of the mold. This process is crucial in construction for shaping concrete into desired structures such as walls, columns, beams, and slabs. Formwork can be made of various materials like wood, steel, aluminum, or plastic, depending on the project requirements. It requires careful planning, precise measurements, and skilled labor to ensure the resulting concrete structures are strong, durable, and meet design specifications. Proper formwork is essential for achieving desired aesthetics, structural integrity, and overall project success. With the proper materials, accessories, and knowledge, one can complete vast diversity of projects.

Forming Systems

A concrete forming system is a set of components and techniques used to create molds or frameworks for pouring and shaping concrete during construction. These systems typically include formwork materials such as wood, steel, aluminum, or plastic, along with supporting hardware like braces, ties, and connectors. The system is designed to be adjustable and reusable, allowing for efficient construction. There are a wide variety of concrete forming systems you can use. We are proud to be carriers of Advance forming systems. Concrete forming systems come in a diverse selection of sizes and measurements, ensuring that the systems can work for any kind of construction job.

The standard for 1-1/8” Advance forming systems are the 8FT 4Bar system and the 8FT 6Bar system. The 8FT 4Bar system is the most economical of the 1-1/8” systems using the fewest ties and being the lightest. However, less ties and bars result in more deflection in the form. Deflection is when the form expands outwards under the pressure of the concrete. Due to the last bar being 20″ from the top it tends to spread wider than the desired wall width. Pouring higher walls can be a little more difficult with this system. The tie capacity is 3000lbs and tested to a ​safety factor of 1.5 (4500lbs). The location of the bars is measured from the​ base/bottom of the form to the center of the bar. Some manufacturers measure to the bottom of the bar. Some to the top. Advance uses the centre of the 2” bars. Pictured below is the diagram for the varying options with the 8FT 4Bar system.

The 8FT 6Bar system’s consistent spacing allows the forms to be cut down and used​ as smaller sizes i.e. the 8ft 6bar can be made into a 5ft 4in 4bar. There is less deflection due to more ties and closer spacing and has a faster rate of pour. The staggered stacking makes higher pours possible. However, with more ties, there is an increased cost on regular foundations. The forms are also heavier with this system as opposed to the previously discussed system. Just like with the 8FT 4Bar, the tie capacity is 3000lbs and tested to a safety factor of 1.5 (4500lbs) and uses the centre of the 2” bars for measures. Pictured below is the diagram for the varying options with the 8FT 6Bar system.

Corners

Corners play a vital role in providing structural integrity, alignment, support, and reinforcement for concrete forming systems. They help maintain the shape and stability of formwork, ensure accurate alignment of formwork panels, act as anchor points for bracing, and contribute to the overall strength of the system. Corners are essential components that help achieve precise and reliable concrete structures during construction projects. Each system has matching corners, the most common being:

  • 1×1 Outside – the standard outside corner for the Advance system.  The corner security locks the outside abutting panels in place at a 90-degree angle.
  • 2 Inch Offset – used on a continuous wall when the wall thickness changes by 2″.
  • 2×2 Outside – This corner adds 2″ in each direction enabling you to switch from an 8″ to a 10″ wall and utilize existing fillers.
  • 4×4 Hinged Inside – used for a variety of varying degree angles for the inside of the wall.
  • 4×4 Fixed – 135 Degree – This fixed inside corner locks the inside panels in place to achieve a 135-degree angle for bay windows regardless of the thickness of the wall.
  • 4×4 Inside – the standard inside corner for the Advance Concrete forming system.  The corner locks the inside abutting panels in place at 90-degree angle.
  • 4×6 Inside – is used when the ongoing wall thickness changes 2″ at T wall.

Ties

Ties are essential components of concrete forming systems, securing formwork panels together during concrete pouring and curing. They ensure proper alignment, support, and stability of the formwork, contributing to the structural integrity and quality of the resulting concrete structure. Ties come in various designs and are selected based on the specific requirements of the project. Properly installed ties help prevent formwork failure and ensure safety on construction sites. Here are the various ties and their uses:

  • Resi Tie – Commonly used in residential construction projects where simplicity, ease of installation, cost-effectiveness, and minimal surface damage are prioritized. Come in straight and bent. Bent ties feature a v-notch on the inner breakback for ultra-reliable breakoff with a single hammer blow (only used in 1-1/8” system)
  • Resi Coil Tie – With a resi-tie electronically welded to a 1/2″ coil tie end, this tie gives the user the versatility of threaded coil rod for one-sided forming, long ties, and other purposes, while still using the quickest, handset modular form system (only used in 1-1/8” system)
  • Offset Resi Tie – Are precisely bent resi-ties meant to strengthen offset sections of foundation walls where it is not possible to use a straight tie (only used in 1-1/8” system)
  • Aluma Coil Tie – This unique tie is a standard aluminum form flat tie on one end and a 1/2″ coil rod adapter on the other end. You can connect your aluminum forms to industry-standard 1/2″ coil rod to deal with difficult forming situations, such as one-sided forming or field-adjustable length ties
  • Aluminum Form Tie – Offer a lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and reusable solution for securing formwork panels
  • Cam Lock Loop Coil Tie – With a loop tie end and self centering cone, electronically welded to a two-strut, 1/2” coil tie end, this tie allows the user to take advantage of the versatility of threaded coil rod for one-sided forming, long ties, and other purposes when using Gates Cam-Lock forms and hardware
  • Combo Tie – Used to transition between Steel Ply and Job-built forming. One side is offered as a loop tie and the opposing end is a button head snap tie
  • Custom Snap Tie – Used in situations where standard form ties may not be suitable due to specific project requirements. Typically designed and manufactured to meet unique specifications and dimensions, tailored to the needs of a particular project
  • Deep Breakback Tie – With an 1-1/2” breakback and optional waterstop, it makes it possible to pour commercial-specification concrete walls with 1-1/8” form panels. The precisely crimped ends of this round wire tie fit the swing latches of standard 1-1/8” forms in the same way as standard flattened wire ties
  • Fiberglass Tie – Never rusts, resists water seepage, and it eliminates the need for breakback requirements and patching
  • Loop Coil Tie – The unique design allows you to make a convenient connection between Steel Ply style formwork and 1/2” coil rod for one-sided forming, adjustable-length ties, blind-side forming, etc.
  • Loop Tie – Secure two parallel formwork panels together. They consist of a continuous loop made of wire or steel rod, with each end of the loop inserted into the formwork on opposite sides of the panels. Carry a safe working load of 3000 lbs with optional cones and waterseal
  • One-Piece Hook Tie – Provide a fast way to connect your formwork to the rebar studs on blind side walls
  • Snap Coil Tie – A multipurpose transition tie for “job-built” plywood concrete forms. With a button head snap tie electronically welded to a 1/2” coil tie end, this tie gives the user the versatility using of threaded coil rod for one-sided forming, long ties, and other purposes, while still using familiar, low-labor-cost means of attachment to formwork (slotted wedges, Jahn brackets)
  • Stud Tie – Clip on to existing weld studs for connection to 1/2” coil rod. Provide a quick, secure way to attach formwork to existing 3/4” headed weld studs (shear connectors) with 1/2” coil rod. Special coil loop and retainer clip combine to make secure in-line connection of 1/2” coil rod to weld stud
  • Turnbuckle Loop Coil Tie – A way to adjust the length of a tie after it is in place and attached to the formwork. Like the industry-standard LC Loop-Coil Ties, these ties provide a convenient connection between Steel Ply formwork and 1/2” coil rod, for one-sided forming, adjustable-length ties, blind-side forming, etc.

Clips

Clips play a crucial role in concrete forming systems by providing secure connections between formwork panels, ensuring the integrity and quality of the resulting concrete structures. Here are the varying clips and their uses:

  • 90° Corner Clips – Provide a quick, low-cost alternative to full height outside corners. The standard 90° corner clip replaces outside 1×1 corners. Corner clips are less expensive, more durable, and more universal than fixed corners.
  • Angle Corner Clips – Again, provide a quick, low-cost alternative to full height outside corners. The standard 90° corner clip replaces outside 1×1 corners and angled clips replace expensive outside angle corners. Corner clips are less expensive, more durable, and more universal than fixed corners. Come in 22.5 degrees, 30 degrees, and 45 degrees
  • Curved Wall Clips – Are a quick way to connect standard 1-1/8” filler panels together to form curved walls. By adjusting the widths of inner and outer filler panels (to keep opposing panel joints roughly aligned) curved walls of any radius, down to approximately 3ft, are possible
  • SideBar Extension Clips – Allows you to easily add extra heights or secure job-built fillers to modular steel frame forms. Available in two sizes for 1-1/2” lumber and 3/4” plywood. The clip holds itself in place when lumber is installed, or for additional security a wedge bolt can be installed
  • Small Clips – Used in forming situations where a full panel latch is unavailable. This may occur where there are step-up in a wall, or when using narrow fillers that don’t have a latch
  • Stacking Clips – Thin, strong, steel clips for joining 1-1/8” plywood panels to other 1-1/8” stock or to 1-1/2” lumber. Gives you a quick, inexpensive way to pour a slightly higher wall with your existing form panels

Accessories

Now there are plenty of accessories as well in the wide world of concrete forming that have yet to be discussed. Some jobs require some to many of them while others might require none. It’s all dependant on the construction project. Here are some additional accessories and their uses:

  • Aluminum Foam Clamps – Make it easy to form brickledge and other blockouts on foundation walls when using aluminum form panels. The adjustable clamp attaches to the top of the form panel with a standard form pin and wedge and holds consumable foam panels tight against the inside form face without fasteners
  • AnchorBar – Use the fastener or mechanical anchor of your choice (up to 5/8” diameter) to connect formwork to existing structures, whether wood, concrete, or steel. Or, weld the body of the AnchorBar to steel structures for an inexpensive weld-on tie point with swivel coil loop
  • Cages – Are designed to hold up to twenty-two 1-1/8” form panels. A unique, solid steel, forged lifting bar allows for convenient placement of forms at job sites using a boom truck, crane, or other lifting equipment
  • Coil-Lag – Designed to provide a temporary means of attaching formwork to wood structures. Typical application is one-sided forming against soldier piles with wood lagging
  • Coil Loop – Designed as a universal means of attaching to rebar and steel studs. The loop features a bulb shape which is large enough to accept up to a #9 rebar, or easily slip over a the head of a Nelson Stud
  • Coil Rod – A threaded rod that is cut to length and then rolled which means it’s free of burrs and threads easily
  • Coil-Stud – Fast, low-cost method of attaching formwork to steel structures. Provide low-cost attachment points for coil hardware-based form ties onto steel structures. Typical application: one-sided forming against soldier piles or sheet piling
  • Foam Nails – Make it easy to form brickledge and other blockouts on foundation walls when using Steel Ply, 1-1/8”, or other plywood faced forming systems. Simply attach the desired foam block to the face of the panel with two nails per panel
  • Hold Down Bracket – Used for securing 1-1/8” form panels to footings or underlying slabs against uplift on battered walls or similar applications. Attaches to waler bolt on lowest panel bar (for panels with bars 8” above bottom)
  • Rebar Coil Clamp – A heavy duty version of the popular Rebar Hook. This clamp will allow you to tie onto rebar up to size #11. Available in multiple threadforms for virtually any form system
  • Rebar Hook – A low-cost, fast means of connecting threaded rod at right angles anywhere along the length of rebar for a variety of purposes. The unique arrangement of two opposing hooks makes it easy to make a field connection to rebar with limited clearance
  • Scaffold Bracket – Have keyhole slots to attach to the hex head shoulder bolts of panels or compatible 1-1/8” form panels. Each scaffold bracket attaches to two bolts to safely carry the load. Heavy duty, welded 1/4” steel and angle iron construction. Keyhole slots provide a strong and secure means of attachment to form panel shoulder bolts
  • Stacking Plate – Are used to secure a tie at the joints between panels on the 1-1/8” plywood forming systems. Commonly used when stacking 4- or 5-bar panels between the successive courses
  • Strongback Clamps – Securely fasten strongbacks to formwork panels, enhance structural support, prevent bowing or buckling, and improve formwork strength
  • Waler Brackets – Provide support and attachment points for walers, enhancing stability, ensuring uniform pressure distribution
  • Waler Clamps – Used  to secure walers horizontally to the formwork panels. Sets securely with a quick blow to the wedge, and strips just as easily

There are a lot of components in a concrete forming system. You need a high level of expertise to effectively complete concrete forming jobs. The knowledge gained today on types of systems, corners, ties, clips and many more accessories should give you an excellent foundation for your concrete forming knowledge. Form & Build is your go to spot for any and all concrete forming needs. From full on systems to small ties, we have it all. With a full team of experts we are always ready and eager to help with all concrete forming needs. You can check out our full display of products here on our website now, or feel free to call any of our six branches to speak with a representative yourself.

We know that Marshalltown’s placers are an indispensable tool in the arsenal of construction professionals. Largely because these placers offer top of the line precision and efficiency in concrete placement, crafted with high attention to detail and utilize high-quality materials; Marshalltown’s placers excel in spreading and smoothing concrete and other construction materials with ease. Featuring ergonomic designs and sturdy construction and are engineered to withstand the rigors of daily use on busy job sites, ensuring reliable performance and longevity. It’s the thoughtfully crafted handles and lightweight construction that cause less fatigue during extended use, allowing workers to maintain peak performance throughout the day.

Marshalltown’s placers cater to a variety of applications and preferences within the concrete industry. This is due to the variety of sizes regarding the handle length and the blade width that the placers come in. The placers also provide the perfect balance of control and maneuverability. This offers builders and many tradespeople the best tool they need to achieve impeccable results for every project. Here at Form & Build, we are proud carriers of the 48″ Aluminum Round Handled Concrete Placer, the 60″ Aluminum Octagon Concrete Placer, both available with and without hook, and the 20″ x 5″ Texas Placer without Hook with a 48″ Wood Handle.

Form & Build is stocked and ready with these great products. You can see even more Marshalltown products on our site now by clicking here and get what you’re looking for online today. If you want more information, or to learn about pricing, you can call any of our six branches to learn more about any Marshalltown product, with staff trained and ready to answer all questions you may have.

As we’ve covered previously, Tomahawk Power offers a range of power tools and equipment, including early entry saws. Early entry saws, also known as green saws or concrete saws, are used for cutting control joints in freshly poured concrete. These joints help control cracking and improve the overall strength & durability of the concrete slab. Tomahawk Power’s early entry saws are designed to provide efficient and precise cutting of concrete while in its green state. Below are some key features and benefits of Tomahawk’s early entry saws:

Precision Cutting: Tomahawk’s early entry saws are equipped with high-quality diamond blades that allow for clean and precise cuts in freshly poured concrete. This precision cutting helps create straight, uniform control joints that enhance the appearance and performance of the concrete slab.

Adjustable Blade Depth: Many Tomahawk early entry saws feature adjustable blade depth settings, allowing operators to control the depth of the cuts according to the specifications of the project. This flexibility ensures that control joints are cut to the correct depth for optimal performance.

Power and Performance: Tomahawk’s early entry saws are powered by reliable engines or motors, providing the necessary power to cut through concrete quickly and efficiently. Whether powered by gasoline engines or electric motors, even utilizing the top of the line 13 HP Honda GX390 Engine, these saws deliver consistent performance in demanding construction environments.

Ease of Use: Designed with user convenience in mind, Tomahawk’s early entry saws are engineered for ease of operation. Ergonomic handles, intuitive controls, and lightweight construction contribute to operator comfort and productivity on the job site. Durable Construction: Built to withstand the rigors of heavy-duty use, Tomahawk’s early entry saws are constructed from durable materials that ensure long-term reliability and performance. Sturdy frames and components are designed to withstand the vibrations and stresses associated with concrete cutting operations.

Overall, Tomahawk Power early entry saws are trusted tools in the construction industry, providing contractors and professionals with the precision, power, and reliability they need to effectively cut control joints in freshly poured concrete. Form & Build is proud to carry both the Tomahawk 10″ Early Entry Green Concrete Saw with 13 HP Honda GX390 Engine and the Tomahawk 6″ Early Entry Green Concrete Saw with 3.5 HP Honda GX120 Engine.

Form & Build is stocked and ready for the season with these amazing products. You can see even more Tomahawk products on our site now by clicking here and get what you’re looking for online today. If you want more information, or to learn about pricing, you can call any of our six branches to learn more about any Tomahawk products, with staff trained and ready to answer all questions you may have.

Tomahawk Power is a leading manufacturer in Power Trowels along with other construction equipment. Tomahawk Power Trowels are known for their durability, performance, and ease of use. There is a trowel to suit all sorts of concrete finishing needs, whether it’s smaller scale residential projects or large-scale commercial applications. Tomahawk Power trowels feature robust engines, sturdy construction, and ergonomic designs to ensure efficient and effective concrete finishing and give you professional-quality concrete surfaces. Form & Build stocks a variety of power trowels from Tomahawk including the 46″ Ride-On Concrete Power Trowel with 35HP Vanguard Engine, the 24″ Concrete Power Trowel Edger 5.5HP Honda Float Pan Blade Screed Finishing Tool, 30” Concrete Power Trowel with extendable Bull Float handle (up to 18’!) and two power levels of the 36″ Power Trowel, one with the Honda GX160 engine and for those looking for more power, the 9HP Honda GX270 engine with Combo Blades and Float Pan Finishing Tool.

Tomahawk’s offering includes a range of power screeds designed to streamline the process of leveling and smoothing freshly poured concrete surfaces. These power screeds are catered to the needs of both professional contractors and DIY enthusiasts, equipped with powerful engines and precision-engineered components. Tomahawk Power screeds provide efficient and effective concrete finishing results and achieve professional-quality finishes with minimal effort and maximum productivity. Form & Build is proud to carry the Tomahawk Pro Series Honda Power Screed With 1.6HP Engine.

Form & Build is stocked and ready for the season with these amazing products. You can see even more Tomahawk products on our site now by clicking here and get what you’re looking for online today. If you want more information, or to learn about pricing, you can call any of our six branches to learn more about any Tomahawk products, with staff trained and ready to answer all questions you may have.

Form & Build could not be more excited about the launch of our new product line from the fantastic team at MC Bauchemie. MC Bauchemie may sound like a new name to you, but they are not new to the industry. Started over 60 years ago, MC Bauchemie is one of the leading international producers of building chemical products and technologies. With more than 2,800 employees in over 40 countries, MC has acquired a well-renowned reputation for sophisticated and advanced solutions and technologies. Being a private company focused largely on its relations with the right companies, a partnership between MC Bauchemie and Form & Build was a no-brainer – their long-term success speaks for itself. Form & Build is now Canada’s exclusive provider of the MC Fastpack concrete injections and adhesives system. We are proud to be the first to bring this product line to not only the Ontario market but the Canadian market. Form & Build is consistently looking for innovative products to aid all our customers effectively and efficiently in their construction endeavours. Never afraid to think outside the box, and always looking to stay ahead of the curve. The MC Fastpack system fits directly into what Form & Build has been all about for nearly 50 years. Never staying stagnant and always looking for innovation. This system is the newest within our forever-growing line of products, made for modern-day needs and people.

Here’s everything you’re going to need to know about the MC Fastpack system. This system helps you implement a wide range of injection and adhesive operations simply, quickly, and reliably. There are numerous products within the system that Form & Build will be carrying. The MC-Fastpack 1264 Compact is a low-viscosity epoxy-based duromer resin, that is used for rigid filling by injection or impregnation of cracks, joints, and limited cavities in civil and structural engineering works under dry and moisture-laden conditions. It also can be used for reinforcement and waterproofing of underground infrastructure made of concrete and masonry, all simply applied by the MC-Fastpack Power-Tool in which Form & Build is also carrying. It is chemically resistant and has high penetration activity due to low surface tension. Next, the MC-Fastpack 2300 Top is a particularly low-viscosity polyurethane-based elastomer resin, that is a ductile, flexible filler and sealant of cracks, construction joints and cavities in concrete and masonry under dry, water-bearing and pressurized water-bearing conditions. Also used for waterproofing of masonry against moisture penetration and rising damp as well as waterproofing of pipe and liner connections to manhole/shaft structures of sewerage infrastructure. Applied simply with the MC-Fastpack Power-Tool. It has high elasticity, durable water impermeability, and high penetration activity due to low surface tension.

Next up there’s the MC-Fastpack 2700. The 2700 is a low-viscosity polyurethane-based duromer resin used for sealing and reinforcing of cracked and void-rich structures made of concrete, masonry and natural stone in building construction, civil engineering, hydraulic engineering and general civil engineering, as well as waterproofing of concrete and masonry, and sealing of sheet pile and diaphragm walls. Featuring high compressive and tensile strength, durable water impermeability, and variable control of reactivity. Again, simply applied by the MC-Fastpack Power-Tool. The MC-Fastpack PR Solid is a highly reactive universal adhesive used for rigid gluing of concrete and steel, for damming and coating. Is a ready-to-use 2-component polyurethane-based adhesive that can also be used for gluing mineral and metallic building materials as well as various plastics, and adhesive packers for injection work. It adheres well to mineral and metallic surfaces with rapid strength development and has comfortable hand processing from double-chamber cartridges. Also used for closing and bandaging of cracks and kerfs, the PR Solid has many functional uses. Again, applied through the MC-Fastpack Power-Tool.

With 2 more products to dive into, we now have the MC-AnchorSolid E820. The AnchorSolid E820 is a ready-to-use 2-component epoxy-based anchor adhesive that is suitable for dry and wet non-cracked concrete, and applicable with threaded rods and rebars. Used for anchoring work for static and quasi-steady loads in horizontal, vertical and overhead areas as well as anchoring for dry and permanent wet interior and exterior components, with and without especially aggressive conditions. It is thixotropic and stable for vertical and overhead application with high compressive and tensile strength. Can also be used for anchoring of threaded rods and rebars for fixings of attachments examples being consoles, railings, storage racks, awnings, scaffolding, suspended ceiling, building technology, etc. Applied by, yes, you guessed it, the MC-FastPack Power-Tool. The final new product is the MC-FastPack Injekt LE. The Injekt LE is a low-viscosity polyurethane-based expansion resin that is water-displacing and pressure resistant that dampens vibrations. Used for stopping extreme water leakages in structures and sewage structures with cavity filling up to 60 cm in diameter (without aggregate). Also used for partial reinforcement of structures and closing penetrations and anchor holes. The Injekt LE features no lasting effects on soil and groundwater according to the test principles of the DIBt and is also is applied with the MC-FastPack Power-Tool.

The MC Bauchemie Fastpack family of injection resins is amongst the most versatile and high-quality of all. With a resin for all kinds of needs, with excellent quality assured, you can’t go wrong when choosing the MC Bauchemie Fastpack System. Not only is all the technical data and safety data available on our website right here to be viewed for more information, you can also get in contact with any Form & Build sales representative to hear from them on the products, as all employees received top of the line highly detailed training on the full system and how it can be used to help any and all situations. If you don’t have a Form & Build sales representative, call the closest of the 6 branches to you and someone will be happily waiting to answer your questions and fulfill your requests.

If you haven’t heard yet, yes, Form & Build is now a proud carrier of many Tomahawk Power products, with the roll out being well underway, and products in stock at all F&B locations. For over a decade now Tomahawk has been providing reliable and high-quality outdoor power sprayers, light construction, and portable power equipment, seeing consistent growth and success. In 2019 winning San Diego’s fastest growing private company award, its no secret that Tomahawk is making a name for itself within the construction industry. They pride themselves on highly knowledgeable technical equipment support, an industry leading commercial grade product warranty, and quick fulfilment time. One of their main goals as a company has been to get rid of single serve disposable tools, and their product line is proof this.

Being located in San Diego and manufactured in the United States, the marriage with Form & Build has resulted incredibly quick delivery times which has been a breath of fresh air for the concrete/ construction industry – especially when it comes to walk behind and ride on Power Trowels. Being this close in proximity ensures not only the quick and reliable shipping times but also very fast response times to all inquiries. Form & Build is carrying a variety of Tomahawk products, highlighted by a concrete backpack vibrator, backpack concrete sprayer, concrete ride-on power trowel, walk behind power trowel, and an early entry concrete saw. Check out those products here online, and feel free to give any of our 6 branches a call to learn more about the products for yourself and to see what other Tomahawk products we carry too. Ensure a high-quality product that’s going to last by choosing Tomahawk Power.

Every so often, we get the opportunity to talk about our absolute favourite products, and today is one of those days. This product has been with us for years and we’re proud to carry it because of the incredible results and repeatedly pleased customers who use it. We’re talking about none other than the Rattle Stick EX Concrete Bull Floats. We have supplied numerous flat work companies with this amazing product because it always performs, cuts down on labour time, and if we don’t have it in stock, we have a close relationship with the supplier to get it quickly! Well, what just is the Rattle Stick?

The Rattle Stick EX Bull Float is a concrete bull-floating tool that vibrates to smooth out freshly poured concrete. Like you would use a bull float right when screeding is completed, you can use the Rattle Stick to do the same and to remove excess moisture or bleed water that rises to the surface through the vibrations caused by the tool. This is an incredibly important step in finishing concrete. The adjustable handle allows for it to be used in all sizes of jobs and the various bull float bottoms allow for increased versatility for different bends and curves needed on poured concrete. Overall creating an incredibly versatile concrete bull-floating tool with no question as to why it’s constantly growing in popularity. The Rattle Stick EX Bull Floats come compatible with DeWalt, Makita, and Milwaukee batteries, just be sure to select the specific one that you need!

On top of providing excellent products, Rattle Stick does a tremendous job of uploading informative and interesting YouTube videos on their products. See by clicking here a video uploaded FOUR years ago that holds up great on explaining the various ways that the Rattle Stick EX Bull Float can be used. The videos especially showcase the simplicity and speed in which the Rattle Stick is used on job sites, lowering the labour involved which saves money. Click their channel to see further explanations, live on-site demos, and different applications for the bull floats. Their channel has just about everything you need to find out all about Rattle Stick bull floats.  As you already know now, Form & Build is a proud carrier of this product line and we would love to talk more with you about it on the phone at our number 519-453-4300 or you can go directly to our website by clicking here to check it out for yourself and see how it can be right for you!

One of the most popular environmental issues being discussed globally is the issue of limited fresh water. It is no secret that industries everywhere have been shifting their focus to more environmentally friendly efforts. Here in North America, citizens use fresh water every day for simple things like, flushing the toilet and watering plants and grass. One of the most popular ways to avoid using the limited fresh water supply on tasks where it’s not necessary is by using Storm Water; often, people don’t realize that they could be utilizing Storm Water in a variety of different applications. In recent years many municipalities have been creating laws pertaining to the control of stormwater runoff and systems needed in place to manage it. This is where our incredibly popular and often asked about product comes into play; Form & Build is the proud Ontario-wide exclusive supplier of ABT’s Permavoid, which has been the talk of many trade shows and our most popular lunch and learn topic. 

So, what is Permavoid? It is described as a modular interlocking polypropylene void-former, that was originally designed as a high-strength, lightweight and open patented subbase replacement system. The system is characterized by an exceptionally high compressive strength and bending resistance. The units connected with PermaTies create a rigid horizontal structural “raft”, ideal for multifunctional subbase applications. It allows for passive stormwater irrigation to take place, using the fallen stormwater, it stores and passes the water to wherever is desired (could be placed under the grass of a golf course, under a stone pathway in a backyard, or by cities to use under greenery in the streets). This replaces the need of irrigation for the area using fresh water and manual applications. Permavoid simply stores the stormwater and if needed can move that water in a direction to irrigate a certain area, or have it come right back up vertically. Permavoid subbase systems are incredibly versatile because you can build and attach them like Lego blocks to fit any area and any need. They come in 2 sizes, those being the Permavoid 150 and Permavoid 85, with nothing differing than what size you need for your application. 

On top of the environmental pros of replacing the need for freshwater for unnecessary tasks, there are other pros to Permavoid as well. It is unfortunately well known that eco-friendly efforts are typically more expensive than the not. That is not the case with Permavoid. Permavoid saves you money in a wide variety of ways making it in the end an actual cost-saving method of irrigation. Permavoid eliminates the costs associated with deep excavations, backfill materials, potential subgrade conflicts, and any/all costs associated with the manual removal of stormwater runoff compared to other subbase systems. It also means less trips to the planters for water (this uses less water overall) which means less trips for the crews involved with keeping the greens fresh and healthy (less manual labour). 

Permavoid has been growing in popularity every month with many engineering, architects and municipalities getting involved (before laws will make them get involved in years to come) and Form & Build could not be happier to be Ontario’s exclusive provider. Form & Build is eager to help you learn more and would love to do a lunch and learn session to help you figure out how Permavoid can work for you in your specific situations. You can give us a call at (905) 362-1554 or visit us at formandbuild.com/lunch-and-learn to set up a lunch and learn with us and your business as soon as possible (or whatever day works best for you) and feel free to check out Permavoid on our website at formandbuild.com/product/permavoid-150 to see for yourself! 

It’s not a secret, construction never stops in Ontario, through all conditions, any time of the year, construction is alive and well. Recently, there have been many large-scale and expansive projects that have broken ground or are in the beginning stage. Which gives us many cool and interesting upcoming projects to be excited about right in our own backyard. Today, we’ll be going over some of them and seeing some of the interesting details surrounding them.
The first major construction project we’ll be highlighting is the Ontario Line Transit Expansion. This transit expansion project is located in Toronto and is still in the beginning stages. It’s described as a new 15-kilometre line stretching from Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre. The purpose behind it is to replace the proposed downtown subway line with double the length. It will run mostly underground and could include driverless trains. Scheduled for completion in 2029. This is expected to be an absolutely massive project and we are sure to hear plenty more about this in the near future.

The next major project to be discussed is the Panda Markham Condominiums. This project is a massive condominium project to take place on a 5.78-acre site at 8200 Warden Avenue in Markham. The condominium is set to include 5 residential towers with retail on the ground level, with a total of 2206 units. The idea behind this project is to combat the ever-growing population of Markham and the surrounding area because in recent years Markham’s population has vastly increased. What makes this project so interesting is that the intent of the buildings is to be very “architecturally rich” with futuristic elements creating an absolutely beautiful community. The project is currently in the design phase with no set finishing date.
The final major construction project we’ll be discussing is the Union Park Development by Oxford Properties. This project is located in Toronto and will be a massive 4.3 million square foot development consisting of 4 towers. This will be the largest development in Toronto’s history. The towers will be just north of the Rogers Centre and the CN Tower. Two of the towers will be 54 and 44 storeys tall and will consist of office space, while the other two towers at 54 and 44 storeys tall will consist of 800 rental units, integrated daycare, and 200 000 square feet of retail space. The idea is to build an incredibly visually appealing development using a globally renowned architecture team to match the world-class city that Toronto is, and to stay consistent with its evolution. The area will have a ton of foot traffic with a 3-acre sized park. This breathtaking project will certainly increase the number of individuals in the area and will directly help the Toronto downtown core!
All of these projects taking place in Ontario, and all come with price tags. This only means that Ontario construction is going to continue at its accelerating pace. Many upcoming projects would indicate no signs of slowing down, and that is music to all of our ears. Who knows, you may find yourselves working on these major projects in the near future, or you might be working on them right now! We’re here to be your partner in any and all projects you may end up working on – give us a call today to see what we can do for your project.