The Most Versatile Vibrating Concrete Tool

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!

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Whitby Health Centre

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Job Name: Whitby Health Centre

Contractor: JJ McGuire

Owner: N/A

Engineer/Architect: Lea Consultants Itd. Lett Architects Inc.


For the construction of a new Health Clinic in Whitby, the contractor reached out to Form & Build to procure many of the items needed to complete all of the concrete work. Everything from Grief forming tubes to Krystaline Plug from Kryton to effectively patch tie holes were supplied according the project timeline. Originally, the contractor intended to cure the building footings using standard burlap for a wet cure. While a wet cure with burlap has its advantages, it requires daily watering to achieve an effective cure. This process is time consuming and may be forgotten for a day or two on a busy job site. This ultimately can lead to a substandard and weaker concrete slab.

Product(s)/Solutions Provided:

Recognizing these limitations of a traditional wet burlap cure, the Form & Build sales representative suggested the contractor use TopCure concrete curing cover. Made from a clean, nonwoven fabric, this curing cover is simply rolled onto a saturated slab and removed after 7 days. It effectively retains moisture for a superior, blemish free cure. Its durable construction can withstand light to medium duty traffic allowing work to continue during the 7 day cure time.

The contractor was impressed with the performance and pleased to learn of a new, effective way to achieve a strong, dense concrete slab.

Galt Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Job Name: Galt Wastewater Treatment Plant

Contractor: Maple Reinders

Owner: Municipality of Cambridge

Engineer/Architect: Maple Reinders


Municipal Wastewater Treatment plants serve a vital role in our communities. A marvel of engineering, these plants direct sewage through a collection of concrete containment tanks where it undergoes a variety of physical, chemical, and biological processes to ensure that the water can be safely released back into the watershed. The plant in Galt alone processes 56.8 million litres of sewage per day. So to ensure the reliable upgrade of this facility, the municipality selected Maple Reinders to oversee construction. Contamination risk of the surrounding ecosystems pose the biggest risk in a project like this. That is why Maple Reinders turned to Form & Build to supply a wide variety of high-value product solutions. Over the years, Form & Build has demonstrated to Maple Reinders that the lines we carry consist of the most reliable, industry-leading manufacturers. This product offering, together with the level of customer service necessary to meet complex construction schedules, made Form & Build a valuable partner to ensure this project’s completion.

Product(s)/Solutions Provided:

Form & Build supplied product solutions up-and-down the project’s specifications document.
Geosynthetic Clay Liners manufactured by Terrifix provided the erosion and sediment control specified in Division 2. Concrete sealers from W.R. Meadows, cementitious patching materials from Mapei, form release from Cresset, a variety of forming hardware from Dayton, and waterstops from Durajoint met the specified needs outlined in Divisions 3 and 4. Red Head A7+ – a fast-cure adhesive designed to securely anchor threaded rod and rebar to cured concrete – was
substituted for a competing product originally specified in Division 5. Finally, Dupont rigid insulation and Conseal joint sealant products fulfilled a variety of thermal protection and waterproofing needs as outlined in Division 7.

Form & Build is proud of the customer partnerships we build and take the trust placed in us very seriously. So feel free to reach out to any one of our five branches in Ontario to see how we can help provide you with the quality materials you need to get the job done. If you’d like to learn more, you can contact Mike Brown, here!

New Beverly Central Elementary School & COH Community Centre

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Job Name: New Beverly Central Elementary School & COH Community Centre

Contractor: Pre-Eng Contracting

Owner: Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Engineer/Architect: Cole Engineering Group Ltd, Grguric Architects Incorporated


This building is being built to consolidate both the Beverly Central Elementary and Dr. J. Seaton Senior Public Schools, as well as a 3,800 sqft new community centre.

Product(s)/Solutions Provided:

Form and Build has been suppling various products for this project including, but not limited to welded wire mesh, rigid insulation, forming accessories, etc. We were selected for supplying this project, not just because of our competitive pricing. But also our customer service and ability to deliver on our customers needs to keep the job moving without delay.

Nature Fresh

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Job Name: Nature Fresh Farms Phase 7

Contractor: South Essex Fab

Owner: Nature Fresh

Engineer/Architect: N/A


Nature Fresh Phase 7 began in 2018 and is ongoing. With a greenhouse expansion, and an 118,000 sq ft warehouse, a wide array of trades has been involved, including: Excavation, Formwork, Flatwork, Electrical, Mechanical and Welders to name a few.

Product(s)/Solutions Provided:

Form & Build has supplied numerous products over the duration of the project and continues to do so; from the beginning supplying forming materials, then moving on to expansion joints, sonotubes, rigid insulation and wire mesh sheets. On top of the products to get the job done, Form & Build has also supplied ride on Power Trowels which completely changed the speed and work flow of the project. Projects of this size and nature often come with unexpected needs and sudden deadlines, F&B works hard and consistently meets those needs and deadlines.

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