If you are undertaking a basement construction project by installing a poured concrete basement and have decided to use Fox Block insulated concrete forms to make the job easier, then these tips will take all of the frustration out of installing the first rows:
Tip: Always Start the Installation with a Corner
When creating your cement forms on top of the footings for your basement, you need to start with a corner and attach two forms together. Starting the form with a corner ensures the structure is sound and makes the first row easier to lay down and attach to the subsequent rows.
Tip: Using More Fox HV Clips is Always Better Than Too Few
Inside of your Fox Blocks is a plastic framework used to make creating the internal rebar reinforcement structure easier. To create a structure with rebar, you need to use Fox HV clips. These clips have a long leg on one side that takes four ties and a shorter leg on the other side for two ties.
Fox HV clips should be installed at every other plastic framework location to keep the forms from moving or deforming when the wet cement is poured. It is always best to install one clip on the outward-facing wall and one on the inward-facing wall.
Tip: Install the Rebar Using Ties and the Internal Plastic Framework
Using the internal plastic framework and some standard rebar ties, create the internal rebar structure for the basement walls. The exact amount of rebar necessary will vary in different areas of the country and you should always build to the specification set out by your local building codes.
Since your poured basement will likely require a building permit, you can obtain a copy of the local building codes when you apply for the permit.
Tip: Level and Plumb the Forms Into Place Using Spray Foam
Once your Fox Block insulated concrete forms are in place and the internal rebar structure is completed, you must ensure the forms are level and plumbed before pouring cement. If you find areas that are not in alignment, then you can gently adjust them by spraying spray foam along the bottom of the forms. As the foam expands, it will move the forms into place and will keep them from moving during the cement pouring process.
Finally, since spray foam has a tendency to excessively expand, spray a small amount at first and then recheck the alignment. If you need more, then you can always spray additional foam but removing it is a hassle you don't want to deal with.
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