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How to install concrete expansion joint


Jan 29, 2024
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Where do you put expansion joints in concrete?

Expansion joints are put in place before the concrete is poured. Expansion joints are used to allow the slab to move and not put stress on whatever it abuts. These joint are placed where a slab meets a building, where a slab meets another slab, and where a pool deck meets the coping.

How are expansion joints installed?

Generally, the proper location of rubber expansion joints is installed close to a main anchor point. Following the joint in the line, a pipe guide, or series of guides, should be installed to keep the pipe aligned and prevent undue displacement (of the pipe).

How big can a concrete slab be without expansion joints?

Usually, expansion joints should be no farther apart than 2 to 3 times (in feet) the total width of the concrete (in inches). So for a 4 inch thick concrete slab, expansion joints should be no more than 8 to 12 feet apart.

How wide should a concrete expansion joint be?

Joints should be at least 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch wide. Expansion joints should extend beyond the full depth of the concrete slab. Use a screwdriver to confirm that each joint at least 4-inches deep.

Does concrete need expansion joints?

Expansion joints are virtually never needed with interior slabs, because the concrete doesn’t expand that much—it never gets that hot. Expansion joints in concrete pavement are also seldom needed, since the contraction joints open enough (from drying shrinkage) to account for temperature expansion.

What material is used for expansion joints in concrete?

Minimize Concrete breaking and Damage with Expansion Joints. ASPHALT EXPANSION JOINT is composed of a blend of asphalts, vegetable fibers, and mineral fillers formed under heat and pressure between two asphalt-saturated liners.

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