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Published on 7/2/2018

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Not everyone can fix steel

Fixing steel is a complicated occupation that requires good attention to detail and physical strength


 

Not everyone can fix steel

 

Fixing steel is a complicated occupation that requires good attention to detail and physical strength

 

 

A steel fixer or ironworkers as they are known in the UK or "rod busters" in the United States are tradespeople who position and secure steel reinforcing bars, also known as rebar, and the steel mesh used in reinforced concrete on construction projects. Their work involves following engineering drawings and the plans that detail the type of bar and the spacing used in the project. In “setting up” or “forming up” a construction project the reinforcing bars are tied together with wire, which is cut using nips, or electric rebar tiers. In addition to tying the steel the steel fixers are responsible for attaching 'spacers' and 'chairs' that determine the amount of concrete cover in the project

 

 

Concrete cover put simply is the distance between the surface or sub surcace in a concrete slab, and the steel reinforcing within it. The concrete requires a certain amount of cover to surround the steel, bind and attain its ultimate flexural and tensile strength. If the steel is misplaced or in an incorrect position, i.e., too close to the concrete surface, cracking may occur. Therefore the steel fixer must pay attention to the detail on the engineering plans and ensure all the bars and mesh are in the right place at their correct heights.

Some of the attributes of a good steel fixer include :

  • Having physical strength
  • Possessing good attention to detail
  • Being someone who enjoys practical work
  • An ability to work at heights
  • The capacity to work as part of a team
  • A general understanding of construction practices

 

 

 

 

Yet not just anyone can roll up to a construction site

and pretend to be a steel fixer. Whilst it may sound easy, steel fixing is a complicated occupation that requires both good attention to detail and physical strength. Each construction project has a multitude of bars at varying angles, heights and positions, depending on where they are required in the slab. Z bars, U bars and L bars may be needed in the edge beams and footings whilst long lengths of heavy bars may be required at various spacings throughout the centre of the construction project. And keep in mind there are often suspended slabs (upper levels) in each project. Therefore if steel is out of place or position in one location, or on one level, chances are it is out of place on another as a consequence. Each section needs engineering approval in accordance with the engineering drawings and time is money, therefore the ability of steel fixers to “get it right” the first time is integral to the success of the construction project overall.

 

 

So if your thinking of steel fixing as an occupation, think carefully. It can be a fun environment to work in as you work as part of a team in the outdoors in many different locations. Though it isn’t all it’s busted up to be. Busting rods and tying steel is hard and at times technical work that involves forward thinking and sound attention to detail at all times.

 

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