Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Floor Joint Stabilization

Warehouse floors sometimes suffer from a “rocking slab” syndrome. When a heavy load is on one side of a joint it depresses one side of the joint below the elevation of the other side. This would be typically caused when a forklift truck is crossing a joint in the floor. It will then “hit” the other side of the joint resulting in an impact that can cause damage to the wheels, the payload, the concrete at the joint, and even cause a safety hazard to the driver. This problem can be resolved in a number of ways. The best and most long lasting solutions are the insertion of retrofit dowels, or the installation of “Joint Savers”. These are both long term solutions to the problem, which hold the sides of the joint at the same elevation and thereby resolve the problems of impacts at the joint edges.

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