What You Should Know Before Using Formatubes for the First Time

Posted on: 19 July 2021

If you are going to be installing concrete columns for a client or even on your own property, then you might have already decided that you are going to use Formatubes in order to do so. However, this might actually be the first time that you are going to be using Formatubes, even though you might be used to pouring concrete in other ways. These are a few of the basic things that you will probably want to know before you use Formatubes for the first time. Then, you will know what to expect, and you can help ensure that your concrete pouring project will go like you want it to.

You'll Probably Need Multiple Formatubes

Of course, if you are only going to be installing one concrete column, then you will only need one Formatube. However, if you are installing multiple columns, then you will probably want to bring along multiple. Some Formatubes can be re-used, but this often is not the case. Plus, you will probably want to install all of the columns at one time, which will require you to have multiple.

They'll Need to Be Braced

In order for the Formatubes to remain in place both during and after the concrete is poured in them, they will need to be braced. Luckily, the good news is that only light bracing is typically needed. You can use pieces of lumber to provide a nice brace, such as by setting them up diagonally on one or two sides of the Formatube.

You'll Need to Wait the Appropriate Amount of Time

Once the concrete is poured into your Formatubes, you will not be able to remove the Formatubes right away. Instead, you will need to wait for the appropriate drying time. In some cases, this is as little as 24 hours. Depending on things like the thickness of the column and the temperature outside, however, it can sometimes take as much as 48 hours. You will probably want to err on the side of caution; then, you can make sure that the Formatube is left in place long enough that the column can set properly and that the Formatube can be removed without causing any damage.

You Can Typically Recycle the Formatube

As long as you purchase a Formatube that is made completely out of cardboard, you should be able to recycle it. This can help you feel good about using Formatubes when you are pouring concrete for your business.