How to Install Precast Concrete Panels
Using precast concrete panels makes construction easier because they can be used for many different applications. They can be used outside the home or inside the home. Most common in commercial applications, prefabricated concrete panels are also popular among modern builders. The use of precast concrete slabs is a very complex process and is usually done by an authorized contractor. However, if you need to precast concrete slabs in your home or outbuildings, you need to take some steps.
Step 1: Plan ahead
Using precast concrete panels does not use plywood or other construction materials. They are heavy and heavy. This means that before you try to lift these heavy panels, you need to put the assembled material in place. Plan how many panels you need and be ready to use the crane. You must also identify different elements such as windows, doors, and interior walls.
Step 2: Get the required license
Because new construction requires a large number of special permits, the use of prefabricated concrete slabs is no exception. Go to your local town government office and make sure you have all the permits required for all construction projects. These permits will also give you an idea of the height of the gravel base, the minimum thickness of the panel, and the specific building codes for who can safely operate the crane.
Step 3: Build a Crushed Base for the Panel
For prefabricated concrete panels, you need to apply a gravel base to the panels. This base should be at least 12 inches, but this may vary depending on your building code. This gravel can be placed on the floor of the trench and does not require any concrete foundation.
Step 4: Set up the first panel
Once the gravel base is built and leveled, you need to put the crane in place to lift the panel from the truck and position it to start the wall. Place prefabricated concrete slabs at the corner so that you have a clear starting point. Support it with 2x4 supports on both sides of the panel until the next panel is connected.
Step 5: Set up the second panel
Use the crane again and immediately place the second panel in place. This should be at right angles to the first one so that the bracket can be removed and the wall will have a stable starting point. Arrange the holes in the panel and press them together.
Step 6: Sealed Concrete Plate
Once you have set a few concrete slabs into the wall, it's best to spend time sealing them with waterproof seals. This sealant will enter a tube that can be easily laid on the panel by a caulking gun. Once on the panel, a thin spreader can be used to smooth along the surface.
Step 7: Continue to set up the panel
After several panels are set up and sealed, you can continue to erect different panels. Slowly, make sure they form a seal.