Why are pre-pour checklists so important? Like anything else, the more planning the better the results right, so why wouldn’t you invest in a solid verification and checking procedure to ensure your next concrete placement is right. If you currently don’t have a pre/post pour checklist then you have to ask yourself how much money is wasted because improper lighting, wrong mix design, slump, spacing, manpower etc. the list can go on and on.
If you have a process for your pre-pour checklist and if it looks something like this
1. Fill out after the pour is already complete
2. Fill it out 5 minutes before the pour
3. Left blank
4. Don’t have/use one.
Then you need to re-evaluate what a good pre-pour checklist can accomplish.
It’s not the signing or the input or even the pre-pour sheet itself that makes a pour card effective. What makes a pour card effective is the process you develop when you go through the checklist. You've seen the best superintendents out there, they are constantly looking and asking when’s this going to be done, we need to set this up… or what about that? They have a pre-built checklist in their head and know all the steps needed for the pre or post pour.
A proper pre-pour process will take you through all the steps and the: Who, What, When, Where, How”.
Who: has verified, inspected, checked, and figured: yardage, elevations, sleeves, anchor-bolts, embeds, reinforcing, elevations, mix design etc.
What: is being placed, size of pour, manpower needed (footing, wall, column, SS, SOG, S.O.M.D)
When: is the pour happening (Date, Time, truck spacing)?
Where: (Placement location, pump truck setup, truck route, wash out bin)
How: is it being placed (pump, screeds, equipment, lighting, safety, etc.)?
The pre/post pour cards are a simple check and verifications. When a thorough examination and paying special attention to detail as well as going through all the steps to checkoff is done, not only will this save you time, money and re-work, but help you plan and execute a successful pour.
Here is an example of a finisher pre-pour card example, like we talked about you just have to create that process to capture and ensure all areas that need checked and verified for a pour have been completed to ensure a successful pour out. If you would like a custom pour card form or need help getting one set up email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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