Defining FF/FL Numbers

Floor flatness -FF control the local bumpiness of the floor surface and is primarily affected by finishing operations after screeding, including restraightening and power floating. FF numbers evaluate the elevation differences along a test line at 1-foot intervals. F numbers start from zero to infinity so the higher the F number, the flatter the floor.

Floor levelness -FL control departure of floor surface from the specified slope or plane of the surface. FL numbers evaluate the elevation differences along a sample line at 10-foot intervals. The higher the FL number, the more level the floor.

FF-FL numbers are most difficult to achieve in hard to work areas such as around plumbing, narrow work areas and areas where equipment is hard to deploy.

 

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Sand Screed

ApeArms Sand Screed can be used both in concrete and sand applications. When it comes to screeding sand for pavers or when needing to level off sand or soil for any flatwork situations you may want to consider ApeArms for the task. You get a great deal of control and added power with this tool. ApeArms are designed in such a way that they allow you to have extra control and achieve the flatness you desire. This manual sand screed gives workers a great deal of comfort and offers anti-fatigue for the laborious task of working heavy sand, soils and concrete. ApeArms manual Sand Screed can accept wooden or Magnesium 2×4, 2×6 or 1 3/4x 3 3/4 planks up to 20′ long or more and can be a one or two man operating tool. This manual Sand Screed tool can be used in several configurations to help solve many of the problems workers face from day to day. When you need flatwork fast and easy while offering safety, you need ApeArms!

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Welcome to the Home of ApeArms™ screeding tool

We are happy to introduce our concrete industry blog, and hope you learn something about the contracting business during your stay here. This blog will be dedicated to writings about various concrete finishing tools, construction tools, and helpful contracting information. The content written here will be a valuable resource of information on work safety, tips and tricks, and the practices of the concrete industry as well as other construction industries that are related. Viewers of all types will find this information both informative and entertaining, and will be able to gain a better insight into just how the world is being built every day.

We are happy to be bringing you this information on our beloved industry, on the behalf of the revolutionary new screeding tool the “ApeArms™”! We hope you enjoy your stay, and that you take with you some good advise and information about the construction industry. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer who wants to learn more about building and construction, or you are a long time industry laborer, it is our hope that you learn something new by reading here.

While our main focus will be on the concrete industry and construction tools, we will cover a lot on workplace safety and contracting business operation. Our target readers are those that work in the industries we know and love, and we want to help everyone stay informed when it comes to the latest innovations and techniques used in building.

 

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Screed offers benefits like no other

Use it as a one person screed with great compounding power.
Use as a two person screed with great compounding power.
Can be used with higher slumps, leaving the aggregate just below the surface, producing a durable concrete surface.
Can be used as a two person screed with ONE handle each, in the event you need to be outside the forms while screeding. (Standing)
Use it as a fixed long length or a fixed short length, both of which have great compounding powers.
Has several telescopic adjustments to help find that sweet spot for comfort.
Offers vibrating options for any of the above configurations and is switchable from one to the other.
Has ergonomic comfort, you don’t lose power when you stand, as a matter a fact you gain power and control using it! Perfect for around obstacles or troubled areas. One screed offers all that. Sounds like I’m bragging huh?

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New Concrete Tools

New Concrete Tools
Contractors and Dealers are searching for New Concrete Tools to help gain a competitive edge along with having the best offerings. The economy is trying to improve, tools are a great way to help the Contractor, Dealers who sell them, and the product delivery. Great new concrete tool ideas help contractors because it usually shaves time off of a job, saving labor costs and increasing profits. The Dealer gains the same basic principal with more and more Contractors searching for New Concrete tools to save, it in turn helps the Dealer in the sales department.
A deeper look at buying new concrete tools, look at things like Quality, Safety, Speed, all of which help gain better margins. Quality gains company strength, Safety helps the worker be more productive and less injury prone, Speed gains a favorable bottom line, and with benefits such as this a Dealer is obviously going to need this type of inventory. A “good” Concrete Tool pays for itself, a “really good” concrete tool pays for itself quickly! ApeArms Screed pays for itself in most instances during the first or second USE…..very quick.

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ApeArms Article

This link is to an article that came out in a Magazine about ApeArms.

http://adahub.com/?p=1896

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What is a Screed

Screed is a word with multiple uses inside and outside the concrete industry,  with very broad ranges of meaning.  But specific to this discussion, screed means a concrete tool used to strike off  uncured concrete.

There are several types of screed tools, with varying levels of complexity and sophistication.  The most basic screed tool is a readily-available,  inexpensive, and simple wood 2×4 that is pulled across the surface of wet concrete to smooth it out before final finishing.  Slightly more advanced are screeds constructed of aluminum or magnesium. Although these types offer a bit more precision and durability than their wooded counterparts, both options are physically demanding, and unfortunately the most commonly-used methods to date.

Beyond simple hand screed tools, there are a host of other tool options that usually have their own place in a concrete contractor’s tool arsenal.  Each option needs to be weighed against the project scope, type of concrete mix, and desired finishing quality.

Seaco Solutions has developed the perfect addition to the simple and laborious wood or metal hand screed method, providing ultimate comfort and control while allowing the user to stand during the entire screed process.  We proudly introduce to you the ApeArms Screed tool, the ultimate solution to the age-old problem of concrete finishing. Our amazing tool offers you the ability to do your job faster with better results, with far more control than ever before.

 

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A few Interesting facts about Apearms

Apearms will have holes to either screw the screed board into a fixed position or have a couple of optional holes for a simple duplex nail to be used in the event you need a quick fix.

Apearms do not have a vibrating motor that “needs” to be attached,  It does however have an option for a vibe motor when needed.

Apearms are ultra-light, weighing in at close to only 5lbs combined for the set without a screed board.

Apearms compound your efforts making the heavy load of concrete moving much less laborious.

Apearms allow two workers to screed from outside of the forms in the event its ever needed.

Apearms offer more control, typically when you get away from your screed board you start to lose power at every inch you move away from the screed board, well apearms actually give you more control when you start to move to a standing position.

Apearms features important multiple configuration options….we still havent counted them all. Two man operation, one man operation, vibe or not, short or long or use the telescopic adjustment for in between, two workers outside the forms, one long one short etc.

Apearms lowest setting still has great added power and control for the ones who just need to bend.

Apearms are ergonomical and have a great deal of comfort, even under pressure.

Apearms will certainly be safer, faster and all this comes while being affordable.

Apearms has a built in lifting placement control backstrap for when the tool is lifted, and  to place it in a specific spot without it dropping and having to swing it into place.

 

 

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