An inspection checklist for residential concrete formwork

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An inspection checklist for residential concrete formwork
It helps to have a checklist when inspecting residential concrete forms. (contractor,foreman,construction image by Greg Pickens from

It is too late to change the forms once the concrete is poured. Concrete forms are the moulds or frames set up before the concrete is poured to make the slab or "footprint" of a residential house and are also used for driveways, sidewalks, and more. They are made from wooden planks or plastic moulding with steel rebar or other metal reinforcing arranged inside to make the concrete stronger. A checklist makes it easier to inspect concrete formwork before the concrete is poured.

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Verify that the drawings have been signed and accepted by the job supervisor or local permitting agency if appropriate, and make sure the form setters have copies.


Check all the measurements against the plans to see that they have been done accurately and make sure the openings and other deviations are in the right place and match the footprint shown on the drawings. Make certain the materials used are straight and are joined properly without gaps, and that the sleeves, braces and fasteners have been installed correctly according to code.


Make certain the workers cutting, welding and placing the reinforcing are working safely and inspect the placement of the steel reinforcing once it is completed. Be sure to have the county or city building inspector check them before pouring if applicable.

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