How to Use Foam Concrete Forms
Foam concrete forms make creating a cement footing much faster and easier than working with pieces of wood and stakes. Foam concrete forms are easy to set up, and this quick how-to guide will show you everything you need to know. Let's get started.
Step 1 - Layout the Footing
Using the measuring tape and chalk or marker, layout the area where your footing will be installed. Mark the ground clearly so you will know where to dig.
Step 2 - Dig the Footer
Use a shovel or trench digging tool to dig the footer. Refer to the building plans for dimensions and be sure to follow your ground layout plan.
Step 3 - Connect and Place Form Pieces
Most foam forms have inter-locking edges that are used to connect them. Connect the pieces and place along the border edges of the footing. Use support braces if needed to keep the forms straight and upright.
Step 4 - Apply Adhesive
Fill the foam form pieces with plasticizer adhesive. This will allow for better flow of the concrete when it is poured and also help prevent air pockets and gaps in the cement.
Step 5 - Pour Concrete
Mix and pour the concrete into the forms. Allow to cure completely before removing them.