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FastFoot Footing Forms

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Prevents Concrete Damage

Fastfoot® is a closed form. As seen from this photo there is no concrete damage to screed boards and stakes.

This means your 2x4s and stakes can be re-used indefinitely.


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Adapts to Uneven Ground, Rock

Special colored width lines allow Fastfoot® to be ‘let out’ or ‘pulled in’ to accomodate uneven excavations.

No need to scab lumber on the sides of your footings or shovel the ground to achieve the footing depth.

Fastfoot® is perfect over rock as shown in this photo.

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Ideal for Stepped Footings

Fastfoot® quickly adapts to the uneven contours of your bank. No need to waste plywood.

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Forms Deep Footings

Fastfoot® is ideal for deep footings and commerical pads. Form footings up to 4′ deep.

Eliminate expensive and heavy plywood and eliminate expensive re-cycling of formwork.


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Prevents Rising Damp

Concrete is ‘hygroscopic’, wicking up ground moisture which leads to a damp and moldy interior.

Fastfoot® is a damp proof membrane, preventing ground moisture wicking into the footing concrete, providing a drier, healthier indoor environment.

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Prevents Ground Water Contamination

Fastfoot® is a closed form, preventing cement fines from entering the water table.

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Stronger Concrete

As the picture above shows, Fastfoot® prevents the footing concrete from being contaminated by mud and water, leading to a stronger concrete.

In the summer, Fastfoot® prevents rapid evaporation of moisture in the sides and bottom of the footing. This ensures adequate moisture for proper hydration of the cement particles.


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Back Injuries

Above left: Fastfoot®: a single 2×8 screed board hinged at each corner for rapid deployment and stripping, with Fastfoot® quickly stapled in position. The weight of Fastfoot® for these 10′ x 10′ x 24″ pads (including screed board and bracing) is 4.6 pounds a running foot.

Plywood weighs over 14 pounds a running foot, over three times Fastfoot®. Note how the contractor has shoveled sand around the base to prevent blowouts. This is never required with Fastfoot®.

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Ease of Bracing

In the left photo, the contractor uses minimal bracing: three single kickers on each side, with no lateral support on bottom. Lateral pressures are reduced 50% with Fastfoot®, with no lateral pressure at the bottom. This makes installation and stripping fast and lowers costs significantly.

With plywood, concrete pressure is highest at the bottom, requiring significant support at base to prevent blowouts. In this photo the contractor supports the bottom of his form with stakes and sand to prevent blowouts.

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Screed Board Adjustment

With Fastfoot® the 2×8 is adjusted to the exact elevation of the top of the pad, with fabric filling between the screed board and ground. Screeding is fast, easy and efficient.

With plywood, the top of the form is seldom the top of the pad, requiring the installation of a 1×2 leveling strip around the inside. Concrete placement and finishing is difficult and time consuming. (Note the form blowout, requiring rapid deployment of broken concrete from a previous plywood form failure.)


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Pour Size

As Fastfoot® is ‘sacrificed’, there are no inventory limitations of the size of the pour. The left photo (with bracing removed) shows the first pour; the right photo is the second pour. The number of pads poured each day was a function of the speed of the concrete pump and the supply of concrete, not form inventory.

With plywood, the size of the pour is constrained by the plywood in stock. If this project was formed with plywood, 18,000 pounds of form materials would have been required for each of the two pours, and a crane to move the panels across the site.


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Rising Damp

Rising Damp Prevention & Ground Water Contamination

Concrete is hydroscopic, wicking up ground water which then enters the interior of the structure. This is why underground garages have very high humidity levels. Note the damp color of the sand, indicating moisture wicking up from the water table below.

Fastfoot® is a damp proof membrane which prevents ground moisture wicking up into the concrete, thereby providing a dry and healthy indoor air environment. The membrane also prevents cement fines leaching into the ground water table.

Plywood is an open form providing NO protection against ground moisture, leading to damp concrete for the life of the building. Cement fines contaminate the water table.

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Cost of Materials, Cost of Recycling

Fastfoot® is an inexpensive form that uses minimal resources. Evern: the small amount of lumber is protected by fabric and lasts indefinitely. No recycling costs with Fastfoot®.

Plywood forms are heavy and expensive. They have a short life as a temporary form, then must be stripped, cleaned, treated, transported, stored, and ultimately discarded in a land fill. This requires great amounts of labor and energy.

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Fast Tube Overview

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Fast-Tube™ is a ‘soft’ fabric column form for forming round concrete columns. Manufactured from high strength polyethylene, Fast-Tube™ comes on rolls 100′ in length for diameters from 8″ to 12″ (in 2″ multiples) and 50′ lengths for diameters 14″ to 20″. Installation, pouring and stripping is quick and easy.

Sustainable Advantages

  • Economic, see spreadsheet below
  • No waste: cut any length from 100′ roll
  • Ships flat, 1% the space of cardboard tubes
  • Light weight, 10% the weight of cardboard tubes
  • Strips in seconds
  • Recycle as under slab membrane

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Understanding the Monopour System

The system consists of four components:

  1. Drill adjustable side supports used to hold the ICF block the footing height above the ground;
  2. Fastfoot fabric used to contain and form the concrete footing under the ICF block;
  3. The ICF block itself;
  4. Zont bracing used to align and hold the foundation in position.

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Drill Adjustable Side Supports

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Sewn Fastfoot® Corners & T-Junctions

Fastfoot® is screw attached to the bottom edges of the ICF components, ensuring the footing concrete is completely protected from rising damp. Pre-sewn corners and T-junctions are used to make installation fast and cost effective.

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Zont™ Bracing

The bracing was designed specifically for use with the monopour system. Scaffolding loads are transferred directly to the ground through the strongback, without interfering with the footing concrete. The bracing is simple and cost effective, consisting of Zont™ brackets, Zuckle™ wall aligners, ZAT catwalk brackets and site available 2x4s. Click on the image above for more information.

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Straighter Walls

HoriZONTal walers are the first contact with the wall, straightening first in the horizontal direction.

Compare this with conventional vertical braces where the first contact is vertical, leading to a wavy horizontal alignment.

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Zont™ bracing is approximately 10% the cost of vertical bracing.

Why rent conventional braces when you can buy for the same price?

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Fast to Install

A ‘twist’ of the wrist quickly locks the horizontal waler and vertical strongback in position.

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Light Weight

Zont™ waler brackets and Zuckle™ wall aligners weight 11% the weight of conventional vertical bracing.

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Height Adaptable

Brace short stem walls or 20′ tall walls.

Just add another row of Zonts™ and walers for every five feet of wall.

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Easy Bucking

Window and end of wall bucks are easily reinforced as there are no vertical braces in the way.

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Easy to Transport

Zont galvanized totes easily carry 20 Zonts or 15 Zuckles. The Zotes are stackable and have drainage holes to prevent filling with water.

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Use site available 2x4s, save on delivery and storage costs.

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