Temporary support forms a large part of our work as we cut and form openings for lintels and steel beams. Ensuring temporary support is often one of the most important tasks as one of the most hazardous times in the alteration of a building is when the works are in progress. The temporary support keeps the building held up as we set up more permanent structural openings in the building.
Setting up temporary support is particularly important if the wall being considered for a structural opening is a load-bearing wall. These walls are vital for supporting other parts of the building including the roof, the floor, or the top half of the wall itself. We will therefore make sure that any shift in weight and pressure created by the opening is managed by temporary support.
We will use our stitch drilling technique to create pockets above the proposed area of the new opening, before inserting steel beams commonly called needles. The needles will be horizontally supported by steel adjustable props on both sides of the proposed opening in order to transfer the load to the ground. We will then cut out a space that is the right size for the lintel, before inserting it and building back any gaps in the opening.