What is a Rebar detailer?
- This is the main question that comes from people outside of
the industry. All too often it takes an explanation which ties
in the fact that concrete needs reinforcement, and the roles of the
engineer, fabricator, placer, and myself. It goes something like
structures require reinforcing. On it's own, concrete is not
adequate to handle most loads... Therefore, engineers determine
what rebar (reinforcing) is required to support their design loads and
create structural drawings based on that design. Rebar is used
like your skeletal structure or better yet, an armature in a clay
sculpture. It provides rigidity, adding to the strength of the
covering. Using the engineer's structural drawings I interpret
his design and create placing drawings for all the rebar
requirements. These placing drawings are then used by the placer
to install the rebar before concrete is poured. From the same
placing drawings, I also create material list for the fabricator to
use in their shop."
Ok... So that's a little wordy for me.. especially
after a 14 hour day of revising drawings, because the engineer's note
was ambiguous, or the contractor decided to add "just a
couple" of construction joints, or I just plain screwed up.
I say --- "It's like drafting" ---
which I know - is nothing like detailing... but
hey, it was a long day!
can you have drawings to me?
One of my favorite questions
(yeah right). Usually this question is posed before I get any
contract drawings... (most jobs I take are sight unseen) Or, as
if most fabricators and contractors have a 6th sense, the question
comes shortly after I receive the drawings... I mean within a
matter of minutes. I know everyone has someone else pushing them
so I really don't mind when it's my turn to be pushed... The only problem is
I have no one to push. wah, wah.
My typical answer to
this question is: "when do you need it?"
A little side stepping and jockeying for position, and a date is
agreed on. Typically, everyone is happy with the
outcome... I'm an insomniac anyway, so what's another late
are you located?
- South Mississippi...
About 40 minutes to the Gulf and the nearest casino (I
rarely go "gaming", rarely go to the Gulf coast, mmm..
rarely go anywhere). I am about 80 miles East of New
Orleans. It's a rural community, with plenty of elbow room.
View From My Office
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