Reinforced Concrete Pipe
Concrete is the most commonly used material in building all over the world and is used in making almost all structures, including pipes, building foundations and walls. The strength and character of concrete depends on the quality and mixture of the paste used to make it, which in turn depends on the cement water ratio that went into making it. The less water there is, the stronger the concrete will be. One of the reasons that a reinforced concrete pipe is useful is because it is durable and strong. The disadvantage of a reinforced concrete pipe is that it is quite heavy and therefore it needs some extra support holding it up.
A reinforced concrete pipe is very heavy, so it is important that you handle it safely and properly if you want both yourself and the pipe to be okay. These pipes need to be lifted with a crane or some other machine, and then hung so that they are almost parallel to the ground. If they are being transported in a truck, do not roll them off the back of the truck as this will damage it as well, even though it is a strong material and probably won't look like it has been damaged. The impact of a fall can cause a crack on the inside of the concrete and this will weaken the reinforced concrete pipe.
Before joining all the parts of the reinforced concrete pipe together, clean all the dirt that may be on the surfaces at the end of the pipes so it will 'go home' without trouble when being joined. The bell jointing surface should be lubricated so that it will not be damaged when the pipes are joined. The gasket should also be well lubricated before it is placed onto the pipe's tongue or spigot. Otherwise it won't slip on to the pipe easily, and the force needed to make it slip on might destroy the pipe. Ensure that the pipes are aligned properly before joining them to save the trouble of making mistakes or having the gasket come dislodged, which will cause damage to the bell and possible leaks.
Remember to support concrete pipes on barrels, not on uneven ground or on the bells of the pipes, as this will increase their chances of coming undone. Once they are joined together, fill the bedding around them evenly without leaving any voids which could lead to dislodging and undo the hard work of putting them together.
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