What happens if you cut a post tension cable in concrete?

Cutting a tensioned cable, or tendon, can endanger the contractor and compromise the structural integrity of the slab. Building professionals frequently use ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to locate cables within concrete slabs and reinforce the slab during and after cutting operations.

Can post tension cables break?

Slab and structure failure. Post tension slabs are strong because of the cables inside of them. When one or more of those cables fails due to damage, they aren’t as strong as they once were. This can cause slab or structure failure that can cost an obscene amount of money to repair, and it can be dangerous.

What happens if you drill into a post tension slab?

Post-tension slab drilling, cutting, and coring can be incredibly dangerous. Not only is there a risk of structural collapse, but you also risk severe injury and death.

Does post tension concrete crack?

Errors that lead to cracks in post-tensioned slabs As a result, even though post-tensioning is meant to help prevent a slab from cracking, the slab can still crack if the tensioning process is done incorrectly.

Can a post tension slab be repaired?

Post-Tension Foundation slabs can be efficiently repaired and retro-fitted. While most of our calls are after someone has already broken a PT cable, we can help eliminate major damage to the slab and tendons with locating tendons and a review of the repair conditions, prior to cutting into the PT slab.

Why can’t you cut a post tension slab?

PT slabs on ground can be placed and stamped just like with any other concrete slab. Surfaces can be stained or overlaid. The only concern is to always remember not to cut or drill into post-tensioned concrete slabs, since once a tendon has been cut, it is very difficult to repair.

How thick is post tension slab?

A residential post-tensioned concrete slab will typically be 8 inches thick and use 3000 psi concrete. Once the concrete has gained strength to 2000 psi, typically within the 3 to 10 days recommended by PTI, the tendons are stressed.

Is a post tension slab better?

Strength. Post-tensioned concrete is stronger and more flexible than conventional steel-reinforced concrete. According to the Concrete Network, post-tensioning helps reduce cracking from shrinkage as the concrete dries, and holds together any cracks that do form.

What is post tensioning in concrete?

Post-Tensioned Concrete. Post-tensioning is a method of prestressing in which the tendons are tensioned after the concrete has hardened and the prestressing force is primarily transferred to the concrete through the end anchorages.

What is the difference between pre tensioning and prestressing steel?

Prestressing steel, such as strands, bars or wires, is used to impart compressive stresses to the concrete. Pre-tensioning is a method of prestressing in which the tendons are tensioned before concrete is placed and the prestressing force is primarily transferred to the concrete through bond.

How much will the edge of a post tensioned slab move?

A good rule of thumb is that a post-tensioned system will move about 1 inch for every 100 feet of slab that is not restrained by a lateral system. If the edge of the slab is 50 feet away from the nearest shear wall, when post tensioned this edge will move in about 1⁄2 inch.

What is the strength of post tension steel?

Steel strands used for post-tensioning typically have a tensile strength of 270,000 pounds per square inch (psi), are about 1/2 inch in diameter, and are stressed to a force of 33,000 pounds. Benefits While concrete is strong in compression, it is weak in tension.