How Do You Move Interlocking Concrete Blocks

How Do You Move Interlocking Concrete Blocks?

Interlocking Concrete Blocks are known to be a heavy block, due to the fact that they are made from concrete. This is further reinforced when you consider the sizes available for Interlocking Concrete Blocks.

So how do you move them? Can you lift them by hand? Do they need special equipment? Or doe you need to drag them?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘How do you move Interlocking Concrete Blocks?’

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Interlocking Concrete Blocks explained

Interlocking Concrete Blocks explained

Interlocking Concrete Blocks are a building solution that can be used in a variety of situations over traditional brick and mortar builds, and builds that use other materials. Interlocking Concrete Blocks contain studs and recesses at the top and bottom of the block respectively that allow them to join together without the need for mortar to bind them.

The hold provided by the blocks is almost impossible to detach without the use of heavy machinery. Furthermore, due to the durable nature of concrete, you can use these blocks to create structurally sound, reliable and durable structures that are weatherproof, and extremely heavy.

What is the weight and height of Interlocking Concrete Blocks?

The heaviness of the blocks, in conjunction with the interlocking feature, provides a secure level of structural integrity that is extremely difficult to topple or alter in any way once the structure has been set.

Regarding the weight of our blocks, they individually weigh 1560KG depending on the size of block you opt for. In conjunction with this, the interlocking and stacking features of our blocks provide an extremely secure structure.

Our interlocking concrete blocks have the potential to have 5 blocks stacked upon each other. Our standard-sized blocks are 60 cm in height, with 5 stacked together this would equate to 300 cm, which is exactly 9 feet (2.74 m) & 10.11 inches (ca. 26 cm) high.

Uses of Interlocking Concrete Blocks

Here is a list of some of the uses that Interlocking Concrete Blocks can facilitate.

  • Material Storage bays
  • Blast walls
  • Salt stores
  • Crash protection
  • Push walls
  • Security barriers
  • Segregation bays, i.e. recycling centres
  • Retaining walls
  • Industrial buildings
  • Fire breaks
  • Counterweights
  • Roadblocks

How do you move Interlocking Concrete Blocks?

How do you move Interlocking Concrete Blocks?

Due to the heavy weight, and precision required to interlock our blocks, Interlocking Concrete Blocks should only be moved with the assistance of heavy lifting equipment. Heavy lifting equipment such as a forklift provides a safe means of moving and placing Interlocking Concrete Blocks.

This becomes especially true if you are stacking the blocks. It is almost impossible to lift and place these blocks without sufficient lifting equipment. Neglecting to use the right lifting equipment is extremely negligent and can result in lasting injury or even death.

Compromising health and safety on any regulated building site can result in the build being stopped. You should always practice safe building practices, especially with tools such as Interlocking Concrete Blocks.

Can Interlocking Concrete Blocks be dragged?

No. Interlocking Concrete Blocks should not be dragged in order to move them. Depending on the floor it is being dragged against, it could damage the floor and the block itself. Additionally, the weight of our larger blocks would make dragging them an extremely difficult and inefficient exercise.

Can Interlocking Concrete Blocks be moved by hand?

No. Although it may be possible for our smallest blocks to be moved by hand, we only suggest moving our Interlocking Concrete blocks through the safest and appropriate means.

What’s the point of having blocks that are too heavy to move by hand?

Although it may seem odd to use blocks that need equipment in order to be moved, it actually has a reason. Heavier blocks provide a better foundation, which is compounded once the blocks are interlocked.

Having a better foundation due to heavier weight can ensure that the structure is far more resistant to issues that would otherwise affect structures made from lighter blocks.

Can Interlocking Concrete Blocks be moved after they are placed?

After Interlocking Concrete Blocks have been placed, they can not be moved unless they are disassembled first. Disassembly must take place using heavy lifting equipment, starting with the highest and outermost block, and removing them one by one.

Although this can be a lengthy process, it can be extremely helpful to reuse your Interlocking Concrete Blocks. It can save money in the long-term, and enable you to create more structures if the original structure they were used for is not required any more.

Even though Interlocking Concrete Blocks can be re-used, in some cases some may not. This is only true if the blocks in question have sustained extensive damage. Extensive damage can be anything from a crack that travels through the block, to larger pieces being chipped off.

An Interlocking Concrete Block with significant damage reduces its durability, which in turn can compromise the structural integrity of the structure.

How can Interlocking Concrete Blocks be transported?

You can transport Interlocking Concrete Blocks via vehicle. Which would be a truck that is designed to carry heavy loads. Using a regular car or van will result in issues for your vehicle, as they are not designed to carry such a weight.

Even if they were, the shape of most vehicles does not allow for Interlocking Concrete Blocks to be placed within the vehicles with heavy lifting equipment. You should never purposely fill a vehicle with concrete blocks of any kind unless they are designed to handle the weight.

Does a flat top block weigh less than a normal Interlocking Concrete Block?

Technically, yes, however, the difference in weight is nominal and barely noticeable. The only difference between the two blocks is that one does not have studs on it.

Is it better to use blocks that need mortar?

Is it better to use blocks that need mortar?

Yes and no, blocks require mortar to be effective, whilst some don’t at all.

Some, if not most blocks or bricks, require mortar in order to achieve a lasting and efficient hold. This is partly what makes bricklaying a tedious and time-consuming process. Neglecting to use any binding materials at all will result in an unsafe structure that can collapse at any time.

However, there are blocks that do not require mortar at all. Our Interlocking Concrete Blocks being an example of this. Once the blocks are connected through their studs and recesses, they are almost impossible to dislodge without purposeful effort.

The benefit that comes with not requiring any mortar at all, is that you are saving money that would have otherwise been spent on that resource, and time that would have been spent applying it.

Purchase Interlocking Concrete Blocks today

As an established supplier all over the UK, PPC Concrete Products is always happy to help, which is why we encourage you to get in touch with any questions you may have or have a look at our FAQ.

In this blog, we hope to have provided key information to answer the question ‘How do you move Interlocking Concrete Blocks?’ Whilst also providing additional information, including construction solutions that we offer.

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