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Curb and Gutter

Have you ever worked on a good curb and gutter crew? It can be a real eye opener. First of all it is probably the fastest process of the finishers’ craft. The concrete sets up fast, the forming systems were designed to go up and strip down fast. Every person on the crew knows what has to be done and when to do it. All phases of the cement mason’s trade require cooperation and team work, but no where is this more in demand than on a curb and gutter crew. These teams form up and work together for years. The friendships that develop often last a lifetime. Work a curb and gutter crew for a while and see if you fit in.

Some Do- Some Don’t!

One thing is for sure, you will learn a lot about your trade and even more about what it means to call yourself a journeyman.

Today, a good curb and gutter crew is made up of specialists. Each person is well trained and knows exactly what has to be done and when to do it. Because they team up and often work together for years and because the materials themselves demand careful timing, a good crew is always in demand. This crew is going to lay 1,500 feet of curb and gutter before they pack up for home.

The Line Man
The line setter begins the process by reading the plans that determine the grade, location, angle points and breaking points of the curb and gutter. He drives his stakes and sets the line according to the measurements in the plans. The construction of the curb and gutter follows precisely the line set by him so he has to be quick and accurate.

Preparing the sub-grade
Preparation of the sub-grade is important in all concrete work, and curb and gutters are no different. Laborers rely on the line setter’s measurements to either fill or cut the ground to the proper grade. Once this is completed then the form work can be assembled.

The Crew
A crew lays out the lumber that the rest of the crew will use to construct the forms. They must layout back boards, face boards and gutter boards in such a way that the form setters can assemble them rapidly. The joints need to be staggered and stakes must be placed at proper intervals. If they know what they are doing, all the rest comes a lot easier.