Ancon Lockable Dowels are a proven, independently-tested solution which is both easy to detail and install on site.
Watch the installation video below for Ancon's Slab-to-Wall Lockable Dowel.
Nail the sleeve to the formwork so the top of the void former is level with the top of the slab. Do not remove the label over the nailing plate as this prevents ingress of concrete into the sleeve. Fix the local reinforcement.
Pour the concrete, and when of sufficient strength, strike the formwork. Puncture the label to reveal the cylindrical sleeve only and insert the dowel until it is approximately 20mm from the back of the void former.
Fix the local reinforcement around the dowel component and pour the concrete.
After a predetermined time period (generally 3-4 weeks), when movement between the slabs has stabilised and the joint between the slabs has been filled, the dowel is ready to be locked. Fit the Locking Plate on a groove in the centre of the void former. The fan-shaped Locking Plate allows the dowel to be locked in any position.
Mix the two-part epoxy resin and pour into the void former. It is essential the resin flows along the stainless steel box section towards the joint and reaches the notches on the locking plate, which indicate minimum resin depth. Joint must be filled before resin is installed.
After 24 hours the void former can be filled with cementitious material, level with the top of the slab, to complete the installation. The locked dowel continues to transfer vertical load between the slabs, but movement can no longer take place.
The Ancon offices will close at 12:00pm on Friday 22nd December 2017 and re-open at 8:30am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
The Lockable Dowel has won a 2017 Most Innovative Product award in the USA. It has been named Editor’s Choice in the ‘Materials for Concrete Construction’ category.