Kennards Hire Test & Measure has introduced a new concrete cover
meter designed to simplify the process of locating reinforcing bars in concrete
During construction and maintenance of concrete structures, it is
important to locate steel reinforcement bars and metal pipes so that they can
be avoided when drilling through the concrete cover. Drilling through the steel
tension rod is hazardous to personnel, can break expensive equipment and lead
to serious structural damage as floors can partially collapse in multi-storey
buildings resulting in extensive and costly repairs.
The new Elcometer concrete cover meter, now available from Kennards Hire
Test & Measure, simplifies the whole process of identifying the location,
orientation and depth measurement of reinforcing bars and sub-surface metalwork
in concrete by accurately measuring the depth of cover over reinforcement bars.
The concrete cover meter is also used to establish the condition of the
metalwork and assess the corrosion potential, so that maintenance can be
scheduled as required.
Leo De Sousa, Product Specialist at Kennards Hire Test & Measure
East Brisbane explains that the Elcometer is the only gauge on the market that
measures the thickness of concrete cover of both stainless steel rebar and
metal pipes. Both audio and visual alarms will provide indication as the search
head approaches a reinforcing bar. The cover meter emits a sound that increases
in pitch as it moves closer to the bar while a signal strength indicator on the
display simultaneously increases in length.
In addition to the depth of the concrete, and the location and
orientation of the rebar or metal pipe, the cover meter can even determine the
diameter of the rebar in a 5-50mm range up to 120mm deep in concrete.
Kennards Hire Test & Measure offers a growing range of equipment
including hydrostatic test pumps, anchor testers, non-invasive smoke machines
and service locators.