Wacker Plate Epping

Vibrating Compaction for Construction Work in Epping

A wacker plate, also called a plate compactor packs a real punch and is a vital piece of equipment in a range of construction jobs. These tools are excellent for levelling and compacting within ground works projects. This includes preparation work for paths, driveways and building construction. Their use is essential to avoid big problems later on such as cracks in new structures.

These versatile tools can carry out backfills in narrow trenches used for water or gas pipe installation by using a smaller foot. They may also be used in confined spaces when completing marginal strip compaction on asphalt pavements.

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Vibrating wacker plates are most effective where the top layer of earth has been smoothed over using a wide toothed rake. This allows the plate compactor to work properly, giving neat and tidy results without having to be stopped here and there. When using these machines, you should wear the appropriate safety gear, including glasses, ear plugs, steel toed boots and work gloves. If working with gravel a safety helmet is also required to be on the safe side.

They are pretty simple to operate by: –

  • Beginning at the edge of the area to be worked on, hold the handle with one hand, and use the other to turn it on.
  • Slowly push the machine forward until you reach the opposite edge.
  • Turn the machine and push back in the other direction next to the strip you just did.
  • Repeat until the complete area is compacted and turn the machine off.
  • Position the wacker plate at a perpendicular angle to the first lot of strips.
  • Go over the entire area working back and forth over the previously compacted ground.

Ground Preparation & Maximum Gradients, Epping

To gain an accurate idea of the maximum compaction depth obtainable, compaction tests and soil samples are advised. Ground conditions like moisture content and grain distribution will affect this, making accurate figures difficult. Reputable building contractors would not consider erecting a structure before the ground has been properly prepared. Unfortunately this cannot be said within the area of DIY projects, where this step is often overlooked. Interlocking paving is another job that needs to be compacted before the main work commences.

Sloped surfaces such as embankments require care when using a wacker plate, and the machine operator should refer to the manufacturer’s guidance on gradients. The maximum gradient should be around 20 degrees for an effective and safe result.

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Temperatures can have an adverse effect on the ground too, which can be dangerous where foundations are planned. The cycle of freezing and thawing may cause air pockets and cause water to sit where it freezes and expands. Paving is then compromised and becomes uneven, giving a disappointing and hazardous outcome.

Hiring a wacker plate is a great money saving option, and as all of our tools and equipment are checked and maintained, you can’t go wrong. Our hire rates are very reasonable and we are happy to advice and offer guidance on using and operating our machines. We have a vast range of tools and equipment, ideal for any home or commercial projects in Epping including building, gardening, landscaping, roadworks and work at height.


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