Simple Steps Save Time and Effort

  • Order the reinforcing bar with the construction schedule in mind.
  • When reinforcing bar is delivered to the site, check the shipping list or manifest, dray ticket or loading sheet as each bundle is unloaded.
  • Save time by hoisting the bundles of bars directly from the truck to the area on the structure where the bars are going to be placed.
  • Put bundles in an area with easy access for re-handling. Make sure the reinforcing bar is placed on timbers to keep it away from mud or standing water.
  • Keep stockpiles orderly. Straight bars are usually stored by sizes and by lengths for easy identification. Stockpile similar bent bars together.
  • Make sure all bar tags are at the same end for quick identification. When bars are removed, make sure the bar tag stays with the bundle and doesn't get lost.

Cutting Reinforcing Bar at a Project Site

Occasionally, field cutting is required when reinforcing bars are too long as a result of design changes or errors made in detailing, fabrication or placing. Field cutting is sometimes needed with overlength bars prior to placement in formwork or when partially bars are embedded in hardened concrete.

For uncoated reinforcing bars, use bolt cutters on smaller size bars (#10, #13, and #16). For bar sizes #19 and larger, use an oxy-acetylene torch to flame cut.

Smaller size epoxy-coated bars (#10, #13, and #16) can also be cut with bolt cutters. However, do not use a flame torch to cut larger epoxy-coated bars! Instead, use a saw with a diamond blade.

After cutting epoxy-coated reinforcing bars, the cut ends are to be coated with two-part epoxy patching material.

Must-Have Resources

Technical Note (ETN-M-5): Rust, Mill Scale and Other Surface Contaminants on Steel Reinforcing Bars  

This Technical Note reviews the past research and the current specifications that relate to the reinforcing bar surface conditions and subsequent bar embedment in concrete.