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Wood ‘bucks’ stop at masonry sites bearing Quick Headers lintel supports

Utah’s Quick Headers chose World of Concrete 2020 for the national debut of its removeable lintel shoring system, market ready after four years’ proof of concept work with masonry and general contractors in its home base. Following a solidly positive response in Las Vegas, including Mason Contractors Association of America “Innovative Find” nod, Quick Headers is targeting block & brick supply yards and equipment rental operators. The company cites the potential of its namesake assembly as a profitable addition to rental programs—one that has proved to be a safe, reliable, and significant time and cost savings replacement for traditional wood framed “bucks.”

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Founder Scot Kelley with tireless warehouse and job site assistant Diesel. PHOTOS: Quick Headers
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A Wasatch Masonry crew member installs a 10.5-in. Quick Header and support prop at the Deseret Complex in Kaysville, Utah. The temporary lintel shoring system is structurally sound for concrete masonry wall construction; adjustable tabs ease and expedite installation and removal.
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IMS Masonry deployed Quick Headers shoring components, along with EZG Hog Leg Wall Bracing, for a Utah Department of Transportation maintenance facility in South Salt Lake City.
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Early Quick Headers field applications included the Road Home Women’s Recovery Center, where window openings stretched to 16- x 6-ft. After a demonstration of the steel shoring system on second level lintels, mason contractor Harv & Higam dispatched wood alternatives (first level openings) from the Midvale, Utah site.
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Using Quick Headers instead conventional wood assemblies, Horizon Masonry realized at least 50 percent savings on shoring material and labor costs for the Advantage Arts project in Herriman, Utah. The steel components were typically installed in five minutes or less, including on openings up to 14 ft. 6 in. x 14 ft.

Professionally engineered, structurally sound and designed by masons for masons, the patented Quick Headers C-channel steel beams are fabricated in approximately one foot increments, 18 in. to 24 ft., and can be securely connected together to shore up virtually any size block wall opening. Extendable tabs on one or both beam ends afford 7 inches to 14 inches of flexibility when crossing structural masonry openings. Support props are required every 6 feet of length and can reach up to 39 feet in height.

Quick Headers eliminates costly work stoppages and the challenges associated with managing, building and fitting wood bucks. The lightweight, reusable steel headers install and remove in under a minute and generally net a 50 percent savings on shoring costs for block construction. The absence of disposable wood headers and support props contributes to waste reduction measures typical of green building practice. Once masons remove Quick Headers, down line trades are left with clean and true window, door or mechanical wall openings.

Quick Headers founder Scot Kelly acquired the lintel support concept from partners in Australia, where a mason debuted a similar system for residential buildings. He adapted and patented the channels and trays for commercial building conditions in North America, and in 2015 began testing proof of concept components through an Ogden, Utah rental operation. Intermountain State masonry contractors have needed little time to realize the system labor, material and time savings potential, and are accustomed to asking for Quick Headers by name. — Quick Headers LLC, Ogden, Utah, 801/675-1058; www.quickheaders.com