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Dead Shores, Raking Shores, and Flying Shores. What are they exactly?

Scaffolding is an integral part of construction work, allowing workers to access heights and maintain balance while working on structures. Shore Scaffolding is a specialised type of scaffolding, which is not just designed for support and safety but also utilised to hold up or support an existing structure.

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Shoring in scaffolding comes in various forms. This includes 3 types namely; Dead Shores, Raking Shores, and Flying Shores. These types, while having a similar primary goal – support, vary in their structure, usage, and manner of providing support.

Dead shores are a type of shore scaffolding used when the structural integrity of a building is threatened due to repairs or alterations. They provide vertical support, typically used to carry loads from upper levels to the ground below, transferring weight and helping to prevent possible collapse.


They can support structures that have had internal components removed, and in cases of excavation where soil removal could potentially affect building foundations.


Raking shores, on the other hand, offer a slanting or angular support to the building. These scaffolds, like the name suggests, are placed at an angle against the walls. These raking or inclined members provide lateral support against the walls to ensure stability and counter lateral pressure. They’re usually used when there is a risk of the structure leaning or when lateral support is necessary during building repairs, reconstruction, or following a disaster like a fire or flood.


The third type of shore scaffolding is the flying shores. Unlike Dead Shores and Raking Shores, which are used to support an individual building, flying shores are used between two structures. They’re used when the building that initially provided support is demolished, or if the structure is unable to bear the load due to damage. These shores ‘fly’ in the air without ground support, and thus must be strong enough to prevent any possible leaning or collapsing of the two structures.


While each of these types of shore scaffolding offers support, their application and effectiveness depend on various factors like the type and degree of damage, the load of the structure, the duration of the project, and many other factors. Understanding the structural weaknesses and assessing the building accurately is crucial before choosing the type of shoring to implement.


Moreover, as safety remains the prime concern, only certified and experienced professionals should install or supervise the installation of any form of shoring. It’s important to ensure that these installations are checked regularly for any signs of instability, displacement, or structural strain.


In conclusion, shore scaffolding plays a vital role in building repair and reconstruction work, as well as temporary structural support in various circumstances. Each type—Dead Shores, Raking Shores, and Flying Shores—brings its unique function and style to bear on different situations, bolstering the safety and stability of the construction process.

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