Shop Tip #061
© Frank Ford 2004; Photo by FF

When reinforcing a side crack, the temptation is to make lots of small cleats that just cover the area. A better reinforcement is almost always provided by full width strips that span the distance between the linings. The idea is to keep the side form bending inward under pressure, which would reopen the crack. A few full width supports like this will do wonders to keep crack repair intact, even if the crack is right at the edge of the lining. Trust me, it works!