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Construction Tubes

Construction tubes, or construction cores, are cardboard tubes used to help form and create concrete construction components. Most commonly these products are utilized to fabricate concrete columns for load bearing applications but can be used for many other industrial and commercial applications.

Construction tubes provide construction workers with a simple and effective method for shaping and containing concrete. In order to create concrete components or structures, the liquid concrete has to be poured into a mold and allowed to set and cure. The curing process is a fairly slow process and typically takes a full day to complete. Construction cores are designed and manufactured to specifically bear the pressure of the liquid concrete, so that the concrete is properly contained for the full duration of the curing process. Once the concrete has cured, the tube can be left in place or it can be removed, depending on the application requirements. Construction tubes are used to create columns for highway support as well as piles for foundation applications. In foundation applications, construction cores can be used to create concrete piles without the need for a pile driver. While these tubes are commonly used for large construction projects, they can also be used for smaller commercial applications. They are used in many home improvement projects like post-setting applications. Read More…Request for Quote

Construction Tubes A concrete tube, or concrete core, is a device used to pour concrete for construction applications. These devices are typically constructed from cardboard or other similar fibrous materials, and they serve as the means for containing and shaping the concrete.

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Cleveland, OH  |  800-882-9002

As a member of the Member of the Independent Converters Association, we know our business and the business of cardboard tubes.

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Ace Paper Tube Corporation $$$

Greenville, TN  |  423-638-1284

Valk Industries provides engineering and manufacturing services for cardboard tubes as well as custom thermoformed items like clamshells, blister packs, trays and filler material.

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Beloit, WI  |  800-393-7917

Western Container partners with the world`s top spiral tube equipment designers & paperboard manufacturers, to bring our customers the very best paper tubing and precision cores.

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Chicago, IL  |  312-243-6050

Chicago Mailing Tube is a premier manufacturer of custom paper tubes, containers, and cores, providing products that are both high quality and economical.

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Chicago Mailing Tube Co. $$$

Dallas, TX  |  800-422-5108

Here at Paper Tubes and Sales we are a proven manufacturer of high quality cardboard tubes. These products are ideal for a multitude of industries and our teams are available to assist you with determining the best paper tube for your application.

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Paper Tubes & Sales $$$

Milwaukee, WI  |  414-988-7141

For quality, 100% recyclable cardboard tubes, look no further than Heartland Products. Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we serve customers throughout the United States with the highest quality products.

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Heartland Products Group LLC $$$
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Manufacturers typically manufacture construction tubes using spiral wound fiber layers. Tubes are manufactured in many different sizes to accommodate many different construction applications. The most important dimensions to consider when choosing a construction core are the diameter and thickness of the tube. Tube diameter determines the thickness of the concrete component, and the tube thickness determines the strength of the construction tube. For example, when creating a large concrete column, you would most likely require a thicker tube with a large diameter. Greater thickness allows the tube to bear the greater load and pressure of the increased quantity of liquid concrete within the tube. Tube length is another dimension to consider but is much easier to manipulate.

Since these tubes are constructed from cardboard, they can be cut to the desired length with common hand or power tools. Construction tubes are also fabricated to meet the unique chemical requirements of concrete. Water is a fundamental component of the concrete mixture and curing process. However, in many circumstances, the surrounding soil or air can pull the water out of the concrete as it cures. This drastically reduces the strength of the concrete. For this reason, many construction tube manufacturers incorporate a water resistant lining, like wax, into the tube design to help hold in the water, resulting in improved concrete strength.

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