Types of Shoring Used in Construction

  • Raking or inclined shores
  • Flying or horizontal shores
  • Dead or vertical shores

Raking or Inclined Shores

Ranking shores is a system of giving temporary support to an unsafe wall. In this method, inclined members known as rakers are used to give lateral supports to walls. A raking shore consists of the following components:

Rakers / inclined members

Wall plate





The following points are to be kept in view for the use of the raking shores:

Rakers are to be inclined in the ground at 45°. However, the angle may be between 45° and 75°. he most effective support is given if the raker meets the wall at an angle of 60 to 70 degrees.

The size of the rakers is to be decided on the basis of anticipated thrust from the wall.

Rakers should be properly braced at intervals.

For tall buildings, the length of the raker can be reduced by introducing rider raker.

The center line of a raker and the wall should meet at floor level.

The sole plate should be properly embedded into the ground on an inclination and should be of proper section and size.

Wedges should not be used on sole plates since they are likely to give way under vibrations that are likely to occur.

Shoring may be spaced at 3 to 4.5 m spacing to cover a longer length of the bar.

Flying / Horizontal Shores

Flying or Horizontal Shores, in this type horizontal supports are provided for supporting temporarily the parallel walls of the two adjacent buildings, which may tend to collapse or damage when one of the intermediate buildings has to be pulled down and rebuilt. All types of arrangements of supporting the unsafe structure in which the shores do not reach the ground come under this category.

Dead Shores

Dead Shores or Vertical Shores, In this system of shoring, the vertical members known as ‘dead shores’ are used to support temporarily the walls, roofs, floors, etc., by providing horizontal members known as a needle.

Dead shores provided for the following purpose:

To rebuild the lower part of a defective load bearing wall.

For providing large openings in the existing walls such as doors, windows, shop fronts or garages at a lower level.

Rebuild (or replace) or deepen the existing foundations.

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