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What do you think about leaving 2x4s embedded in your final pour?

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I got into an argument regarding the use of wood in forming and pouring steps and wanted your opinions.

What do you think about the practice of leaving a non pressure treated 2x4 inside of a set of poured concrete steps to act as push supports? Picture example below.

Forming for steps using a 2x4 attached to the house as push support. This 2x4 stays in place during the pour:
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Post Pour/Before Cleanup, 2x4 end grain shows through here, but will not be visible once risers are finished:
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Obviously this is work by someone that doesn't know what in the heck they are doing. In addition to leaving in the 2x4 which is a no, no, a step down right outside the door is a serious hazard.
Landings are supposed to be at or near same level as the floor you are exiting.
 

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Maybe the person wearing that shoe is the one who formed the steps


That would explain a lot. 😳🤣

OP, this is a site whose use is restricted to those professionally employed in the trades.

You won’t get much help here.

You should post over at diychatroom.com
 

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Obviously this is work by someone that doesn't know what in the heck they are doing. In addition to leaving in the 2x4 which is a no, no, a step down right outside the door is a serious hazard.
Landings are supposed to be at or near same level as the floor you are exiting.
Is the landing thing code?

I usually push for the same, the landing being pretty much level with the interior floor to make an easier step, but I've seen them done both ways. Lots of guys will do the steps so it's below the rim joist if they can to help prevent water from getting into it.
 

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Maybe the person wearing that shoe is the one who formed the steps


That would explain a lot. 😳🤣

OP, this is a site whose use is restricted to those professionally employed in the trades.

You won’t get much help here.

You should post over at diychatroom.com
Thanks I'll check over there, didn't mean to upset anyone.
Thanks you for your input help either way.
I'm a field engineer and specialize in industrial contracting, automation and electrical contracting, but I didn't do the concrete work posted.
Shoes belong to HO, lol - very snazzy

I've seen hundreds of forms and pours, everything from basements to wastewater tanks, and I've never seen a single sub leave wood IN the concrete.
 
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