Concrete, one of the most basic materials used in construction, is a mixture of Portland cement, lime and an aggregate, typically gravel or stones, that's mixed with water and can be formed into almost any shape imaginable. Once the concrete structure has been poured and cured until hard, the forms used to hold its shape while hardening must be removed. The procedure ensures a smooth removal and prevents damage to the still-vulnerable surfaces and edges.

Step 1

Prepare the concrete forms for removal by removing all purlins and stakes used to support and brace the forms.

Step 2

Remove any metal or wood strapping used to reinforce the corners or top edges of the forms, as well as all duplex nails securing the corners or bracing.

Step 3

Gently tap the top and outside face of the form boards with a hammer to dislodge the form and break the superficial bond that occurs during pouring and curing.

Step 4

Lift the forms or forming boards away from the concrete, being cautious not to chip or scar the concrete surfaces.