Sure Step Hog Flooring Installation Instructions

Before You Start

Sure- Step  building product will expand and contract according to surrounding climate. The hog flooring guidelines below must be followed to ensure warranty.

  1. Store hog flooring parts inside and at room temperature for at least 24 hours before install
  2. Use approved support system, and support spacing dimensions.
  3. Leave room for expansion at walls, and an expansion joint in floor runs of over 60 feet.  ( Refer to Thermal Expansion page for gap distances )
  4. Stager joints for maximum strength.  
  5. Cover all edges around perimeter of the room. Edge covering is available from JimDi Inc..

Tools

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil

SURE STEP  hog flooring goes together by hand, but if needed use only a rubber mallet.

If needed, cutting can be done best with a table saw, or circular saw.

Room Planing

Sure Step must have a support beam under the supporting ends of the part. Do Not cut the supporting ends of the part. To calculate the number and combination of  parts to use, follow instructions below.  The non supporting ends of the part can be cut to fit the room, allowing for expansion at each wall.

Example - 40 foot supporting-end length of room.

  1. Convert feet to inches
    40 x 12 = 480
  2. Subtract for expansion using expansion chart
    482 - 1.5 = 478.5
    40 foot at 20 degrees below operating temp. = .75 x 2 = 1.5
  3. Divide room length by part width
    478.5 / 18 =  26.58 , 18" parts. 
  4. If decimal is more than .3 like this example, subtract 12 inch  parts and re-divide to achieve the lowest decimal
    478.5 - 24.00 = 454.5
    454.5 / 18 = 25.25

    Use 25 - 18" parts and 2 - 12" parts for a total of 474 inches.  The remaining .25 of 18" part, = 4.5 inches will be add to gap at ends
    4.5 / 2 = 2.25 + .75 = 3 inches gap at both ends.

Thermal Expansion

Whenever possible , always install  hog flooring at the room operating temperature.

If installing below the room operating temperature, use the chart below to calculate the expansion gap to be used between walls and flooring. Do not install below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

If the floor is longer than 60 feet, an expansion joint is needed. To make an expansion joint, use two support beams side by side and leave a gap between floor parts.

Thermal Expansion Gap

The gap distance depends on the floor length, and the installation temp. vs. room operating temp

INSERT TABLE AND THE REST OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM JIMDI sure step.wpd

Run of floor Installation temp. below
operating temp. ( deg. F )
Gap to leave, on
all sides of floor
10' 0 0.125
10' 20 0.187
10' 40 0.312
20' 0 0.187
20' 20 0.375
20' 40 0.625
30' 0 0.25
30' 20 0.562
30' 40 0.937
40' 0 0.375
40' 20 0.75
40' 40 1.25
50' 0 0.5
50' 20 0.937
50' 40 1.56
60' 0 0.625
60' 20 1.125
60' 40 1.875

Step 1 - Installing the support beams

  1. Lay out support beams across the pit 12 inches apart for 12x12, and 18 inches apart for 12x18.
  2. When using fiberglass beam, install plastic beam mounting plate on each end or wherever the beam comes in contact with the concrete.
  3. Make sure the mounting plates are flush with the end of the beam, or pushed all the way on the beam if using the closed end mounting plates.
  4.  The beam must have a minimum of 2 inches of bearing onto concrete ledge.

Step 2 - Installing SURE STEP flooring

  1. Sure Step must have a support beam under the supporting ends of the part. Do Not cut the supporting ends of the part. Use the calculated gap at each end, and the combination of parts to use, explained in the Room Planing section on page 1.  The non supporting ends of the part can be cut to fit the room, allowing for expansion at each wall.
  2. Lay out first row on support beams  from wall to wall to make sure it works out.
  3.  Make sure each floor part is completely down on the beam.
  4. On second row line up joint of first row with the center of the part on second row.
  5. Cover all edges around perimeter of the room.

Step 3 -Installing SURE STEP farrowing flooring : 5' x 7' or  5' x 7' 6"

  1. Lay out 4 support beams across the pit at 18", 24", 18" spacing with mounting plates
  2. Install 7, 12 x 18 inch SURE STEP on both sides of 5 x 7 foot crate area leaving 24 inches between the rows for the cast parts.
  3. Install a 24 inch steel support spacer under the beams on the front and back.
  4. Install 24 inch cast flooring. Either 7, 12 x 24 raised, 7, 12 x 24 flat, or 2, 24 x 42 flat, for a 5'x7' crate.
  5. Use 1, 6 x24 cast with the 12 x 24's or 1, 24 x 42 and 1, 24 x 48 for a 5'x7' 6" crate.
  6. Use ( J ) bolts to secure the farrowing crate to the steel support spacer.