Its Easy To Build With EverBlock
Each Block has a series of connector lugs, that are designed to nest into the underside of the next block. Sections can be staggered in 3" intervals, so that 1, 2, 3, or 4 of the lug sets nest into the other block.
Lugs are designed to pressure fit into corresponding slots on the underside of the block on top. Underside ribbing provides structural support and a tight fit.
To begin, simply align each new block over the block below and center over the lugs that you want to connect with. Press down until you can't push any further and blocks are fully connected.
Varying Block Type, Lug Spacing, and Block Direction
Utilize a combination of block types, lug spacing, and block direction to create your object. Alternate as needed to create unique designs and consider the structural implication of aligning seam lines (when seams are aligned the construction is not as strong and we suggest staggering blocks).
Change block rotation to provide strength and to extend your object in another direction. This is ideal for buildings, displays, and other multidirectional structures.
Use smaller (4 lug) blocks and different spacing (i.e. 2,4,6, or 8 lugs connected) to create more detail and resolution for your objects and based on your specific needs.
Finishing The Top of Your oBjects
To create a more finished look for your object, we have created finishing pieces that are smooth topped pieces that snap to the top of your object. The are used to cover the connector lugs of each piece and can be used to create tops for tables, benches, and other objects that require a more finished look.
You may also attach third party shelves and panels to create desks, displays, and other interesting objects.
SITE Selection and PREPARATION
EverBlock works best on level ground and we recommend you seek a flat surface on which to build your creation. Flat surfaces are easier to find indoors, but some suggested outdoor surfaces are parking lots, playing fields, game courts, etc.
If you need to create a level surface upon which to build, we suggest you level dirt surfaces as best as possible or use plywood sheets laid flat or on wooden stringers to create a level base. You can shim elevation differences, indoors and outside, using wooden shims.
Alternatively, there are several suppliers of modular decks and flooring systems that offer economical solutions over soft or uneven ground. We recommend EventDeck products as a sub-floor for outdoor constructions.
REINFORCING and Strengthening YOUR OBJECT
Staggering blocks, so that the vertical seam lines are not aligned, will increase the strength of your object in the same way masons utilize this technique to strengthen walls. This method can be used when creating longer objects or taller walls that need to withstand wind, lateral pressure, or support roofs or other objects.Using Support Rods or Dowels
Depending on the size, application, or type of object you are building, it may be necessary to re-inforce your object for additional stability. We suggest utilizing 1/2" rebar or wood, metal, or PVC dowels, rods, or tubing to provide added strength. Insert these into the integrated channels that run through each block and into the blocks below or above. Rebar or other support material can be inserted into or fastened to the ground or support base below for additional strength.
Once inserted, the support rods will keep blocks from separating and provide additional wind loading capabilities and structural strength. Threaded rods may be used in conjunction with nuts to more tightly connect blocks to each other and enhance strength further.
For more information on reinforcing constructions, visit our Advanced Building Techniques Section
Some applications, where you are building taller or more narrow objects may require anchoring to the ground. Use rebar, inserted into the cable channels, and driven 2-3ft into the ground below for additional support. For additional holding properties on outdoor ground surfaces, it is possible to use standard duckbill anchors, connected to wire, to anchor blocks to the ground. Insert the duckbill ground anchor, following the instructions of the manufacturer, and then thread the wire up through the cable channels in a stack of blocks and tighten and cinch off at the top block. We recommend review by a local engineer for more challenging structural EverBlock applications.
For more information on anchoring, visit our Advanced Building Techniques Section
To disassemble modules hold the lower block while pulling up on the upper block. This will dis-engage the pressure fit. Start from the top most row of blocks and move downwards. A flat head screwdriver is useful and will speed and facilitate separation of blocks. Simply insert the flat head screwdriver between upper and lower blocks and rotate to provide leverage for separation.
Depending on the stagger pattern used in the construction of the object, it may be necessary to remove adjacent blocks to reach and remove a specific target block on a lower row.
Stack disassembled blocks neatly for later use and nest where possible to protect connector lugs.