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- shoring is temporary support, traditionally in timber, now often in steel, which acts in the same way as a buttress. There are three basic types, a "dead shore" which is a vertical post used to support a beam; a "flying shore" is a brace fixed above ground level between the wall of buildings to prevent collapse, most often used when a building which has been part of a terrace has been removed; a "raking shore" is a vertical member positioned against a wall, and held in place by steeply sloping prop, the raker.