Engineers and architects frequently show a shear key at the joint between a footing and a basement wall. Shear keys are used to resist lateral forces such as earth and water pressures, earthquakes, and wind. Although a shear key cast as part of the wall is the most frequently specified connection, there are other ways to resist shear. Vertical reinforcing bars or a combination of shear key and bars are also satisfactory. The keyway may be formed by a beveled wood strip supported from side forms for the footing. A simpler way of forming the footing is described in the text.