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- From: Joe McCormick <jmccormick(--nospam--at)proaxis.com>
- Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 17:46:08 -0700
I'd like to hear some people's experiences with using surface bonded unit masonry construction (ie - no morter between heads and beads of blocks, but instead a thin concrete coat on interior and exterior). NCMA publications claim that out-of-plane bending is comparable to conventional construction but vertical compressive strength of surface bonded walls is only half as good as conventional construction. Additionally, the method is supposed to result in a 70% increase in labor productivity on unit masonry jobs. How does such construction fare under seismic loads? Is the wall durable under severe weathering conditions? Thanks in advance, Joe McCormick
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