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Re: CMU Lintels

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I think it's a valid approach UNTIL someone adds an opening above the garage
door opening, or makes a similar modification.  How much more steel and grout
would it be to use only the first several courses above the opening, providing
a solid-grouted area that everyone knows is structural (when they try to add
an opening)? 

Ralph Hueston Kratz, S.E.
Richmond CA

In a message dated 10/23/98 12:54:12 AM, rlewis(--nospam--at) writes:

>I want to get so others opinions on design of reinforced CMU lintels above
>openings, specifically larger openings.  In the past I have designed
>openings, say 9 feet wide for a garage door, by using the total depth of
>wall above the opening.  Since I almost always have a bond beam at the
>top of
>the wall I design the lintel as fixed ends using the bond beam reinforcing
>top bars and the lintel reinforcing as bottom bars.  I check the shear
>on the entire depth of the wall above the opening and make sure it is
>sufficient for unreinforced shear on the face shell width only.  I check
>depth of the compression block to be sure it stays within the solidly grouted
>top of wall bond beam and the lintel bond beam.
>Does anyone see any problems with this design concept which I haven't taken
>into consideration?