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Does anyone have any experience in using a masonry lintel to span 31' 
over a window?  We have a client who is building a convience store and 
wants a 31' foot opening in the masonry wall (split face load baering CMU 
8" or 12").  We have approximately 6 feet above the opening to joist 
bearing.  Is there any problems with a 6 foot deep masonry beam?  I know 
in concrete there are special checks for deep beams for both shear and 
flexure but the ACI 530 code does not address this that I have found.  
Any concerns or pitfalls?  We are planning on a control joint near the 
end of the opening.


Mike Zaitz