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RE: Reinforced Concrete Blockwork Construction

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This type of construction is quite common in the US, but you can run into
problems in the international community.  I had a similar problem on a
project several years ago in the UK.  

I don't know where you are building this, but you may have to cut your own
bond beams.  I would suggest that you review the US Army Corps of Engineers
details at

They have details and perspective drawings that explain the process.  The
Corps has the same problem of constructing reinforced CMU in areas that do
not have the general practice.

Harold Sprague

-----Original Message-----
From: Frederick Ellul [mailto:f_ellul(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, July 26, 1999 2:00 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Reinforced Concrete Blockwork Construction

On a project I am currently working on I have specified reinforced concrete 
blockwork walls reinforced with both the main vertical reinforcement and 
also horizontal secondary distribution steel.

However the contractor has never used any horizontal steel in such walls, 
and he is claiming that it is a very time consuming process.

Does anyone have any suggestions etc from past experience of how the 
construction sequence could be carried out...i.e. number of courses infilled

at one time etc without the builder's breaking their backs etc ? Maybe also 
a few things to look out for etc technically ?

I believe this type of construction is quiet common in the US.

Any help will be appreciated.



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