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Just a thought, you might want to consider a mechanical connector if you
have sufficient cover.  Barsplice Products, Inc., makes "crimp-on"
mechanical connectors that develop the required ACI tensile load.  It seems
that if you lessen the amount of concrete to remove (to obtain the bar
splice) plus you wouldn't have to go through the hassle of welding.  Here's
some more info if you're interested.

Barsplice Products, Inc.
1875 Radio Road
Dayton, OH 45431

Phone: (513)252-3456
Fax: (513)252-9176

Robert C. Rogers, PE
ph:  937-461-5660
fax: 937-461-0743
Woolpert LLP
409 East Monument Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45402

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Kestner [mailto:jkestner(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, August 23, 1999 3:35 PM
Subject: Lap Splices for Restoration Projects

We are currently working on a concrete restoration project. This is an
older structure, built in 1921. (before the high bond deformation bars
were used). There may be some instances where some rebar has lost a
significant enough area to splice a new bar in.

The CRSI publication, "Evaluation of Reinforcing Steel Systems in Old
Reinforced Concrete Structures" recommends adding 10% to current lap
lengths. The reason stated is the old bars were 50% effective in bond
plus the steel yield being 33 v. 60 ksi gives a 10% difference in lap
length. The Sika rep. thinks these lap lengths are longer than what is
normally used. What am I missing here?

An alternative might be welding, but I would prefer to avoid this if I

Jim Kestner, P.E.
Green Bay, Wi.