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I do occasional masonry walls in Washington and Alaska and almost always
solid grout unless wall weight or thermal conductivity is a problem. Most
masonry contractors I have talked to say it's cheaper to grout the whole
wall than to fool around with individual grouted cell lines, block-outs,
etc. Sure simplifies the calcs.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sprague, Harold O. [mailto:SpragueHO(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2000 12:53 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Masonry wall construction


I need some advice regarding regional masonry wall construction practices.

As I understand it, CMU walls constructed in California are all grouted
solid.  No partial grouting is used regardless of applied load. 
Is this true or false?
(The traditional rationale has been that all the seismic research has been
done only on fully grouted CMU walls.)

What is the practice of using ladder reinforcing as opposed to rebar in
intermediate bond beams?

What is the practice in Alaska?

Harold Sprague