From: "Sprague, Harold O." <SpragueHO(--nospam--at)bv.com>
Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 09:11:07 -0500
I presume that you are doing a UBC working stress design. You are allowed
to design any element as uninspected using 1/2 stresses. This should
include block lintels.
If you are using BOCA, SBC, or the IBC, you are referenced to the ACI 530.
The provision for using 1/2 stresses for uninspected masonry have been
deleted from ACI 530 some time ago. All elements must be inspected.
I prefer requiring inspection. All the problems, I have ever observed
involving masonry would not have mattered if 1/2 stresses were used, but
could have been averted with a proper inspection.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Kestner [SMTP:jkestner(--nospam--at)somervilleinc.com]
> Sent: Friday, May 12, 2000 8:09 AM
> To: SEAINT
> Subject: Block Lintels
> When using uninspected masonry construction, should block lintels be
> designed using 1/2 stresses?
> Jim Kestner, P.E.
> Green Bay, Wi.