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Re: Infilling Openings in Existing Masonry Walls

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Are they able to "tooth in" the infill?

If not, and you have to grout in bars, then you can still make it work.  The
mason just has more to do.

The mason will have to cut the face shell off of a bond beam block, install
the block, grout the hole around the bar with stiff grout, then replace the
face shell (using the grout as "glue" to hold it in place).

Jason Kilgore
Leigh & O'Kane, L.L.C.
816-444-9655 (FAX)
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Bill Allen
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 12:33 PM
Subject: Infilling Openings in Existing Masonry Walls

I am currently working on a remodel project which requires closing some
existing openings in a masonry wall. Of course, I want to do this with studs
and gyp. Board, but the architect wants to do this in CMU. Call me crazy,
but I want to drill and grout dowels around the perimeter of the existing
opening in order to transfer shear forces from the infill to the existing.
However, once I do, I can't get in all of the blocks to close the openings.

How does everyone else solve this problem? This can't be the first time an
architect wanted to close an existing opening with CMU. Is it?


T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)
V/F (949) 248-8588
San Juan Capistrano, CA

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