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I tried to reply to this earlier this morning, but it doesn't look like it
went through.  Basically, the wall is very high with a sloping backfill.
The restraint loads to be transferred into to diaphragm were too large in my
opinion to make a reasonable connection from the top of the wall into the
diaphragm.  In addition, the diaphragm that I had to work with was not
adequate for the imposed shear from the restraint forces.  It would have
caused a lot of headaches for everyone, especially me.  Therefore, I went
with a cantilever wall.  Since most of the construction around here is CMU,
I used a concrete stem for a portion of the height and then switched to CMU.
The architect and contractor had ask if the concrete portion could be
constructed of CMU.  I told them it would increase beyond a 12" thickness,
but the still ask.  Hence, all my questions.

Joseph R. Grill, P.E. (Structural)
Shephard - Wesnitzer, Inc.
Civil Engineering and Surveying
1146 W. Hwy 89A Suite B
Sedona, AZ  86340
PHONE (928) 282-1061
FAX (928) 282-2058

-----Original Message-----
From: bill [mailto:bill260(--nospam--at)] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 5:26 AM
To: jgrill(--nospam--at)
Subject: wall

Usually the basement wall is designed to span
vertically from the slab to the first floor using an
at rest coeff for the soil.  (not cantilevered)

Sent: Monday, November 08, 2004 2:42 PM
>To: seaint(--nospam--at)
>Subject: 16" thick CMU wall
>I have been ask (by the architect, owner, contractor
and everyone else
>in town) to change the design of a concrete
retaining/basement wall that
>was 12" thick to a CMU wall.  The 16" thickness will
reduce to 12" at 4
>ft from the footing and then to 8" at 8 ft from the
footing.  At the
>base the CMU will require a 16" thickness.  I am
assuming the
>construction will be 2 wythes of 8" CMU.  Is there
any special detailing
>required to make the double wythe work?  The wall
will be solid grouted
>and will have quite a bit of vertical steel in both
faces.  I also have
>horizontal bars at 16" o.c. Is there anything else
>Joe Grill

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