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Build a 16" square CMU pedistal with cavity wall ladder reinforcement in the bed joints. Check out Hohman and Bernard's web site It is the same as the reinforcement you would use for a standard cavity wall with 2" rigid insulation and 2" air gap except you don't need the insulation. Do not forget the drainage and the weeps. I prefer Mortar Net drainage and head joint weeps.

I do not liike to mix trades if possible. Everything should be installed by the masonry trade above the foundation. Carpenter trade installs stud walls.

Harold Sprague

From: Mark Pemberton <markpemberton(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
To: SEAOC <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: brick monuments
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 16:11:45 -0800 (PST)

I'm doing some brick monuments that are about 32" square and 8' tall. I was thinking of doing a standard brick exterior and filling with reinforced concrete, but that seems overkill. I'm worried about using a metal stud wall framework because of some really cracked up site walls around here that used metal studs (although these used a stucco finish), and I'm not sure how to transfer the overturning with that configuration. Any suggestions?

Mark P.

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