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RE: Masonry - Split Face Block

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Generally they are the same.

However, it can be different like with "Cherokee" block (a 4" high CMU brick look alike). In those sections, the bond beam is often a notch centered in the CMU that will accommodate only one rebar. It is best to check with the local CMU suppliers.

Generally, you can get the regular knock-out half height bond beams in split face CMU.

Harold Sprague

From: "M. David Finley, P.E." <pec(--nospam--at)>
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Subject: Masonry - Split Face Block
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2005 09:13:47 -0500

I'm doing a privacy wall for a dumpster.

Are the design properties (area, section modulus, etc.) of split face block very different from "standard" cmu block? Are there any special detailing concerns?

M. David Finley, P.E.

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