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To answer a couple of you questions, which may help others help me.


Existing footing reinforcing hasn’t been determined, although probably minimal as the foundation actually rests on a very good rock strata.  Basement slabs are in great condition.


Also, the exterior soil has been excavated away from the basement walls.  Landscaping retaining walls are going to be constructed so the basement will no longer retain any soil, and solid grouting should not be required.  During the “gutting” process past water infiltration was noted, but should no longer be a problem.  There may be some joint reinforcing present, but probably not in any quantity, if any.  At this point I wouldn’t be “skeered” of saw cutting some face shells at 4’ or maybe 6’ spacing, as the walls are pretty lightly loaded now, and much, much more lightly loaded laterally than they were a couple of weeks ago.


Joseph R. Grill, P.E. (Structural)

Shephard - Wesnitzer, Inc.

Civil Engineering and Surveying

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-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Freeman [mailto:robert.freeman(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 12:28 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Retrofit Masonry walls




This is a tough one.


You may want to consider reinforced shotcrete on the interior of the basement and other bearing/shear walls.  This approach may be cheaper.  It would be dowelled and grouted into the existing hollow masonry and footings.  Construction shoring may not be required.  The existing un-reinforced and un-grouted masonry would be formwork.


What existing footing/reinforcement do you have?


What is water infiltration like in the basement?


I would be concerned about trying to sawcut, dowel and grout the existing masonry at the basement since all cells are required to be grouted.  The wall appears to need horiz. and vert. rebar.  Shoring of the floor above may be needed during construction.


With the gravity load weakness (and no grouting) of the basement and shear walls, this project does not appear to be a candidate for fiber wrap.


with Joy and Hope,

Bob Freeman, Architect

Structural Designer

Integrated Design Services, Inc.

(949) 387-8500