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RE: Stepped Bond Beams

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The detail we've used for local USACE projects has been to have a bond beam made with blocks placed parallel to the slopes on top of blocks cut to the slope.

From: Sklar, Mitch [mailto:Mitch.Sklar(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 3:23 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Stepped Bond Beams

I would like to obtain some ideas on how to detail a gable end wall stepped bond beam. The NCMA suggest to use a cut masonry rake with the vertical wall reinforcement lapped into the beam. A coworker has suggested using horizontal bond beams every other course. Assuming the eave height is 10' and the ridge is 28', this would require a lot of bond beams. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank You

Mitchell J. Sklar, PE, MBA
Structural Engineer
D W K C B     A R C H I T E C T S
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