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As was suggested, the US Army Corps of engineers prefers to have a continuous bond beam at the top of a wall even if the top of the wall slopes. This requires cutting the course below the bond beam to accommodate the slope. I would suggest that the top bond beam be 2 courses tall. This would allow the development of the vertical rebar in the 16" deep bond beam as opposed to trying to develop the vertical rebar in an 8" bond beam. The vertical rebar should terminate with a hook in the top of the bond beam.

Use the normal high slump grout in the vertical cells, but (depending on the slope and the grout slump) you may have to use a low slump grout in the bond beam. As I usually preach, use the knock out type of bond beams.

Harold Sprague

From: "Sklar, Mitch" <Mitch.Sklar(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Stepped Bond Beams
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2006 07:23:25 -0500

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
email  mjs(--nospam--at)

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