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I have seen many methods and attempts of providing the clearance for the bottom steel reinforcing in foundations. Dobies are by far and away the best method for providing that clearance. They are not block outs. Anything you provide for maintaining clearance can provide a path for moisture migration. Dobies are the most apt to be placed correctly and less subject to problems of potential workmanship errors.

This is more from field observations than official studies or behind the desk research. It may be anecdotal in nature, but it is good anecdotal research.

Dobies are decidedly better than empty beer cans and a lot less tragic than full beer cans.

How many of us know how often block outs for hand rail posts are provided by aluminum cans about 45.3% of the time? (OK I made up the percent number;>)

Harold Sprague

From: "Dave Adams" <davea(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Concrete dobies
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 09:32:56 -0700

Hello list,

Is anyone aware of reports or testing of concrete foundation members
where reinforcing has been raised above the soil by dobies?  It's done
all the time and I've never really given it much thought, but it sure
seems like they provide a nice little path for moisture to infiltrate
and corrode the reinforcing steel since they seem to essentially become
"block-outs" in the member.

Any thoughts?  W.A.G.'s?

Dave K. Adams, S.E.
Lane Engineers, Inc.
Tulare, CA
E-mail:  davea(--nospam--at)

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