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        I would suggest that you retain someone who specializes in concrete testing for assistance.  The people who specialize in this service will require (and no doubt have) the type of laboratory facilities required to answer your questions.  This will require a fee.  If you don't have a budget for this a second alternative will be to contact some of the larger block manufacturing companies; some of them will have laboratory facilities and may help you as a public relations service.
        Good luck.
H. Daryl Richardson
----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Wilson
Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2006 8:24 AM
Subject: RE: old foundation block deterioration

What is the chemical reaction that is causing this problem?  What can be done to prevent further deterioration, if anything?  What is different about today's blocks that might better prevent this from happening?  Those types of questions so that I can better educate myself and make appropriate recommendations.

"Polhemus, Bill" <BPolhemus(--nospam--at)> wrote:

From: Jim Wilson [mailto:wilsonengineers(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2006 8:24 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: old foundation block deterioration
I'm searching for technical information on deterioration of old cinder(or cement) block foundation walls about 50 years old, but I'm not having much luck searching on the web.

Not sure what you mean by ?technical information on deterioration.? Please clarify.