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Regional Practioces for Masonry Construction

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I am interested in variations in regional practices for masonry
construction, especially in the US and Canada. As noted below, there are
some variations in practice regarding fully grouted vs partially
grouted.  Are there other variations in regional practices: types of
block typically used or available? mortar types commonly used? use of
lintel blocks vs steel lintel beams? single wythe usage? variations in
control joint types and spacing? 

Bill Sherman

-----Original Message-----
From: Harold Sprague [mailto:spraguehope(--nospam--at)] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 8:42 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Masonry in Las Vegas Fully Grouted or Partially Grouted

That reinforces what I just heard from a friend at NCMA.  California and
most of Nevada is almost exclusively fully grouted.  Oregon and
Washington is more mixed between fully grouted and partially grouted.
Everywhere else, the tendency is for partially grouted unless there is a
definitive reason to require fully grouted.  I like to use what is
standard in a given industry if possible.

Harold Sprague

>From: "Paul Feather" <PFeather(--nospam--at)>
>Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
>To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
>Subject: RE: Masonry in Las Vegas Fully Grouted or Partially Grouted
>Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 16:15:49 -0700
>My experience has been that fully grouted walls are the standard in Las

>Paul Feather PE, SE
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Harold Sprague [mailto:spraguehope(--nospam--at)]
>Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 2:55 PM
>To: seaint(--nospam--at)
>Subject: Masonry in Las Vegas Fully Grouted or Partially Grouted
>What is the tendency for reinforced CMU walls in the Las Vegas area?
>I know in California, the convention is to use fully grouted reinforced

>CMU walls.  In most other areas of the US, the convention is to use 
>partially grouted reinforced CMU walls.
>What is the convention in the Las Vegas area for reinforced CMU walls?
>Fully grouted or partially grouted?
>Harold Sprague

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