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You are essentially going to the wrong folks for masonry stuff.  ACI is not really into masonry.  They are involved with MSJC (masonry code) more by default than anything else.
Take a look at the TEK notes from NCMA.  They are available for free by way of the website.
Another option is to look into the TMS Masony Designer's Guide.  I have not looked through the 5th edition enough to know how well they treat movement joints.
Adrian, MI
-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Banbury [mailto:cbanbury(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2007 4:43 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: masonry vertical control joints

Does ACI publish any design or specification guides for vertical control joints in masonry?

I paid over $500 for the 2005 ACI Manual of Concrete Practice with over 2000 pages of standards and can’t find anything on vertical control joints.

Thanks in advance.


Christopher Banbury, PE



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