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Re: 20' foundation walls

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The water table may fluctuate so it would be good to have a geotech's
opinion for the area but I am figuring a report may not be available. Even
if there is adequate drainage behind the wall, if the high seasonal water
table is above any drain elevation there will be saturated soil pressure on
the wall and I think following ACI 350 is a good idea.

I would add a water stop to any construction joints in a basement wall
regardless. Self consolidating concrete can help with larger pour heights
as mentioned, the pressure on the formwork will be quite high if pouring
from 20 feet.

Will H

On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 1:46 AM, Valerie Eskelsen <
v.t.eskelsen(--nospam--at)> wrote:

> Dear List,
> Designing 20' deep, restrained foundation walls for a residential
> structure. The water table will not be known until the dig is begun.
> Aggressive timetable of course.
> I am expecting some water regardless, and am concerned that 20' is too 
> deep for a single pour.
> There is rebar, of course, but is there more about the concrete mix or 
> the lift heights  that I should be concerned about and specifying to the
> contractor?
> Thank you for any direction that you might be able to give.
> -----------------------------
> Valerie Eskelsen, P.E.

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