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Footing Tranverse Bars...Hooked???

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Hello Fellow Engineers,

I came across a peer reviewer's recommendation pertaining to my footing 
detail reinforcing steel.  It shows reinforcing steel in the transverse 
direction that are straight.  The peer reviewer recommended that they be 
hooked at each end (hooked upwards) and provide longitudinal bars inside 
each hook.  I hate to sound like a grizzled contractor, but I have been 
doing this for ("X" amount) of years, and have never been told to do this.

I discussed this with the peer reviewer and the explanation given did not 
make sense.  Basically, the bars need hooks to provide proper for shrinkage 
 resistance.  I thought the rebar deformed shape does that.  FYI, 
temperature/shrinkage reinforcement requirements govern over flexural 
strength requirements.  Anyways, I just want to get your take on this.  Is 
there an ACI/IBC requirement I overlooked?


Ricardo G. Gonzalez, P.E.
C S W | S T 2
CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group, Inc.
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