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An objective recanting of the construction practices, materials, and wall design of a 3300 sq. ft. (floor space) concrete masonry structure built with standard gray units. Over 20 years in which this residence has been lived in and monitored give a good look at how total masonry homes might perform in a southern humid climate, using vertical grouted cells, internal bond beams and horizontal joint reinforcement. The study shows how a total masonry residence has performed successfully in a hot humid climate, what the problems have been and suggested solutions.
total masonry, reinforcement masonry, workmanship double head jointed, masonry wall design, raked joints, masonry cement, normal weight concrete masonry, bed joint reinforcement
Technical Representative, Florida/Georgia Region, Holnam, Inc., Atlanta, GA