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by Christian
(Averill Park, NY)

I've been a remodeling carpenter since 1987, self employed. Getting ready to build our house finally.The house has a frost wall. Intend to use 12" block and mortar but was going to parge the foundation with surface bonding mortar as well. So, 2 questions. Is this overkill, I have #2 rebar every 4ft on cntr, 2 pilasters in the long walls (42') and 1 in each end (28'). Should I parge both sides of the frost wall portion. And the video of the guy one arming 12's is inspirational. Wish I could tell Thank You personally, one craftsman to another. Thanks for the site, much to learn.

Chris

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Apr 11, 2012
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Filling block NEW
by: Chris

I went pretty close to what my architect speced.
The "frost wall" I'm referring to was under the garage door opening in the basement of the house. I put re-bar in every 4 feet but also filled all the cores in that section of the wall. I also filled and reinforced the pilasters and they are 24". Outside of that, the foundation walls have rebar every 4' with these cores filled with concrete mix. That is typical of what we do here at least in the immediate area. Thanks for the input all the same.
Chris

Apr 11, 2012
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by: Anonymous

I don't know about New York but I do know you should fill all the block solid below the frost line. I was a commercial masonry contractor before I retired that was the specs. This is your home that you are going to live in with your family I would do it correctly

Apr 03, 2012
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Thanks for the responce NEW
by: Chris Peter

Charlie,
Footing depth here in NY is 4'. I did the frost wall as you said with rebar every 4' and I did fill the frost wall solid with concrete mix. The foundation is 2' wide 12" thick and made it through this winter with the house shell partially complete. Although we had a REALLY mild winter, only 2 snow storms to speak of. I filled the cores of the foundation wall every 4' as per arch specs and parged the face with fiberglas reinforced surface bonding mortar mix. I just finished rough drying in the main part of the house so "I'm on my way". Thanks much for the responce and this vidio as it helped me build my house. Kinda nice to be able to pull this off. Thanks again
Chris

Apr 02, 2012
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Frost Line, 12" block foundation NEW
by: Charlie Cummins

Hello Christian How deep does the frost go in NY? Here is what we did in Alaska, any your frost line may be deeper where you are. Our footer for a 8" block was 10"X16" and we layed 5 course of block, with #5 rebar every 32" vertically, and 1 #5 in the top bond beam course, and when completed 4" of block was above the ground. Your footer should be 20-24" wide for a 12 inch wall. I would recommend #5 every 2' vertically with 2 #5's in the top bond beam course. Your arch. should tell you what you need for your area. While your there I would recommend you grout everything solid, as someday you may decide to go another floor or 2 and you will not have to worry about, (is my foundation strong enough) Pilasters are a bonus, and I would put 4 # 5's with #3 loops every 8" filled solid with grout.
You may could get more ideals if you will go to brickcertification.com and read all the links.
Good luck on your project
Charlie Cummins

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