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Re: block house foundations

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01-09-2013 06:58:40

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When we built our house, we back filled by hand, over several months, a little at a time. Even with all that care, we had several areas of failure. Fortunately my dad had run re-rod both vertically and horizontally in the block wall during construction. Had cut grooves in top of blocks to lay rod in, had it welded, for a continuous rod circling walls on several levels. Dropped rods in vertically, backfilled holes with concrete to secure rods. Threaded tops to bolt sills on. Even with all that care, the wall has structural problems from weight of soil pushing in. Fortunately, rods have held, and failure isn't currently an immediate hazard. I would recommend a plastic skirt tapering away from wall and drainage tile being installed to keep water, and moisture from the wall. That might reduce the weight load and soil pressure on the wall. If I ever have to do a basement wall, I'll consider alternatives to concrete block. And far more re-rod than anyone specifies!

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01-09-2013 07:45:26

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 Re: block house foundations in reply to RayP(MI), 01-09-2013 06:58:40  
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The proper way would be to run it long and tie them together. Welding weakens rebar and does not take much load before it "pops". Sometimes just the cooling of the weld is enough internal stress to crack the weld through.

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