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Masonry Testing Protocols
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I hope everyone had a great 2017. I am believing that it will be a better than ever year for the masonry industry in 2018. As I began to think about starting a new year, I looked at it similar to starting a new building project. As you review the specifications for the materials you will submit for approval you see the section on quality assurance. If it is a small project you will probably take care of it with paper work in your submittal. But if the project is a large project, it will probably include onsite testing. Serious thought and planning should be put into the testing procedures to be used. Chapter 3 of the TMS 402 Code says that “Masonry design requirements in this Code are valid when the quality of the masonry construction meets or exceeds that described in the Specification.” The designer will set up the QA (Quality Assurance) Program based on one of three requirement levels. The program will also describe the procedure for reporting and review as well as resolution of non-compliance. The QA Program will also state the qualifications of the testing laboratory and inspection provider. You will notice the last three sentences had mandatory language, such as “will” in them. This is not optional. If this is not provided, you should...
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There are things I always wanted to know about masonry and energy, but could never find the answer.
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We recently acquired a project that has brick veneer over CMU. The plans do not show any expansion joints and the specifications do not mention anything about locations. The GC told us to put them where we thought they should be located.
What should I do?
First, check your bid form scope of work and contract to make sure someone did not slip into your paperwork. this is design criteria and not your responsibility.
I do not have a “Gibbs List of rules”, but if I did, this rule would be close to the top, if not #1! Put it in writing! This is a classic opportunity to send to the GC a request for information
(rFi). i have even had CM’s and GC’s complain that if I put it in writing, then they will “Have to” respond.
Well, “Duh”, isn’t that the point?
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