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Whether designing, building, testing or inspecting, when you’re working with masonry, understanding all of the codes and specifications governing the various masonry components (block, brick, grout, mortar and steel) is essential.
Course includes TMS 402/602 Codes book and printed mark-up excerpts of ASTM materials. All other course materials distributed via USB flash drive. Classroom training requires participants to bring a laptop computer with USB flash capabilities.
Classroom Training: $399
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Next class: November 9-10, 2018 in Orlando.
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Brick, Block & Beers: Vol II Issue II- Masonry Best Practices: Control Joints for Concrete Masonry walls
The pictures provided show cracks under the precast header bearing at what appears to be both ends of an opening. These cracks then turn and extend up to the top of the wall through the course above the precast in a stair step fashion. The third picture provided shows cracking under the end of a precast sill which then extends from the lower right hand corner of the opening down the wall in a stair step fashion.
My response to this inquiry is based strictly on the 3 pictures provided. There may be other extenuating circumstances that I am not aware of.
The pictures provided are so indicative of classic masonry shrinkage cracking that I intend to catalog and use them in future presentations to show where cracking usually shows up in structures where shrinkage of the masonry has not been addressed by either horizontal reinforcing or properly placed control joints.
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