concrete block fence footer.


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I want to build a concrete block fence 6 to 8 feet high in FL. Does anyone have any idea how thick, and how deep the footer needs to be. I know there are many considerations (rebar, grouting the cells etc.) but I'm just trying to get a general idea about the depth before I invest too much time into this. I friend suggested that he heard that, because of the wind loads here, that I would need to go down something like 4 ft. This sounds nuts to me. I'm in Orlando. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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On Jan 2, 10:30 am, brettgiardiello_at_bellsouth_dot snipped-for-privacy@foo.com (bmancanfly) wrote:

You'll need an 8" x 16" footer with 2 #5 rods continuous and #5 dowel rods 24" on center. The footer will be no less than 24" below existing grade on undisturbed soil. You'll also need a 16"x16" concrete block pilaster every 8' center to center. All block cores will be filled with #3000 concrete. A #5 vertical rod will be installed every 24" on center. All pilasters will have 4 #5 rods and be filled with #3000 concrete. All block courses will need a layer of Durawall lateral reinforcing. The wall will need a tiebeam along the top which will be 8" x 16" with 4 #5 rods continuous. Finally, you'll need an 8" x 16" hydrostatic vent, 8" above finished grade, for every 100 square feet of wall.
This is a very expensive fence and probably prohibited in most residential areas. Check with the zoning and building depts before you spend any money or effort.
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Which is why Phoenix is littered with them? What am I missing?
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You missed the part where he mentioned Florida. Its a whole nuther country. Wind codes, tidal surges, whiney neighbors, over abundance of gov't drones and jack booted thugs, etc., etc.
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bmancanfly had written this in response to http://www.thestuccocompany.com/architecture/concrete-block-fence-footer-16316-.htm : thanks for your posts guys. I'm always a little shocked by the seemingly overkill requirements to build anything in FL. Even something as simple as a fence. Are these requirements for south FL. Seems like a bit much for Orlando. thanks again
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On Jan 9, 8:20 am, brettgiardiello_at_bellsouth_dot snipped-for-privacy@foo.com (bmancanfly) wrote:

The stuff I qouted was basic knowledge for south FL, which is a hybrid of the SBC, UBC and whatever else the plans examiners throws at it. Common sense, education and experience aren't considered necessary, just your strict compliance.
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