Would anybody be as kind to advise me of any online resources
concerning Caribbean building/reinforced bockworking. I am a second
year brickwork student in the u.k. But we dont cover block building
with rebar and poured concrete. I know that this method is used in
various regions and I would be most grateful if anybody could throw any
light on the subject or decent online learning resources. Sorry for my
naiveity and thanks in advance.
One big problem in Key West - that's well into the Caribbean climate,
but still U.S. - is deterioration of concrete and reinforcing from salt
in the water. U.S. Navy had chunks of concrete falling from big
structures because of this. One solution tried was epoxy coated
Portland Cement Association might have info.
The various building codes in the islands are shaky at best but the
Florida costal zone code requires #5 repar in the footing lapped and
tied to the footer steel, that stubs up into the block cores at
corners, windows, doors and every 5' in a running wall. This is lapped
30" and tied to a #5 in the cores that extend to the top where it is
lapped and tied to the "tie beam" #5 rebar. Then the cores and top 2
courses of block are poured solid with 3000# concrete. Metal straps
are set in the tie beam that go over the roof trusses. This creates a
matrix from the foundation to the roof.
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