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Building a block wall

Posted by Bruce M on January 19th, 1998 04:20 PM
In reply to I need instruction on concrete block foundations by D McHaffie on January 19th, 1998 01:19 AM [Go to top of thread]

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Hi D McHaffie:

Having built several of these, I've learned a few of the tricks.....

I'm not sure if you are saying your footing is poured or not....but let me assume it is.....

I would suggest that you first go to your local library and check out a couple of books on constructing cinderblock walls. There are several good ones I've looked through (sorry, its been a while and I can't remember the names). Also, the Sept 97 issue of Fine Homebuilding has a good primer on constructing block walls.

You don't mention how many block you plan on laying, their size (6X8X16?) or what the wall is for (retaining or a building or a bar-b-que or ?). you will need several good quality tools for this and the will to do hard work while doing a good job. Personally, I like building with blocks because it is relatively inexpensive and if you take the time to do it well, it will look very nice and you'll get many compliments.

Feel free to post back if you have specific questions. Best wishes.

Bruce M

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