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Old 10-03-2007, 10:15 PM   #1
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block fondations or something else?

I am looking into building a new home and would like to know what the limits are for the length and heigth limits are for a foundation. I would like to be able to have a large shop under the house.

is it better to used CMUs, cinder blocks, concrete, preformed walls, etc.

thanks for the help and recomendations.



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Old 10-04-2007, 08:16 AM   #2
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You can use either poured concrete or concrete block. You can get the same strength either way.

If you want a wall higher than normal, you will need to have it engineered. For higher walls, 12" block will allow you to less steel than an 8" poured or block wall.

For a normal basement wall, look at the 2006 IRC code for foundations. The requirements will usually be less than what an engineer will come up if it is designed from scratch.


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