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Old 03-11-2008, 01:02 PM   #1
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Brick Ledge when using cinder block


Can someone explain to me how to design foundation using 8" x 16" block and brick faced with 2 x 6 walls. I am laying out my house but it looks like I would need a 10" wall (4" brick ledge and then 6" for sill plate) instead of the 8" wide typical block? In this case is a 10" block used for the foundation and then 6" block to create a ledge? Using an 8" block would cause the sill plate to only rest on 4" with a 4" ledge. Any help is appreciated.
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Generally bearing on floor systems only needs to be 1 3/4", more is nicer to work with. If you are planing on 8" foundation that is fine, you can set the sill in and still have your brick veneer.

Many times we have cleaned up our footing forms (2x6) and used them as the sill plate. It can hang to the inside without any problems, unless it's a full basement and you plan to finish the ceiling, then a 2x4 plate is recommended to allow you to drywall the ceiling without interference.

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Generally bearing on floor systems only needs to be 1 3/4", more is nicer to work with. If you are planing on 8" foundation that is fine, you can set the sill in and still have your brick veneer.

Many times we have cleaned up our footing forms (2x6) and used them as the sill plate. It can hang to the inside without any problems, unless it's a full basement and you plan to finish the ceiling, then a 2x4 plate is recommended to allow you to drywall the ceiling without interference.
can i go with bricks now on an 8 inch cinder block with a 2x4 wall?
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How many people are going to ask questions in this single thread? This is going to get crazy if the second guy doesn't start his own thread.

Adam why don't you stay with the same basic thread you have already started and keep everything together?
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If you want a 6" wall and 4" brick veneer then you will need a 10' foundation minimum. I'd recommend 12" to allow for an air space between the brick and framing. You were correct in saying that you build a 12" block wall up to the brick and then a 6" block wall (at least one course) up to the sill plate.
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Below is a link to an image of an 8" foundation wall with brick veneer and 4" plate. Wouldn't recommend it because you air space/drainage plane is not adequate (will be filled solid from mortar droppings) and will result in rot over time.

http://www.maconline.org/tech/design...M11DRAWING.jpg

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