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Old 12-15-2011, 09:43 AM   #1
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Can anyone comment on the performance of structural adhesives vs. mortar in a concrete block wall with respect to improved (or not) resistance to lateral loads?

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Are you planning or looking at fixing an existing mistake?

It is very hard to beat mortar and rebar(IF NEEDED) in new construction. In over centuries, no one has been able to come up with a replacement that equals it. - In other words there really is no super glue.

Your best plan for future construction is a good design and a proper type foundation with the type depending on if it is a cantilever wall ot wall with lateral restraint at the top.

For a retaining wall you can even build with segmental retaining wall block(SRW) with no mortar, concrete footing or mortar permitted.

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Couldn't agree with you more regarding tried and tested methods. Let someone else experiment. I posed the question after reviewing what I felt might be exaggerated claims by a manufacturer. Thought I would throw the question out there in the event that those closer to the issue might have had some direct experience with these products. Thanks for your reply.
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I don't know specifically what kind of products or systems you are researching. It seems obvious you do not have a specific use or application so it is impossible to comment on the use accurately. Claims for a single product (adhesive) may not be exaggerated, but the systems have not succeeded to being used in a measurable amount of the previous markets.

I have seen masonry/mortar products through the last 40 years and have not seen a single product that does what you seem the be suggesting for small general use. The real improvements in masonry come from better designs and more knowledgeable contractors, but engineers and contractors are slow to learn.

There are some outstanding examples of improved masonry construction and SRW construction, but unfortunately most are not in the U.S.

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Thanks for your comments

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