Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-07-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 7
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Using 10" block for brick ledge


I'm building a block porch foundation in well drained soil. It will be about 4 courses. I want to add brick to the front exposed part of the foundation wall just under the slab. I have plenty of 8" block left over from a previous project. Instead of buying two courses of 10" block, I was wondering if I could do one course of 8", a course of 10" to use as the brick ledge, and then the remaining two courses in 8"?
All courses would be bonded and rebarred. I can't think of any reason this wouldn't work unless it would be more likely to crack. Anyone ever try this?

Randy

Rleeshfr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 11
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Using 10" block for brick ledge


2 inches isn't much of a brick shelf.

jmagg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2012, 06:20 PM   #3
A "Handy Husband"
 
rjniles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Carolina Low Country
Posts: 4,115
Rewards Points: 2,140
Default

Using 10" block for brick ledge


A block brick ledge uses 12" block for the base and 8" block where the brick is placed. If you have lots of 8" set them on the long side so you have a 16" wide lower section. Then set the 8" normally above that.
__________________
Location:
Coastal South Carolina
rjniles is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to rjniles For This Useful Post:
Rleeshfr (08-08-2012)
Old 08-08-2012, 10:37 AM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 7
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Using 10" block for brick ledge


I know 2" wasn't much for brick, but thought I might be okay. 2 of the 4 courses probably won't see the light of day, only the top 2 courses would be exposed. Those two would be tied at the top. So, ground force would keep the bottom courses tight to the block. That was my thought anyway.

I like the idea of going crossways with the 8" block. I'm thinking 1st course normal, 2nd course crossways, course 3 and 4 normal. It will be better balanced that way. I don't have to buy any more block and use up some of the extra damaged block I have laying around.
Rleeshfr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2012, 11:45 AM   #5
Architect
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Chicago/Kankakee Illinois
Posts: 154
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Using 10" block for brick ledge


Depending on the way the under side of the porch is conditioned, you may end up with condensation issues between brick and block.

Instead, I would advise using a thin-brick or stone surface applied treatment to achieve the same look with an easier installation.
jcarlilesiu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2012, 12:51 AM   #6
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 7
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Using 10" block for brick ledge


Is your thought that the brick would decompose due to the moisture or that the freeze/thaw cycle would cause cracking?
The under side of the porch is mostly sand with a stone base for the concrete slab. Backfill to the front is mostly sand too with about an inch of top soil. It is well drained.

I'm really trying not to buy anything additional since budget is really tight.
I have the block and the brick already. I do have to match this on an existing porch after this project is complete. I may try your approach there.

Randy

Rleeshfr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Concrete (Cinder) Block Barebones Home : Seeking Advice granadaCoder Building & Construction 11 08-11-2012 07:03 AM
Vertical Rebar Layout in Block Wall Footing 99altrade Building & Construction 6 08-12-2011 09:32 PM
8" cinder block with a brick ledge on top? adam1979 Building & Construction 6 07-13-2011 09:28 PM
Brick Ledge when using cinder block DaveMo Building & Construction 5 07-13-2011 09:46 AM
Fire blocking a wood stud wall built against cinder block. BasementVirgin Building & Construction 1 10-05-2009 11:02 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.