do i need footer to be 18" down?


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Old 10-22-08, 09:57 AM
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do i need footer to be 18" down?

I have a 16' long 18" high section of a cinder block wall exposed above ground level i would like to cover it with brick. Do i have to dig down 18" down(frost line) and pour a footer or can i just use pleanty of wall ties to anchor to the block.
 
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Old 10-22-08, 10:08 PM
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Brick always needs to sit solidly on a concrete footing, or on a corbel ledge block that is part of the foundation. I would assume that your block wall is sitting on an existing footing that might be wide enough to support your bricks. So you might simply need to dig down to it, clean it off, and start out with a row or two of 4x16 CMU blocks to get you up to grade, then begin laying the brick.
 

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Old 10-23-08, 08:08 AM
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the block is on a footer that is 5' down below grade. what if i drilled holes into the block just below grade and put rebar into those and tied into footer that way? just trying to not have to double the amount of brick needed.
 
 

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