Concrete Block Confusion

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Old 06-19-09, 11:08 AM
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Concrete Block Confusion

Is there some special concrete block made just for load-bearing walls?

I am confused. I need 8 X 8 X 16 blocks for a crawl space. I was planning on using standard weight blocks (the ones with the two holes). They will be filled with concrete upon completion of the wall.

Do I need some special block for the load-bearing walls?
 
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Regular block from the block plant is fine. They are all load bearing block. There is a light weight block made for commercial interior walls on steel with concrete decking.

My question is why are you going to fill the cores with concrete?? What are you building and whats the wall supporting or retaining??
 
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Check with your inspector, as some locations prohibit the cells from being filled.
 
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Thanks for the feedback.

I saw the two different types of block: regular and light weight. I assumed the regular would be the best choice for strength.

We are building a perimeter wall for a crawl space. Typical construction (I thought): 16" wide footer with vertical rebar every 48" and filled cores (to hold the vertical rebar).

There are no inspectors around here. This is the country.
 
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