How to build a cincer block wall?

Reply

  #1  
Old 02-28-01, 01:30 PM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Question

We are remodeling a room in our newly purchased (built 1958), single story,concrete slab, stucco and cinder block house. In teh process we need to rough out the openings for the two new windows we purchased as well as close up the opening where a third window used to be. The walls are cinder block with stucco (outside) and we have to come up from the floor about 16 inches and in about 3 feet on each side. The windows were huge - and went all the way to the floor. We bought new vinyl windows and to save on the installation/remodeling costs, we are roughing out the openings ourselves. The only problem is that we have no experience/know-how/ or tools.

Any suggestions? We do have one book on how to build a cinder block wall for a garden and another on stucco technique. We have the measurements from the contractor we hired; Now we need materials and advice.

Questions: How do you insulate the blocks? How do you pour the concrete into the last row of blocks on the top row for the third window we are sealing up? Who should we contact for buying the block? do poeple deliver that stuff? Is it cheaper to buy in bulk or to buy at a home store? Do you have any recomendations for brands, types of concrete, tools, etc?
Thanks in advance! This is my first post.
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 03-02-01, 06:24 PM
Member
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,019
Any suggestions?
1. To make structural changes obtain the proper permits. 2. At the very least hire a journeyman mason and work as a helper. 3. An older hard back book that might be available at the public library is "Masonry simplified".

How do you insulate the blocks?
Traditionally ungrouted cores are filled with vermiculite, urea formaldehyde foam, polystyrene beads or polystyrene inserts and sometimes insulting cementious grout. Today factory insulated and pre-sealed blocks are available for interior or exterior use.

How do you pour the concrete into the last row of blocks onthe top row for the third window we are sealing up?
Injecting grout at the upper joint is one way.

Who should we contact for buying the block? do poeple deliver that stuff?
Consult the yellow pages under masonry supplies. Delivery is available.

Is it cheaper to buy in bulk or to buy at a home store?
Pallet purchase is a must from some suppliers. Others sell individual units to bulk quantities.


Do you have any recomendations for brands, types of concrete, tools, etc?

Marshalltown is a well known brand name of masonry trowels. http://www.marshalltown.com/

First post or not, you need more help than how to internet advice.
 
  #3  
Old 03-05-01, 05:28 PM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Unhappy Walls

Permits? Yikes, we have hired a contractor to install the windows and rebuild the walls and ceiling.. but we are roughing out the openings for the windows, hence the cinder block walls.. our house is a cinder blovk house.

I didn't realize we needed permits to modify our home... I'll look into that! Thanks for the tips, I went to Lowe's and found blocks at .95 each. Then you can estimate how many bags of mortar/cement stuff to buy based on square footage?

I'll go to the library and look for the book. We have a friend who just volunteered to help us this weekend and he apparently has experience working with block. He helped his Dad, who is a contractor.

Anyway, thanks a lot for the reply and advice.
 
Reply

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


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes