Concrete block walls

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Old 01-05-21, 07:01 AM
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Concrete block walls

Just wondering about stacked vs. staggered construction of block walls. The majority of such walls I have seen are staggered but a good number, particularly interior walls, are stacked. Stacked walls just seem to me to be inferior and weaker. Am I right? Why would an architect specify stacked blocks if staggered are stronger?
 
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Old 01-05-21, 07:33 AM
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Why would an architect specify stacked blocks if staggered are stronger?
Perhaps the customer requested it?
 
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Old 01-05-21, 07:34 AM
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It is all about the look. I don't know for sure but I assume the stacked block employ other methods to tie the wall together [maybe horizontal rebar]
 
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Old 01-05-21, 07:43 AM
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A stack brick or stone wall is not a good structural form. But as Marksr mentions it most likely is supported with another type of mechanism. But it seems hard to imagine a stacked wall. Even the look of it seems bad.
 
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Old 01-05-21, 08:26 AM
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In N. America where most walls are one block or brick thick running bond is probably the most popular. In other countries where the walls are typically two blocks thick I see basket weave done more often.
 
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Old 01-05-21, 11:31 AM
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I've noticed the stack block fairly often, almost always on the front of a building [or a portion of] It looks ok I guess although IMO it probably isn't worth the extra expense.
 
 

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