Our Philippine house project: walls and wall footers.

Our Philippine house challenge: walls and wall footers.

Building our household in the Philippines.  All about putting up hollow block partitions.  We started creating our walls as before long as the footers have been in and at the identical time as the columns ended up heading up.  Read about hollow block Here, columns and beams Below and rebar splicing Here.  Correct rebar splicing is just as vital in the hollow block walls as it is the the columns and beams.  Properly spliced rebar can tie your creating with each other.  Improper splices price tag just the identical and weaken the building.

Our wall footers were considerably less strong than the column footers, but however hefty.  The base of the wall footers are 80cm (2.6′) under grade.  The concrete footer is 25cm (10″) thick and 40cm vast (1.3′).  The footer is strengthened with four 12mm deformed bar (rebar).  The walls had 10mm rebar horizontally every single 3 courses and 12mm rebar vertically every 60cm (2′)

The picture presents an unusual perspective on the footer and wall.  Because the engineers still left out a porch column, we had to demolish aspect of an previously accomplished footer and wall to make way for the added column.  This picture reveals the footer with the two 12mm rebar and the hollow block wall higher than.  Demolishing the brief segment of the footer proved to quite tricky, probably a sign that the concrete quality is fairly excellent.

With some support from El Nino we had perfect development temperature.  We did not have any important rain concerning October 2009 until eventually the roof was on in mid-2010.  This has was awful for farmers, but great for us. A person continuing fret about the dry climate was that our very well would operate dry.  We utilised so significantly h2o for producing concrete, cleaning equipment and machines, watering plants, and for our crew’s personal wants — washing, laundry and so forth.   We had the redug further in 2009.  See /digging-water-properly-tigbauan-philippines/

Wetting hollow block

Wetting hollow block

When you obtain shipping of your hollow block, you ought to regularly continue to keep them wet.  If they dry out they eliminate strength and finally crumble again into the sand they ended up produced from. 2-16-10. Working day 26 of job.

Earlier mentioned.  While this is a good action shot displaying a column being poured and vibrated, it also shows a significant issue.  This is a corner column.  The building must be nicely tied jointly at the corners.  The rebar should sweep all over the corner securely tying collectively the column and the partitions.  The red arrow points to the quite shorter size of rebar protruding from the columns.  The intent is that these stubs will be spliced to the horizontal 10mm rebar in the hollow block walls.  However this splice is significantly to brief and much too close to the corner to present a meaningful tie.

This is my crude drawing demonstrating how the rebar really should sweep close to the corner, helping to tie the setting up collectively.   It would be ideal if the rebar could lengthen to its complete length or at minimum right up until a window or door opening intervenes. Of system there are useful difficulties in installing and functioning around these types of webs of rebar.  This drawing is based on principles in the hugely advised guide “Peace of Thoughts in Earthquake Country”  You usually can get it utilized for about a greenback moreover transport at ABE textbooks.  Our options furnished no assistance on rebar splicing.  Insist that yours do.

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Also, if you have big windows, include one or two additional vertical rebar in the block cores on just about every facet of just about every window opening.  A big percentage of structural failures come about about doorway and window openings.

1st the exterior partitions went up.  We employed first rate excellent 6″ hollow block for the exterior partitions.  We very much regret that we did not use 6″ block for the interior walls as very well.  It would have offered the dwelling additional rigidity or shear energy so that it could greater hold with each other somewhat than split apart in an earthquake.  We did not use it due to the fact Bob considered it may cut down room measurements.

It is pretty essential that the hollow block cores be stuffed with concrete NOT mortar.  If mortar or concrete begins to set, toss it our.  Don’t enable the crew add more drinking water and remix.  This is going to be a incredibly tricky promote to the regular Filipino mason.

Digging footer trenches for inside walls

Interior walls going up

Partitions and columns go up concurrently.