Our Philippine House Project: Rebar Splicing

Our Philippine Household Project: Rebar Splicing

Earning sure rebar splices are completed the right way will assist make your Philippine dwelling more robust at virtually no extra price.  Said yet another way, improper splicing final results in a weaker construction and saves no cash. The Philippines is one of the world’s most highly seismically active regions.  Improper splicing will make the framework a lot more vulnerable to earthquake problems, even from a scaled-down tremors.   The adequacy of rebar splicing is one particular of the biggest disappointments  in building our Philippine residence creating task.  The workers, although experienced and clever, did not know nearly anything about the engineering ideas powering rebar splicing.  The plans provided no guidance. The engineers contended that the workers really should know about splicing.  They did not.  Bob knew nothing at all about rebar splicing, but in especially egregious scenarios, sensed that anything was wrong.  The engineer was brought back again to demonstrate the crew how to spice,  but in some instances only after it was as well late to make improvements.

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Rebar and splicing at Manila higher rise.  Look carefully and you can see the splices.

Philippine structures commonly consist of steel strengthened concrete columns or posts supporting steel reinforced concrete beams with the spaces crammed in with pretty weak concrete block forming the partitions.  The reinforcing metal is referred to as “deformed rebar”.  Ours is a a person-tale household, so a one regular 6 meter extended rebar (about 20 toes) can increase from the footer (1.2 M deep) to the topmost roof beam without having splicing.  That’s a good point.  Our columns utilized 12mm diameter rebar. All columns and beams also include things like rings of reinforcing steel referred to as “stirrups”.  The stirrups are held in posture utilizing “tie wire”. Alongside one another the rebar and stirrups make up the rebar cage which will go into a plywood form, the sort will be stuffed with damp concrete to make a column or beam.

Column footer

Column footer displaying rebar, stirrups and tie wire.  The vertical rebar at bent at the bottom and secured to the footer rebar.  When the footer concrete is poured the foundation of the column is properly secured 1.2M (about 4 toes) underground.

The beams are a diverse make a difference.  Since the home beam length for our property is 13.5M and 15M,  the 6M beam rebar need to be spliced.  How and wherever is splicing is accomplished affects the energy of the beams and of the dwelling.   Our superior, expert employees could neatly make the rebar splices but genuinely experienced no plan of how significantly overlap there ought to be at the splices or where by the splices should be.  Splicing was done improperly and experienced to be redone, in a person situation a few instances.  This squandered time and dollars and induced sizeable annoyance.

Considering that our personnel had worked on dozens of properties this leaves just one questioning about the errors embedded in them.  On commercial buildings, there will possible be a supervising engineer, but on residences — who knows?  In the case of our home, if Bob had not been there, the important roof beams would have been now poured and the blunders, concealed.

Splicing error in roof beam rebar

Splicing error in roof beam rebar

The earlier mentioned image reveals the accomplished rebar cage for our east roof tie beam.  The rebar is 16mm diameter.  At the major and base are two sets of rebar spliced collectively at the middle of the beam.  This is erroneous in two techniques.  The top rated splice is Okay as it is about the center of the span.  The base splice is completely wrong because it really should be more than a column.  Both splices have far far too minor overlap at 30 or 40cm.  The least is 64cm for 16mm diameter rebar.

Here are the engineering procedures-of-thumb we garnered concerning splicing:

  • Splice beam leading bars at destinations amongst assist columns.
  • Splice base beam bars at or in close proximity to assistance columns.
  • The splice overlap ought to be a minimum of 40X the diameter of the rebar.  So, for 16mm rebar the splice need to be a minimum of 64CM, for 12mm rebar, 48cm.

So, the over splicing violates each one particular of these regulations.  The splice overlap was 30CM, much less than a person-50 percent of what it ought to have been.  All bars had been spliced in a single site.  This rebar cage experienced to be taken down and absolutely redone.  Without supervision this beam would have been poured and the problems concealed for good, or right up until the initially earthquake.

The rebar splicing glitches which went uncorrected ended up largely splicing the horizontal rebar in the hollow block partitions and tie beams to the corner columns.  These splices, appropriately completed, can generate a powerful band of reinforcement all around the building.

In this photo of a column likely up, you can see the stubs of horizontal rebar protruding out through the forms.  They are spaced so that they will align with the horizontal 10mm rebar in each 3rd training course of hollow block.  The splice ought to be at least 40cm and they all must not be in the same spot.  It’s my check out that these corner ties are not incredibly superior.  Compare to this diagram exhibiting rebar wrapped all-around the corner and extending properly into the wall, potentially as significantly as to the initially doorway or window opening.  This type of reinforcement will bind the structure together much more strongly.

Of system, this presents sensible troubles that a development crew will loathe.  They will have to function all-around meters of rebar protruding from the types, not inches.

Listed here is an additional suggestion.  Rebar generally comes in 6 meter lengths, about 20′.  Whenever you can get rid of splices by accomplishing so, use nine meter lengths.  This means fewer splices and a more robust setting up.

Here’s a fantastic splice in a lintel beam.  It has superior overlap and the splices are staggered.  On the left you can see the rebar cage for a person of our very complex tee-shaped columns.

Here’s a quite very good posting on rebar, and rebar cage fabrications: http://www.wikihow.com/Tie-Rebar

Yet another factor to take into consideration is no matter if to paint rebar or pay out added for coated rebar.  Certainly, any exposed rebar must be retained painted.

Rebar cage at intersection of roof beams and column.

Yet another rebar problem.  Rebar cage at intersection of roof beams and column.  Little room for concrete.

While our awareness to  these construction aspects may perhaps seem to be in excess of-obsessive (they absolutely appeared so to our building crew!), the Haiti catastrophe and now the Chile earthquakes demonstrate that right engineering and building can make the change between life and dying or at minimum between becoming able to are living in your household just after an earthquake as opposed to currently being homeless and starting all more than again.  And, in this case doing it correct charges the similar as performing it quite improper.

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