MORTAR JOINTS


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MORTAR JOINTS
MORTAR JOINTSMortar joints play an important role in the bond patterns and texture of a wall. Concrete masonry units are placed with a gap of ⅜ in. between the adjacent units, both horizontally and vertically, in order to provide for the mortar joints between them. Thus, the mortar joints appear as ⅜ in. wide stripes on the face of a masonry wall. However, these joints are not made solid through the wall thickness, that is, they are not continuous through the thickness (width) of a hollow concrete masonry wall. Rather, only the vertical head joints and horizontal bed joints are required to receive mortar; mortar is not placed on interior cross-webs or across the full width of head joints. Mortar joints are only as thick (measured perpendicular to the wall thickness) as…
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Narendra Taly, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE: Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures, Second Edition. MORTAR JOINTS, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2010), AccessEngineering Export