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close this bookAppropriate Building Materials: a Catalogue of Potential Solutions (SKAT; 1988; 430 pages)
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Burnt brick foundations

KEYWORDS:

Special properties

Good alternative to concrete foundation

Economical aspects

Medium costs

Stability

Medium to good

Skills required

Masonry skills

Equipment required

Masonry equipment

Resistance to earthquake

Medium to good

Resistance to hurricane

Medium to good

Resistance to rain

Good

Resistance to insects

Good

Climatic suitability

Most climates, except consistently wet areas

Stage of experience

Widely used

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

• Burnt brick foundations are principally the same as masonry wall constructions, but begun under the ground, either directly on a bed of tamped sand or lean concrete, or on a concrete footing.

• A widened base is preferable to distribute the weight of the walls.

• Care must be taken to lay the bricks in perfectly level courses, and measures for waterproofing are important.

• A good mortar for masonry foundations is:

- 4 parts cement
- 1 part lime
- 12 parts clean sand
- sufficient water to make a workable mix.

• In earthquake areas, masonry foundations should be reinforced with wire mesh or thin rods. Professional advice should be sought. Further information: Bibl. 20.04, 20.05.


Burnt Bricks in Cement Mortar (Bibl. 20.05)

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