Tag Archives: Masonry

Moisture in mass masonry walls

In mass wall construction, proper detailing is required so that the wall will shed bulk water. Key details include overhangs that protect the vertical wall below; drips at projecting features such as sills; and sloped skyward-facing surfaces to provide positive drainage.

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Using masonry for wet flood-proofing

There are two types of flood-proofing—dry and wet. The design intent of dry flood-proofing is to allow flood waters to enter and exit the structure freely and allow the waters to rise and fall evenly inside the structure in the same rate and manner they rise and fall on the outside.

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