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Process for block and beam

Discussion in 'Building' started by shabbaranks, 10 Feb 2021.

  1. shabbaranks

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    Hi,
    Learning as I'm going and its going well. Could someone advise me please - running block and beam - would you cement the underside of the DPM which the block sits on?

    I know the beams just sit on the top of the dpm and once you've blocked it you run a cement mix effectively grouting the blocks and binding them together.

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  2. ^woody^

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    Unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise, all DPCs should be bended on a solid bed of mortar. There is no DPM.
     
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    Thanks @^woody^ I was getting my c's and m's mixed up but I understand so thank you.

    Just to double check another thing. Do you run the the first beam on top of the first course of the internal block or should this sit to the side. Ive taken a couple of pictures to show what its like currently with a illustrated image of what I mean

    20210212_084910.jpg 20210212_084912.jpg 20210212_084958 - with beam rn.jpg 20210212_084958 - with beam.jpg 20210212_084958.jpg
     
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    When parallel to the wall, the beam sits to the side of the wall, like a wooden floor joist would be, so that the wall can continue upwards.
     
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    No, run the beam alongside and lay the first block from the beam to the inner leaf if necessary. After you've prep'd and tidied up underneath of course.
     
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