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Deputy Special Inspection in LA

Are you looking for a structural masonry deputy inspector in LA? Look no more! We at Los Angeles Deputy Special Inspection are authorized and approved in this discipline through the International Code Council. With years of on-site experience and knowledge, we are here to help guide you in the right path, whether it be for a commercial or residential project. Don’t hesitate in contacting us directly through our website, social media or phone number at (424)407-3106 for a free Structural Masonry Deputy Special Inspection consultation in Los Angeles, California!

What exactly is structural masonry and how does it all work? Structural masonry is a construction method in which the walls of a building perform a structural function, using CMU (concrete masonry units) set up in a way that is load bearing and not non-load bearing. In other words, structural masonry helps the building or part of a building stand. Load and pressures from these walls in either condition will eventually be distributed to the foundation and ground.

The type of supplies used in structural masonry can either be bricks, blocks, or stones and is typically bonded with mortar. Protruding mortar fins should be cleaned per city approved plan in order to achieve an aesthetically clean appearance and prevent extra mortar droppings in cells.

As these materials are being placed and leveled in an organized fashion per city approved plans, horizontal and vertical reinforcing steel is installed simultaneously. When structural masonry walls are built with a high lift grout placement, cleanouts are constructed to ensure that there is no excess mortar droppings or debris at the bottom of masonry wall cells. Once our deputy special inspector verifies that the bottom of the walls have been cleaned, the contractor will then close out the cleanouts prior to grout pour.

Reinforcing steel is typically placed in the center of cells whether they be vertical or horizontally placed in order to achieve minimum clearance. Clearance is to always be achieved with correct lap splices, spacings and bar sizes per city approved plans. When slab dowels are installed at the top of CMU structural walls, they are to never be wet set or installed during freshly placed grout (this can cause a segregation of aggregates in mix).

At Los Angeles Deputy Special Inspection, we aim to do our best in casting representative grout samples to the best of our capabilities in order to achieve what has been set in a structural masonry wall. Whether it be using the pinwheel method or the block assembly technique, we make sure your grout samples represent exactly what was placed in your structural masonry wall.

During a grout pour, if deputy special inspection is required for observation, we ensure that grout is internally consolidated at each lift where applicable. At times, masons do not fully place vibrators into cells near the bottom portion of a wall. It is vital that this be done correctly in order to achieve a proper consolidation from top to bottom of a structural masonry wall. Improper consolidation in a masonry wall can cause voids which can decline its structural integrity. In like manner, too much internal consolidation can be disadvantageous to a structural masonry wall due to the fact that segregation of aggregate can happen. We at Los Angeles Deputy Special Inspection are skilled and experienced in helping to prevent this from happening.