Footings (cont., pg. 5)


The Basic Foundation of Your House

Rebar

 

Rebar is steel rod used for reinforcing and adding strength in load-bearing concrete.
It comes in various diameters.

Your local building code may not require rebar in your footings.


Your foundation contractor may tell you that you don’t need rebar and that you’re just wasting money if you do use it.


If rebar is not required, it becomes your call whether or not to use it.


I always use rebar regardless, because I see it as cheap insurance.

 

Crossing rebar properly tied together with steel wire. I’d like to see this more elevated, though.

 

- Use number five rebar, five-eighths of an inch in diameter.

- Rebar must be elevated.  I prefer it midway between top and bottom of footing.

- Separate rebar should be tied together with steel wire.  This adds strength.

- Rebar should be fixed in place before concrete is poured.

 

 

 

Never allow rebar to be dropped into the footing as concrete is being poured.  Some concrete subs prefer that approach, not because it’s good practice, but because it’s easier for them. 

A good rebar job makes for a good foundation.  I won’t build a house without it.

 

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