Brick Test Kalamazoo MI

I have received test data from the manufacturer of the brick I selected for a new building. How do I read the test data? What is important and what isn't important? There are several items that I would examine on the brick test data in Kalamazoo.

Kennedy Masonry Inc
(517) 322-9310
6554 Sloan Hwy
Lansing, MI
 
Omega Construction & General Repair
(734) 665-8154
4042 Ann Arbor Saline Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Stillson Masonry
(616) 454-7540
1227 Houseman Ave Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Oskey Brothers Construction Co
(810) 733-5330
G4110 Beecher Rd
Flint, MI
 
DAVE BUHLER MASONRY INC
(810) 639-1887
PO BOX 363
FLUSHING, MI
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CHIMNEY AND MASONRY REPAIR

Giannola Masonry Co
(586) 792-2070
35086 Cordelia St
Clinton Township, MI
 
Westerhof Masonry Llc
(616) 364-6424
2427 Valentine Blvd Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Draper Group
(616) 304-9332
124 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Paul Henes Masonry
(734) 769-0880
3687 Jackson Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Able Concrete Inc
(517) 371-4855
1305 S Cedar St Ste 105
Lansing, MI
 

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Source: MASONRY CONSTRUCTION MAGAZINE
Publication date: April 1, 1994

I have received test data from the manufacturer of the brick I selected for a new building. How do I read the test data? What is important and what isn't important? There are several items that I would examine on the brick test data. In freeze/thaw environments the units should be Grade SW. A Grade SW brick must have an average maximum cold water absorption of 17% with a maximum individual value of 20%. The maximum average saturation coefficient is 0.78 with the maximum individual value of 0.80. Saturation coefficient is sometimes referred to as C/B because it represents the ratio of the cold water absorption divided by the absorption after 5 hours of boiling. In areas not normally subjected to freeze/thaw deterioration, Grade MW bricks can be used. The above values are increased for MW brick to an average maximum absorption of 22% and maximum individual value of 25% and an average maximum saturation coefficient of 0.88 and a maximum individual value of 0.90. The saturation coefficient can be waived if the average cold water absorption is less than 8% with at most one unit between 8% to 10%. The requirements for both water absorption and saturation coefficient can be waived if the units pass the freezing and thawing test described in ASTM C 67.Minimum compressive strength values also are set for durability.

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