Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Rebar splicing a key problem area with our Philippine house building project. Philippine buildings generally consist of steel reinforced concrete columns or posts supporting steel reinforced concrete beams with the spaces filled in with fairly weak concrete block forming the walls. Ai??The reinforcing steel is referred to as “deformed rebar”. Ours is a one-story house, so a single standard six meter long rebar (about 20 feet) can extend from the footer (1.2 M deep) to the topmost roof beam without splicing. Ai??That’s a good thing. Ai??Our columns used 12mm diameter rebar. All …

Building our house in the Philippines.Ai??January 31, 2010. Ai??We’ve just ended the first two weeks of construction. Ai??We’re generally pleased with the progress. Ai??We have thirteen workers on our crew including two foremen. Ai??I’m on-site most of the time so there are three “bosses”. So far we’ve spent about $8,000 including “soft costs” (architecture, permits), equipment, materials and labor. Ai??We’d like to keep our total cost to about P15,000 per square meter or about $50,000 for the 150 square meter house. Ai??Every day one faces decision which affect the cost. Ai??Should we use 6″ block for a stronger house — it only costs a P30,000 pesos more! Ai??Should the concrete floor be a bit thicker to reduce the chance of cracking? Ai??Should we use 1/4″ thick angle bar in building our roof trusses or the thinner…