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ajha
Where to buy Terra Cotta Foundation Blocks

We have a house built in 1920 that has a Terra Cotta Block foundation. Does anyone know where we can purchase replacement blocks to replace ones? The Terra Cotta blocks are 4" x 8" x 12 " with two holes going through the blocks on the long dimension. Thank you.

ed21
Re: Where to buy Terra Cotta Foundation Blocks
Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Where to buy Terra Cotta Foundation Blocks

Partition tile is non-load bearing class, and not for foundations!
wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structural_clay_tile
you need what's classified as ASTM standard C34, LBX for load-bearing in exposed location.
found one supplier for you (in Canada) http://www.paisleybrick.com/spec1.pdf

ed21
Re: Where to buy Terra Cotta Foundation Blocks

You're right the tiles are not exterior use, but they appear to be structural. I can't say I've used them or any other structural clay tile before.
You just can't go down to HD and pick up a few when you need them.
Calling Sandkuhl might get some suggestions. I've found companies are often knowledgable and willing to help when their product won't fit the bill.

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