Concrete Blocks Make Great Piers, Right?

Concrete blocks are useful for many parts of the structure of the home.  One place we find them is as a pier in a crawlspace.  While a concrete block may be structural if used correctly, we find them wrong all the time.  They must be turned so the hollow parts are vertical or they run the risk of structural collapse.  Cinder blocks are a suitable substitution for poured concrete when used in the proper orientation.

WRONG – orientation for cinder blocks

WRONG cinder block posts – NOT structural on end

Wrong use of cinder blocks for posts

Blocks must be used in the proper orientation.

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JJ & Suzanne are both licensed, highly skilled inspectors and educators. We are the authors of our class curriculum, and truly enjoy sharing this with our students

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