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Answered 2008-07-27 07:56:58

A masonry beam is more often called a "bond beam." This is where a block is cut or manufactured with a slot to lay down one or two pieces of rebar down inside the block horizontally. The blocks are filled with grout and this adds horizontal strength to the wall by tying the vertical cells that are filled with grout to the horizontal cells that are filled with grout, creating a grid making the wall much stronger.

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