2-29. Reinforcing Steel. You can use steel bars to reinforce lintels and beams and to support the wall
against abnormal stresses, such as an earthquake or strong winds.
a. Lintels and Beams. Lintel blocks can be used for constructing reinforced block beams or lintels.
Lay the blocks end to end to form a channel. Place reinforcing bars in the channel and then fill the
channel with concrete or mortar. You can either cast the beam or lintel in place on the shoring or
precast and install it later (Figure 2-32).
Figure 2-32. Lintels made with concrete blocks,
mortar, and reinforcing steel bars