|Q: What size is Mikey
A: Standard blocks are 4 feet long, 10 ½” wide and
12” high. Our one-piece Corner Blocks are 3’ on
one leg and 2’ on the other, 10 ½” wide and 12”
Q: What about grout?
A: We recommend assembling walls up to six courses
(6’ high) before your first grout pour. One cubic
yard of concrete will fill about 91 square feet
of wall surface.
Q: What is Mikey Block’s R-value?
A: A true 28. That's 35% more than conventional flat panel ICFs.
Q: Does Mikey Block meet building codes?
A: Absolutely. Mikey Block adheres to the International
Residential Code (IRC) for screen grid ICFs.
Q: Do I need engineering to use Mikey Block?
A: The IRC specification for screen grid ICFs is
valid for one or two-story homes, with or without
basements, having no more than 10 feet between floors
and total outside dimensions of no more than 40'
x 60'. If your plans fall within these limits and
your building authority has adopted the IRC (2003
or 2006), then you should not be required to have
engineering. If your plans exceed these limits,
then most likely you will.
Q: Are special tools required?
A: No. Most of the tools you already have, like
a level, framing angle, stepladder, and hand saw.
You will need to buy a glue gun.
Q: What about wallboard?
A: Our continuous OSB inserts at 12” OC horizontally
allow for easy installation of wallboard with standard
drywall screws. Hang sheets horizontally or vertically.
Q: What about rebar?
A: Rebar is placed both horizontally and vertically.
Most common application is at 4’ intervals, although
your specific plans may call for different sizes
and intervals. We provide special Mikey Block rebar
chairs to ensure correct placement in the block.
Q: How much bracing is needed?
A: Unless it's very windy, not very much. Consider
these facts about Mikey Block:
- With each one-piece block having four 9"
x 9" x 5.5" hourglass elements, our molded Mikey
Blocks are extraordinarily strong.
- Our one piece corners are virtually self-plumbing
and act as integral wall braces.
- Our inside and outside continous 1x2 OSB
attachment/alignment detail effectively links
the blocks end-to-end and laterally.
- Our 2.5" track detail does a great job of
aligning the walls.
- Spot gluing between courses after alignment
locks the block together into a solid wall prior
Longer walls or windy conditions may warrant
bracing —in the latter case, just to keep the
wall from blowing over. If so, Unistrut, boards
or any other straight, rigid material attached
vertically to the OSB splines do an excellent
Q: What is the 2.5" track for?
A: When you buy Mikey Block, always purchase an
amount of 2.5 inch steel track equal to three times
the linear footage of your walls. The first third
gets attached to your slab or stem wall, typically
with 1/4" dia. x 3/4" drive pins. You lay it out
so the inside panel of the first course of Mikey
Block fits into this track. The purpose is two-fold.
Number one, it allows you to lay out your walls
as straight as a string. Number 2, it provides an
attachment detail for drywall and baseboard down
at the floor (Note: the OSB provides continuous
horizontal attachment at the top of each course,
but there is no OSB at the bottom of the wall).
The remainder of the track is used for aligning
the walls, to shield the OSB channels during grouting,
and as an attachment detail at the top. All in all,
the 2.5" track is possibly your greatest ally in
making your walls straight.
Q: Is Mikey Block Good For Basements?
A: Absolutely. Below grade structures are strictly
out of bounds for any building material except masonry
and ICFs. Although the cost of concrete block is
lower, the built-in insulation and ease of construction
make Mikey Block a great choice.
Q: Who can we get to install Mikey Block?
A: Mikey Block was designed and developed with the
Do-It-Yourselfer in mind. We find that builders,
masonry contractors and framing contractors readily
adapt their skills to Mikey Block. There may be
ICF contractors in your area as well, who are familiar
with other ICF systems. Our Installation Manual,
Standard Details, and other information (available
from the Request
Information tab) provide detailed instructions for you or
your builder, and, of course, you can also contact
us for additional information or advice.
Q: What About Shipping?
A: We have distribution centers in Tucson, Arizona and Dalhart, Texas