Types of Lap Splice

For the purpose and scope of this manual, we will only discuss one type of splicing known as lap splicing. Lap splicing is typically overlapping reinforcing steel over a certain length. The length of the splice should be calculated according to the local building codes or by a local engineer and specified on the project plans.
There are two main types of lap splices:

Contact Lap Splice:
The lapped reinforcing bars MUST be in contact with each other and secured together.

Non-Contact Lap Splice:
The reinforcing bars are allowed to be spaced at a distance of one-fifth (1/5) of the lapped length to a maximum of 150 mm or 6 inches.

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