Originally Posted By: jpeck
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Just as important at the shim ...
1) The block needs to be filled solid.
2) The block should be capped so the beam is not resting on the face shells (or as long as the cells are full to the top of the face shells, capping is better, though).
3) There needs to be a proper footer under the block.
4) The block needs to be secured to the footer.
5) There needs to be a termite barrier shield between the wood and the concrete, ESPECIALLY using the filled block versus a solid concrete pier.
6) As stated above, either the shim needs to be independently attached to the beam or the pier needs to be grouted to the beam (in a non-loaded state, then, after the grouting as cured, the beam can be loaded - an easier way is to remove some of the beam load with a jack, then let the fully loaded beam press down on the grout). When doing this, make sure there is a moisture barrier seat (metal seat) between the wood and the grout. A metal termite shield could serve both purposes.