When concrete masonry is laid in running bond, busy jointing patterns can occur in piers, short walls, and around openings. If a building contains very many of these features, the joint patterns can become objectionable. One solution is to use scored concrete masonry. Scored clay brick units also are available. A simple and readily available alternative to standard units, scored block have grooves that simulate mortar joints molded into their face shells. The most common scoring pattern divides a standard 8x16-inch block face into two 8x8-inch squares. A comparable 8x24-inch block face is divided by two grooves into three 8-inch squares.