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Old 03-06-2013, 07:31 PM   #1
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Brick cracking on lower corner of house

My all brick house is a little over a year old now. While I was doing some yard work today, I noticed a vertical hairline crack on the very bottom outside corner of one wall. It originates from the lowest point of the brick ledge and goes up about 8". The crack starts in the mortar and actually goes through a brick and stops. It starts about 2 bricks in from the corner and works its way up to the outside corner (so slightly diagnal). The adjacent connecting wall doesn't appear to be affected at all as it shows not signs of movement or cracks. I don't see any cracking up the wall. I wish I had a picture, but my camera is on the fritz. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.



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Got a phone with a camera on it?
Sounds like normal settling but hard to say without a picture.
May need to use a 4-1/2" right angle grinder to remove 1/2 of morter and tuck point it. Any mason can do it if you do not want to.
I pore the morter into a masons bag (looks like a pastery bag)


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do you have a bsmt, slab, or crawl space ? think joe's right about possible settling however you may have a dropped foundation & need to place an underpinning under the fnd
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Are the bricks clay or concrete?
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Something moved. Bricks crack because of movement. Possible foundation issue.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:21 AM   #6
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Pictures will help get you much more directed feedback as to the cause and effect.

One thing is true as pointed out moved. Whether it is foundation settling, moisture, etc remains to be seen.


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