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Old 11-07-2010, 08:56 PM   #1
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I have a house that was built in 1978 that has a gap where the brick meets wood on the exterior. The pest inspector keeps mentioning that I need to take care of it because bugs can get in through the crack. What is my best option for eliminating this gap?

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Caulk it and paint.

But first, check to see why the gap exists. It appears that the brick is falling away from the ledger maybe.

And no drip edge???

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Old 11-08-2010, 06:26 AM   #3
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When someone tells me that they are building a house, I tell them to have the entire exterior composed of the same material. All brick, all vinyl, all wood, etc as two dramatically different types of material never bond and all caulk, mortar etc will eventually pull away for any number of reasons. Sometimes these gaps can extend to and below the ground surface depending on how final grading was done, mulch level, etc.

Whatever material you use, you must continually inspect it, as things change in these circumstances. Prior to closing this gap, treat into it with an insecticide dust. I like Tempo D or Delta Dust or Boric acid powder.

Possible materials: "Copper stuff-it"; spray in foam from aero's; rope caulk; silicone/latex caulk; Stainless steel wool;

In our area, you would have a great harborage for yellow jackets, honeybees, etc. Rodents and snakes would be possible, too.
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I like the idea of mortaring the gap to match the brick mortar. Should I do anything else besides spraying a pesticide to prep the gap?
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I like the idea of mortaring the gap to match the brick mortar. Should I do anything else besides spraying a pesticide to prep the gap?
The mortar won't match the existing mortar for 20-30 years, if it's important, try plan "B".
You can enlarge the board to cover the gap.
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