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Old 02-13-2010, 08:04 AM   #1
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Have a home inspection on this one on Friday. Do I need to call in a structural engineer or masonry expert? House built in 1990 and is completely brick wrap.

This area looks like it has already been tuck-pointed once to me....poorly.

Is the crack through the brick partcicularly bad?

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something settled improperly or the lintel down there fatigued and dropped a bit.

Now is that something to be concerned about? I am not sure but I would definitely have a mason come take a look and if he suggests and engineer then go from there.

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Looks like it has been repaired once. Some of those bricks look new. Something in the foundation is shifting or there is not proper support above that door. How serious would need an on site inspection
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can you get a pic from further out to show more, they may have just stacked brick on pediment
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Are you in a freeze zone? Any evidence of water under the entrance? Or under the window inside?
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I see this type of stuff all the time. I would call in a mason & have them fix it properly. Whoever did the tuck pointing on it didn't know what they were doing. You state that you are having "a home inspection on this one on Friday." Are you looking to buy it or sell it?
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Thanks for the info. Here is a new pic (from farther out per request) and answers:

1. We are looking to buy (inspection is this Fri)
2. We live in Indianapolis, IN (freeze zone)
3. No evidence of mosture inside window or inside at all that is obvious

What do you think?
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I'm thinkin no lintel for brick support and the window above is the natural weak point to the pediment so the stress follows that line. The fact that it is breaking bricks in half is not good. Not sure how or if the brick has a ledger to sit on but that first course of brick after the soldier course up to the window needs to probably come out. I would suggest a lintel on the soldier course to 8" past the vertical outside line of the pediment then relay to the window. If you take a piece of mortar to a brick supplier they can color match the mortar, they may be able to match brick so you dont have to reuse. hope this helps
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please make sure flashing is sealed well as water intrusion is good possibility even tho not seen inside
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Have a home inspection on this one on Friday.
Make sure the inspector addresses this in his report. That way you can either get further concessions from the seller or back out. If this were a 100-year-old house, I wouldn't be as concerned; but only 20 years? You are right to be concerned.
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Depending on what's below the window, it's possible that there should be a full arch lintel: back there to support the masonry above.
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It could be the brickwork is just corbelled across, and this is the problem. It looks an ongoing defect.
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It could be the brickwork is just corbelled across, and this is the problem. It looks an ongoing defect.
What does this mean?
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Corbelling is when the bricks are stepped over as shown in the photo.
A lintel as shown Michael's should have been used, but this method may have been.
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thanks! What would a new lintel and new brickwork cost appx? I imagine a lot more than tuck-pointing... I just want a ballpark so I know how hard I have to push to get this into the purchase.

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