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Old 10-02-2008, 02:11 PM   #1
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Exterior Brick Wall Seperated from Home


I'm purchasing a home that has a problem with the decorative outside brick wall separating from the house. It has a 3" gap between the top of the bricks and the bottom of the roof line as shown in the picture. This gap runs about 6' horizontally and I believe the brick wall is loose almost to the ground. What is the best way to make this repair? The report I seen said that it's not accessible from the attic. Should I tear out the inside wall to place some kind of "standoffs" or do I do it buy removing bricks from the outside? I really don't know where to start.

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That is generally a sign that no wall ties were installed. Depending upon the wall maekup there are remedial anchors to fix it, but they are usually only done for commercial or double wythe masonry walls. Tear it down and rebuild it with wall ties.

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What did your pre-purchase home inspector have to say about the situation?

Have you closed yet? Any other brick veneer walls amy ahve been built the same way(same contractor) and are not showing any distress.

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Walk away from the house very slowly, then run like hell! If the builder scrimped here on brick ties or did such shoddy work elsewhere in the house you are buying into serious trouble down the road (and maybe not too far down the road!).

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I'm purchasing a home that has a problem with the decorative outside brick wall separating from the house. It has a 3" gap between the top of the bricks and the bottom of the roof line as shown in the picture. This gap runs about 6' horizontally and I believe the brick wall is loose almost to the ground. What is the best way to make this repair? The report I seen said that it's not accessible from the attic. Should I tear out the inside wall to place some kind of "standoffs" or do I do it buy removing bricks from the outside? I really don't know where to start.

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