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Old 01-26-2008, 02:27 AM   #1
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Fixing Brick Over New Exterior Door


Just thought I would here and take evasive action. Our "contractor" install a new pella double french door in an exterior brick/cinder block wall. There was a 32" door there previously and it was enlarged to install the 6' french doors.

A new header was installed on the interior. However the exterior brick facia is not yet complete. There is a gap above the door where the brick needs to be put back in.

What SHOULD the correct process be to do this? The old lintel? is still in place yet not long enough as you can guess.

My guess is - they are going to install the bricks over the door and just rest them on the top of the door itself. I know this is NOT the correct way.

So - how should this be done?

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Old 01-26-2008, 03:00 AM   #2
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Well unless he's a magician he will be installing a new lintel that covers the entire new door and embeds into the brick joints on either side of the door, similar to what the previous lintel was doing.

Rebrick the area affected and you should be done, plus chalking, plus painting the lintel if that applies, etc...
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Old 01-27-2008, 04:12 PM   #3
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Your guess about that being the wrong way is dead on correct. A couple of rows of brick have to be carefully removed and a new full length steel lintel of proper depth installed, then rebricked. This is a job for a mason, not the obvious clueless guy that left the brick currently unsupported. My best hope is that this is a location where you have a minimal amount of unsupported brink currently hanging by the brick ties, and not in a two story or gable wall with much brick above the unsupported opening. If so, this lintel installation is urgent, get it done pronto!

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Old 01-27-2008, 08:34 PM   #4
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Actually, it is more dangerous to leave unsupported masonry in a narrow band above a door than a gable end. If the height of masonry above unsupported masonry is equal to at least one and a half times the width, the chances are the masonry will support itself. Anything less should be shored. Regardless, a full length steel lintel should be installed before re-bricking.
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