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Old 01-16-2013, 06:29 PM   #16
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The purpose of a lintel is to carry the load of the bricks in your case to prevent compression of your PVC windows,which is why i think your getting water intrusion,even though you have flashing.

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A Lentil is a bean they use in soup. A Lintil is usually a concrete beam with structural steel embeded. (Similar to a header in frame construction) In your case you would have a piece of angle iron, which would serve as a shelf angle This would be flashed, then brick would be set with weep holes. Properly installed brick requires a lintil, or a shelf angle above every opening. There should be a flashing and end dams that go back to a waterproofed structural wall behind. A clean cavity is required so water can flow down to the flashing and weep out above the window, door etc.

The metal frame I saw in the pictures is not an adequate support, and the wood sole plate above is not even continuous. The actually placed a joint over the window. Madoone!

Google Brick Institute, and get yourself educated. It is pretty clear your builders are not.
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A Lentil is a bean they use in soup. A Lintil is usually a concrete beam with structural steel embeded. (Similar to a header in frame construction) In your case you would have a piece of angle iron, which would serve as a shelf angle This would be flashed, then brick would be set with weep holes. Properly installed brick requires a lintil, or a shelf angle above every opening. There should be a flashing and end dams that go back to a waterproofed structural wall behind. A clean cavity is required so water can flow down to the flashing and weep out above the window, door etc.

The metal frame I saw in the pictures is not an adequate support, and the wood sole plate above is not even continuous. The actually placed a joint over the window. Madoone!

Google Brick Institute, and get yourself educated. It is pretty clear your builders are not.
I guess I better use shelf angles on my build and forget about the beans I was gonna use.

Thanks for the spelling lesson even if its spelled lintel.

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