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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all! I've got a basement window in a block wall that has a brick arch above it. So I'm hoping I don't need to add a lintel. The interior brick/concrete above the window has chipped away. I see some gaps in the mortar that go all the way through to the outside, so I'll fill those up with...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello (from first time poster) The backstory: My house, built in 1937, originally had an exposed concrete block fascia -- a short-lived design. Just as with brick, there are angle steel lintels over every opening. The house was stuccoed directly over the painted block, making bonding failures...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hey, we are building a garage as an addition to our house. It is 32' by 32' and we are wanting to have a room above the garage. My question is, when leaving our openings for the garage doors, what type of lintel would you recommend using that would support an upstairs? The doors are 10' wide...
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm building a CMU block foundation (crawl space) for an addition onto my house. I have and planned on using a 48" long lintel block to span the opening of the crawl space. But I'm unsure of the length of bearing surface I need for the lintel. I can't find anything in the 2009 IRC specific to...
  5. Building & Construction
    I have a 1929 Dutch Colonial in the Detroit area, and would love convert a little-used room behind my garage into a mudroom. Doing so would entail a new doorway through the back of the garage into this room. After doing some investigation, I realized that rather than brick veneer and wood...
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