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Is it ok if a brick veneer is not built ontop of the foundation but ontop of an L shaped steel shelf that is bolted into the side of the foundation?
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Btw the bottom of the brick wall/ shelf rests on the ground. I was told by my inspector that even though it is galvanized steel, it may corrode over time since it is in contact with the elements.
I was also told that since the wall covers any visible foundation... this could increase the risk of intrusion such as water or termites finding a pathway to framing lumber.
And... the bolts could corrode and fail, with brick veneer tumbling to the ground.
The foreman who rehabbed the house assured me it was fine. And another builder said it should be ok.
 

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Btw the bottom of the brick wall/ shelf rests on the ground. I was told by my inspector that even though it is galvanized steel, it may corrode over time since it is in contact with the elements.
I was also told that since the wall covers any visible foundation... this could increase the risk of intrusion such as water or termites finding a pathway to framing lumber.
And... the bolts could corrode and fail, with brick veneer tumbling to the ground.
The foreman who rehabbed the house assured me it was fine. And another builder said it should be ok.
go get a structural engineer to sign off on it...Not gona happen...an inspector already said NO...if you want the final say..get an engineer...if your reasoning is th have the concrete foundation covered with brick, they can pour a new footing to support what you want done..
 

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Sounds like this is already done and you are looking at buying this house?
By code I think the bricks (or any siding) need to be at least 8" above grade.
 

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Sounds like this is already done and you are looking at buying this house?
By code I think the bricks (or any siding) need to be at least 8" above grade.
Yes this work was already done. The area with the brick used to have dryvit. There were inspection issues with the dryvit so they removed it and put up a brick veneer in a couple sections.
 

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Yes this work was already done. The area with the brick used to have dryvit. There were inspection issues with the dryvit so they removed it and put up a brick veneer in a couple sections.
Yep, lot of people out there looking for something to put up in place of failing dryvit. Truth is, dryvit done right with water plane(s) over real sheathing like Denshield can work well, but it's too late because it just has a bad reputation because of the shoddy way it was applied in the 80's.
 
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