Category Archives: Masonry

Corrugated Brick Ties

Posted by in Case Studies, Masonry, What happens when ...? | June 26, 2017

How well do those corrugated brick ties perform over time? Not too well. The wall fallen in the featured photograph exhibited severely corroded ties that contributed to the failure of the brick veneer (Figures 1 and 2). The wall was… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 14)

Posted by in Case Studies, Masonry | June 05, 2017

The feature photograph was taken of a chimney that had been clad with manufactured stone veneer.  This photograph provides helpful information regarding the cause and history of the damage. From this photo we observe the following: There is no waterproof membrane… Read More

A Primer on Basement Wall Distress (Encore May 1, 2017)

Posted by in Archive 2004 thru 2011, Basements, Buying/Maintaining a Home, Cracking, Foundations | May 01, 2017

So, you have found your dream home: perfect location, quiet street, great landscaping, room layout fits your life style, colors match your furniture. You can’t wait to relax on the screened patio or that swing on the large front porch.… Read More

What is a Lintel and What is Lintel Lift (or Rust Jacking)? (Encore)

Posted by in Masonry | April 18, 2016

For thousands of years the openings in brick and stone (masonry) walls have been topped with an arch to provide support for the masonry above. In arch construction, the masonry that forms the arch, is generally wedged in place. The… Read More

How Important is Wall Flashing?

Posted by in Masonry, Water Sources | April 04, 2016

Take a look for yourself. I spotted these water and dirt stains on the face of a brick wall.  The water and dirt stains are directly under the joint of the metal wall cap. The lap on the metal cap… Read More

What Happens When…the Top of a Masonry Wall is Left Open? (Case Study 1)

Posted by in Case Studies, Masonry, What happens when ...? | February 01, 2016

Ever wonder if conventional wisdom, common sense, or old wives’ (in this day and age of political correctness I probably should include old husbands’) tales are accurate? This blog begins what I hope to be a new recurring series of case studies… Read More

Spalling, Paint & Repointing

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Cracking, Masonry | November 16, 2015

Spalling is a shallow delamination, bulging, and dislodging of thin slices of a material.  In the case of a masonry chimney spalling is the delamination and dislodging of thin slices of the clay brick material which often extends into the… Read More

What is Manufactured Stone Veneer?

Posted by in Masonry | October 19, 2015

Manufactured stone exterior cladding system has been around since 1962, the 1920’s, or the 12th Century depending on the criteria used to establish its historical beginning.  However, the use of manufactured stone cladding, especially over common wood framing, became much… Read More