Category Archives: Masonry

Why is the Brick Veneer Laying on the Ground?

Posted by in Case Studies, Masonry | August 24, 2020

In the last technical post I discussed the structural basics of brick veneer:  what holds it up, what holds it on, and what help does it provide. In this post I look into why the brick veneer above fell off… Read More

What is Brick Veneer?

Posted by in Case Studies, Masonry | August 10, 2020

What is brick veneer? And why is it laying on the ground in the featured photograph? Brick veneer is in essence a masonry siding, which has been set separate, that is, with an air space (commonly called a cavity), from… Read More

Clay Brick Expansion – It is Real

Posted by in Case Studies, Cracking, Masonry | April 20, 2020

I just attended a webinar about movement joints in masonry.  The topics included the different types of movement joints (isolation, expansion, and contraction); why the need for movement joints; and where to place movement joints.  I’ve been designing, detailing, and… Read More

You Can’t Do THAT

Posted by in Cracking, Masonry | June 04, 2019

We have been told by some masons that a new concrete block wall can’t be toothed into an existing concrete block wall. Well…… Yes and No. Apparently, it can be done, as shown in Figure 1. However, since the new… Read More

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