Big Job/Builder or Brick layer vs Small job/Handy man

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by Never giveup, 9th Feb, 2020.

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  1. Never giveup

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    Any takers?

    Any Renivation specialist can add value ?
     
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    Pic 1: Looks like the mortar has just cracked, not a major concern, there is no cracking of the bricks and its only affecting 3 bricks, the bricks are straight and level. I would not worry about it but would keep a eye on it to make sure its not getting worse.

    Pic2: No sure what is wrong with the pic? Looks like the brick layer has not flushed the brick and its slightly over hanging, again not a issue no cracks, no excess loads or force. Mortar on the end is loose but again no issue.
     
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    Just put a one metre level on the face and see if the wall still lines up on the face,it may be just the mix they used or something more serious..Datto was a high quality Bricklayer he would be able to give a better opinion..imho..
     
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    Hi @willair and @Something_Wrong ,

    Thank you so much for your input, really appreciate!

    On the phone my PM was telling that Wall might be sinking that really got me worried. I am going next week to meet PM and inspection , perhaps will call couple of tradies to check and will taje more pics.

    @datto- mate, if possible give some input as Subject Matter Expert in this field.
     
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    If planning to sell the prop-will it be an easy fix ?
     
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    You might need an engineer to give an exact cause.

    I'd like to know if it's only these two spots or if there's more.

    I've had an IP where the the cracks where so bad you could slip your pinky in. That's when I bought it! Sold it in the same condition and still doubled my money. So don't worry.

    Look, picture one is merely some cracked mortar. Could be some pressure there....dunno. A bit of tuck pointing and that is fixed. Maybe the mortar colour won't match eaxactly, that's all. An easy DIY really or a handyman job.

    In the 2nd picture, that, to me looks like some amateur brickie laid that 2nd course of bricks. You range a straight edge on that and you'll see a gap that will remind you of Watson's Bay. But, I don't think there's much you can do.

    Now, those bricks are laid in quarter bond, which is more expensive than your regular stretcher bond due to the extra cutting etc You'd think the brickies would have more pride in their work.
     
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    Really appreciate @datto -I will try to take better pics when I go to prop and will check if any other areas like this....
     
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