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Wall repairs - do I need a builder or structural engineer?

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by mini2, 15th Feb, 2016.

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  1. mini2

    mini2 Well-Known Member

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    Wall #1: The first wall is just a fence around the property but somehow it can be moved by bare hands with a bit of force. It doesn't appear to be in immediate danger of falling over but it's wobbly :( it seems like the mortar between this wall and the structural wall next to it have failed.

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    Wall #2: part of the carport structure is connected to this and seems like a whole bunch of bricks have decided to give way. Can't be moved at all but because of the movement, the picket fence gate next to it no longer sits straight. I'm not 100% sure if this bit of the wall is used to support the carport.

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    So...do I need a builder or structural engineer to sort this out? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. datto

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    Those walls sre probably not tied in or the ties have deteorated.

    I'd speak to a brickie first thn a builder or good handyman as a second resort. Maybe dome brackets could be a cheap fix
     
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    8" angle grinder, a few short acrow props and a handful of brickties.
    Take off the gate, put a piece of 4x2 against the jamb/brickwork
    Prop the nib wall/attached pier - push it back into position by cranking the props
    Cut out the mortar in every 6 course into the bonded pier & wall, Insert bricktie at each 6th course.
    Point up with brickies sand, lime, cement mix 6:1:1 (or thereabouts)
    Leave for a few days before rehanging gates.

    The second gate you could probably pull down the section of brickwork and relay with brick ties in the appropriate places.

    Or as @datto said, get a bricky (or handyman)
     
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    This ^^. I betcha the walls have not been tied in. Fix as @Scott No Mates has said.
     
  5. mini2

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    Thanks all, will get a bricky in but if all fails, get the handyman the selling agent has recommended.
     
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    Probably don't need a structural engineer for this as this is external walls used as fencing. Realistically the external wall should never have been tied into the house walls in the first place as they were always going to move differentially.
     
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    Perhaps an expansion joint between the house and the wall. Then add an attached pier to wall #1 to make it more secure.
     
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    I'd knock the bricks out with a sledgy and replace it with a colorbond gate
     
  9. mini2

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    Thank you all. Doesn't sound like a particular expensive repair.

    Getting a handyman in. Brickies in Canberra seems to be quite elusive...
     
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    <sarcasm>

    I love Canberra...there's the Canberra tax on most things and there's tradies that won't return your phone calls, another told me nah mate the job's too small and I'm booked out for the next couple of months and the one that got the job turned up to do the quote a day after what was agreed. At least this one didn't urinate on my neighbour's driveway like the plumber did...$1400 and did most things as what Scotty said up there.

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    ****e! That's not the Canberra tax but ransom. Was it 3 days work?
     
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    mini2 Well-Known Member

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    It will be done over 2 days. It is a bit of a ransom he probably knows no one else will take on the job if I wanted it done. I've budged $95/hr (apparently that's the going rate for one down here for smaller jobs) for 12 hours :(