I own a 2 story brick veneer wood frame house. The second story is
smaller than the first so some brick walls sit on the roof. If it was
a perfect world there would be be strong framing under the brick, the
brick would sit on angle iron, and flashing and weepholes would be
installed for drainage.
We are repairing some of the second story walls (soffits) because they
were done less than perfectly.
Code requires that the angle iron be bolted to the trusses (framing)
that the brick is sitting on and not to the wall studs next to them
however my engineer says that code is stupid in this case and he feels
that the angle iron would hold the brick better if it is attached to
the stud wall it is next to. Thinking of getting another engineer's
opinion but I figured I would check here for opinions if any engineers
BIA Tecdh Notes 17B & 31B speak to Reinforced Brick Lintels and Steel
A very quick look at the International Residential Code didn't turn up
any direct comments on your situation.
The majority of the veneer is tied to the stud wall. I should think
supporting it on another system would subject the veneer to
I was under the opinion that the cardinal rule for any masonry is that it
should NOT be supported by wood in any manner, masonry should always be
supported by other masonry, concrete or steel. This is physically supported
or held up, not tied in laterally as in brick veneer.
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