I've been noticing hairline cracks and various small "pits/holes" in the
moreter used for my house's brick. THew house is less than 1 yr old. I
was told that "it's nothing, a normal occurrance as the morter dries and
shrinks", but I'm concerned about water making its way in and eventually
causing a problem. I did get Tyvek wrap, and it was all intact before the
brick went uop (yup, *of course* I inispected the house almost weekly as it
was being constructed). So, my questions are
(1) is this normal
(2) should I do anything about it (because ti is cause for concern)
Thanks in Advance :) !
For more information, look at the BIA (Brick Industry Association) web
site. The Tech Notes are usually very helpful.
Brick and mortar are not water proof.
A lot of water makes its way at the surface where mortar and brick
Brick will take in and hold water which may be released into the
cavity as vapor.
There should be weep holes or wicks and flashing at the base of the
wall and at window sills and door sills to direct water to the
SOrry this reply and Thanks is so belated.
THe spaces are too small, for the most part, to get anything into -
literally hairlines. THe Kimball Hill Warrnaty people told me I can just
smudge morter into the holes with my finger. Is that better than COncrete
and Morter Caulk...?
TIA again -
Yeah, the pool takes muriatic acid every so often - nasty stuff. I make
sure to remember my Chemistry classes when using it! I did a little bit
of the filling and it wasn't overly messy, so long as I didn't get big
globs on my fingers. THe hard part will be the second story - teh whole
front is brick. Guess I have to break down and get an extension ladder -
I shoudl sell tickets when I use ti the first time <L!>
Anyhoo, so it seems that hairline cracks/separations are pretty normal
just becuase of the differences between materials (brick and morter).
It seems to me that there should be some sort of additive that would
reduce the amount of contraction that the morter experiences...I have to
check out mroe of that Amer. Brisk Assoc. website.
So, I'm assuming that the "morter caulk", then, is somthing I ought to
Why not rent one?
I'd like to find a step-type ladder that I could also use indoors (goldang
2-story entryways - and of course, when enjoying th elight the comes in
through the 2-story family room's upper windows, I forgot to think about
how the heck Iwas going to hang any drapes - or, for that matter, change
the bulbd in that goldang ceiling fan...duuuh!)
It'd be useful (well, IMO at least...) if there was a 14' or 16' step-type
ladder that had extensible front legs - then it could be used against
walls, or leaned up against the house exterior, or used as an interior
stepladder. Still looking.
I figure I'll end up paying about $350 for it in any event, because I want
to make sure it can hodl enough weight <ahem...>
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