When renovating a small two up two down terrace we have noticed that lengths
of wood are inserted in walls as if to be some sort of support.Ie they are
laid in between brick courses but only say 2 " thick but the whole width of
the brick. They dont go along the entire length of a room only part. The
neighbours say they have the same thing and have no idea what they are. To
make it clear they are only visible when the plaster is removed or as in
most cases falls off. The wood is unfinished. They arejust over waist high
in their positioning. We first thought they could be fixings for dado rail
but wouldnt you normally just nail into the mortar for that?
The length's of timber are used to stiffen the wall as it was being built.
The lime mortar use to take about 3-4 days to go off , at waist height the
wall became unstable and wobbled. so a length of timber or board was place
on top of the brick work to continue laying bricks.
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