masonry advice, please!

lachaseJune 8, 2008

We have a not so great house in a not the best neighborhood and it has been one thing after another wrong since we moved in some years ago. It has a walkout basement and the lower half of the house is sided in old reclaimed brick that in the front of the house has started pulling away from the wall. We just had one contractor give a bid for about 2K to put 1/4"X7 anchor bolts around the house to hold the brick that hasn't come loose and recommended that we rip off the other brick (ourselves) and re-side (ourselves).

Does this sound like a reasonable fix and reasonable cost? I have to admit, I was shocked at the price and didn't expect it to be that high. We don't have a clue how to proceed and would like your expertise to let us know if it is a logical and reasonably priced and adequate repair. I don't want this to just be a temporary fix as I'm sure we will have more problems to tackle here. We would like to have other bids and not just this one contractors bid, but getting a contractor to even come out to look at the problem is like pulling the tooth of a spider. Thanks for any advice; I REALLY appreciate it!

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I'd ask neighbors & long time residents for recommendations for a mason. Word-of-mouth is priceless in some inner-city neighborhoods. Sometimes you wind up with people who enjoy & specialize in working on old houses & even better if they live in the area.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2008 at 12:34AM
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That happened to me too. You need to consider what's causing the brick to pull away, so that you solve that problem with your fix. In my case, the brick started coming away from the wall along the front of my house, in KCMO, due to settling pressure. I paid a mason to re-brick it, as a side job, on his evenings and weekends. It took about a month and I paid about a thousand dollars per 50 square foot section (three sections). I looked at the anchors and chose to re-brick instead, tho it was more. The guy was referred to me by a satisfied customer. Antiquesilver's right, ask around, ask homeowners, reputable realtors, other tradesmen who are good. They know who else is good in different fields. I have some experience remodeling and flipping houses and I always find it's worth it to pay more for a quality job that will last. (And to get guys who will show up and finish on time.) Think long and hard about siding, because cheaper siding, like vinyl, can actually hurt your home's value. Brick is one of the most valuable, long-lasting materials, and returns more on a house than most other sidings.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 8:29AM
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