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Exterior brick wall has cracks

Posted by coody (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 26, 11 at 22:23

Exterior brick wall has cracks. I saw textured Mortar Repair from Home Deport. Can I fill it into the cracks to fix the problems or I should use the different product? How to repair the cracks? Thanks.


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RE: Exterior brick wall has cracks

Cracks are the result of some overstress in the brick resulting from some event and that should be identified to determine if the movement will stop. Potential causes might be settlement, water intrusion, thermal movements, etc. "Patching" cracks does not "fix" the problem. It will repair the crack but if the root cause has not been arrested then the cracks will reform.


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RE: Exterior brick wall has cracks

Are the cracks in the bricks or in the mortar?


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RE: Exterior brick wall has cracks

The picture has shown all the cracks and no more.


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RE: Exterior brick wall has cracks

I did not realize at first that you embedded a picture link in your post. That crack is due to some differentential movement at the lintel at the window head. I suspect you might have some corrosion of the steel lintel that caused the brick above to move up relative to the brick to the side.

Not the the goes through the brick just above the lintel and then reurns to the moratr joint at the top soldier course. You can patch it, but I'll bet it will return with time.


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RE: Exterior brick wall has cracks

Only one brick has crack and the other cracks are in the mortar joints. I just patched the cracks but it is hard to fill the textured Mortar into the deep joints, probably only filled 1/4 deep.


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