There is a right and wrong way to lay brick. You decide.

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Home Inspector with Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections 10072923

There is a right and wrong way to lay brick. You decide.

I see this quite a bit. James from Connecticut just had a post about how the brick layers did not finish the job.

I really can't understand why some things are left undone or they are simply overlooked by the home owner. Maybe it was the home owner that did the work. May be it was Uncle Bob.

In any case, there needs to be more attention to detail and methods of installing components onto or into a home. 

TPV valve drop from water heater.

And why did'nt the brick layers finish the job around the drop for the TPV valve? Unknown.

Rear door and unfinished brick.

Here The brick facing at the top of the rear door was not completed. It was left open to the elements.

Window sill with large gaps.

Half of the homes brick exterior was layed correctly. The other half was not. Did the home owner have a different set of contractors finish the job? Possibly. Or did they call in Uncle Bob to finish the job? Unknown. But here in this and several other windows, there was no "slope" for water runoff during a storm. Plus the bricks were never tuck pointed at the rear of them next to the home. This leaves a very large gap, that allows water and insects to get into the interior walls of the home.

Remember when laying bricks, do it the right way the first time. This will save a lot of heartaches at a later date. Like when you would want to sell.

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Clint  McKie

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Thanks for sharing your photograph.  More very good reasons to have a professional home inspection.

Have an outstanding weekend with your camera in hand.

Jul 07, 2012 08:16 AM #1
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Anita Clark
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Clint: You are exactly right, do it right the first time or there could be major consequences when you get ready to sell.

Jul 07, 2012 08:17 AM #2
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Donald Hester
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Clint, I almost never see brick veneer installed completely correct. Like you though our climate can be fairly forgiving because of the lack of humidity.  

Their brick saw must of went down that day, just  a slight oversight ; )

Jul 07, 2012 08:30 AM #3
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Roy,

Just trying to help buyers make an informed decision when buying a home.

Have a good day in Virginia.

Best, Clint McKie

Jul 07, 2012 08:38 AM #4
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Hi Anita,

I always tell someone to do it right the first time.

If not it could come back and bite them later. Like when you want to sell the home.

Have a good weekend in Georgia.

Best, Clint Mckie

Jul 07, 2012 08:45 AM #5
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Clint Mckie
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Hey Donald,

And why is that? How come the brick is never finished off?

Is it because they are getting tired and want to go home? LOL Who knows.

Thank you for the comment.

Have a great weekend off.

Best, Clint McKie

Jul 07, 2012 08:50 AM #6
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Ginny Gorman
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Clint, i had to have my current chimney rebuilt and the old brick layer was an older italian craftsman with his man & all i can say he did an excellent job!

Jul 07, 2012 10:52 AM #7
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Hello Ginny,

That's why. He is a talented craftsman. That makes all the difference in the world.

Too bad he was not here working on homes.

Have a great day at the beach.

Best, Clint McKie

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