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When to Replace Old Brick?


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About 50%+ of the Chicago common brick on this wall is pocked and soft. I think this is a triple wythe wall 90 yrs old house. Some brick replacement is obviousy needed. Would you call for brick replacement of all pocked brick?

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I think I would talk to the client, but not recommend full replacement. Did you see any dead bodies around the structure? If not, then it becomes a part of an inspection that is a combination of art and science.

Really the most important thing is the understanding of the client and the brick condition. As most know, I am not in favor of fortune teller inspectors.

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How much energy I put into repairing it depends on a lot of stuff. I've been staring at one wall of my bungalow for 22 years that looks like the wall section in the pics; I raked out the mortar that caused the problems, and it's stayed pretty much the same for two decades. I suppose one day I may get inspired to chop out the bad bricks and replace them. Or not.

I restored the front wall the right way. Someday I hope to get to the stuff no one sees.

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That is a photo I could take every week around Boston... you tell them and you move on to the next one..

Or five, or six, or a dozen. That photo pretty much encapsulates what I look at half the time.

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