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Had an inspection today, house was brick veneer, step crack 1/2 wide at points with no displacement, on the interior, no evidence of any cracking in the drywall or baseboards, I am not one to call out a structural engineer since this is brick veneer, no evidence on the corresponding interior location.

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That void has widened/moved after it was (at least once) patched; pretty obvious from the picture. I would tell a client that if the wall continued to move - and only time will tell if it will - costs to stabilize the wall & perhaps the (moving?) foundation wall below could be significant.

Or, like Tom said, could just be an on-going expansion crack.

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When you're posting pictures like this, it would help if you would give us a distant shot and then a close up so we can better see the totality of the issue. Kind of like these where the brick expansion had pushed the corner CMU out of place.

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No I do not, I will advise the client to seek further evaluation .

The steel lentil on the opposite side has cracked/shifted, the lentil on the side with the crack has cracked

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There is no lintel there. That is the soffit, or a piece of wood trim, covered in aluminum coil. A lintel supports masonry over an opening.

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I think Tom is correct, assuming the wall is relatively long. Thermal expansion in long brick walls can cause cracks like that.

Here are a couple photos I took last month at a wall in a row of about 10 townhouses with no control joints.

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No I do not, I will advise the client to seek further evaluation .

The steel lentil on the opposite side has cracked/shifted, the lentil on the side with the crack has cracked

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There is no lintel there. That is the soffit, or a piece of wood trim, covered in aluminum coil. A lintel supports masonry over an opening.

It was a steel lintel, it was not the soffit or a piece of wood trim covered in aluminum, I did feel the material and it was definitely steel .
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No I do not, I will advise the client to seek further evaluation .

The steel lentil on the opposite side has cracked/shifted, the lentil on the side with the crack has cracked

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There is no lintel there. That is the soffit, or a piece of wood trim, covered in aluminum coil. A lintel supports masonry over an opening.

It was a steel lintel, it was not the soffit or a piece of wood trim covered in aluminum, I did feel the material and it was definitely steel .

Sure looks like a soffit and a freeze board to me.

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The steel lentil on the opposite side has cracked/shifted, the lentil on the side with the crack has cracked

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Thank you for your helpful response, at least I asked and realized an issue and did not just ignore or tell the client to just throw some caulk or mortar in there, but I guess with your credentials , arrogance is expected and allowed.

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The steel lentil on the opposite side has cracked/shifted, the lentil on the side with the crack has cracked

Lentil.jpg

Thank you for your helpful response, at least I asked and realized an issue and did not just ignore or tell the client to just throw some caulk or mortar in there, but I guess with your credentials , arrogance is expected and allowed.

Arrogance? You don't know Bill K. He's got one of the most desirable combinations of knowledge and humility that I've ever seen.

Marc

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The steel lentil on the opposite side has cracked/shifted, the lentil on the side with the crack has cracked

Lentil.jpg

Thank you for your helpful response, at least I asked and realized an issue and did not just ignore or tell the client to just throw some caulk or mortar in there, but I guess with your credentials , arrogance is expected and allowed.

Arrogance? You don't know Bill K. He's got one of the most desirable combinations of knowledge and humility that I've ever seen.

Marc

I think he is just making a point about using the correct spelling for the steel supporting brick at openings as opposed to the similar sounding bean. Tends to make it more memorable... but I still get them confused.[:-dunce]

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The steel lentil on the opposite side has cracked/shifted, the lentil on the side with the crack has cracked

Lentil.jpg

Thank you for your helpful response, at least I asked and realized an issue and did not just ignore or tell the client to just throw some caulk or mortar in there, but I guess with your credentials , arrogance is expected and allowed.

Arrogance? You don't know Bill K. He's got one of the most desirable combinations of knowledge and humility that I've ever seen.

Marc

I think he is just making a point about using the correct spelling for the steel supporting brick at openings as opposed to the similar sounding bean. Tends to make it more memorable... but I still get them confused.[:-dunce]

Sure looks like a soffit and a freeze board to me.

Yeah, kinda like spelling frieze board "freeze board".

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