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I have seen windows like that missing lintels where the brick has loosened and literally fallen out since there is not enough of it restrained by the frieze board -- and the top of the window frame isn't designed to carry a load. I have written it up on new homes more than once only to have the builder argue with me. I then watch as his eyes glaze over as I briefly explain that mortar has great compressive strength but not much adhesive strength. They usually want to keep arguing that it is speculation as to whether the brick will fall. True enough. To kill the "conversation" I ask if they have good insurance since a brick falling from a second floor window will put a good dent in a person's head!

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