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Wood shims in mortar joints


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I found the ends of wood shims stuck in the mortar joints of the brick walls of this 1905 building. They occur in only a few locations, both low and high on the walls and appear to be as old as the bricks. The walls are full brick and not brick veneer. Any ideas on what they are there for?

Most likely the remains of lateral support boards for the staging.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

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