New brickwork - will it last?
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henrypete
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New brickwork - will it last?

by henrypete » Thu Jul 27, 2023 7:14 am

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I have had a small section of a wall rebuilt. The wall is at least forty years old. I enclose a picture of the old section and two pictures of the new work. I am concerned about how long this new work will last given the weight on the brickwork.

Thank you.

Henry.

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Re: New brickwork - will it last?

by stoneyboy » Fri Jul 28, 2023 10:50 pm

Hi henrypete,
The column should be ok for some considerable time, however the lack of weathering on the top and the poor mortar lines will shorten its life.
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Re: New brickwork - will it last?

by thedoctor456789 » Sat Aug 26, 2023 9:32 am

When assessing the longevity of the new work on your wall, there are several factors to consider:

Materials Used: The quality of the materials used for the new section of the wall is crucial. If the new bricks, mortar, and any reinforcement are of good quality, they will contribute to the overall stability and durability of the wall.

Construction Techniques: The way the new section was constructed matters. Proper construction techniques, including correct mortar mixing and bricklaying patterns, play a role in the long-term stability of the wall.

Foundation and Footing: The foundation of the wall is critical. If the new section is not properly integrated with the existing foundation and footing, it might not withstand the weight and pressure over time.

Weight and Load-Bearing Capacity: If the wall is subjected to heavy loads or pressures, it's important to ensure that the new section is capable of bearing these loads without weakening over time.

Weather Exposure: The weather conditions in your area can impact the longevity of the wall. Rain, freeze-thaw cycles, and extreme temperatures can all contribute to wear and tear.

Maintenance: Regular maintenance can significantly extend the life of the wall. Keeping an eye out for any signs of deterioration and addressing them promptly can prevent larger issues.

Professional Workmanship: The expertise of the person or team who carried out the reconstruction work is a key factor. Properly trained and experienced professionals are more likely to ensure the longevity of the new work.

Without viewing the images, I recommend considering these factors and possibly consulting with a local construction professional who can physically inspect the work and provide you with a more accurate assessment of its durability. If you have any specific concerns or questions about the materials used, construction methods, or load-bearing capacity, it's best to address those with an expert who can evaluate the situation on-site.

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