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letsurf
Is this bad bricklayer work or did they mean to do this?

Getting ready to purchase this home and wondering if this is just bad bricklaying or they meant to put wavy lines like that?

http://s27.postimg.org/n0qwijvj7/brick.jpg

The home was built in 1994 and There were only a few spots with minor cracks.

Wouldn't let me upload image for some reason, tried small size jpg and png...

dj1
Re: Is this bad bricklayer work or did they mean to do this?

If the "waves" are everywhere, maybe it was done on purpose, for the looks or "style" if you will.

However, if the waves are only in one spot, it's most likely a bricklayer's error.

What does the seller say about it?

ed21
Re: Is this bad bricklayer work or did they mean to do this?

It looks a little sloppy to me.

letsurf
Re: Is this bad bricklayer work or did they mean to do this?
dj1 wrote:

If the "waves" are everywhere, maybe it was done on purpose, for the looks or "style" if you will.

However, if the waves are only in one spot, it's most likely a bricklayer's error.

What does the seller say about it?

It is like that everywhere on the home. They might actually be straight but the wavy line makes it look uneven?

dj1
Re: Is this bad bricklayer work or did they mean to do this?

Are you familiar with Marie Callender's restaurants? Check their roofs. The are laid out with waving tiles, something like waving bricks.

Maybe it's a style, fashion, statement or whatever. If it is, then I don't think it was done by accident.

Seriously, ask the seller what he thinks or knows about it. Just don't tell me that he claims he didn't notice it.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Is this bad bricklayer work or did they mean to do this?

We don't need no steenken level !

Was it installed by Antoni Gaudi ?

Clarence
Re: Is this bad bricklayer work or did they mean to do this?

From the picture it appears to be Historical replacement brick IF they are the historical type brick.
The brick appear to not be standard size.
Also each brick would not have the same dimensions some will bow in some bow out they will curve in the middle.
If the brick were laid by a mason that didn't have knowledge of Historical Brick you end up with Joints that are not straight.
I can see very large butt joints.
Compare the brick with a standard brick which would be smaller than the Historical Brick.

ed21
Re: Is this bad bricklayer work or did they mean to do this?

The tooling isn't very neat either. Gr-ape vine joints are usually less precise than other methods of tooling joints, but if done on purpose, I don't care for the aesthetic. It doesn't mean there is anything wrong with the wall. Molded brick will show more variation than less expensive extruded brick. So that could be part of it.

Fencepost
Re: Is this bad bricklayer work or did they mean to do this?

To me, it just looks like sloppy installation. That by itself doesn't mean that the installation is prone to failure, but if the bricklayer was not properly trained (or too careless) to lay them straight, then it may be telling as to the quality of the overall installation.

ed21
Re: Is this bad bricklayer work or did they mean to do this?
Fencepost wrote:

To me, it just looks like sloppy installation. That by itself doesn't mean that the installation is prone to failure, but if the bricklayer was not properly trained (or too careless) to lay them straight, then it may be telling as to the quality of the overall installation.

I was thinking that too, but didn't express it.
If I really liked the house it probably wouldn't stop me from buying it.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Is this bad bricklayer work or did they mean to do this?

Even brick this irregular can be set to look much flatter.

Pick either the top of bottom (top is much easier) and make all the bricks match that line. The overall effect is a much neater appearance. This work is just plain crappy.

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