Furts wrote: »
Come on Doozergirl, you are teasing and testing us all! You have not given the full picture here and you know it.
The brickwork has not been pointed. Since all bricklaying is jointed and pointed as work progresses this suggests either there was a significant problem like incorrect mortar, or this was an existing job that has been raked out for re-pointing. If the former then knock it down if it is structurally unsuitable because of incorrect strength mortar. If the latter then all the posts about not paying the bricklayer do not apply.
Structurally you know the answers. Is the left hand corner tied into the structure? The photo does not show this. The right hand appears to be a straight joint, so how is this tied if at all? This is a concern. Equally is the arch bearing onto the right hand side and what weight is being carried from above. Again your photo does not show this.
The replies refer to Building Control being happy and signing it off. That is fine but we both know the Duty Of Care lies with you. As a simple guide you will have access to NHBC Technical Standards to get a feel for such situations!
But well done for keeping us all on our toes.
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