Blog – Exterior Masonry Repairs

Anchor Testing in the Field

1. WHEN IT’S TIME FOR AN ANCHOR TEST Anchor manufacturers publish a dizzying array of data about their fasteners’ capacity in various substrates under various conditions.  It’s often the structural engineer’s task to identify the most appropriate anchor for the …

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“Magic Goo”

We always joke in the office about finding “magic goo” on the outside of a building.  Invariably, a well-meaning Owner or maintenance person finds a caulking gun or bucket of some unknown material to smear on to the outside of …

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The Power of Rust

By Robert G. Wilkin, P.E., SECB   We have known for many years that as rust forms on metal installed in masonry or concrete, the rust  expands up to seven times the original thickness of the metal.  The force of this …

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Needle Joint Masonry

By Craig E. Barnes, P.E., SECB Needle joints are defined simply as thin mortar joints, less than 3/8”.  The biggest problems in dealing with needle joint masonry are the techniques of joint excavation and repacking (tuck pointing).  Over many years …

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