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Bricking a window up - Help if possible

Discussion in 'Building' started by jamesbates87, 9 Oct 2017.

  1. jamesbates87

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    Hey guys and girls,

    I was hoping for a little bit of help in regards to a garage window that we are looking at bricking up and getting rid of.

    I am happy with the bricking and doing that, but I am a little lost with the bricks at the top which I guess is where the lintel is.

    Is it best to remove these bricks and lintel? Or should I leave it there and just brick where the window was?

    Any help or advice would be very much grateful.

    Thank you
     

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  3. Ian H

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    If you think the lintel could corrode and swell then it's best off gone. Easiest is to leave it in.
     
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    You might have a concrete lintel on the inner skin, and nothing but the frame holding the outer skin, with a lead or similar tray above the soldier course.
    The lintel could be 6x6 inches so it needs a tray as it bridges the cavity.
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys, that's brilliant!!

    James
     
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    Leave them in. You're going to have a window-shaped patch of new bricks regardless, so it wont matter visually as well as structurally.
     
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    You could set the new brickwork back slightly and make a feature as some new builds do to copy the old window tax ones.
     
  9. Can you get the same bricks, and can you take out the half bricks, and the knit the new ones in; if you do that, then I'd take out the soldier course. If you use an angle grinder to take out the solider course, then you might get away without using a strong boy to hold up the centre of the upper courses.
     
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    It's an old garage.
     
  11. Ian H

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    With a bathroom on top.
     
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    OK Sherlock. :oops:

    Heathers and bonded in it is then.

    Soldier removal optional. If you take out about 700mm of the soldiers at a time and lay the bricks, then you wont need to support the brickwork above
     
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