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Repairing brickwork support above bedroom window

Postby ady2k5 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:15 pm

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Hi,

I have bought a house and am looking at getting some issues repaired that were raised in the survey report. One is to do with the brickwork support above the bedroom window, it seems to have failed causing the window to sag, pictures are attached.

The report stated that:
The bedroom window has a slight bow, likelihood of being caused the weight of the roof structure bearing onto the window frame and possible deflection of the timber wall plated which supports the roof rafter We recommend inspection of the construction detail and repairs as and installation of lintel as necessary

Is this something that a bricklayer can repair? The report estimated about £700 cost to fix but didn't mention who could repair it.
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Postby stoneyboy » Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:51 pm

Hi ady2k5
It looks like you are in a relatively modern house so there should be a lintel above the window opening supporting the roof structure. Assuming there is no bowing internally the issue is likely to be wth the window which only has a part row of soldier bricks above it.
The right hand fanlight has sunk badly and suggest you start by replacing the hinges. If this does not disguise the bow suggest you get the window replaced with one with a central mullion to reflect he window below it.
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Postby stoneyboy » Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:51 pm

Hi ady2k5
It looks like you are in a relatively modern house so there should be a lintel above the window opening supporting the roof structure. Assuming there is no bowing internally the issue is likely to be wth the window which only has a part row of soldier bricks above it.
The right hand fanlight has sunk badly and suggest you start by replacing the hinges. If this does not disguise the bow suggest you get the window replaced with one with a central mullion to reflect the window below it.
Regards S
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Postby stoneyboy » Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:40 pm

Hi ady2k5
Another suggestion which will be cheapest - the setting blocks which should have been fitted at the top and bottom of the centre of the large lower pane of glass are clearly missing. Remove the glazing strips and fit blocks to remove the bow.
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Postby ady2k5 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:58 pm

stoneyboy wrote:Hi ady2k5
Another suggestion which will be cheapest - the setting blocks which should have been fitted at the top and bottom of the centre of the large lower pane of glass are clearly missing. Remove the glazing strips and fit blocks to remove the bow.
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Hi stoneyboy, thanks for your replies. Is this something the bricklayer or glazer would do?
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Postby stoneyboy » Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:29 pm

Hi ady2k5
Start with a upvc glazing firm and get the window sorted before doing anything more.
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