Now before the debate begins, I am well aware of what the “Correct answer” should be. I also know that many of you don’t get the pleasure of being able to inspect anything over 50 years old except on a rare occassion, and you don’t get to see the great and creative ways some of the older homes were build in the land of the inbreeder.
I have looked at tons of houses with this same type of installation. It is an acceptable practice around here, (on older homes) and I have yet to see one with the first sign of a problem.
What is your opinion on removing the block to make room for hvac ductwork without first installing a lintel or support of any kind.