Installation of FRP strips, carbon fiber, was worse than useless

John Mann PE
just 1 example, page 14 dated April 19, 2012
‘installation of FRP strips on front wall was worse the useless, if the owner had allowed the contractor to complete such work, the wall very likely would have collapsed into basement within a vert short time’

inside system scammers often pull this crap

"Contractors mistakenly persuade homeowners that the installation of a narrow GAP between a RAISED patio and foundation wall will prevent any adverse effect on the foundation wall due to weight of raised patio. The “gap” scheme has NO vaildity.

Weight of additional soil placed on original grade can greatly increase lateral force. This condition often occurs when a raised patio is installed along back wall of house, severe damage to adjacent foundation wall can easily occur"

i appreciate J Mann articles, we apparently disagree on one thing lol, in this article, Basic repair methods inward movement and cracking… maybe he just tossed this in or maybe he believes this is all that is needed on bowed in, cracked foundation walls, dunno

The rest is spot on, he writes “There is much incorrect and misleading information on various websites about this subject…”
Yes sir Mr Mann, totally agree.

-Cracks due to lateral SOIL pressure 'n tree roots etc
his photos of horizontal cracks, step cracks caused by laetral soil pressure, tree roots

‘Wide cracks POURED walls, VERTICAL, often begin as shrinkage cracks and then become wider due to settlement OR inward lateral soil pressure’

imo, just installing wall anchors or as he mentioned in his other article, carbon fiber strips etc does NOT address the EXISTING exterior cracks in these bowed in block etc foundation walls, they don’t stop further water from entering/penetrating these cracks, they don’t prevent further deterioration of blocks or mortar joints n widening of cracks! And installing this stuff on the inside has NOT removed, reduced, any of the still existing soil pressure, tree roots etc on-against these walls.

He has, steel rod tiebacks installed through wall, into soil outside… as one of the supposed repairs. Hmm, have posted numerous videos where anyone with an eyeball or two n a little common sense can easily SEE the ADDED damage, HOLES on exterior of foundation wall, that these stupid rod from wall anchors CAUSE! More water will enter, sheesh lol

For moment just zero in a bit on the vertical, shrinkage cracks poured walls… yeah man, they could get WIDER so imo, YOUR choice as a home inspector of course lol, to tell buyer or whoever that shrinkage cracks are no biggie, no worry… is hanging your B sack out there a bit much, don’t cha’s TINK? Don’t you think it would be a better idea to either, tell 'em to contact a SE or find, if possible lol an honest, experienced contractor OR add, inform them these cracks ‘may’ widen, may require waterproofing… Bubba scratching his balding melon. As i wrote that maybe tell 'em to contact a SE etc, it popped into my pea brain that, there are some engineers who have said shrinkage cracks are no concern, no biggie etc so lol they wouldn’t give peeps the FULL possible scenario, not much help for $400 +, got milk?

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So many people think this is true and in some areas, on site, it may be. But in the vast majority, it is not the case:

Keep the education coming, Mark. It has to enter some brains sooner or later. :smile:

From link:

"I am constantly asked how the basic defect of excessive height of soil backfill could have occurred when construction was “approved” by the “building department”.

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exactly Larry!
“Vast MAJORITY of foundation wall problems have been caused by excessive lateral SOIL pressure… resulting in extensive cracking and inward movement”

And so the vast majority of bowed in block and brick walls have EXTERIOR cracks and there is ONLY one way to repair/waterproof these exterior cracks, exterior waterproofing. Have put up quite a few videos of bowed in block walls that clearly show these exterior cracks, here’s one