Just doesn't want to stay up

Always look up
This previously fallen and repaired arch section is in a failing foundation location 17’ up at the front entryway
Disclosure said it has been repaired 3 times along with the foundation
4 year old house…they need better repair contractors ](,) ](,) ](*,)

Don’t they make stretchier mortar for those situations? :roll:

**s t r e t c h i e r **

Like that word can I use it for my reports…:cool:

Just let me know if ya use it up, okay?:smiley:

How did you write it? “Improperly repaired”?

Write what it is; mortar joint failure/separating. “Improperly repaired” might be an assumption and does not address the issue. Could be a product failure. We all tend to overthink the problems at times.

They forgot to add the glue remind them for next time to use enough glue …

I’m guessing you’re asking about Barry’s post #1

Mortar joint separating…

Now there is a classic example of the difference between a mason and a brick layer. Does no one know how to make a keystone anymore?

Oh crap. When I saw the thread title I thought I could get some cheap Viagra here.
The search continues !!!

Bill Mullen

Cheap, non-professional contractors generally use cheap and non-professional materials. My point stands.

Your problem, Bill. Can you say “thread drift”.

Too much information.

Hope this helps;

And a clear indication of people wanting the best work, but not being willing to pay for it.

That’s why I recommend repair by a licensed and insured contractor.

If they mess up, their insurance pays for it.

Simple, really.

Someone mentioned a “keystone (brick)” previously and may be on the right track! A properly designed arch uses gravity to its advantage…if the supporting bases are solid, the above loads force the arch units together. Why is this arch failing? Are either of the two outer support walls/columns moving outward to allow the settlement/separation we see? Or is this simply decorative with no load at all…in which case, maybe enough crazy glue may stick it to the upper load carrying beam or structure!!! LOL

Just how did those Romans do it without Super Gorilla Glue???

Falling arches? Maybe they should get a pediatrist instead of hiring the same stooges over and over again.


When I saw the title of your post, I really thought you had a major problem. :wink:
Larry hit the nail on the head.
The segment of the arch is to small and they won’t stay up unless a keystone is installed, but these young Masons probably never found out how to build them.

Marcel :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

Report stated to consult a qualified mason for arch reconstruction and proper installation of keystones where required…that should do it :wink:

IMHO it looks like a poor design. I would guess that there is a lentel of some sort supporting the vertical standing bricks over the set of arched bricks. It looks to me like there should be more of an arch to the arch to provide the proper weight transfer down to the support piers.

Dick Moran
MD Licensed HI 29927
True Blue Home Inspections