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veneer masonry falling in sheets

Posted by Ed K. on July 14th, 1998 11:37 PM

Home built in 1955. Circa 1962, owner decides to connect brick ranch home to newly built frame garage with breezeway. To unify look of house, covers whole thing with masonry veneer product. As best as I can tell, the masonry veneer was applied to garage by stretching wire mesh across some sort of backer board, buttering with cement, and slapping it up in sheets.

After home inspector passed off a few cracks as nothing more than a "Saturday with a bucket of mortar", I bought this puppy 2 years ago.

Fast-forward to 1998, when 1' by 3' sections of the veneer have dislodged completely from the bottom of the exterior wall, and larger uppers sections of the wall are suspended largely by virtue of inertia and friction with adjoining sections. It appears that, over the years, some of the supportive framework behind the masonry veneer has rotted away.

If this were your mess, and you were not in a position to put more than $1000 into some sort of fix of the problem, what would you consider doing?

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