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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:21 am 
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Apologies if this has been covered before, but I lost the will to live searching through the forums on a phone.

I have a typical 1930 semi, with an add on utility room to the side (there when we bought). I took the back door off years ago as it was a PITA, but now herself wants the kitchen redone (that's my trade), and the frame and side window removed. Long story short - does the frame support the [original outside] wall. It's plastered both sides, so I've hacked some lumps off (it'll all need redoing anyway) and there's a concrete lintel inside, and a soldier course above the frame on the "outside". Three different answers from two builders and a plasterer - "no problems"; "you may get a diagonal crack but the plaster will hold it"; and (from the plasterer) "bricks will fall out, needs strongboys and a steel". I'm not going to the expense of a steel, as we're aiming to retire away in the next 2/3 years.

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Many thanks in advance, Colin


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Can you post some pictures please. It would be rare to see a door frame supporting a wall so the lintel is doing its job. A soldier course has to sit on something for support so there is probably a steel lip under them. On the face of it it should not need support but did the builder spot something or is he being over cautious?

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No, it was the plasterer that gave me the look of horror - and only one of the builders mentioned the possibility of a diagonal crack, and didn't overly perturbed by it (although Mrs P got a bit twitchy). Attached inside to show lintel, and outside to show frame/soldier course - plus a metal lip! I assumed it was lead, but it doesn't mark like lead, neither is it magnetic - galvanised?


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