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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:44 pm 
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hi all

i am hopefully going to be buying a 1968 bungalow in the next few weeks, one thing i need some advice on is these cracks above one of the windows, any suggestions on what may have casued them?

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 Post subject: Re: cracks above windows
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These are settlement cracks. If the existing owner had done a little maintenance with a fine surface filler and a filling knife; you would not even be aware of them.
It is a bungalow with the minimum of masonry weight above, this slight movement would certainly not worry me if I was buying it!

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As with above, I wouldn't worry about this too much. Can be remedied and on the face of it doesn't appear to be LT structural damage.


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All very well saying. little masonry weight above the window, how do you know its not a gable wall.

More likely windows replaced with plastic, and no lintel fitted exterior, there is a bow in the frame head.

A crack full length of opening suggests some movement.



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cotswold builders wrote:
All very well saying. little masonry weight above the window, how do you know its not a gable wall.

More likely windows replaced with plastic, and no lintel fitted exterior, there is a bow in the frame head.

A crack full length of opening suggests some movement.


Valid points.
But on looking closer at the photo, the window head is not bowed but given to look that way by the net-curtain wire!

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davyp1 wrote:
But on looking closer at the photo, the window head is not bowed but given to look that way by the net-curtain wire!
You can't tell. Because of the net curtain wire being bowed you may assume the rest is not bowed but it may be too. And with the distortion of a wide photograph you can't tell much either. If it is cracked outside it is probably having some serious problems.


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no cracks visible outside on any of the windows. there is one crack below another window in another room. this is the worst crack (in the photo) the survey we had suggested an option may be to investigate cracking in case there is no lintel, the neighbours had their windows done at the same time and they havent had any issues.


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