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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:49 pm 
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Hi,

I have a breeze block out building that has a very substantial crack along the back wall. Big enough at points that you can actually see light through on the other side.

My builder had suggested that because it was just a shed of sorts, that he could just 'brace' the wall with metal brackets horizontally to the crack to support the wall and simply plaster over the crack.

All I want is for the building to be safe. Is this something that builders might do? Will the back wall last with this method.

I also must point out that the crack along the wall has been this way for a large number of year. Maybe around 15 years and I have never noticed any worsening.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:20 pm 
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I should imagine he's talking about helifix bars or a similar system. Quite commonly used to stitch walls together where there has been historical movement and properly installed will solve the issue.

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Metal Brackets could be anything.

As above though, sounds like the sort of problem that Twistfix/Helifix rods would be ideal for.
Basically speaking, rake out some mortar, install the rods, and repoint with special adhesive/grout.

https://www.twistfix.co.uk/crack-stitch ... hJEALw_wcB

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Thanks very much for the reply. My only concern is, maybe me saying a crack makes it sound better than it is. The wall is actually leaning inwards a bit, and it is very noticeable if you put your head against the wall and look down it. As I said before this doesn't seem to have moved in many years. The builder mentioned that the crack was indeed very strange in the way it has went up the wall. Not entirely sure what he meant by that. But I did ask him if he thought it was the foundations causing the issue and he said no.


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Hi.

I have included a link to a few pictures I have taken.

http://imgur.com/gallery/7QiXUtJ

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