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Re: Lintel

Posted By: Don
Monday, 26 April 1999, at 7:03 a.m.

In Response To: Lintel (Shawn Elliott)

Shawn,

The home inspector is doing his/her job. Pointing out potential problems. Depending on the size of the hole in the wall, even after 12+ years, the lack of appropriate support for the bricks above that hole is a problem. While probably nothing would fall loose as long as the home is fully 'settled' and there is never an earthquake.. it is still likely that could get worse.

Installing a lintel in an existing brick wall is not something I would do myself, even though it isn't impossible for a do-it-yourselfer. (I just don't like that type of work.. I can never make it look like anything but a patch job compaired to what a mason could do with the same problem)

You might just consider having a couple of estimates done, and make an offer to the buyers to reduce the price of the house by that much. (Unless they are seeking a VA loan, in which case you would probably have to get it fixed.)

In any case, someone that is giving you an estimate can give you a true assesment of just how big if a problem it is.

Don

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