Mar 16, 2019 10:49 pm
Re: Cracks on Bricks6
Mar 17, 2019 6:20 pm
Thanks guys for replying...no cracks are landing into mortar but just the bricks. Almost 150 bricks....some with one line and some with double lines, but nothing into mortar.
Attaching another photo shortly
Re: Cracks on Bricks12
Mar 17, 2019 7:12 pm
It's not normal and doesn't effect structure,I would ask builder to look into faults with actual bricks,something may have gone wrong with the bricks manufacturing process.
Thats what I am thinking and wanting to claim a warranty on as build is just 5 months old.
Re: Cracks on Bricks13
Mar 29, 2019 12:35 am
I've got 20 years experience in the brick industry, from being a brick cleaner, brick layer to becoming the Technical Account manager for a major brick manufacturer. I've represented manufacturers and people in VCAT and written industry documents on bricks.
I've seen hundreds of issues with bricks and nothing is new to me.
Technically as per Standards and Tolerances 2007
A. Re Section F- If it cant be seen from 1.5 m in normal light the issue doesn't exist.
B. Re Section 3.01 Cracking - If the crack is less than 1mm wide its actually not considered a problem
C. Re Section G - Rectification can be taken out to match as close as possible the surrounding finishes, level and characteristics of the area to be rectified but on the understanding that exact matching may not be possible.
Basically the issue is this....
The builders bricklayer shouldn't have laid them.
Officially as per Manufacturing standards 5% of bricks delivered can be bent, broken, the wrong colour, cracked, chipped...etc etc
The manufacturer has a get out of jail free card here.
Unfortunately if you ask the builder to cut out the bricks with the hairline cracks the result may be worse.
You'll go from having a complaint about a problem you can probably barely see at the specified 1.5m in natural light, to having bricks miss match and look bad from 20 metres away.
How do I know....?
I've seen it happen and the owner is stuck with the result.
Sorry but you're best to forget the cracked bricks and enjoy your new home.
Being a builder is more than just having once held a hammer. It's about the trades you hire and ensuring that they give a result that meets the industry standard and the home owners expectations.
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