Is my mason ripping me off with this mortar job?

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Old 03-26-13, 01:45 PM
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Is my mason ripping me off with this mortar job?

Or is this somehow part of the process for mortaring brick?

ETA: Also, the amount of bricks he quoted as replacing is quickly rising. Should I be asking him to save the bricks so I can view them and ensure he's not removing good brick?



 
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Old 03-26-13, 05:02 PM
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Not sure of what the initial job was. Mortar often does not reach the back of the brick in the flat joint, although ideally it does. Why the gap between one lateral row and the soldier course? Don't count the brick, look at the job and see if it satisfies you.
 
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Thanks for the reply. This picture was of an unfinished job. I was only talking about the lack of mortar filling the vertical gap and wanted to get some info before I talked to him about it.

He told me he wasn't finishing the mortar until the soldier course was finished. It all had to be ripped off and replaced and was worried about breaking the mortar or something like that. My wife ended up asking him so I heard it second hand.
 
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When a brick is layed it should be "buttered" on the front and back edge of the vertical leg of the brick. It does not appear that this is being done and that does not look right to me. However it is unclear to me where this brick is located so I don't know for sure just what the situation is.
There is a soldier course but I am not sure if this is on a lintel or not and if it is I do not see any flashing extending out of the wall. Again not sure if this is important where this is located.
Your detail pictures are good but something from a few feet back would be good to give a idea of what we are looking at.
 
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I'm not really following what you're saying about the front and back edge of the vertical leg.

This brick was the second course down from the soldiered course. It's all finished now so nothing more I can say.
 
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Old 04-02-13, 10:15 PM
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So tell us--are you satisfied with the completed job? Was your mason "fair," or did he cheat you by pulling bricks that didn't need to be pulled? Also, were his charges reasonable? Meaning what did you have to pay, per square foot, for the entire job? Sharing that info would help a lot of future posters/viewers of this thread.
 
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