Filling crack in exterior brick wall ?

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Old 01-27-15, 11:39 AM
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Filling crack in exterior brick wall ?

I have a 1/4" Crack in the exterior of my house, It is about 6 feet long and goes along the concrete that is in between the bricks on the exterior wall, How should I fill it? I don't want ants and bugs to get in there.
 
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The brick is joined together with mortar, concrete would be on the sidewalk, driveway, etc.
Is it the mortar that is cracking or something else? pics might help - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...your-post.html
 
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How long has the crack been there and is it getting worse? From what I'm envisioning, these cracks usually indicate some kind of settling.
 
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The Crack is in the Mortar, It has popped up within the last year.
 
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I would start with why the crack is enlarging first and worry about the crack itself later.
 
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Yep, that's what I thought we would see.
 
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Probably the easiest cosmetic fix would be to use a mortar caulk to fill the void BUT you really need to find out why the brick settled so you can prevent further settlement. How old is the house?
 
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It looks like the stack of brick is falling away from the structure since it is not tied to it properly with some sort of wire or corrugated ties.

It is force of some sort that is making the top pull away more judging by the crack width since the width decreases as you go down.

Poor planning and details and good wind could make a flexible roof system move. - Trusses or stick built roof structure?

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House was built in early 70's, The Ground is pretty much clay, Most the Houses around Me have some sort of Cracks in their outer walls.
 
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crack in brick wall

to all indications you have an settlement problem if you want to fix the cosmetic problem for looks is an easy fix by have a brick contractor tuck point up the brick or for more expensive rout to go take down the brick wall maybe and take out about 1/2 of the courses and then rebrick using wall ties on every course not say this will work but ? might be worth a try good luck
 
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If you're a handy guy, you can do the tuck-pointing yourself. Just carefully chip out enough mortar along all of the cracked joints, and replace with new mortar. But be prepared to do it all again in a few years, as the offset (improperly-tied) wall continues to want to move away from the house.
 
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