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mortar thickness in brick joints in foundation

Tue Aug 23, 2011Total posts : 2
ahsan
ahsan
Join date: Aug 2011
Topic: mortar thickness in brick joints in foundation

Dear all, 

I have used old bricks in the foundations of my house. As of now, the DPC at road and floor levels have been laid and river-sand filling is in progress. On my last visit, i noticed that the mortar thickness used in joints of the bricks was more than the recommended 1cm (upto 3cm at some places).  

i wanted to inquire what impact would this thickness have on my house and what could be done now to reduce any harm caused by it.

Rhanks,
ahsan
Tue Aug 23, 2011Post  #1
ahsan
ahsan

Join date: Aug 2011
Dear all, 

I have used old bricks in the foundations of my house. As of now, the DPC at road and floor levels have been laid and river-sand filling is in progress. On my last visit, i noticed that the mortar thickness used in joints of the bricks in the foundation was more than the recommended 1cm (upto 3cm at some places).  

i wanted to inquire what impact would this thickness have on my house and what could be done now to reduce any harm caused by it.

Thanks,
ahsan
 
Mon Aug 29, 2011Post  #2
S L Gupta (Civil Engg)
S L Gupta (Civil Engg)

Join date: Mar 2008

Dear Ahsan

          As stated by you that joints in masonary are up to 3 cm. The thicker joints reduce the strength of masonary. If you use coarse  sand in the mortar , ratio of cement mortar was rich and proper curing was done than the effect is negligible. You are stating that sand filling is in progress than outer face of the masonary should be checked and  after cleaning the joints do plaster with cement and coarse sand in the ratio 1;3 or 1;4, do proper curing, this will also protect from water logging. If you laid plinth beam than it is OK, if not laid than lay now which will not only strengten the masonary but also a good measure against earth quake.

 

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