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    I recently saw a slightly sagging lentel over a 16' garage that was 18 years old. There were no cracks in the brickwork and no sagging or falling of the brick work. Is this serious or portentially serious. How should I have written this up? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by David J. Edens View Post
    I recently saw a slightly sagging lentel over a 16' garage that was 18 years old. There were no cracks in the brickwork and no sagging or falling of the brick work. Is this serious or portentially serious. How should I have written this up? Thanks
    DE: Excessive lintel deflection was noted at the garage overhead door head jamb. This is usually due to common undersizing of lintels by builders. You are strongly urged to have a licensed structural engineer assess the situation and provide you with remedial options.


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    When you say "sagging lintel" I am assuming you are talking about the metal lintel the brick is sitting on. A sagging garage door header and lintel as I am sure you know are two different items. The lintel that the brick is sitting on is not suppose to be connected to the header as most headers, even engineered headers, will sag slightly over time. The lintel itself is suppose to be big and supportive enough for the brick and not bare on the header.

    I know, you new that, just had to ask the question.


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