How far apart should brick ties be?
Most codes specify one tie per 2.
Do I need brick ties?
Hidden from view after construction, wall ties play a vital role in ensuring the stability of a building. Insufficient or poorly installed wall ties can lead to severe structural issues, including damp penetration, masonry cracks or even the collapse of the outer masonry leaf.
How do you know if a cavity wall tie fails?
Horizontal Cracks in Brick Mortar Cracks along the masonry and brick mortar are tell-tale signs that wall ties have deteriorated and started to rust. As the tie rusts, the volume of rust expands inside the mortar where it sits. Over time, widespread buildup of rust can actually crack the mortar between bricks.
Do you need wall ties below DPC?
It depends on how high the dpc is off ground level or how deep the foundation is in the ground, if possable use a trench block in the ground or if using concrete blocks use wall ties every two course (450 high & 900 long) then fill cavity with a lean mix of concrete to a level of 150mm below dpc.
Is a cavity tray required at DPC level?
There isnt normally a cavity tray at dpc level, unless in instances where the likes of a Radon Barrier is required, which should overlap inner wall, cavity and outer wall. You would then need a cavity tray above with weep holes.
Are weep holes really necessary?
Though homeowners naturally want to block pests, weep holes should not be sealed with caulk or mortar. The holes are still necessary to drain water and to ventilate the air space.