Typically used for new construction and repairs, Sakrete Type S Mortar Mix is a contractor-grade mortar mix. It’s a smooth blend of sand and masonry cement or sand, lime and portland cement depending on your geography. Sakrete Type S Mortar Mix is for the laying of brick, block and stone in load-bearing walls and construction below grade. This versatile product can be used for laying brick, block or stone, repointing, as a stucco mix or parge coat. Look for Sakrete Type S Mortar Mix and its new packaging in your local independent hardware or home improvement store.
To some, a surprising result of putting masonry litigation in order of decreasing lawsuits is that the brick and mortar itself is low on the list. Several subjects that affect the masonry are much more likely to cause lawsuits, including the earlier article topics in this series: drainage, foundations, and stairways/ramps. This article is on another frequent masonry lawsuit subject: basements.
Shortly before 1 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2011, Christchurch, New Zealand, started to shake. Ten seconds are all it took to change the landscape and the lives of residents: 185 dead, several thousand injured, and 45 percent of buildings deemed unsafe to enter. While many of the deaths in the earthquake occurred in a small number of building collapses, unreinforced masonry (URM) construction suffered widespread damage. However, while the Royal Commission Report identified that 97 percent of the unstrengthened URM buildings in the Central Business District were either seriously damaged or collapsed, only 20 percent of buildings that had been retrofit to a high level experienced serious damage.