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The roof of my future house will be made of the usual suspects, wood covered with shingles, but the parapets will be made of solid brick?

Can wooden lintels, ie heavy wooden beams, support the weight of brick?

The bricks will be corbelled at a 60 to 70 degree angle, so the parapets will have to be thicker than usual too.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You should show the plans to the city planning department.  Chances are it will not pass.  Parapets are used in CASTLES to have the guards hide behind the walls as the flaming balls are being catapulted against the walls of the CASTLE.   Am doubting you have a Castle, meaning a stone wall from the ground up to support the weight of a brick parapet...as catapults have given way to SHERMAN TANKS.

    If your neighborhood is that rough, maybe you should move?  People are dying by the thousands so other homes should be available on the market...very soon to say, maybe a nicer area that is more safer?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Pressed steel lintels would be cheaper. Depends on your local building code.

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  • 2 months ago

    You're going to roof your future house with Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne and Benicio Del Toro? Wow. Do they know?

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  • 2 months ago

    This will be a good question for your architect. You will need one.

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  • 2 months ago

    do not use wood ..as a builder in uk i would get hung for using cowboy methods ..our lintels are different to yours as our walls are now 300mm ..12" wide ..outer skin of brick ..4" insulation filled cavity .4" inner block wall ..our lintels cover both skins with cavity tray built in ..for you either use a concrete lintel ..with 6"bearing either end ..or you can use a 4x4" angle iron ..if the window is more than 6ft long use a 4" wide angle iron with 6" back 

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  • 2 months ago

    Wood as lintels is not recommended today in case of fire and different aspects of it being natural and can shrink rot be attacked by insects  concrete or steel is reccomended depending on the load 

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  • 2 months ago

    As you might guess, it depends on the sizing of the wood and the weight of the bricks. One problem you can have with wooden beams is shrinkage of the beam leading to cracks in the mortar. Also unless the beam is oversized it can begin to sag over time leading to a failure of the bricks.

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    You might want to consider a steel beam or many a engineered glulam or similar beam

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