Slate versus steel between RSJ and engineering bricks

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by sp2fr2, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. sp2fr2

    sp2fr2 New Member


    I've just had a wall taken down to make a new kitchen and an RSJ installed to support the wall above. The beam is 4m long and a 178x102x19 UB. It sits on brick piers that have three courses of engineering bricks on top. The builders have packed slate between the top of the top engineering brick and the beam to get the level right. From a structural point of view, is this alright, or would steel shims be better?

  2. Jord86

    Jord86 Well-Known Member

    It's fine, no need to worry.
  3. sp2fr2

    sp2fr2 New Member

    Thanks for that. Should I try to cement/mortar them in place?
  4. Jord86

    Jord86 Well-Known Member

    Yes, thought builders would have done that. Point any gaps you see with sand and cement 3 to 1 mix.

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