Strange studwall with loose brick infill

Discussion in 'Engineers' Talk' started by Arta, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. Arta

    Arta New Member

    Hello all,
    I am trying to put a new opening into a wall which I initially thought was a brick wall, however when i started the work by cutting the upper part I realised its hollow. removed the plasterboards to find out the upper 1m height of the wall is just a stud-wall and the rest has the stud-wall frame but filled with bricks (mainly loose). The question is; I submitted a building reg application assuming the wall is solid and load bearing and got the engineer calc to put a Catnic lintel in but after my discovery I am not sure if I should use that lintel (it has to sit on timber).
    I would be grateful if any of you could help me out on this.

    Many thanks
  2. CGN

    CGN Well-Known Member

    What is above the wall?
    Which way are the floor joists running?
    I'd be quite cautious until you know exactly what you're dealing with there.
  3. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Seen that done alot with ground floor walls,sometimes half height,other times full height, (the full height version can be load bearing),no idea as to why,soundproofing,fixing fixtures,just don't know.

    Slightly wandering, you also get brick walls with odd lengths of timber built in, these are known as bond timbers.

    Last edited: Aug 14, 2018

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