who is at fault? the mason contractor or the material supplier?

by cathy
(illinois)

Provided were two sided, two header bricks. There are rust band marks on one side. The mason layed the "rusty side" out, and is looking to the supplier for a remedy.

Supplier recommends an additional cleaning with a special rust inhibitor solution. Mason contractor states that the rust was not visible during construction, and that they have "already cleaned the brick using conventional methods" and that it is the liability of the supplier of the material to remedy the situation.

Who is correct?

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Apr 11, 2012
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Mason Contractor NEW
by: Anonymous

The fact is there is only one side to a brick to lay and a veteran mason or bricklayer should know that. It is true you do have two sides to a brick, you have the face side and the keel side. A master mason should know you do not lay the keel side out. That is why you have to be careful who you hire for you masonry project. There are so many things too doing a good masonry job that could go wrong, if you do not know what you are doing. So on your masonry project you should make sure you have a well trained mason just like any other trade.

Apr 06, 2012
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Who is at fault?? NEW
by: Charlie Cummins

WAS THERE A GENERAL CONTRACTOR INVOLVED?
A shame. The fault lies with the General Contractor, or Masonry Contractor, not asking the BOSS, THE BOSS IS THE HOMEOWNER. Not asking-- causing friction. The BOSS, could of chose 3 ways, to lay the brick. 1. The rust side showing. 2. The non rust side showing. 3. A mixture of both. Then we would not have a problem.

Failure to communicate, has caused many Wars. It even happens in out business.

To prevent and learn more, go to brickcertification.com and read all the links.

Thank you
Charlie Cummins

Oct 27, 2010
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Whos Fault Is It
by: Mason Contractor

OK now what you are talking about is called a keel mark and a veteran mason should know to look out for that, if it is visible. If it is visible he should know that the keel mark is not the face of the brick. If it is visible it is his fault, if it is not visible it is the fault of the manufacturer.

Sep 09, 2010
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Faulty brickwork
by: Alexander Fyle

Any faulty building work relates back to the boss--the General Contractor. Lack of supervision is the problem. I have written "How To Check Up On Your Builder". All new home builders should buy this manual on E-Bay.

Aug 23, 2010
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Who's responsible
by: Brix3

If the rust marks were not visible at the time when they were laid, then I think that the supplier should be held accountable. However, if the marks were not visible to the mason, I would think that they were equally invisible to the supplier as well. Maybe the manufacturer should be liable for the rust, assuming that they were the ones that banded the brick.

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