How Bad can Lintels Get?

This is how bad lintels can get.  And these pictures show why it’s a really bad idea to wrap lintels with aluminum.


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'How Bad can Lintels Get?' have 4 comments

  1. September 13, 2015 @ 6:37 pm Tom Raymond

    That’s a lot of rust. Is this all from wrapping them in aluminum or where there other issues that lead to this?


    • September 13, 2015 @ 6:53 pm Kurt Mitenbuler

      They all rust, some more than others. Wrapping them in aluminum accelerates the problem exponentially.


  2. September 13, 2015 @ 6:50 pm Marc LeBlanc

    I don’t see many problems with lintels in my part of the country. Maybe it’s climate related. Yet another factor in why lintels corrode.



    • September 13, 2015 @ 6:54 pm Kurt Mitenbuler

      It’s a major issue here. It takes about 90 years for stuff to get really messed. Maybe yours aren’t that old yet.


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