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How do you know if a home with brick veneer is masonry or frame?

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  • How do you know it's brick veneer?
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 28, 2022 at 18:26
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    It would make everyone's life easier if you simply took a picture of your house and shared it here instead of pasting a search engine link.
    – FreeMan
    Jan 28, 2022 at 18:35
  • Look for repeating bricks / pattern
    – Solar Mike
    Jan 28, 2022 at 20:09
  • Is there a frame wall with gypsum board on the interior? Can you look in the attic to see if there is a frame wall?
    – Lee Sam
    Jan 29, 2022 at 2:50
  • According to the country records, the exterior walls are "BRICK", while the interior walls are "DRYWALL". To me that implies 'real' masonry walls for the exterior, rather than a thin brick-lookalike veneer, but the only way to be certain would be to go and look at the walls close-up.
    – brhans
    Jan 29, 2022 at 5:06

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Look for tell-tale signs.

  • Can you see or even measure the thickness of an exterior wall, perhaps by looking at the jamb of an open door or window? If the width of a door's jamb (not including the trim woodwork on either side) is about 4.5 inches then the wall is probably 2x4 stick frame. A much wider door jamb would be likely when the wall is masonry.
  • Is there an unfinished basement or crawl space? Look at the detail where the ground-level floor attaches to the foundation. If the walls are masonry the floor joists will be attached with some manner of hangers; if the walls are stick frame the floor joists are most likely to rest on top of the foundation wall.
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bang on the wall inside, if it feels soft like drywall and sounds hollow it's framed. if it silent except the sound of the impact and feels solid it's masonry.

A single floor dwelling with floor a slab floor level to the ground. is probably framed with a veneer. but the image provided isn't clear enough to make out the crib patter used in the brickwork.

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