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Rope for weep holes?

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  I was at a new bank today and they had rope sticking out of the brick for weepholes. The theory is that the water will seep out of it. I hesitate to use the word wick because I think of that as drwing something up.


  The thing that struck everyone as odd was everywhere they had a piece ( every few feet) They left it roughly six inches long. Just sticking out frayed ends and all. I'm assuming that they would have cut them off by now if they were going to, but they haven't.


  Anyone else seen this weird looking detail?



 


 


 


 


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(post #71900, reply #1 of 21)

woven plastic rope left stuck out a half inch or so..


use to be hemp or cotton.....


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(post #71900, reply #2 of 21)

Really? Never seen it before.


  This wasn't plastic though it was regular old rope. And like I say is was long. If they don't trim it, It's gonna be pretty silly looking.



 


 


 


 


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(post #71900, reply #3 of 21)

I've only seen it in commercial applications....I've even done it myself. Using only cotton rope, staple about 3' up the wall and stick it out between the brick as you saw....only trim the rope after the brick is laid.


 


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(post #71900, reply #4 of 21)

trim 'em... be the hero.....


 


weeps holes are to let out the moisture or water that collects in the cavity behind the brick....


 


nylon is plastic enough...


Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming


WOW!!! What a Ride!


Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!

"Some days it's just not worth chewing through the restraints"

(post #71900, reply #8 of 21)

  I understand the weep holes. That's been going on forever. I'm asking about the rope hanging out everywhere. Never seen it before.


 


 


 


 


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(post #71900, reply #10 of 21)

it isn't trimmed is all...


it's all in the details...


you got a set of dykes... trim 'em...


Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming


WOW!!! What a Ride!


Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!

"Some days it's just not worth chewing through the restraints"

(post #71900, reply #11 of 21)

Aint my job man. Sides then there wouldn't be anything to point at.


 


 


 


 


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(post #71900, reply #12 of 21)

ahhhh go on...


be a hero ...


 


and bill in the 75$


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WOW!!! What a Ride!


Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!

"Some days it's just not worth chewing through the restraints"

(post #71900, reply #14 of 21)

  Nope I like being gainfully employed. Heros jump on grenades. Idiots "help" a designer "look good"


 


 


 


 


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Edited 5/11/2006 9:02 pm ET by Gunner

            

 

   

(post #71900, reply #15 of 21)

I use cotton rope for my weeps .  Did not cut them till I was done with the walls.   The reason that they did not  cut them is that if they did  no one would ask what is that rope sticking out for ?  or tell the world on a web site about the craziest thing they saw today.


It does look crappy till the things are cut flush.

(post #71900, reply #16 of 21)

  Yea this is cotton rope. The grand opening is Monday. I might cruise by Sunday and see if it's trimmed.


 


 


 


 


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(post #71900, reply #17 of 21)

One question. Won't the cotton rot after several years?


 


 


 


 


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(post #71900, reply #18 of 21)

I suppose it will .  But being mostly protected from the weather it will take some time .  By then it has done its job , make a hole for the water to weep out and keep an open path that is not filled with uncured mortar.

(post #71900, reply #13 of 21)

The theory is that the rope gives the moisture a place to go and gravity takes over from there. The rope is generally an organic product like hemp and rots away, leaving a clear channel for the moisture to travel down. Generally it is fairly thin rope or cord, like about an eighth of any inch.

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(post #71900, reply #19 of 21)

use a quarter innch of what won't rot away...


if a clear channel opens up mud daubers or some such will be sure to fill it up and then it's nothing but a filled up channel...


Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming


WOW!!! What a Ride!


Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!

"Some days it's just not worth chewing through the restraints"

(post #71900, reply #5 of 21)

See page 5 on the linked pdf vrom the BIA:

http://www.bia.org/BIA/technotes/TN7.pdf



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(post #71900, reply #6 of 21)

  Thanks Bob that's a pretty good resource. I'm gonna try to stop by and snap a picture, It's just goofy looking with all the rope hanging out.


 


 


 


 


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(post #71900, reply #7 of 21)

Just reading this makes me want to pull that rope out! Maybe the building is having it's 'time-o-the-month'? Where's my bic lighter?! Okay, I feel better now. Just ignore it and it will rot itself out of there.

(post #71900, reply #9 of 21)

  A woman designed the building...........


 


 


 


 


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(post #71900, reply #20 of 21)

That's rip cord.

Pull on it and you can unzip the bricks.

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(post #71900, reply #21 of 21)

  I thought of that. I also thought of all the skate puns hanging out in the parking lot after hours lighting them.


 


 


 


 


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