- Feb 3, 2018
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Nah, there is usually a 25mm air gap between the brick skin and the frame and any movement due to shrinkage or whatever can be accommodated easily by the brick ties.It quite normal to load the frame up (with the roof load) before laying the bricks.
In brick veneer construction the frame holds the bricks in place (via brick ties) so it’s important that the frame be loaded first (so it’s sitting in it’s final position before bricking the walls.
I suspect it’s related to slab curing times and doing the frame and roof first (which doesn’t add much load as compared to the brick skin) so it give it some extra time (a week or so more) to cure that little bit extra....
In my view, they build on the virgin uncurled slab way too early to get em out quick and make some money... but I’m not a construction engineer so it’s just a suspicion on my part...
(ps: hammer a concrete nail into a slab when they normally do the frame and you’ll find it’s easy. Then try and hammer in a concrete nail some three months after the slab is poured and you’ll likely fail, usually you’ll need a Ramsey gun to get em in once the slab is cured...)