Defects

Don’t get stung by poor quality

Don’t get stung by poor quality

An example of an M&E defect – an external balcony light which has been professionally installed. However the services have not been sealed around, thus leaving a hole and making

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No pressure here!

No pressure here!

This leaking boiler needs to be repaired to avoid boiler pressure from reducing. If left unfixed, it would create staining but overall gives a warning about the standard of installation

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Did you say you wanted a smooth finish?

Did you say you wanted a smooth finish?

Here is a classic backbox/boarding issue. Any repair would unlikely be seamless and will adversely affect the quality of finishes to the building.

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Where slenderness is not a good thing

Where slenderness is not a good thing

This image shows wall ties inappropriately modified on site – slenderness ratio of the wall is increased so the wall could be unstable causing anything from collapse to cracking and

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Imperfections could affect final finish or even fire resistance!

Imperfections could affect final finish or even fire resistance!

This is an example of poor workmanship. Poor plasterboard joints and fixing will reduce fire resistance if there is a requirement for this. Imperfections will reduce the ability to get

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Severe honey combing

Severe honey combing

We love a good defect like this one. Whether the concrete is structural or providing fire protection it is not doing its job.

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Out of square reveal

Out of square reveal

Not only would this be unsightly, it may also affect the furniture layout.  It could also have structural implications if out of level floor by the floor.

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Incorrect concrete test cube

Incorrect concrete test cube

The British standard for a concrete test cube is 150mm. By using a too small concrete test cube means that the measurement is inaccurate which will effect the tolerance and

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Poorly fitted brick ties

Poorly fitted brick ties

It would be great if the brick ties actually did tie the bricks. These incorrectly fitted brick ties compromise the quality and safety of the wall as it could potentially

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Masonry pier built across a movement joint

Masonry pier built across a movement joint

Building a masonry pier across the movement joint defeats the object, as the wall will be unable to expand with heat temperature and may now even crack when the wall

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