Timothy Wayne Watson, masonry, brick, Norfolk

Timothy Wayne Watson

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How getting your bricks and mortar "fixed" can ruin your house

Timothy Wayne Watson, Masonry, Restoration, Norfolk

A Local Example

Timothy Wayne Watson (aka "Shorty" Watson), formerly doing business as Masonry Restoration, Inc. of Norfolk, Virginia, did extensive brick repointing and masonry foundation work at a 90+ year-old property in Norfolk during April-May, 2011. Later inspections by experts revealed that all of Mr. Watson's work was defective and either had to be redone or corrected.

On April 4, 2012 the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) fined Masonry Restoration, Inc. (Gary Todd, president; Class B Contractor's License No. 2705129352) for filing a false license application regarding Mr. Watson's participation in its management. The DPOR barred Mr. Watson from acting as an officer of Masonry Restoration, Inc.

DPOR Violation No. 2012-00124

 

On July 26, 2012 the Norfolk Circuit Court (Case No. CL11005323-00) awarded the owner of the aforementioned property, substantial damages, plus interest, from Mr. Watson and Masonry Restoration, Inc., and the court's decision was not appealed. The amount was in excess of the $20,000 restitution that the state's Contractor Recovery Fund (covering the malfeasance of licensed contractors) had to pay out.

Virginia Dept. of Occupational and Professional Regulation

Virginia State Corporation Commission

 

Examples of Defective Work

One example of the shoddy work performed by Masonry Restoration, Inc., a rebuilt porch column (subsequently disassembled and properly rebuilt by another contractor). Note the rubble (even inadequately mortared) that comprised the interior of the base of this column:

Timothy Wayne Watson, Masonry, Restoration, Norfolk

Interior of properly constructed masonry porch column:

 

In this cross-sectional photo of a mortar joint, the terrible repointing done by Masonry Restortion, Inc. can be seen: Old mortar not ground out square; new repointing mortar not pressed in properly (water can collect and freeze in the void left behind it); hard modern Type N repointing mortar (gray) incompatible with old lime rich mortar (amber color), which can lead to the repointing mortar falling our and/or brick spalling.

Timothy Wayne Watson, Masonry, Restoration, Norfolk

Example of overgrinding during repointing by Masonry Restoration, Inc.: The masonry standard for joint widths is approximately 3/8 inch. Professional masons are supposed to be careful not to grind away any material from the surrounding bricks when they grind out the mortar joints for repointing, but here careless grinding has left joints 3/4+ inch wide:

Timothy Wayne Watson, Masonry, Restoration, Norfolk

Repairing plaster cracks that resulted from foundation work done by Masonry Restoration, Inc.:

Timothy Wayne Watson, Masonry, Restoration, Norfolk

SUGGESTION:

Before hiring any masonry contracting company, check to see that it has a valid contractor's license from the State of Virginia. Also make sure that it has insurance, including Workers' Compensation insurance, otherwise you, the property owner, may be legally liable if a worker is injured on the job.

If you need masonry restoration work,

first do some research at sites like this:

Department of the Interior — masonry cleaning

Department of the Interior — repointing

U.S. Heritage Group