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#1 tedsea

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 04:21 PM

I recently bought a house built in the 1930's with external pebble dash painted white. At various places there are brown rust marks showing on the paint. When investigating the cause of these marks I found there was an iron rod or 'spike' approximately 5 1/2 inches long going into the wall of the house (See photo). It is 1/2 inch thick, square with a point on either end.

I just wanted to ask for help in identifying what it is or what it's purpose is?

Thanks

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 04:45 PM

Might have been a crude method of providing mechanical key to the dash?

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 06:52 PM

View Posttedsea, on 11 November 2014 - 04:21 PM, said:

I recently bought a house built in the 1930's with external pebble dash painted white. At various places there are brown rust marks showing on the paint. When investigating the cause of these marks I found there was an iron rod or 'spike' approximately 5 1/2 inches long going into the wall of the house (See photo). It is 1/2 inch thick, square with a point on either end.

I just wanted to ask for help in identifying what it is or what it's purpose is?

Thanks

I think it is a support for a early floating render system, the spikes would fit into the mortar joint and support a vertical stud which would support a mesh and render. I'll check some books and see if I can find something

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Edited by archmoco, 12 December 2014 - 08:20 PM.