Field evaluations of brick masonry are performed for quality control or investigative purposes. One of the many indicators of masonry performance is the permeability of the outer wythe. Field measurements of water permeability can be made using an adaptation of the procedures and equipment of ASTM Standard Test Method for Water Permeance of Masonry (E 514). This paper discusses case studies of field applications of E 514, the techniques used to obtain consistent and valid information, and some concerns about misapplication of the procedure. Modified ASTM E 514 has been found to be a useful field technique for masonry evaluations.
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