Masonry Construction Techniques

I first noticed it on a Hopkins townhome I sold this Summer.

Then I noticed it — in all places — at a Costco gas station.

“It” was what looked like a piece of rope (actually, several of them) protruding from the masonry (and no, it’s not really visible in the photo at right).

The explanation?

The “rope” serves as a wick that dissipates any accumulated moisture in the walls.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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