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Last edited 21 Jun 2022
The term ‘perpend’ (perp or cross joint) refers to the vertical joints between blocks or bricks that have been laid in a horizontal course to form a wall. Perpends are normally filled and sealed with mortar. The horizontal mortar joint in a wall construction is typically referred to as the bed joint.
Rather than being filled with mortar, perpends may also be left open to form weep holes or cavity ventilators. These provide openings that allow the drainage of moisture from within a wall construction and allow ventilating air to the back of a wall to help prevent mildew, dry rot and damp. They are generally formed by plastic inserts into the perpends, as these form a more uniform opening compared to simply leaving a void. See weep holes for more information.
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