Today I learned something.
My church has brick cladding (a term I learned today) and when I’ve parked facing it, I noticed these little tails of what appeared to be cotton clothesline sticking out the bottom just above the cement foundation. I had no idea what they were for … until today.
This morning on a home improvement program I listen to on the radio I learned that those ropes are there to serve as wicks and to keep water from seeping into the basement. All houses — if I understood the commentator correctly — have water which gets behind the cladding. It doesn’t matter what material the cladding is. The ropes wick the water away so it doesn’t get inside the house.
And to think this program wasn’t even on Public Radio!