Checklist For Inspecting Bronze Failures
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- Outdoor Sculpture Manual - Center For Public Buildings
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CHECKLIST FOR INSPECTING BRONZE FAILURES
This checklist is to be used as an aid in inspecting the condition
of bronze. It should be used as a supplement to 05010-03-S
"Bronze: Characteristics, Uses and Problems".
1. Examine the overall surface condition and appearance
considering elevation/exposure factors. Look for streaking,
uniformity of color, blotchiness and pitting.
a. Describe the typical condition and photograph the overall element
and include detailed photographs of specific areas/items of note.
b. Note the best and poorest areas and indicate their
c. Note the location and extent of green areas.
1) Are they generalized?
2) Are they localized?
3) Distinguish between horizontal and vertical
surfaces, also exposed vs. protected areas.
d. Note any disfigurement due to corrosion damage, defects,
1) Note size, location of any cracks, holes,
2) Note size, location and describe any patches,
plugs, fills, repairs (note fill materials, pin
e. Note surface texture of bronze. Look for etched
patterns, streaks, powdering, worn areas, smooth,
shiny/polished, water beading, pitting (describe density
per square foot, depth, size), loss of detail, scabbing
(describe extent, finish, depth, relationship to pitting,
f. Note condition and location of mechanical joints.
Describe size and extent of any cracked joints; corrosion
at joints, fills, patches, and general structural
g. Note weep holes.
1) Describe conditions at weep holes, base.
2) Are holes open, plugged?
3) Describe adjacent staining; crusts, if any.
h. Note discoloration/staining.
1) Describe the color and nature of accretions such as
soot; bird droppings; nests; iron stains, erosion;
i. Note vandalism.
1) Describe the extent, nature and location of any
scratching, rubbing, paint, damaged or missing
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