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Structural Concerns? To the Editor: I was looking forward to reading the foundation repair article in the current issue ("Quick Foundation Repair," 8/98), as my firm designs repairs to many masonry basement walls. However, my anticipation turned to concern when I read the article — in particular the statement that the bulging may not be a structural concern. If the wall is bulging, it is overloaded. If the wall has horizontal cracks in the joints on the interior, it has failed in flexure and can no longer resist the lateral soil pressure that will be applied against it. Of even greater concern was that no mention was made of bracing the interior of the wall during the concrete pour.