Expansion joints must be placed correctly at or near openings in brick veneer buildings-or the brick veneer will crack. The exact way you locate these joints depends on how the steel angle lintel above the opening is supported and how the openings are aligned. When steel angle lintels above openings are supported by the brick, the designer can locate expansion joints in three ways: align the joints with the jambs of the opening; place the joints at the ends of the steel angle; locate the expansion joints between openings. When lintels are supported by the building frame, instead of the adjacent brick, locate expansion joints so the brick above the opening (supported by the building frame) is separated from the brick adjacent to the opening (supported by the building foundation).