Archives by Month: October 2014

Happy Halloween! (2014)

Posted by in Celebrate | October 27, 2014

“Halloween”  comes from the phrase “hallows eve,” which literally means “holy evening.” Considering the general theme of Halloween over the past 50 plus years that I have been aware of it, the meaning is quite ironic. Apparently, it was at… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 4)

Posted by in Basements, Cracking, Masonry, Simple Forensic Methods | October 20, 2014

  This is an exercise to develop the abilities of observation. What can one know from examining this photograph? The pattern of the joints under the coating indicate that this is a concrete block wall. The coating appears to be… Read More

Happy Columbus Day! (2014)

Posted by in Celebrate | October 13, 2014

  Columbus Day doesn’t get the press it used to because of various historical and political disputes that have arisen over the past few decades.  Ignoring those disputes for a moment I make the following observations: 1.  It amazes me… Read More

What the Heck? (Volume 2)

Posted by in Unusual | October 06, 2014

Some things that we have seen just cause us the mumble, “What the heck?” Figure WTH2-1 Line of roof deck staples miss their mark.   I’m not a fan of using staples to fasten a roof deck, especially when they… Read More