Archives by Month: January 2018

Shrinkage Cracking in Concrete

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Concrete, Shrinkage | January 30, 2018

Why Does Concrete Crack? There are many causes for cracking in concrete: overload; earth movements (settlement, frost heave, consolidation, soil shrinkage, soil expansion, landslide, etc.); material shrinkage; impact; etc.  This article considers shrinkage. What is shrinkage in concrete? Shrinkage occurs… Read More

A Case Study of the Weathering of Treated Lumber

Posted by in Wood | January 16, 2018

How quickly does treated lumber weather? Here is a photo I took of a picnic table near our office on June 15, 2016   Here is the same table from a similar angle approximately nine months later. The lumber has… Read More

Help!! Anchor Straps

Posted by in Basements, Wood | January 02, 2018

This doesn’t look right, does it? It’s not. The top two straps for the anchor connector for the top of the cast-in-place concrete basement wall were separated, bent flat against the top of the basement wall, wrapped around the sill… Read More