Archives by Year: 2018

Salute to President Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | February 12, 2018

Who is that man on the $20 bill? He is General Andy Jackson.  A national hero of the War of 1812, defeating the British in 1815 at New Orleans.  And the 7th President of the United States.  His nickname was… Read More

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