Archives by Year: 2020

Clay Brick Expansion – It is Real

Posted by in Case Studies, Cracking, Masonry | April 20, 2020

I just attended a webinar about movement joints in masonry.  The topics included the different types of movement joints (isolation, expansion, and contraction); why the need for movement joints; and where to place movement joints.  I’ve been designing, detailing, and… Read More

Eternal Life Instead of Everlasting Death

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | April 06, 2020

My Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters, We were planning to meet together in our respective churches this week and commemorate what we have received: eternal life instead of everlasting death.  We are instead experiencing a hands-on workshop displaying to us… Read More

Time to Clean the Gutters (Again)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home | March 23, 2020

Not only is it good to clean your gutters BEFORE winter, but also AFTER winter. The trees debris that fell or blew onto the roof and then washed into the gutters has been collecting for four or five months.  A… Read More

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – March 17, 2020

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | March 09, 2020

Corned beef and cabbage, parades, green beer, and smiles everywhere, who wouldn’t love St. Patrick’s Day?  But who was St. Patrick? Traditional history records that Patrick was born to Roman parents circa 387 in the imperial province of Britannia of… Read More

What Can Happen to Unbraced Wood Truss Web Members? Part III

Posted by in Case Studies, Wood | February 25, 2020

So, to continue on from last weeks post. How did we know that the wood trusses had buckled sideways previously and were reset? Examination of the top chord in the featured photograph shows two nails saw off flush with the… Read More

Salute to President Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | February 11, 2020

Warren Gamaliel Harding, the 29th President of the United States of America, was born on November 2, 1865 in Blooming Grove, Ohio (about 12 miles west of Mansfield).  He was the oldest of eight children.  His father was a farmer… Read More

What Can Happen to Unbraced Wood Truss Web Members? Part II

Posted by in Case Studies, Wood | January 27, 2020

So, what happens when the web members of a wood truss are not braced laterally as specified by the truss manufacturer? When a wood truss is designed and constructed by a truss manufacturer, the manufacturer commonly provides drawings that show… Read More

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day (2020)

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | January 14, 2020

From the text of the I Have a Dream  speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, August 28, 1963: “Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we… Read More