Category Archives: Masonry

What is Manufactured Stone Veneer?

Posted by in Masonry | October 19, 2015

Manufactured stone exterior cladding system has been around since 1962, the 1920’s, or the 12th Century depending on the criteria used to establish its historical beginning.  However, the use of manufactured stone cladding, especially over common wood framing, became much… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 8)

Posted by in Cracking, Masonry, Simple Forensic Methods | July 27, 2015

What can we tell from THIS photo? The portion of the wall on the left side of the cracking has dropped relative to the right.  This indicates that the cracking is probably from some type of earth movement, such as… Read More

Cracking from Lintel Lift on a Single-Family Dwelling

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Cracking, Masonry | May 18, 2015

The above photograph shows a pronounced stairstep crack emanating from the upper corner of a window in a brick wall on the gable end of a single-family dwelling.  By pronounced I mean obvious, easily seen. In the subject case, a… Read More

What If I Don’t Fix My Leaking Basement?

Posted by in Basements, Concrete, Masonry | May 04, 2015

What can happen if I don’t properly address groundwater infiltration through my basement wall?  That is, assuming that the basement or foundation wall is not overloaded by the combination of earth and excessive groundwater pressures, what could possibly go wrong?… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 7)

Posted by in Cracking, Masonry, Simple Forensic Methods | April 20, 2015

  This concrete block wall exhibits an unusual pattern of cracking.       What can we tell from these two photos? The line of the horizontal joints and the line at the top of the wall indicate that wall… 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

Some Evidences of Recent Movement

Posted by in Cracking, Masonry, Simple Forensic Methods, Wood | September 08, 2014

We are often called in to evaluate as to whether some particular damage is old or new, that is, did it occur recently as reported or has it been present and possibly progressing for years.  As experienced forensic engineers we… Read More

Bulging in a Clay Brick Wall

Posted by in Cracking, Masonry | August 18, 2014

What causes a clay brick wall to bulge outward as we see in Photo CBW-1?     A bulging clay brick wall is an unexpected sight to most observers.  When one becomes aware of a bulging brick wall one is… Read More