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Merry Christmas (2018) & Happy New Year (2019)

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | December 17, 2018

Why remember Christmas? December 25 was established a long time ago by Christians as the day to commemorate the most incredible event in human history – God taking on the image and form of a man1 for the chief purpose… Read More

Discoloration of Resilient Floor Covering

Posted by in Floor Finishes | December 03, 2018

Resilient floor covering is a common and economical option for your kitchen, bathroom or basement floor. It comes in a variety of patterns, colors, and textures and is relatively easy to maintain. However, resilient floor coverings can experience discoloration (Figures… Read More

A Few Ways to Thank God This Thanksgiving (2018)

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | November 19, 2018

Why thank God? “All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we are wake, His mercy waits upon us. The sun may stop shining, but our God will… Read More

What Caused the Uneven Condition of This Wood Deck?

Posted by in Uncategorized | November 05, 2018

This wood deck exhibited a raised area as shown in the featured photograph and Figure 1. Examination under the deck disclosed that the elevation of the beam was not level (Figure 2). Further examination disclosed that the beam was raised… Read More

What Were They Thinking?

Posted by in The Unusual | October 22, 2018

On occasion we observe a construction detail that causes us to think or even say aloud, “What were they thinking?”  Here are a few: Why is this chimney so tall?  I’ll bet Santa doesn’t use this chimney. Why are the… Read More

Getting Ready for Winter … Again

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Winter Concerns | October 08, 2018

The days are getting shorter.  The leaves are turning colors.  The temperatures are dropping.  The Halloween decorations are starting to go up.  It’s that time of year again.  Winter is approaching. How is your attic ventilation?  Are the screens on… Read More

The Importance of Galvanizing Lintels

Posted by in Case Studies, Steel, What happens when ...? | September 24, 2018

The featured photograph shows a lintel that was removed from over a door opening. The brick wall is about 45 years old and faces west. The age of the brick veneer and the lintel are not known with certainty, but… Read More

The Importance of Allowing Room for Expansion and Contraction

Posted by in Case Studies, Structural Principles | September 10, 2018

While waiting at an exit on I-71 for a traffic light to change, I noticed a large vertical split in one of the posts for the guardrail (see feature photo).  Being of the forensic persuasion, I gave a quick thought… Read More