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Collapsing Porch Slabs

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Concrete | March 18, 2013

  One of the more dramatic types of failures that I have investigated have been the collapse of front porch slabs (see photo above).  These occur when the concrete porch slab drops anywhere from a few inches to quite a… Read More

Happy St. Patrick’s Day (A St. Patrick’s Day Quiz) – March 17, 2013

Posted by in Celebrate | March 15, 2013

What do historians believe was the birth nationality of St. Patrick? A.   British extraction B.   Scotsman C.   French extraction D.   Irish (Hibernian extraction)   Historians reference a genuine document written in Latin by St. Patrick for… Read More

They Don’t make ‘Em Like They Used To – Update #4 (February 20, 2013)

Posted by in Wood | February 25, 2013

Over the past year or so we have been posting on the changes in the design values for Southern Yellow Pine.  You might recall that 2011 test results for the strength values of 2×4 lumber showed that the strength values for… Read More

Concrete Masonry Units Are Being Made with Smaller Cross Webs – This is Better, but “On the Other Hand…”

Posted by in Masonry | February 20, 2013

It has been over a year since the American Society of Testing Materials approved ASTM C90-11 which allows thinner cross webs in concrete masonry units (CMU).  The new standard allows cross webs to be ¾ inches thick instead of 11/8 inches. … Read More

Congratulations to Peter Zwick – Cleveland Surveyor of 2013

Posted by in Celebrate | February 18, 2013

On January 24, 2013 Peter D. Zwick, P.E., P.S. of Zwick Engineering was honored as the “2013 Surveyor of the Year” at the annual meeting of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio’s Cleveland Chapter.   He is also a Professional Engineer who… Read More

High, But Not Excessive Winds Measured at Cleveland Airport – February 11, 2013

Posted by in Weather Events | February 12, 2013

Wind gusts measured up to 50 MPH out of the west-southwest on Monday, February 11, 2013 at the weather station at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.  Similar, but lower readings were measured throughout the Cleveland area. Wooster reported a gust of 48… Read More

Fire Damage to Open Web Steel Joists

Posted by in Fire Damage, Steel | February 04, 2013

The determination of fire damage to open web steel joists is not always as obvious as the damage in the photo above, but the application of a few rules can make a preliminary evaluation of fire damage to open web steel… Read More

Frost Heave

Posted by in Foundations | January 24, 2013

January is the time of year when we occasionally get calls regarding a service door that is binding or a garage door does not close or open properly.  Subsequent examination of the situation often discloses that a portion of the… Read More