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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

Snow Related Roof Collapses

Posted by in Roof, Snow Loads, Winter Concerns | January 07, 2013

The January 2013 issue of STRUCTURE magazine contains an interesting article, Snow Related Roof Collapse and Implications for Building Codes, regarding snow accumulations and roof collapses in the New England area for “the storm of the century” during the winter… Read More

First Thought of the New Year 2013

Posted by in Celebrate | January 02, 2013

I received this email thought from Grace Gems.  It seemed a good thought to start the year.    We wish you all a Happy New Year!!! Character by J. R. Miller Reputation is what a man’s neighbors and friends think of… Read More

Post Christmas Blizzard a Bust (December 26 2012)

Posted by in Weather Events | December 27, 2012

The long awaited day long blizzard for December 26, 2012 was generally a bust for the Cleveland area.  Expecting up to 16 inches of snow, and then, blowing and drifting snow from prolonged wind gusts over 35 MPH children of… Read More