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Peak Wind vs Maximum Wind – What’s the Difference?

Posted by in Weather Events | November 28, 2012

  Weather records commonly show two different values for the measurement of wind speeds (see photograph above).  What are the two different measurements and why are there two different values?  The two values are commonly called the “maximum speed” and… Read More

“Thank” is a Transitive Verb

Posted by in Celebrate | November 20, 2012

One of my many pet peeves regarding the English language is hearing someone, after they have avoided some disaster, say, “We are thankful.”  I usually address the television asking, “To whom are you thankful?” This is first a grammatical issue.  “Thank”… Read More

Self-Healing Concrete?

Posted by in Concrete | November 06, 2012

Cracking is probably the most troublesome issue for concrete.  But cracking may less of an issue in the future.  A university in the Netherlands has developed a healing agent for concrete.  It is an agent with limestone producing bacteria and… Read More

High Winds & Prolonged Rainfall in Northeast Ohio – October 29-30, 2012 – Part 2

Posted by in Weather Events | October 31, 2012

On-going high winds and prolonged rainfall in Northeast Ohio finally came to an end on the afternoon of October 30 after beginning late on the afternoon of October 29, 2012.   Local television and radio news media have reported damage from… Read More

High Winds & Prolonged Rainfall in Northeast Ohio – October 29-30, 2012

Posted by in Weather Events | October 30, 2012

On-going high winds and prolonged rainfall began late yesterday afternoon and continues in Northeast Ohio on the morning of October 30, 2012 (11:00 AM).   Local television and radio news media have reported damage from storms throughout Northeast Ohio.  Winds… Read More

The Dry Summer of 2012 & Gray Colored Clay

Posted by in Foundations | September 18, 2012

The summer of 2012 seemed to be a relatively dry one in Northeast Ohio.  It resulted in much less grass cutting this summer and even fewer weeds sprouting in my yard.   All in all it seemed to be a… Read More

Preliminary Results from Douglas Fir-Larch Strength Testing Reveals…..

Posted by in Wood | September 10, 2012

The Western Wood Products Association announced on August 30, 2012 that they have completed testing of Douglas Fir-Larch lumber in cooperation with other Western lumber agencies.  The preliminary analysis of the data from the destructive testing of 360 pieces in bending… Read More

They Don’t make ‘Em Like They Used To – Update #3 (August 21, 2012)

Posted by in Wood | August 27, 2012

We have been posting on the changes in the design values for Southern Yellow Pine.  You might recall that recent test results for the strength values of 2×4 lumber showed that the strength values for Southern Pine are about 33% lower… Read More