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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

Why Celebrate Christmas? (2012)

Posted by in Celebrate | December 20, 2012

Celebrate Christmas   Take heart, dear Christian, celebrate,  this season is for you; Not for the merchants, or the great, the famous or the strong, But ’tis to you, the lonely ones, the wounded and the weak, To sinners, poor… Read More

What Causes Caulking to Be Squeezed Out of a Brick Wall?

Posted by in Masonry | December 07, 2012

Have you ever seen the soft joint sealant (sometimes called caulking) squeezed out a joint in a brick wall?  (See photo above).  As a structural engineer, I have noticed this innumerable times.  Now you know what we dull engineers do… Read More

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