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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

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